P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigeria Premier League http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:19:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Moghreb Tetouan demolish Kano Pillars http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/22/moghreb-tetouan-demolish-kano-pillars/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/22/moghreb-tetouan-demolish-kano-pillars/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:43:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233926 Mouhcine Iajour bags a hat-trick to sink Kano Pillars

Mouhcine Iajour bags a hat-trick to sink Kano Pillars

Mouhcine Iajour scored a 22-minute hat-trick as Moroccans Moghreb Tetouan thrashed Nigerians Kano Pillars 4-0 this weekend in the CAF Champions League.

He struck after 14, 27 and 35 minutes of the delayed last-32, first-leg match at Stade Saniat Rmel in northern Morocco and Zaid Krouch added a last-minute fourth goal.

The hat-trick makes 29-year-old Iajour the leading Champions League scorer this season with four goals, having got one in a dramatic preliminary-round triumph over Malians CO Bamako.

While Tetouan were favoured to win at home, even their most partisan supporters would not have dreamt that the success would be so convincing.

The Moroccans survived a preliminary-round scare by scoring three unanswered second-leg goals after losing 2-0 in Mali.

Pillars cruised to away and home victories over South Sudanese Al-Malakia in the previous round with Gambo Muhammed bagging three goals.

Muhammed missed the trip to Morocco as he is recovering from gunshot wounds sustained when Pillars were victims of armed robbers while travelling to a domestic fixture this month.

Pillars host the return match during the first weekend of April at Sani Abacha Stadium in northern city Kano.

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Glo League: 3SC Battle Heartland http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/13/glo-league-3sc-battle-heartland/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/13/glo-league-3sc-battle-heartland/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:17:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233169 3SC will hope to record their first win of the season when they host Heartland on Saturday in the Globacom sponsored Nigeria Premier League Week 2 game at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan, Oyo State.

•Mutiu Adegoke of 3SC in action during a recent Nigeria premier leagues match

•Mutiu Adegoke of 3SC in action during a recent Nigeria premier leagues match

The top-flight returnees suffered a 2-0 loss to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi on the opening day of the new campaign, but the team are fired up for a win against ‘The Naze Millionaires’, the club media officer Jubril Arowolo told AfricanFootball.com

“We are going for a total victory in the game. All the players are fit for the game and have been giving their best in training.”  It will be Heartland’s first game of the new season after their home match against Kano Pillars was shifted.

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Kano Pillars match called off after bus attack http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/06/kano-pillars-match-called-off-after-bus-attack/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/06/kano-pillars-match-called-off-after-bus-attack/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:25:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=232250 Photo: Tribune Nigeria

Photo: Tribune Nigeria

An opening day fixture of the new Nigeria Premier League season involving champions Kano Pillars has been postponed after armed robbers shot and wounded at least five players.

The League Management Company (LMC) announced that Saturday’s match with Heartland was called off because of the attack on Thursday as Pillars travelled to the game in Owerri, eastern Nigeria.

Striker Mohammed Gambo, midfielder Eneji Otekpa and defender Reuben Ogbonnaya were among those who suffered bullet wounds when robbers opened fire after stealing cash and telephones.

“We are still in shock after the robbery,” said Pillars defender Isaac Loute.

“They just opened fire at the bus and the bus stopped, the next thing they started asking us to bring out our money, which we did. They collected money and our phones.

“After which they still shot some of our players. We thank God nobody died,” he added.

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Glo League First Round Fixtures Released http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/19/glo-league-first-round-fixtures-released/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/19/glo-league-first-round-fixtures-released/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:32:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=230559 First round fixtures of Globacom sponsored 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League season shows that People’s Elephant, Enyimba FC will trade tackles with Akwa United of Uyo at the Enyimba International Stadium on 7 March.

Champions Kano Pillars are away to Heartland FC in Owerri, while El-Kanemi Warriors, who will still play their home matches in Kano as they did last season, host Nasarawa United FC.

Top cadre returnees 3SC of Ibadan are away to fellow returnees Wikki Tourists in Bauchi while Sunshine Stars visit Sharks FC in Port Harcourt and Giwa FC are at home to Abia Warriors in Jos.

Meanwhile, as part of preparations for kick-off of the Professional Football League season, the Nigeria Football Federation will hold a seminar for Premier League referees on Thursday, 5 March.

