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Kogi United Bows Out Of Super 8 with 2-1 Victory Over Real Stars

Kogi United ended their Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Real Stars FC from Kaduna on Wednesday in Aba.

John Jerome and Ibrahim Enesi scored in each halves for United before Ansaru Abubakar got a consolation for his side five minutes before full time.

The result couldn’t secure a promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL for Kogi United who garnered four points after Kada City and Gombe united played out a goalless draw in the final group game to end as joint top teams in the Northern Conference.

The match decided at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba saw Kogi United in early dominance and rewarded with a goal in the 16th minute when Ibrahim Enesi sent a good pass to Idris Muye who outpaced his marker to before delivering a cutback pass to Jerome who smashed into the empty net.

Real Stars bettered United in the early minutes of the second half but were denied to get an equaliser by Shola Sheshere who stood firm between the sticks for Kogi United.

The young Kaduna based side had themselves to blame in the 62nd minute when they were caught napping at the back and allowed Jerome plenty of space on the right flank.

The first goal scorer turned provider for United’s second goal as his low cross was tucked in by Enesi to double United’s lead.

The goal appeared to have raised the morale of the Lokoja based club but couldn’t find the cutting edge in the final third.

With ten minutes to end the game, Real Stars pushed had for a comeback. Buhari Sanni hit the upright after Sheshere was beaten but would later provide the consolatory goal for Real which Abubakar calmly buried.

United finished third in the Northern Conference group with four points while Real Stars could only account for one.

Both Kada City and Gombe United topped the group thereby picking the available tickets to the apex league in Nigeria.

NFF Endorsed NPFL New Season Commences 13th January 2019

The Nigeria Football Federation has advised the League Management Company (LMC) to ensure the commencement of the 2018/2019 season not later than 13th January 2019.

This was contained in a statement the NFF Emergency Committee released on Friday, in reaction to letters received from Clubs that qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League that their teams are depleted and therefore, they do not have enough personnel to prosecute the Super 8 as earlier scheduled, which would have enabled the NPFL to commence on 30th December 2018

The three Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed would each receive a compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 each, while the matter of the five that failed to show up would be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with.

The full statement:

Following the directive to the eight Clubs qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League to proceed to Aba for the tournament, we received letters from Clubs to the effect that they presently do not have enough players to prosecute the tournament. Apparently, most Clubs in the country’s Leagues sign a good number of their players for only one season. These personnel appear to have floated to other Clubs in search of greener pastures.

In view of the above, and the contrite tone of their letters, the Emergency Committee has opted to allow the affected Clubs two (2) weeks to recruit players to beef up their playing personnel, after which they will then prosecute the Super 8. The NNL should therefore pick new dates not later than 3rd January for the tournament.

In the meantime, the matter relating to the five (5) affected Clubs will be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with while the three (3) Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed will each be paid compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira Only).

The League Management Company (LMC) ie hereby advised to ensure the commence of the NPFL 2018/2019 Season, not later that 13th January 2019.

NNL 2018 MATCH DAY TWO PREVIEW: Stationery Stores FC vs Remo Stars FC

Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) will travel yet again away from home in Match Day Two (2) of the Nigeria National League (NNL) against Stationery Stores FC at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere in Lagos.

The encounter is scheduled for Saturday, 5th of May, 2018 and It’s going to be one of the interesting numerous fixtures in Group B2 of the league as the Sky Blue Stars look forward to picking another three important points on the road while the host would put all their arsenals in order to get maximum victory in front of their home fans.

The Sky Blue Stars are the only away side that got all maximum points away from home in the first match of the 2017/2018 opening fixture after Ogwuche Mathias latched onto a pass to convert brilliantly for his side in the 63rd minute against the Omoluabi Giants in Oshogbo last weekend.

The Sagamu Based side is placed joint second on the log, keeping clean sheets alongside Crown FC and Nnewi United in the first game of the season.

Meanwhile, the oldest surviving club in Nigeria, Flaming Flamingos played out a goalless draw at the Teslim Balogun Stadium when they played away to fellow Lagos side, Ikorodu United in Lagos.

The last time both sides met in a competitive competition was far back as the 2014/2015 NNL season where the Sky Blue Stars defeated Stationery Stores 2-1 at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos and the return leg saw both sides play out a 1-1 draw at the Otunba Dipo Dina stadium in Ijebu Ode.

Remo Stars Football Club

Captain of the side, Oshobe Shuji and experienced right back, Awoyemi Abiodun are back from injury and might be given a nod in the encounter, Afolabi Abiodun is still out due to injury but the rest of the team are in good shape for the match.

Samson Omiponle tutored side will be relying on his players to deliver maximum points at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

The flaming flamingoes kept a clean sheet last weekend and will be looking to replicate the same feat against the Sky Blue Stars over the weekend.

A victory for the Sky Blue Stars will see them have 6points even ahead of their first home match against Delta Force FC.

