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League Organisers Must Beef Up Security At Match Venues – Dombraye

Former Nigeria international and Iwuanyanwu Nationale star forward, Eddy Lord Dombraye, has tasked the league organisers on the need to beef up security at football match venues across the country.

Speaking from his base in Ukraine where he is the coach of Arsenal Kiev U17 side, Dombraye, expressed his dismay at the ugly incident of violence that occurred on the opening day of the new NPFL season.

“It is disheartening that we started the new season of our local league with unruly fans attacking match officials,” he regretted.

“Painfully, it is becoming a reoccurring decimal in our football. And I tell you, it is not good for the image of burgeoning football league. Therefore, I want to implore the league organisers to provide better and tighter security at the match venues,” he stated.

Eddy Dombraye
Photo credit: Eddy Dombraye

Speaking further, he regretted the reported kidnapping of coach Usman Biffo. According to him, the incident is a serious indictment on the country’s image and security.

Dombraye, a UEFA A and B licensed coach was, however, quick to state that the happenings in our local football would not stop him from returning to Nigeria to pick a coaching job.

“Remember that I am a thorough bred Nigerian. And I know the happenstances in and about our football. Therefore, I am ready to return to contribute my quota to the growth of our football,” Dombraye added confidently.

Akeem Busari


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.

Bet9ja Nigeria National League Matchday 14: Delta Stars FC Host Remo Stars FC

Delta Stars Football Club play host to Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) at Ughelli Township Stadium on Wednesday, 3rd of October, 2018 in one of Match Day Fourteen (14) fixtures in the ongoing Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL).

Remo Stars FC defeated Ikorodu United 2-1 over the weekend, thanks to goals from Bello Timothy and a spot kick from Ogwuche Mathias in Match Day thirteen of the league.

With the victory on Sunday, the Sky Blue Stars are now unbeaten in their last three games after they lost 1-0 in Match Day ten to Unicem Rovers in Calabar, they defeated Crown FC 3-2 and later played out a 2-2 draw against Nnewi United.

Delta Stars FC will go into this game with all seriousness after losing 3-0 to their neighbours, Delta Force FC in match day thirteen, they will take solace in the fact that they won their last two home games defeating Dynamite Force FC and Stationery Stores 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

Remo Stars Football Club

Both sides last met at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu in match day five of the Bet9ja NNL, the Sky Blue Stars won by a goal margin to claim all three points against them.

Remo Stars FC will further continue their run of form to solidify their stay on the top of Group B2 table while Delta Stars will try to get a win to stay clear of the relegation zone.


Two first half goals from the boots of Ugonna Anyora and Godwin Aguda helped seven-time Nigerian league champions, Rangers International F.C earn a win over NNL side, Abia Comets in a mid-season friendly match inside Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu, Saturday evening.

Midfield maestro, Anyora steeled his nerves to dispatch from the spot after Aguda was fouled inside the box on ten minutes while the forceful forward benefited from a Yusuf Ibrahim back flick to stab home on 32 minutes.

Bright Silas of Rangers challenges an Abia Comets player

The NNL side did turn the curve in the second stanza with the introduction of some fresh legs by coach Bethel Orji and Rangers backline anchord by Chibuzor Madu and Akpos Adubi went the extra to contain the onslaught spear headed by the Hycent Pius, Tosin Adegbite, Olawale Faniyola and Okoro Martial.

However, it was the premiership side that created better opportunities of extending their lead but substitute, Ebuka Okeke could not deliver the goods on 71 and 78 minutes when he was free on goal.

Ebuka Okeke of Rangers is challenged by three Abia Comets players

Coach Bethel Orji said after the entertaining match, “It was a good game and we have learnt some lessons. It was a great privilege for some of my players to try out their skills against a top side like Rangers. We gave a good account of ourselves but conceded two cheap goals. We are going back with the positives as we have used the game to find out how good we are, we have learnt what is been preached.”

Rangers will today, Sunday, August 26, 2018, line up against NPFL table topping side, Lobi Stars a team that did a double over the ‘Flying Antelopes’ in the ongoing season inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikwe stadium, Enugu.

NNL Matchday 3 Preview: Kogi United vs FRSC FC

The 2017/2018 Bet9ja Nigeria National League, NNL enters Matchday three across various centres in Nigeria.

One of the top clashes of the week will be top of the table encounter between Kogi United and Road Safety, FRSC FC of Abuja in Lokoja on Saturday.

Both sides with four points each from two opening games go head to head in a bid to extend the gap in Group A2.

Kogi United will be hoping to cement their status at the top with three points with a win on today.

Coach Tunde Abdulrahman led side have rejigged the team to meet with the challenge against FRSC.

Kogi United’s midfielder, Olushola Ajala spoke to the club’s media team ahead of the crucial game noting that his side is fired up to claim the full points on today.

Ajala who is looking forward to his first start for Kogi United expressed his readiness to make it a memorable one for his team as they continue to maintain their good start to the season.

“We’ve been working hard to make sure we win the match, a victory will give us an added motivation because we are have the same four points with them, we pray God should give us the day today, with hard work and what we have been doing in training I know we will carry the day, I know the boys are ready.

We’ve been hearing that they are good, we are good too and we are equal to the task, we also know our strengths and I know we are going for the win

“We are hundred percent prepared and I’m prepared as well, I’m ready to give my all and I know with God, everything is possible,” he said.

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.

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,


Peter Eneji (Plateau United)

Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)

Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa United)

Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)

Batholomew Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Enyimba)

Plateau United

Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)

Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)

Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)

Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)

Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals

Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)