A seminar for match commissioners has already been slated for 2-3 March in Abuja, with another seminar for Match Assessors to hold in Abuja at a date to be determined.

Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh confirmed the dates, adding that a seminar for referees in the National League and Nationwide League will hold in the different zones 7-8 March.

Week One Matches

Enyimba vs Akwa United

Wikki Tourists vs 3SC

El-kanemi Warriors vs Nasarawa United

Sharks FC vs Sunshine Stars

Dolphins FC vs Kwara United

Giwa FC vs Abia Warriors

Heartland FC vs Kano Pillars

Bayelsa United vs Lobi Stars

Gabros FC vs Warri Wolves

FC Taraba vs Enugu Rangers

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CAF Champs League: Enyimba coach confident of better showing http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/13/caf-champs-league-enyimba-coach-confident-of-better-showing/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/13/caf-champs-league-enyimba-coach-confident-of-better-showing/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:46:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229770 Kadiri Ikhana

Kadiri Ikhana

Former title-holders Enyimba of Nigeria will tread warily when the 2015 CAF Champions League kicks off this weekend even though rivals Buffles Borgou of Benin are weak and inexperienced.

The 2003 and 2004 African champions from south-east city Aba were expected to go far in the competition last year.

But after scraping past Togolese Anges Notse, they lost at home to Malians Real Bamako and a second-leg recovery could not prevent a shock, early exit.

Coach Kadiri Ikhana, who also coached the 2003 Champions League-winning team, believes that disastrous campaign is behind the team popularly known as the Peoples’ Elephant.

“I am confident that we will do better than last year and progress very far in the Champions League this time,” he assured reporters.

“However, we must be careful not to underrate Buffles. The key is to prepare adequately so that we are not taken by surprise.

“There are no small teams in the CAF club competitions and we must treat our opponents seriously in order to achieve a good result.

“It is a good tie for us because of the limited travel involved,” said Ikhana, referring to Benin and Nigeria being west African neighbours.

Enyimba prepared for Africa by playing in a six-team domestic tournament as the national league has not kicked off.

As they seek a commanding first-leg lead over Champions League debutants Buffles, Enyimba expect goals from striker Mfon Udoh, scorer of a record 23 in the league last season.

Midfielder Rasheed Olabiyi is a skilful playmaker and skipper Chinedu Udoji a slow but effective central defender.

Kano Pillars, the other half of a twin-pronged Nigerian challenge for the biggest African Football Confederation (CAF) club prize, tackle Al-Malakia in South Sudan.

The northern club are guided by Okey Emordi, coach of Enyimba when they retained the Champions League in 2004.

Pillars made an even earlier exit last year than Enyimba, losing a preliminary tie against eventual runners-up V Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Malakia are a much weaker side than V Club, though, and it would be a shock if a Kano team bolstered by 10 close-season signings fail to advance.

It is 20 years since Orlando Pirates became the only South African winners of the competition and Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns believe they can go all the way this year.

“We have a team that can compete against anybody in the world,” boasted Chiefs official Bobby Motaung ahead of a home game against Township Rollers from Botswana.

Sundowns are away to Saint Michel United in the Seychelles and coach Pitso Mosimane has high hopes of bettering second place in 2001 behind Egyptians Al-Ahly.

“I want to win the Champions League, the club president (Patrice Motsepe) wants to win it, the players want to win it, and our supporters want us to win it,” said Mosimane.

An attractive east Africa fixture pits Azam, who ended the Young Africans and Simba monopoly of the Tanzanian title last year, against vastly experienced Sudanese visitors El-Merrikh.

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Lagos FA Election: Players’ Union Kicks Against List http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/26/lagos-fa-election-players-union-kicks-against-list/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/26/lagos-fa-election-players-union-kicks-against-list/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:05:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227878 Ahead of the 10 February, 2015 election into the board of Lagos State Football Association, LSFA, the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria, APFON, is raising eyebrows over the list of delegates that will vote during the election.

The players’ union, one of the major stakeholders in football all over the world, are contesting the fact that while the statutes of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Article 28 Section 1 (d) specifies that the players’ association which is subordinate to the NFF shall present three delegates for the Elective Congress, the 2010 Statutes of LSFA, which will be applied for the 10 February election in its Article 26 on Delegates and Votes, there is no provision for the players’ association as it is seen on the NFF’s statutes.

