Wednesday, April 26, 2017


The Neros Pharmaceuticals Anambra State FA cup enters quarter finals stage today (Thursday).
After a very competitive three knock out rounds of football actions, eight teams have reached the quarter finals and they are

 FC IfeanyiUbah, Nnewi.

Ozalla FC, Onitsha.

Morning Stars FC, Onitsha.
CKC FC, Onitsha.
All Stars FC, Ihiala.
Ogbaru United FC, Ogbaru.

FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders, Nnewi.
Global FC, Onitsha.

Defending Champions, FC IfeanyiUbah will take on Ozalla FC at the FCIU International Stadium in Nnewi.
Morning Stars is to play CKC FC at Neros Stadium in Nanka.

All Stars of Ihiala will keep a date with Ogbaru United at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium in Onitsha while FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders slugs it out with Global FC at the Rojenny Stadium in Oba near Onitsha.

This year's edition of the Neros Pharmaceuticals sponsorship of the Anambra State FA cup is the ten year anniversary sponsorship edition and has a lot of celebratory activities lined up during the grand finale7 at the Neros Stadium in Nanka.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neros Pharmaceuticals, Chief Poly Emenike, MON, "I am happy the way and manner this year's tournament is going, over the year's we have been able to empower the youths through our sponsorship of this tournament and a lot of them have been taken off the streets"

Rivers Utd get tough CAF group stage test

Rivers United, Nigeria's sole representative in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup have been handed a tough group that has FUS Rabat of Morocco, Club Africian of Tunisia and KCCA of Kampala.

Initially in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United dropped to the CAF Champions League after they were eliminated by Sudanese side El-Meriekh of Sudan.

Below is the graphic for of their group.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Plateau United aiming for NPFL title

At the start of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, no one would have predicted that Plateau United will be top of the table.
Top of the table with a game in hand to boot.
That has been the phenomenal rise of the Jos-based side and if they can keep the pace in the second half of the stanza, then a first NPFL title will be on the horizon.
United were not meant to be in this position, no one gave them a chance from the beginning and even after an impressive start to the season, many felt the team would not be able to sustain the momentum.
Then there was the Kennedy Boboye factor.
The former youth international is known for starting the league like a house on fire and then fizzling out. His experience last year with Abia Warriors come fresh to mind and a lot opined those antecedents will not change with his latest challenge at Plateau.
Boboye and his charges have managed to prove doubters wrong. Though the title is still 19 games away, the ‘Sai United’ have proven that they are in for the long haul.
The team led the table for 16 of the 19 matchdays and were only toppled albeit intermittently by Lagos side MFM, but they are now top of the table, two points clear of MFM with a game at hand.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rivers Angels and what not to wear.

I haven’t written an opinion piece on Women's football as far as I can remember. Maybe a match report or a feature on a female footballer, but definitely not an opinion piece.

No, I don’t hate women or women in sports. On the contrary I love women. I really do. I reckon they run the world and they are the salt of the earth.

Err..before I digress, this piece isn't about my love for women, far from it. It has to do with something I felt was strange and in my opinion (after all this is an opinion piece) distasteful to be complementary to the owners of Rivers Angels.

It goes without saying that female footballers in Nigeria don’t get a fair deal anywhere. Be it the Super Falcons, the Falconets, Flamingoes or even the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

It’s been like that for ages though and seems to get worse by the day.

I first fell in love with women's football when I was in primary school. So there was this girl called Barbara. She was a damn good footballer and her keepy-uppy game was better than mine, me, a boy who played for the primary school team.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rangers blame fatigue for Confederation cup ouster

Enugu Rangers chief coach Chukwuma Agbo has blamed fatigue for his side's loss to Zambia's Zesco United.
The Nigerian champions fell 0-3 to the Southern African side in Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup playoff second leg at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The Flying Antelopes are now eliminated from the Africa’s second tier club competition on a 2-5 aggregate scoreline.
A first-half brace by forward John Ching’Andu and Jesse Were solo effort ensured the Zambian top-flight team earned the maximum points.
Agbo said his side lost the contest in Enugu because of the tedious and untidy travelling arrangements for the reverse fixture clash in Ndola.
“We lost the match right there in Enugu, we got in here (Ndola) less than two hours, the fatigue did not help matters.
“You cannot cheat nature but the pep talk at half time almost worked magic as the team came out stronger before the silly goal.
“We told the players that if Zesco United could come to Enugu to equalise from behind we could do so also.
“Zesco United are very athletic and we just could not match them in the circumstance we found ourselves in.
"It’s unfortunate that we failed once again to uplift the hope and aspiration of Nigerians in this competition,” said Agbo to
Zesco United now progress to the group stage of Africa’s second tier club competition.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

LMC sends U17 squad to Gauteng Youth Tourney.

Like y'all know, the League Management Company is responsible for the Nigeria Professional Football League but they are also about youth development.

A few weeks back, coaches from U15 teams were put through courses by Spanish coaches on various aspects of youth coaching and development.

Not to stop with that, the LMC are now sending an U17 side to participate in the Gauteng Youth Tournament in South Africa. The team will be coached by former U17 National Team coach Austin Eguavoen.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LMC invites bids from financial advisors to manage club enlistment in securities market

The League Management Company (LMC) in partnership with over the counter securities market operator, NASD Securities Exchange took a major step towards bringing private sector investment into the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when on Monday, March 13; financial advisors were invited to bid for appointment to work with eight of the 20 NPFL Clubs shortlisted for the pilot project.
The financial advisors are to serve as consultants that will prepare the clubs to meet regulatory requirements for enlistment in the stock market and be eligible to attract investment either through being publicly quoted or attract direct financial investment from individuals or investment groups.
In making the process open and to attract the best industry experts, the LMC placed advertisement in two influential national newspapers, Thisday and Businessday on Monday, March 13 calling for expression of interest from qualified investment advisory experts.