NPFL Champions Plateau United Hold Victory Parade

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United held a victory parade in Jos on Thursday to celebrate last season’s title success.

The victory parade, held on a trailer decorated in the club’s yellow and green and involving players and officials of the team, started in the early hours of the day from the club’s home ground, the Rwang Pam Stadium.

They took the trophy round the major parts of the city amidst warm applause and cheers from the supporters.

Plateau United Governor, Simon Lalong, will host the team later today inside the banquet hall of the New Government House, Rayfield, Jos.

The state’s number one citizen is expected to reward the players and their officials handsomely for their successful campaign in the top flight which saw them win the league for the first time since the formation of the club.

It was their second major title after lifting the Federation Cup in 1999.

Inevitable Massive Shake-Up In Rangers FC – Official

There will be a massive shake up in Rangers FC of Enugu ahead of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL ) season, spokesman of the club, Foster Chime, said on Tuesday.

Chime told the reporters in Enugu that the club would lay-off a number of management staff, technical crew, and players before the commencement of the season in November.

He, however, denied that the Rangers FC General Manager, Christian Chukwu, had already sacked the entire management, technical crew, and players.

“The management has decided in a meeting yesterday to reposition the club ahead of the new league season.

“The shake-up might be unprecedented in the history of the club as it will be all encompassing,’’ he said.

Chime said that the whole exercise was to reposition the club for greatness in the new season as well as cut all unnecessary encumbrances within the club.

“All that the General Manager of the club, Christian Chukwu, wants to do is to herald a new beginning for the club in order to enshrine optimal productivity by all involved with the club,’’ he said.

Rangers fought hard to escape relegation, finishing 13th on the 2016/2017 NPFL log after securing 53 points from 38 matches.

Football pundits are still surprised over Rangers poor performance in the league after winning the 2015/2016 edition of the NPFL.

Tornadoes Are Performers – Bala

Niger Tornadoes head coach Abubakar Bala has said his side narrowly missed their season’s target in the just concluded 2016-17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The Ikon Allah Boys benched Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) 2-0 in the top-flight matchday 38 clashes at the Confluence Stadium to end their campaign in the 11th position.

The duo Ibrahim Babawo and Ebenezer Oduyemi were the heroes of the Minna landlords in the clash against the Oluyole Warriors.

Bala said, though his aim was to finish the campaign among the top 10-bracket, his side were good performers in the now-concluded top-flight.

“There is no problem concerning our inability to meet the season’s target of finishing the campaign among the top 10 teams.

“We missed the season’s target just slightly, as we eventually ended our top-flight campaign as the 11th best team.

“I think our performance generally is still within the set goal, the difference of which could be said to be negligible.

“I’m wholly satisfied with the overall performance of the team despite the stiff challenges we faced in the course of the league campaign.

“Of course, we could have done far better than we did in the out-gone season if everything had been equal.

“At least, we have a benchmark right now to work on in the next dispensation to ensure we go higher than we did presently.

“We will quickly take stock of our activities in the just-concluded season to help us fashion out a credible way forward,” said the former FC Lokoja coach to supersport.com.

The Minna outfit’s hard-fought victory helped them avoid relegation on 54 points from 38 matches, while opponents 3SC were not too lucky as the loss ended the side’s Premier League status.

Plateau Utd Emerge 2017 NPFL Winner

Plateau United are the newly crowned champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The Tin City side achieved their first ever title glory after the side defeated the immediate past champions, Enugu Rangers 2-0 in Sunday’s top-flight final day matchday 38 clash at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos.

The Jos landlords earned the top-flight top prize of Fifty Million Naira (N50m) and coveted trophy with 66 points four behind closest challengers, Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC who went down 1-2 at El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.

The two top-flights, however, will represent the country in the next Africa’s elite club championship, Caf Champions League.

Plateau United have now joined city rivals, Mighty Jets as teams that have brought top-flight glory to the Tin state.

Towering striker, Ckukwuemeka Umeh calmly slotted in the match opener beyond the reach of Enugu Rangers goalkeeper, Itodo Akor in the 26th minute to the wide jubilation of expectant partial crowds at the stand.

The home lads have to wait for a tense period before substitute, Benjamin Turba grabbed the match winner off a loose ball inside the box in the 89th minute to give the side a comfortable two un-replied goals lead.

The Flying Antelopes who put up a good challenge in the clash had a goal bound effort by Bright Silas in the 62nd minute cleared off the goal line to the relief of the teeming crowds. The closest and clearest chance the Coal City side had in the encounter.

It was, therefore, a huge relief to the partisan crowds at the well packed 15, 000 seats Rwang Pam Township Stadium when the centre referee, Shuaibu Abdullahi signalled to the end of the hotly contested clash.

Elsewhere, seven-time Nigerian champions, Enyimba confirmed their Caf Confederation Cup ticket with a slim 1-0 win against newcomers, Katsina United in Calabar to end the season’s campaign on the third spot on 61 points one point above closest challengers for the Africa’s second tier club championship, Akwa United.

However, the likes of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC were unlucky against their final day opponents, Niger Tornadoes, and Nasarawa United respectively as they joined the already demoted duo, Gombe United and Remo Stars to the murky water of relegation.

Ammeh Believes NPFL Target’s Achievable

Niger Tornadoes attacking winger Wilfred Ammeh has said his side are on course to achieve their season’s target after a hard-fought victory against FC Ifeanyi Ubah.

The Ikon Allah Boys defeated the Anambra Warriors 2-1 in Monday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 36 clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.

The match was abandoned on Sunday after the first 45 minutes, with the Anambra landlords in the lead by a goal, due to a heavy downpour that made the pitch unplayable.