“When we saw this anomaly, we immediately wrote to Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is the Vice President of the NFF, and the chairman of Lagos FA who said that he was not aware of this and promised that he would look into it,” said Austin Popo, Executive Secretary of APFON.

“I mandated our Lagos chapter to make a written complaint to the Electoral Committee of the LSFA, which informed that they had replied, though I’ve not seen the reply. I want to make it clear that while other states are giving the players’ union right to present delegates for their FA elections, I don’t see any reason why Lagos’s own will be different.

“APFON is also a custodian of the rules as an affiliate and member of the congress and this is supposed to reflect in the statute of the Lagos FA. We should not be the only body that would be exempted by Lagos. We’ll ensure that the right thing is done especially when the chairman is the vice president of the NFF and a legal practitioner,” he said.

In his reaction, Mr. Wale Joseph, a member of the Lagos FA told P.M.NEWS that the APFON, Lagos chapter is economical with the truth as they have since been given one slot in the delegates’ list for the election.

He added that their demand to be given a slot in the Divisional Football Association (DFA) level would be hard to achieve as they are not affiliated to any of the DFAs.

“What they are demanding as far as I know is at the DFA levels. They have a vote during the election. I think they have not read the statute very well. If there is any problem, they should write to us so that we can amicably sort things out,” said Joseph.

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Agbonavbare Dying Of Cancer http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/21/agbonavbare-dying-of-cancer/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/21/agbonavbare-dying-of-cancer/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:57:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227241 Taiwo Adelu

Former Nigerian international goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare is clinging to his life as he battles to survive cancer at a Spanish hospital.

The ex-Rayo Vallecano goalie, who been relocated back to Spain after spending five months in a Tampa, Florida, hospital, to continue with his treatment told a friend recently that: “I was relieved of my job after I was diagnosed with cancer. My wife died of breast cancer three years ago and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer I spent all the money

“I made playing professional football on her medical bills to keep her treatment uninterrupted. Consequently, I had to send my three children to Nigeria because my lethal health condition.”

Agbonavbare, who was a member of Nigeria’s U-21 Mexico 1983 Flying Eagles, 1984 AFCON silver medalist and 1994 AFCON gold medalist, is calling on Nigerians to come to his aid and so did some of his teammates in the Eagles calling on the Federal Government to convert the scholarship awards promised the 1983 Flying Eagles team into financial rewards so that Wilfred’s cancer treatment continues uninterrupted. This according to them will also enable some of their colleagues in despair as a result of financial constraint to have hope.

•Agbonavbare (left)on sick bed at a Tampa hospital in Florida, USA.

•Agbonavbare (left)on sick bed at a Tampa hospital in Florida, USA.

Ex-Flying Eagles and Green Eagles star Dehinde Akinlotan said Agbonavbare needs urgent help now, adding that “Mr. Agbonavbare is plagued with serious sickness at a hospital bed as we speak seeking financial support and also fighting for his life, we are hoping that our plea to Mr. President in redeeming the pledge bestowed on the team. We had already lost three of our teammates (Ali Jeje, Chris Anigala and Tarfa Kpako) to illness during our plea and we pray that almighty God will be with and give Agbonavbare good and sound health.”

“It’s unfortunate that one of us is at the point of death struggling to pay hospital his medical bills and if our government redeems this scholarship it will help to save his life. I am talking about Wilfred Agbonavbare. We are also asking FG or FA to find a way to put together a retirement plan so players have something to fall back on upon retirement from active football,” said Tajudeen Disu, a former defender in the Eagles.

Femi Olukanni, who played at the 1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final said: “The current health condition of Agbonavbare on sick bed deeply concerns us greatly because of the request from good-hearted friends to ask for prayers and financial support on his behalf. We do believe that if this scholarship is converted to financial rewards, Wilfred’s treatment will not be interrupted, and this is the collective hope we come to you with.”

Vice captain of the 1983 Flying Eagles set, US based Chief Paul Okoku said he was sad about the news of Agbonavbare’s woes.

“When I read that our former teammate, Agbonavbare, is terminally ill, it saddened my heart because the last time I saw him, he was a vibrant young man, full of life ahead of him. And his look on the sick bed sent a chill through my spine which resonated deep on my emotion.

