Thursday, May 17, 2018

Salisu calls Omoyele, Ashadi, Nwakali, 20 others for friendly with Atletico



Ahead of Tuesday’s glamour friendly match with newly –crowned Europa League kings, Atletico Madrid FC of Spain at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Super Eagles’ B Head Coach Salisu Yusuf has invited 23 players, among them highly –rated Plateau United striker Tosin Omoyele and Katsina United defender Destiny Ashadi.

 

There were also call-ups for Akwa United FC goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo, Enyimba FC forward Isiaka Oladuntoye, FC IfeanyiUbah defender Adeleye Olamilekan and Lobi Stars’ duo of Olufemi Kayode and Ebube Duru.

A sprinkle of foreign –based actors, including the nimble –footed Alhassan Ibrahim, former U17 World Cup –winning captain Musa Muhammed and the Nwakali brothers (Chidiebere and Kelechi) was also included.

 
All invited players are expected to arrive at the Bolton White Apartments Hotel, Abuja on Friday, 18th May before the contingent moves to Uyo at the weekend.


INVITED PLAYERS


Goalkeepers

Olufemi Kayode (Lobi Stars)
Olorunleke Ojo (Akwa United)
Olufemi Thomas (Rangers International)

Defenders
Musa Muhammed (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
Stanley Okoroma (MFM FC)
Ebube Duru (Lobi Stars)
Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC)

Adeleye Olamilekan (FC IfeanyiUbah)
Austin Opara (MFM FC)
Isiaka Oladuntoye (Enyimba FC)
Chinedu Ajana (Katsina United)

Midfielders


Raphael Ayagwa (Plateau United)
Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)

Kelechi Nwakali (MVV Maastricht, Netherlands)
Alhassan Ibrahim (FK Austrian Wien)
Chidiebere Nwakali (Aberdeen FC, Scotland)
Usman Mohammed (Norway)
Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars)

Attackers
Emem Eduok (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey)
Sadiq Umar (NAC Breda, Netherlands)
Tosin Omoyele (Plateau United)
Kadiri Samadi (Lobi Stars)
Ibrahim Alhassan (Kano Pillars)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Nasarawa go down fighting in Jos


Nasarawa United was unable to live up to pre-match billings as Plateau United ran victorious in Jos.

The match day 21 fixture came alive as early as the 8th minutes when the centre referee, Isaac Ogaba pointed to the spot when Ibrahim Sanusi clattered into Reuben Bala in the area.


Former player Bature Yaro stood up to give his side an early lead as the solid miners poured men forward but were unable to get the needed equalizer as the first half ended with Plateau United slightly in front with Seun Sogbeso injury the major highlight of the first half after the goal.

On resumption of the second stanza, Nasarawa United managed to string some beautiful passes together with Nwani Ikechuchwu the main threat to the Plateau United defence.

Russia 2018: Rohr names Mikel, Moses, Musa, 27 others in Nigeria’s provisional list


Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has named Captain Mikel John Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional list for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Abia win first game on the road


Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia recorded their first away win in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League with a 1-0 victory over Mountain of Fire Ministries football club at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

Ndifreke Effiong netted the only goal of the game with a composed finish in the 54th minute after he snatched the ball from his marker, raced towards the post and buried the ball at the bottom right corner of the net with MFM goalkeeper Isaac Jerry watching helplessly.

Before the goal came it was equal forays for both sides leading to a goalless first half but when play resumed, MFM Head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu introduced playmaker, Chukwuka Onuwa and the petit midfielder made his presence felt with some incisive passes which could not be utilised by Sikiru Olatubosun, Chijioke Akuneto and Nojeem Akinyemi.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Plateau United beef up squad with four players


In a bid to retain her Nigeria Professional Football League title and return back to continental football next season, reigning NPFL champions Plateau United have boosted their squad with the acquisition of four players.

Barure Yaro, Seth Mayi, Hamzat Owolabi and Akila Jesse have signed on the dotted lines for Kennedy Boboye’s charges.

According to Albert Dakup, Media Officer of the Jos side, the decision to sign the players became necessary in order to strengthen the side as they battle on two fronts this season as well as compete favourably with other title contenders.

Monday, May 7, 2018

CAF appoints Ubah into AFCON Committee

Picture courtesy Bakare Idowu
The impressive number of Nigerians appointed into important positions in world football since the emergence of NFF President Amaju Pinnick as CAF Executive Committee member 14 months ago increased by one on Monday, after the Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football appointed the proprietor of leading Nigeria Professional Football League club, FC IfeanyiUbah, Chief (Dr) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah into the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Nigerian players in Vietnam- An update.



A few years ago, I stumbled on a player whom I thought had stopped playing football
because he disappeared from the Nigerian football scene.

