P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigeria Premier League http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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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Abuja to host Federation Cup semi finals http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/abuja-to-host-federation-cup-semi-finals/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/abuja-to-host-federation-cup-semi-finals/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:10:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204397 Fed Cup

The semi final matches of this year’s Men and Women Federation Cup competitions will take place at the FIFA Goal Project, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, said on Friday.

The two matches in the men’s event, featuring Cup holders Enyimba FC against Giwa FC and Dolphins FC against Prime FC, will be played on Thursday, 31 July, before Rivers Angels tackle Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons go up against Sunshine Queens in the women’s event, at the same venue the following day.

Enyimba FC bundled out Sharks FC of Port Harcourt 2-0 at the quarter final stage, also at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja on Wednesday as Lobi lost 2-4 to Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt in Enugu.

Prime FC of Oshogbo, the only non-elite division club in the last four, eliminated Gateway FC of Abeokuta on penalties and will need everything they can muster against four–time champions Dolphins FC.

Giwa FC also prevailed over Crown FC following penalty shoot–out and must work harder against the Cup holders on Thursday.

In the women’s event, Rivers Angels, who ejected Bayelsa Queens in the last eight, will trade tackles with Delta Queens in a must –see tie at the FIFA Goal Project on Friday, after Sunshine Queens would have faced Nasarawa Amazons in the first semi final.

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Golden Eaglets Leave For WAFU Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/16/golden-eaglets-leave-for-wafu-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/16/golden-eaglets-leave-for-wafu-cup/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:17:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191559 Sunday Akintoye

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have concluded preparations for the West African Football Union, WAFU B U-17 tournament, which begins in Lome, Togo this weekend with 9-0 hammering of Pepsi Academy in Lagos yesterday.

The team who have won all their friendly matches on their way to the West African championship pummeled the Kashimawo Laloko headed Pepsi Academy in the match played at the Agege Stadium.

The Emmanuel Amuneke boys, who were a delight to watch dominated the match against Pepsi Academy from the blast of the whistle and took the lead via a header in the 10th minute of play by Orji Okonknwo.

The Eaglets piled more pressure on their opponents as Kelechi Nwakili scored the second goal.

Pepsi Academy failed to convert their chances before Kehinde Ayinde made it three for the Eaglets.

The Eaglets confirmed their supremacy after Okonkwo scored two goals and Ayinde made it six to end the first half.

The second half was a one-sided affair as the Eaglets controlled the game to the admiration of the teeming fans. Sulaiman, Abdulahi, Okonkwo and Kingsley Michael each scored a goal to make it nine goals in the encounter.

Amuneke said his team are in high spirits, adding that he was happy with the performance of the lads because they gave him something to rely on.

“We played better but we need to work on some areas in the team. I am happy that the players are listening to instructions but I believe that the team will get better at the WAFU U-17 Cup,” he said.

The Eaglets are expected to leave Lagos today for Lome, Togo.

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WAFU Cup: Eaglets Hit Lagos, To Face Pepsi Academy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/14/wafu-cup-eaglets-hit-lagos-to-face-pepsi-academy/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/14/wafu-cup-eaglets-hit-lagos-to-face-pepsi-academy/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:42:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191257 Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will continue their preparation for the U-17 WAFU Cup which will hold in Lome, Togo as they arrive the city of Lagos today.

The team are scheduled to take on Pepsi Football Academy in a friendly match at the Agege Stadium tomorrow in their last build up match ahead of the WAFU B Under 17 Tournament in Lome between April 19 and 27.

The Eaglets have been outstanding in their preparation for the competition as they have been winning all friendly matches played so far. Yesterday in Ilorin, Eaglets defeated Kwara Football Academy, KFA, 2-0 at the Kwara Stadium Complex.

Coach of the team, Emmanuel Amuneke believes there are a lot of positives to take from the victory over the KFA, saying: “We are happy with the results despite the fact that this team in not yet the final article. Our boys are beginning to assume responsibility and if we can improve our marking ability, we would be better.”

KFA’s coach, Sam Elijah, has also enjoined the Eaglets to be focused on the assignment at hand, even as he rallied Nigerians behind them.

“The match was good and I’m impressed with the Eaglets because they are just being put together,” said Elijah, a silver medal winner at the 1989 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. “I want to commend the coaches and we need to support them since they are preparing for some important matches and I wish them the best.”