“We, the 1983 set of Flying Eagles players, are calling on President Goodluck Jonathan, as the promise keeper, to honour the promised scholarship the then President Shehu Shagari, made to us in 1983 after qualifying Nigeria for her first ever FIFA-organized tournament. In doing so, Wilfred, who is terminally ill, will not be in want financially and he can focus on his treatment with peace of mind. And equally, many of our teammates in despair, struggling to make ends meet financially and suffering from deplorable health conditions with no medical assistance will have hope,” said Okoku, former Eagles’ midfielder who established Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation (GTCF) to help the less-privileged children in the Nigerian society.

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Bosso Signs New Deal At Abia Warriors http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/28/bosso-signs-new-deal-at-abia-warriors/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/28/bosso-signs-new-deal-at-abia-warriors/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221021 Chairman Abia Warriors Chief Emeka Inyama, left, with Coach Ladan Bosso after the contract signing on Thursday

Chairman Abia Warriors Chief Emeka Inyama, left, with Coach Ladan Bosso after the contract signing on Thursday

Former Flying Eagles coach, Issa Ladan Bosso, has officially extended his contract with Umuahia-based Abia Warriors Football Club for another season as the club’s Technical Adviser.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the club’s secretariat in Umuahia on Thursday, Chairman of Abia Warriors FC, Chief Emeka Inyama said the board and management were satisfied with Bosso’s performance in his first season with the club and decided to renew his contract for the sake of continuity.

According to him, the club placed 7th at the end of the season with 58 points, became the only team to win three away matches and scored 51 goals which was only bettered by three-time champions, Kano Pillars who had 57. He described this performance as massive.

He said Bosso will still work with all his backroom staff which have been left intact for the forthcoming season, describing Abia Warriors as one of the three best managed clubsides in Nigeria as the club is run with international standards.

Chairman of Abia Warrior, Emeka Inyama, left, with Coach Ladan Bosso sigining necessary papers for an extended deal

Chairman of Abia Warrior, Emeka Inyama, left, with Coach Ladan Bosso sigining necessary papers for an extended deal

Chief Inyama, who promised that the management will continue to support the technical crew, expressed confidence that the club will consolidate on its achievements in the forthcoming season and commended Governor T.A. Orji for his financial and moral support to the team.

In his speech, after putting pen to paper to handle the premier League outfit for yet another season, Ladan Bosso, who has been highly itinerant in the domestic scene, said he decided to remain with Abia Warriors not for pecuniary reasons but to pay back for the love and support the people gave him in his first season through an improved performance.

The former Niger Tornadoes, Wikki Tourists, Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United’s tactician said he was satisfied with the way Abia Warriors is run and will contribute his quota in making the club a household name in Nigerian Football.

Bosso lamented that despite winning unassailable three away games during the season, Abia Warriors could not still hit the continent and attributed this to ill-luck and some other human errors which will be corrected next season.

“We will work together again with the management to achieve better results next season,” Bosso promised and commended the management for retaining his backroom staff.

The Niger State-born coach revealed that some players who did not live up to his expectations will be shown the exit door, while more energetic and young players have been penciled down to strengthen identified areas of need, assuring that no Abia Warriors player of note will be snatched by other clubs.

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Enyimba Wins 2014 Federation Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/23/enyimba-wins-2014-federation-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/23/enyimba-wins-2014-federation-cup/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:59:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220602 Taiwo Adelu

Enyimba

Enyimba Football Club of Aba beat Dolphins of Port Harcourt 2-1 to lift the 2014 edition of the Federation Cup in an epic final played at the mainbowl of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Sunday.

Enyimba’s two goals were scored by Mfon Udoh in the 52nd minute and Chinonso Okonkwo in the 73rd minute of the second half.

Dolphins could only salvage a consolatory goal when Emem Udouk halved the deficit in the 80th minute, as he latched onto an Isiaka Olawale’s pass and slided home the goal for the Port Harcourt team.

Captain of the victorious Enyimba, Chinedu described the performance of his team as great, adding that they were so glad to have won the Federation Cup.
Dolphins’ lone goal scorer and the player who scored 23 goals in the Nigeria League, Eduok said his team loss due to the failure of the players to covert many begging chances to goals.