Dude ended up in Vietnam.

Yup, Vietnam of all countries. A little research opened my eyes to how many other

Nigerians have perched on the league in the South East Asian country.

As I dug further, I discovered some well known names who now ply their trade there.


Here is a link to the article Vietnam: New Mecca for Nigerian footballers?

So this time out, alongside my Vietnamese colleague Erick Hieu Bui,
I decided to check back into Vietnam and see the Nigerian stars who play in the country.

Here is what we found out.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Match Day 17 of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League.

So you all know (or I presume so) that there will be only six games on Sunday in the NPFL because of continental engagements with our clubs.

MFM, Plateau United, Akwa United and Enyimba are all involved in the CAF Confederations Cup. I wish them all the best.

See graphic for all the #NPFL games.

Adi up and running with Timbers.



Nigeria striker Fanendo Adi scored his first goal of the season as he helped his MLS side Portland Timbers to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United on Saturday.

The win was Timber’s first of the season as they have struggled since the start of the season with new coach Giovanni Savarese trying out new formations that haven’t yielded fruits.


Adi, who is the club’s all-time top scorer was in imperious form during the game is a constant threat to the Minnesota defence. Timbers went ahead in the 20th minute when Alvas Powell powered his way through the Minnesota defence to strike a low shot into the net for a 1-0 win.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pride of Rivers aim to trip Promise Keepers


Football matches involving Rivers United and Akwa United always produce exciting spectacles.

On Thursday, April 12, the two sides will serve off yet another instalment of this fast-developing rivalry and the stakes couldn’t have been any higher.

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ will climb to the top half of the table (and go level, on points with their high-flying opponents) with a win on Thursday but claiming maximum points against the ‘Promise Keepers’ never comes easy irrespective of where the contest is decided.

Tutored by ‘Professor of aesthetic football’, Abdul Maikaba, Akwa United is one of the most-feared teams in the division.

The mantra of the Uyo club is straightforward; ‘treat the ball like a piece of Gold’ and make the opposition feel it’s ‘a piece of soap’.

Maikaba, a lifelong FC Barcelona/Pep Gurdiola fan, loves possession-based football, an act he perfected at former club, Wikki Tourists as he led the unheralded Bauchi outfit to a remarkable third-placed finish in his final season in charge.

Four takeaways from Niger Tornadoes vs Rangers International




I was at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna on Sunday for a Match Day 16 game between Niger Tornadoes and Rangers.

It wasn't the best game I've ever watched but it was a good way to spend 90 minutes. I won't bother y'all with the match report but this is what I deduced from the game.

Pacy wing play does it for Tornadoes.



Tornadoes coach Hamza Abarra started with John Kim at the tip of a three pong attack and he was supported from the flanks by Bashar Ahmad and Ibrahim Babawo.

 That combination was a problem for the Okey Odita led Rangers defence as Tornadoes tore at them consistently using the wings where Babawo and Ahmad flourished like a British summer.


The duo ran the wings well and were a constant menace throughout the game and it was Babawo that eventually got the only goal of the game in the 17th minute. 


Tornadoes look like continuing in that format as Ammar Abdulkarim, another winger came in to add pep to the attack, created more problems for Rangers.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Russia 2018 GoFundMe link....

Hey guys.

So my FIFA 2018 World Cup accreditation came through. Nice innit. I'm so excited but here is the thing... My parent company pulled out of Naija which means funds will be hard to come by on time to get to Russia.

I've done a bit of research and found out Russia 2018 will be quite expensive and that is where y'all come in.

Here is a GoFundMe link where y'all can donate to make this trip happen. I've never done this before so yeah...Here we go


Thanks in advance

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Match Day 15 preview: Rivers United versus Heartland


Rivers United and Heartland FC will re-enact their rivalry in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday, April 4 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

The two sides go into Wednesday’s game on the back of contrasting results from match day 13.

United lost by the odd goal in five to Lobi Stars while Heartland beat Nasarawa United 2-1 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on the same day.

Heartland currently occupies the fourth and final relegation spot in the NPFL and will be in desperate need of the points on Wednesday.

United on the other hand, have amassed just one more point than Heartland and know that anything other than an outright victory against Heartland will see them get involved in the relegation Dog fight.

Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma is as experienced as they come and understands that things can change very quickly football and believes his side can climb up the standings rapidly.

“Goal scoring was difficult for us at the beginning of the season but we have started scoring goals now” Eguma told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.

“We scored two goals in our last game against Lobi Stars.

“I believe we will attain stability by the end of the first round and I am sure that we can reach the top of the league table,” he said.

Heartland’s head coach, Ezekiel Onyegbulem also spoke to our media channel about Wednesday’s match which kicks off at 4pm.

Preview via Rivers United Media