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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.

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RANGERS STOP ENTERPRISING ABIA COMETS IN EXCITING FRIENDLY

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,

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)

Shooting Stars Players To Resume Wednesday

Players of the Shooting Stars Football Club have been directed to report to the team’s camp on Wednesday November the 1st 2017 ahead of the club’s preparation for the new NNL Season.

According to a press release received from the Club’s Media officer Mr Jubril Arowolo The directive to commence camping which came on Sunday was giving by the Team Manager, Mr Dimeji Lawal on behalf of the management.

3SC

Arowolo also revealed that the newly confirmed 3SC Head Coach, Edith Agoye will be fully in charge when the team finally assembles on Wednesday.