Eduok was however awarded the Most Valuable Player, MVP, award of the match.

Meanwhile, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt beat Sunshine Queens of Akure 2-0 in the women’s final.

The host, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, in company of the President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, presented the Federation Cup trophy to the captain of the new champions, Odoji, who presented it to the chairman of the club, Anyansi Agwu.

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FIFA Congratulates Glo League Champions, Kano Pillars http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/07/fifa-congratulates-glo-league-champions-kano-pillars/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/07/fifa-congratulates-glo-league-champions-kano-pillars/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:28:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218784 FIFA President Sepp Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter

World football-governing body, FIFA has kept its pledge of monitoring intensely events in Nigeria football, as the body on Thursday congratulated newly-crowned Nigeria Premier League champions, Kano Pillars.

In a letter addressed to NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick and personally signed by FIFA President, Mr. Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA commended the entire Kano Pillars family for a job well done and also highlighted the capacity of football to transform societies.

“I know that behind this success are the belief and effort of everyone involved. This is a true team victory, and all of you deserve to share in the accolades: the players and coach of course, but also the technical and medical staff, and not least, the loyal fans. The dynamism and commitment of the Kano Pillars team have enabled them to win this title for the 3rd time in succession.

“Football is proving more than ever that it can transcend traditional boundaries to become a real driver of development. It enables players at all levels to develop their individual skills, tactical understanding and personal dynamism, all the while strengthening team spirit.

“Football is truly a school for life and I am convinced that everyone, and in particular the young people of today, can benefit from playing football on both a social and personal level.

That is why I urge them all in Kano Pillars to continue their work, leading the way on this path of success. Football is helping to build a better future and I wish to thank Kano Pillars for playing a part in this.”

Pillars earned their third straight Nigerian title, with one game to play, after defeating Nembe City 4-0 in Kano in one of the matches played last weekend in the Globacom sponsored. League.

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Uyo Stadium Opening: Eagles Begin Camping Today http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/03/uyo-stadium-opening-eagles-begin-camping-today/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/03/uyo-stadium-opening-eagles-begin-camping-today/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:37:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218324 Players of the home-based Super Eagles have been told to report to Uyo, Akwa Ibom today as they begin preparation for an international friendly match for the opening ceremony of the new Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Friday.

Uyo stadium

Uyo stadium

The players, called up by Head Coach Stephen Keshi, are to report at the Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo today. They will be led to Uyo by Gombe United goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim with other 23 local players called up to face home-based Ghana team, the Black Stars.

Coach Stephen Keshi has also called up Emem Eduok and Mfon Udoh, who at the weekend broke goals record of the Nigerian professional Football League, NPFL with 21 goals for Enyimba in the current season. Also called are Gbolahan Salami, Rabiu Ali, Christian Pyagbara, Bright Esieme, Umar Zango, Solomon Kwambe and Azubuike Egwuekwe in a 24 –man squad.

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Kano Pillars win third consecutive league title http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/02/kano-pillars-win-third-consecutive-league-title/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/02/kano-pillars-win-third-consecutive-league-title/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 20:57:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218288 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars FC on Sunday thrashed Nembe City 4-0 at the Sani Abacha stadium, Kano to win the 2013/2014 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

NAN reports that Kano Pillars won the Nigeria Premier League title for the third time in a row, having won the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 NPFL seasons.

With one more match left to play, Pillars have an unassailable lead at the top following Dolphins 1-1 draw with Enyimba FC in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The Champions piled an early pressure on the relegation-bound Nembe City side, but it was not until the 23rd minute that they got the opener.

Home-based Super Eagles striker, Gambo Mohammmed, back in the team after a minor injury took advantage of some slack defending from Nembe City to head home a Promise James delivery.

Seven minutes later another James pin point delivery was half cleared by Chijioke Umeonaku dropping nicely for Azeez Shobowale who scored to put the champions two nil up.

Nembe City managed only one shot on target before the half time whistle was sounded.

Eight minutes after the restart, Theophilus Allison wasted Nembe’s best chance to pull a goal back by failing to hit the net with goalkeeper Theophilus Affelokhai at his mercy.

Nembe’s missed opportunities came to haunt them in the 63rd minute when Adamu Hassan scrambled home a third for Kano Pillars as Nembe’s defence failed to deal with a ball in their box.