NNL Matchday One Preview: Kogi United vs Aklosendi FC

The much awaited 2017/2018 Bet9ja Nigeria National League, NNL will commence on today, 28th of April, 2018.

One of the opening day fixtures is the encounter between Kogi United FC and newcomers Aklosendi Int’l FC from Lafia slated for Confluence Stadium, Lokoja by 4pm.

This is the first meeting between both sides as the Lafia based club are making their debut in the second tier division of Nigerian leagues, the NNL.

The coach Tunde Abdulrahman led side are not ready to give any chance against Aklosendi who claimed the ticket to their present status in a playoff decided in Lokoja last year.

Coach Abdulrahman said his side was ready to take the full match points and approach the match with total focus and seriousness as United were ready to pick the ticket to the top division in the country.

Kogi United FC

“We have done the necessary preparations for this season and we are fully ready for this game, we want to give it all to gain promotion in the end and we intend to start brighter on today.”

“It may not be an easy game as Aklosendi have also prepared for this as well, so we will take the game with all seriousness and we are confident the players we have brought in will do well for us,” he said.

Remo Stars Announces Squad Ahead 2018 NNL Season Opener.

Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) have completed the registration of (27) twenty-seven players for the upcoming Nigeria National League (NNL) season.

The Sky Blue Stars retained six (6) players that participated in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season and have also promoted four (4) from the club’s youth cadre.

The exciting youngsters promoted from Remo Stars U19 are Balogun Sodiq, Onije Chisom, Dauda Shefiu and Abraham Marcus.

The Club has also signed sixteen (16) new players to strengthen the squad ahead of the season set to commence on the 31st of March, 2018.

Meanwhile, Williams Sunday has made a return to the club after a year off the team.

Some of the newly players include Lanignan Gbenga, Edoka Owoicho, Ibrahim Akinbode and Iloh Uche, who all signed from Crown FC of Ogbomosho.

Odjo Enock and Ogwuche Mathias both signed for the Sagamu based side from Anosi Football Academy respectively.

Meanwhile, Afolabi Abiodun and Ibrahim Abdullahi joined from NPFL and NNL side, Niger Tornadoes FC and Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC respectively.

The Sky Blue stars went further to secure the services of Goalkeeper James Faith, Aman Brown, Aminu Azeez and Nokeeb Olaniyonu from Lagos based sides, My People FC, Royal Sporting FC of Bariga, Bolowotan FC and Smart City respectively.

Others are Johnson Edikan (Taraba FC), Ajiboye Moses (Kwara Football Academy) and Solomon John.

Remo Stars Football Club

REGISTERED PLAYERS FOR NNL SEASON:

GOALKEEPERS:
35 – James Faith
1 – Iloh Uche
30 – Ndukwe Chizoba

DEFENDERS:
19 – Edoka Owochio
5 – Edozie Ewelike
13 – Okunughae Osas
4 – Obi Ekene
23 – Akinbode Ibrahim
3 – Balogun Sodiq
11 – Awoyemi Abiodun
22 – Afolabi Abiodun

MIDFIELDERS:
10 – Onije Chisom
17 – Odjo Enock
21- Abraham Marcus
15 – Oshobe Shuji
14 – Dauda Shefiu
2 – Olaniyonu Nokeeb
8 – Lasisi Saheed
20 – Aminu Azeez

FORWARDS:
12 – Solomon John
16 – Ibrahim Abdullahi
25 – Oguwche Matthias
18 – Aman Brown
27 – Edikan Johnson
26 – Ajiboye Moses
7 – Sunday Williams
9 – Lanignan Gbenga.

Winners Emerge at LBA End-of-Season Ceremony

The League Bloggers Awards (LBA) end-of-season ceremony, on Tuesday, produced winners in 13 categories that covered the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Nigeria National League (NNL)
and the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL).

Ten players, one club and one coach were named winners in the different categories during the award night at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos though one of the categories – the NPFL Highest Goalscorer award
– had long been decided.

Last season’s top scorer in the NPFL, Anthony Okpotu of Lobi Stars with 19 goals, added the LBA Player of the Season to the Highest Goalscorer award to cap an eventful night.

Plateau United winger Peter Eneji was named Best New Player in the NPFL ahead of four other shortlists – Chinedu Udechukwu of Katsina United, Destiny Ashadi of Katsina United, Oche Salefu of Remo Stars
and Wasiu Alalade of ABS FC.

MFM FC’s Benin Republic star Giscard Tchatto claimed the Best Foreign Player, also in the top division. He got the award ahead of Kodjovi Dadzie of Akwa United, Fatau Dauda of Enyimba and FC Ifeanyiubah
goalkeeper Idrissa Bamba.

Nasarawa United goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso beat the trio of Akwa United’s Olorunleke Ojo, Mustapha Aliko of Niger Tornadoes and Dele Ajiboye of Plateau United to emerge Best NPFL Goalkeeper.