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Osaze: No Player Bigger Than Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/04/osaze-no-player-bigger-than-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/04/osaze-no-player-bigger-than-nigeria/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:25:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=190140 Born again Osaze Odemwingie has come out to tell teammates in the Super Eagles that there is no player that is bigger than Nigeria.

Osaze told BBC Sports in an interview that he has come to realise that the decision taken so far by Coach Stephen Keshi in the Eagles was good for the team, adding that the coach has been consistent in saying that his decisions are taken for the good of the team and not one individual.

“For me to hear that was very important on a human level. It’s not about people; it’s always about the country. We’re all defending the colours of our nation,” he said.

“Coach Keshi can do without me at the World Cup and my life will go on as well, but the most important thing is mutual respect.

“Now I know how he does things and how he wants things done and vice versa.”

Looking ahead to this summer’s tournament in Brazil, where Nigeria will face Argentina. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran in Group F, Osaze has declared himself available for selection and Keshi has not ruled out the possibility of picking him.

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2014 Federation Cup Kicks Off April 5 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/26/2014-federation-cup-kicks-off-april-5/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/26/2014-federation-cup-kicks-off-april-5/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:18:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=189243 This year’s Federation Cup competition will kick off with the state preliminaries on Saturday, 5 April, according to a release from Nigeria Football Federation, NFF’s Head of Federation Cup, Miss Ruth David.

The state finals are scheduled for Sunday, 4 May across the country, while the play-off matches take place on 14 and 15 May.

The Draw for the national finals will hold in Abuja on 29 May.

Miss David also warned that deadline for submission of 2014 Federation Cup licences remains Monday, 31 March.

“Late submission of licenses is allowed from 1 April – 11 April and will attract a fine of N300,000 by the defaulting club,” she said.

According to the timetable for this year’s competition, the round of 64 matches will hold across 32 centres between 2 and 3 July, with the round of 32 matches taking place a week later and the round of 16 games to be played between 16 and 17 July.

The quarter finals are slated for 23 July, with the semi finals to follow on 30 July, while the Grand Finale of this year’s Federation Cup competition has been scheduled for Sunday, 3 August.

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Football: El-Kanemi, Abia Warriors get new date http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/18/football-el-kanemi-abia-warriors-get-new-date/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/18/football-el-kanemi-abia-warriors-get-new-date/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:13:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=188474 The League Management Company (LMC) on Monday in Abuja announced Wednesday, March 26 as new date for the postponed Matchday 2 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors.

Salihu Abubakar, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement that the match would also be played at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano.

He said Kano would now host the home fixtures of the Maiduguri-based side until further notice.

The LMC had late last week suspended all Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches in Maiduguri over security concerns.

“In the light of developments in Maiduguri and adjoining cities, we had to suspend all fixtures in the Maiduguri town and we have moved El-Kanemi Warriors FC home fixtures for now to Kano,’’ Abubakar said in the statement.

He said the match would kick off at 4.15 p.m. local time.

Meanwhile, the LMC has also announced that in Matchday 3 fixtures, Heartland FC will host Sharks FC of Port Harcourt in Owerri on March 21 in a Friday Star Match.

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Boko Haram: Football matches suspended in Maiduguri http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/14/boko-haram-football-matches-suspended-in-maiduguri/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/14/boko-haram-football-matches-suspended-in-maiduguri/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:41:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=188230 Nigerian football authorities on Friday suspended all Premier League matches at El Kanemi Warriors’ home ground because of attacks by Boko Haram militants.

El Kanemi play in Maiduguri, a stronghold of the Islamist group who were accused of staging new attacks in the city on Friday.

El Kanemi Warriors’ home game against Abia Warriors on Saturday was postponed. Abia had expressed fears about playing in Maiduguri and asked for the game to be moved.

Maiduguri is in Borno state which has been under a state of emergency since May because of Boko Haram attacks which have left thousands dead in recent years.

“We are constrained to put on hold all Premier League games in Maiduguri until further notice due to latest security intelligence from the area and the suspended games include this weekend’s match between El Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors,” said a Nigerian league statement.

El Kanemi chairman Mohammed Zana said he was disappointed by the decision but the team will now play their home games in Kano.

“We have some support in Kano and if we can no longer play in Maidiguri, we will play there,” Zana said.

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