Three minutes later Shobowale got his brace and his Pillars’ fourth with a clever chip over goalkeeper Ifeanyi Agu before slamming the ball into the empty net.

Kano Pillars stroke the ball around to run the clock down and secure all three points.

NAN also reports that table-toppers, Kano Pillars are on 65 points, while Enyimba are second with 61 points and Warri Wolves with 60 points occupy the third position on the NPFL 20-team table.

Meanwhile, Nembe City, Crown FC of Osogbo and Kaduna United are heading for relegation to the Nigeria National League (NNL).

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Glo League: Pillars, Enyimba Wolves Fight For Title http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/glo-league-pillars-enyimba-wolves-fight-for-title/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/glo-league-pillars-enyimba-wolves-fight-for-title/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:11:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217578 The battle for the title in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is now looking like a three-horse race.

Champions, Kano Pillars as well as Enyimba and Warri Wolves are certain to take this season’s campaign down to the wires following their results in the premier division on Sunday.

Wolves were the first to score on match day through Ikechukwu Ibenegbu in the 14th minute of their game at Sharks, and temporarily led the standings by two points.

In Kano, the champions went ahead against El-Kanemi through Ubong Ekpai in the 25th minute but Ifeanyi Matthew ensured it was level-pegging again two minutes later as scores stood at 1-1.

Adamu Hassan restored the lead of Kano Pillars on the half hour mark as they returned to the top of the pile again by a point lead.

But the story was different for six-time champions, Enyimba, as they fell 0-1 at relegated Nembe City who got their lead on the stroke of half time through Okiki Musampa Onomuefe.

Things stood that way for the top-three in terms of the scorelines with Mfon Udoh missing a spot kick that should have given Enyimba a lifeline just past the hour mark.

But Udoh made amends in the 78th minute when he levelled score for Enyimba at City, but the People’s Elephant were still in second spot.

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Kano Pillars beat Elkanemi 3-1 to maintain lead http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/kano-pillars-beat-elkanemi-3-1-to-maintain-lead/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/kano-pillars-beat-elkanemi-3-1-to-maintain-lead/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:14:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217540 Kano Pillars

League leaders, Kano Pillars FC on Sunday, beat El-kanemi Warriors 3-1 in week 36 of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League.

The match, which was played at the Kano Pillars Stadium, was watched by a large number of spectators NAN reports.

Pillars’ striker, Moses Akpan, opened the scoring chart in the 27th minute before Mathew Ifeanyi equalised for Elkanemi in the 28th minute of the entertaining encounter.

Hassan Adamu, however, doubled the lead for Pillars in the 31st minute to take his season tally to 13 goals.

Murtala Adamu scored in the 82nd minute with a header to the admiration of the cheering home fans.

All efforts by the visitors to equalise proved abortive, as the home side remained dogged in their determination and in the end won the maximum points.

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Top three lose in Nigeria Premier League http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/25/top-three-lose-in-nigeria-premier-league/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/25/top-three-lose-in-nigeria-premier-league/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:38:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213304 Enyimba

Nigeria Premier League pacesetters Kano Pillars, Nasarawa United and Enyimba of Aba all succumbed to away defeats in some of the league matches played across the country this evening.

Reigning league champions Kano Pillars lost 2-0 to Bayelsa United in Benin while Nasarawa lost by a lone goal at Gombe United as did Enyimba in its match in Makurdi against Lobi Stars.

Despite the results, the trio maintained their respective positions in the Nigeria Premier League table, with Kano Pillars still top with 47 points after 28 matches, followed by Nasarawa with 44 points and Enyimba with 43 points.

Warri Wolves rose to fourth place, behind Enyimba on goal difference, courtesy of a 3-1 win at home to Dolphins of Port-Harcourt, that dropped to fifth place with 42 points as a result.

In other matches, Heartland compounded the misery of bottom club Nembe City with a 2-0 win in Owerri, Sharks defeated Kaduna United 3-0 in Port-Harcourt and Rangers came away from Umuahia with a point in a goalless draw with Abia Warriors.

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Giwa’s NFF suspends league board http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/02/giwas-nff-suspends-league-board/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/02/giwas-nff-suspends-league-board/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:20:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209684 The crisis rocking Nigerian football took a new turn Monday when the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, led by Chris Giwa’s faction rose from a meeting and announced the suspension of the board of League Management Committee, LMC.