Daniel Itodo and Ikechukwu Ibenegbu were named Best NPFL Defender and Best NPFL Midfielder respectively.

In the two new categories, FC Robo’s Rasheedat Ajibade won the NWPL Player of the Season while Kwara United striker Michael Ohanu emerged the NNL Player of the Sason.

Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM FC won the Goal of the Season in the NPFL for his eye-catching strike against former league champions Enugu Rangers, and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who played for FC Ifeanyiubah last season, got the Best NPFL-based National Team Player award.

Plateau United won the Club of the Year and their trainer Kennedy Boboye got the award of Coach of the Year.

Last season’s top scorer in the NPFL, Anthony Okpotu of Lobi Stars with 19 goals,

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

1. BEST NEW PLAYER
Peter Eneji (Plateau United)

2. BEST FOREIGN PLAYER
Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)

3. BEST GOALKEEPER
Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa United)

4. BEST DEFENDER
Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)

5. BEST MIDFIELDER
Batholomew Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Enyimba)

6. CLUB OF THE YEAR
Plateau United

7. COACH OF THE YEAR
Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)

8. BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER
Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)

9. GOAL OF THE SEASON
Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)

10. BEST NWPL PLAYER
Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)

11. BEST NNL PLAYER
Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)

12 HIGHEST GOAL SCORER
Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals

13. PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)

2017 League Bloggers Awards Takes Centre Stage in Lagos

The 2017 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) end-of-season ceremony is expected to parade the most outstanding performers from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NNL), the Nigeria National League (NNL)
and the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) when it holds at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos next Tuesday week.

Coaches, clubs and players will vie for recognition in 12 categories at this year’s LBA.

The 13th category of the award which is the top goalscorer in the Nigeria top-flight, the NPFL, has already been decided. Lobi Stars forward Anthony Okpotu scored 19 goals last season, one more than MFM FC’s Stephen Odey now with Swiss club FC Zurich, to emerge top scorer.

Top among the highlights of the award night will be the prestigious Player of the Season which recognises the best player in the NPFL in the past campaign.

Odey, Okpotu, Alhassan Ibrahim and Plateau United defender Daniel Itodo are on the shortlists for the NPFL Player of the Season.

This year, the LBA has added two new category to cater for the women’s league and the second tier, the NNL. The awards will recognise the best players in the women’s championship and the NNL.

Amarachi Okonkwo of Nasarawa Amazons, Patience Kalu of Rivers Angels, FC Robo’s Rasheedat Ajibade and Charity Reuben of Ibom Angels are the nominees for the Best NWPL Player.

In the Best NNL Player category, Heartland goalkeeper Ebere Obi, Kwara United free-scoring forward Michael Ohanu, Mohammed Rabiu of Yobe Desert Stars and Bayelsa United’s Kelly Lubo are in the running.

Other categories on the night include Best New Player, Best Foreigner, Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Best NPFL National Team Player and Goal of the Season

NOMINEES

1. BEST NEW PLAYER
*Chinedu Udechukwu (Katsina United)
*Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)
*Peter Eneji (Plateau United)
*Oche Salefu (Remo Stars)
*Wasiu Alalade (ABS FC)

2. BEST FOREIGNER
*Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)
*Kodjovi Dadzie (Akwa United)
* Fatau Dauda (Enyimba)
*Idrissa Bamba (FC Ifeanyiubah)

3. BEST GOALKEEPER
*Aliko Mustapha (Niger Tornadoes)
*Olorunleke Ojo (Sunshine Stars/Akwa United)
*Dele Ajiboye (Plateau Utd)
*Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa Utd)

4. BEST DEFENDER
*Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa United)
*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)
*Elisha Golbe (Plateau United)
*Okorom Stanley (MFM FC)

5. BEST MIDFIELDER
*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)
*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)
*Onuwa Chukwuka (MFM FC)
*Batholomew Ibenegbu (Enyimba)
*Samuel Matthias (El-Kanemi Warriors)

6. CLUB OF THE YEAR
*Plateau United
*MFM FC
*Enyimba
*Akwa United

7. COACH OF THE YEAR
*Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)
*Abdu Maikaba (Akwa Utd)
*Duke Udi (Sunshine Stars)
*Fidelis Ilechukwu (MFM FC)

8. BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER
*Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)
*Osas Okoro (Rangers)
*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa Utd)
*Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars)
*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)

9. GOAL OF THE SEASON
*Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)
*Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)
*Victor Chidume (Lobi Stars v Remo Stars)

10. BEST NWPL PLAYER
*Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)
*Patience Kalu (Rivers Angels)
*Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
*Charity Reuben (Ibom Angels)

11. BEST NNL PLAYER
*Ebere Obi (Heartland)
*Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)
*Mohammed Rabiu (Yobe Desert Stars)
*Kelly Lubo (Bayelsa United)

12 HIGHEST GOAL SCORER
*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals

13. PLAYER OF THE SEASON
* Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa Utd)
*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)
*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)
*Stephen Odey (MFM FC)