A Communique released after the meeting and signed by 1st Vice President, Chief Obinna Ogba said the LMC was suspended for sabotaging the league matches during day 26th matches.

“Accordingly, a six-man committee comprising of the following members: Mr. Fatai Olaniyan, Chief Rumson Baribote, Chief Okey Ibe, Barrister Isaac Danladi, Mr. Tijani Babangida, Mr. Babangida Little, Tunji Babalola – Secretary is hereby constituted to oversee the running of the Nigeria Premier League matches till the end of the season.

“The Committee is also mandated to chart a new road map for elections into the board of the Nigeria Premier League. A Committee is also constituted to investigate the culpability or otherwise of the members of LMC,” the communique states.

An investigative panel was also set up to investigate the League Management Company and Nigeria Referee Association in view of their involvement in sabotaging the league matches and to report back to the Executive Committee. The panel include Dr. Chris Ekong as Chairman, while Mr. O. O. Olaniyan and Alhaji Inuwa Umar are members with Mr. Sunday Okayi as Secretary.

Giwa’s Executive Committee said it has set up a reconciliatory committee headed by Gen. Dominic Oneya, while Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma Gabros, Elder Dickson Adejube and Prof. Onje Gyewado.

•Chris Giwa, leads another NFF faction

•Chris Giwa, leads another NFF faction

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of meeting and reconciling all the factions amongst the football family and accordingly advise the Executive Committee on how to resolve the conflict to avoid future occurrence.

On the letter sent to the NFF on Friday by FIFA demanding that Giwa and his board vacate office latest on Monday, the Executive Committee applauded the leadership of FIFA led by Sepp Blatter in a reply to the FIFA’s letter dated 29 August, 2014 threatening to suspend Nigeria.

The NFF however assured that there will be no cause for alarm.

On the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo this weekend, Executive Committee commended the effort of the Government and people of Cross River state for their deep seated support for the NFF as all arrangements have been concluded for the match and subsequent match in South Africa.

“Furthermore, the NFF in conjunction with the Cross River State Government is making adequate security arrangement for the Super Eagles match in Calabar,” the communique read.

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Keshi to coach Eagles for 2015 AFCON qualifiers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/30/keshi-to-coach-eagles-for-2015-afcon-qualifiers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/30/keshi-to-coach-eagles-for-2015-afcon-qualifiers/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:14:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209401 FBL-WC-2014-NGR-PRESSER

Chris Giwa, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday in Abuja said the Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, would be in Nigeria at the weekend.

Giwa told newsmen that Keshi’s arrival would ensure the beginning of full preparations by Nigeria for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers whose final round gets underway soon.

“We are expecting Keshi in the country by this weekend and with that, we will go fully into preparation for the match in Calabar, and I am sure we will succeed,” Giwa, who was elected by a faction of the association’s Congress on Tuesday in Abuja, said.

Although Keshi’s contract with the Super Eagles is yet to be renewed he will take charge of the Super Eagles matches against on Congo on 6 September in Calabar, before travelling to face South Africa on 10 September.

Negotiations between the NFF and Keshi has started but crisis in the football house made it inconclusive. It took the intervention of Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, for Keshi to agreed to resume work only for the AFCON qualifiers.

NAN reports that Nigeria had been drawn alongside South Africa, Congo and Sudan in the Group A of the qualifiers.
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) is scheduled to hold in Morocco from 17 January to 8 February.

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FIFA threatens to ban Nigeria over disputed elections http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/fifa-threatens-to-ban-nigeria-over-disputed-elections/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/fifa-threatens-to-ban-nigeria-over-disputed-elections/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:41:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209330 FIFA President Sepp Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter

World football governing body FIFA has warned Nigeria could be banned by Tuesday if an “elected” executive committee led by Chris Giwa does not vacate the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) office by midnight Monday.

In a letter dated Friday, 29 August and signed by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valke, FIFA warned Giwa and his executives to stop parading themselves as NFF officials.

FIFA said they do not recognise the executives’ election from Tuesday, although the global footballing body said that “it appears the ministry of sports has recognised them”.

“We will not recognise the outcome of the above mentioned elections and should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on Monday 1 September 2014, we will bring the case to the appropriate FIFA body for sanctions, which may include the suspension of the NFF,” read the letter addressed to NFF secretary general Musa Amadu.

Giwa and his executives took office on Wednesday and the following day paid a courtesy call to sports minister Tammy Danagogo, who promptly endorsed their election.

The immediate consequence of a FIFA ban on Nigeria would be the African champions forfeiting two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers fixed for 6 September against Congo in Calabar and 10 September against South Africa in Cape Town.

The crisis caused by the purported election has meant league matches will not be played across the country as scheduled this weekend after referees, club managers and players announced a boycott until the situation is resolved.

Two months ago, Nigeria was suspended by FIFA following direct government interference in the running of the game in the country when a court sacked the elected NFF executive committee led by Aminu Maigari and the sports minister appointed a civil servant to head the NFF.

In Friday’s letter, FIFA accepted the decision of the majority congress where 39 of the 44 members resolved at an ad hoc general assembly for executive committee elections to now take place on 4 September.

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No suspension of Premier League matches, says NFF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/no-suspension-of-premier-league-matches-says-nff/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/no-suspension-of-premier-league-matches-says-nff/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:16:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209176 Taiwo Adelu

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has urged all stakeholders to discountenance a statement from the League Management Company, LMC, that matches of the Nigeria Premier League are being suspended.

“It has come to our notice that the League Management Company has been issuing notices to clubs in the Premier League that matches are being suspended from this weekend.

“This is totally untrue. If the LMC received a notice from the Nigeria Referees Association about purported withdrawal of referees, the LMC should have brought this to the notice of the NFF and not to take a decision to suspend the League on its own,” NFF President, Ambassador Chris Giwa, said in Abuja on Thursday.

Giwa expressed his unhappiness with the Nigeria Referees Association for the threat to withdraw referees from the Premier League, and said the NFF would not take the matter lightly.

File Photo: Nigerian referees set to officiate a league match

File Photo: Nigerian referees set to officiate a league match

“As the owners of the League, the Nigeria Football Federation is hereby making it clear that Premier League matches are not being suspended. Matches scheduled for this weekend will definitely take place as scheduled,” Giwa affirmed.

Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director (Communications) of the NFF, said in a statement Thursday that the football body called on all referees appointed for this weekend’s matches to officiate their matches.

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Nigeria Premier League suspended over referees strike http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/28/nigeria-premier-league-suspended-over-referees-strike/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/28/nigeria-premier-league-suspended-over-referees-strike/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:21:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209106 Nigeria’s top flight football league was suspended on Wednesday after referees were directed not to take charges of matches in protest at a governance crisis in the domestic game.

Nigeria Premier League organisers the League Management Committee said it was “impossible for us to organise games” as a result of the directive from the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA).

The NRA earlier ordered that all referees slated to officiate in the Premier League should withdraw from matches “until sanity is restored” in the national game.

The directive, contained in a circular signed by NRA secretary-general Moroof Oyekunle Oluwa, also applied to the second-tier National League, Nigeria Federation Cup and the women’s leagues.

File Photo: Nigerian referees set to officiate a league match

File Photo: Nigerian referees set to officiate a league match

The Premier League and National League are both in their 25th week of action.

Defending champions Kano Pillars currently top the table with 43 points.

League Management Committee official Salihu Abubakar said clubs and their sponsorship partners have been informed and teams directed not to proceed to venues of their scheduled games until further notice.

“We are already running a tight fixture schedule and are hoping that this crisis is resolved soon so the season can be concluded in time for our clubs to prepare for continental registration and participation”, the statement concluded.

Nigeria’s football association the NFF has been in crisis since July, when world governing body FIFA suspended the country from all international competitions over what it said was “government interference” in the running of the game.

The ban was later lifted.

NFF president, Aminu Maigari, was dismissed on charges of embezzlement, then reinstated because of procedural irregularities before being held by the country’s secret police for an unspecified reason.

This week, a new president was appointed in his place in defiance of a FIFA order only to set a date for fresh elections of the association’s high command, raising the possibility of fresh sanctions.

To top it all, the NFF headquarters in Abuja were gutted by fire and national team coach Stephen Keshi has been locked in a wrangle over a new contract, just weeks before the start of qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria are defending champions.

Already, the country’s Coaches Association has distanced itself from the NFF while football writers have called on Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.

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