Ammeh said his side were never in doubt of their ability to come back from one goal down to win the encounter.

“Our target right from start is to finish the league season among the top 10 teams. With the victory against FC Ifeanyi Ubah, we are very much on course to achieve the set goal.

“We have two matches left on the season’s calendar. What we need to do is to go away to grab point or points to come back home to wrap up the game with a victory and we will be there among the top 10.

“I’m 100% confident that we will achieve the mark we set for ourselves by the time the curtain is drawn on the ongoing top-flight.

“Of course, we were quite sure that we will overpower FC Ifeanyi Ubah, even with their one-goal advantage.

“Their goalkeeper actually did a yeoman’s work to sustain their lead until the match was abandoned on Sunday due to poor pitch condition.

“And when we scored the equalizer upon continuation of the match on Monday we knew that it’s a matter of time the second goal will come.

“We are excited to have rallied round to win the match it’s like we have won the World Cup.

“We finished strongly on the fourth position in the first stanza, suddenly we saw relegation staring us in the face.

“We are happy at least the scare of possible relegation has been taken care of by the win against FC Ifeanyi Ubah. We will now concentrate on finishing the season on high,” said Ammeh to supersport.com.

The Minna side occupies the 10th position on the 20-team top-flight log on 51 points, 12 behind leaders Plateau United.

Ammeh said the win against the Anambra outfit will serve as a huge boost to their Aiteo Cup round of 32 clashes against the Nigerian amateur side, J Atete in Kogi on Wednesday.

“Yes, the win is a huge boost going into the Aiteo Cup round of 32 matches clash against J Atete FC.

“J Atete edged out top-flight side Rivers United in the round of 64, so we have to work very hard to achieve the desired result,” said Ammeh.

The Minna landlords outplayed top-flights El Kanemi Warriors in the round of 64 while J Atete outclassed the Pride of Rivers to pave the way for the round of 32 clashes.

Six NPFL Refs Listed For Suspension

Six referees in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have been recommended for suspension by the League Management Company (LMC).

The LMC, which oversees the running of the league, explained that the six referees “failed to meet up with the high standard expected in the NPFL and made decisions which were obviously wrong.”

Umar Mohammed, Aliyu Abdullahi, Saleh Mohammed and Samuel Agba are referees recommended to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by the LMC for suspension.

Assistant referees Emmanuel Udoh and Felagha Awudoola complete the list.

“The said referees failed to meet up with the high standard expected in the NPFL and made decisions which were obviously wrong and which had a direct impact on the outcome of the matches.

“We, therefore, request that they are withdrawn from consideration for future NPFL matches, pending a full investigation into their performances,” the LMC wrote to the NFF in a letter on Tuesday.

 

Source: SuperSport

Plateau Sweeps Akwa To Extend Their Lead In NPFL

Plateau United outclassed Akwa United 3-0 in Jos on Sunday to stretch their lead in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings to five points.

Emmanuel James, Emeka Umeh and Kabiru Umar were the goalscoring contributors for Plateau United at the Rwang Pam Stadium as the Jos-based club continue to edge towards their first-ever top flight title.

Plateau United have now amassed 51 points from 28 matches this season.

Second-placed MFM FC did not play on Sunday as their game against Rivers United in Port Harcourt was postponed.

Enyimba moved up four places to third after recording an emphatic 3-0 win over El-Kanemi Warriors at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

Ikechukwu ‘Mosquito’ Ibenegbu opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time while Chinonso Okonkwo added the second for the Peoples Elephant with a straightforward tap-in just after the hour mark.

Stanley Dimgba scored a late third for Enyimba as they completed a comprehensive victory at home.

The Ilorin Township Stadium played host to the day’s most exciting game; a six-goal slugfest between ABS FC and Sunshine Stars which the visitors edged 4-2.

The champions, Enugu Rangers have been anything but convincing this term and on Sunday, they drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened Shooting Stars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Aguda Godwin had put the Flying Antelopes ahead on the half hour but Abu Azeez snatched an unlikely point for the Oluyole Warriors with the equaliser in the 80th minute.

Chinedu Udechukwu and Suleiman Ibrahim were both on target for Katsina United in the 2-1 win over Lobi Stars at the Muhammadu Dikko (Karkanda) Stadium while Wikki Tourists were 2-0 winners over Kano Pillars thanks to goals from Ahmed Usman and Chinedu Onyelonu.

Abia Warriors continued their steady season with a 2-0 win over Nasarawa United in Umuahia with gangly Sunday Adetunji scoring the Warriors’ second from the penalty spot shortly before the end.

Sani Abbani and Sani Suleiman ensured El-Kanemi Warriors left the Pantami Stadium, Gombe with their tails firmly between their legs as their strikes, either side of half-time proved decisive for Gombe United in the 2-0 victory.

 

 

Source: Super Sport

Enugu Rangers Crowned Nigerian Champions

Rangers International were on Sunday crowned champions of the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Enugu-based club demolished El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 4-0 in their last match of the season to seal the title.

Chisom Egbuchulam scored a hat trick while Osas Okoro scored one to help Rangers win their first league title in 32 years.

The Flying Antelopes amassed a total of 63 points from 38 games to finish first among the 19 competing clubs.

While it was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Cathedral on Sunday, the late injury suffered by forward Ifeanyi Egwim was the only sour point in a largely flawless display by the Enugu State-owned team.

Giwa FC Appeal Expulsion From NPFL

Giwa FC have appealed against a decision they be expelled from the Nigeria league after they stayed away from three home games without acceptable reasons.

The League Management Company (LMC) based its decision to expel Giwa after their failure to honour three matches cumulatively in one season, which is in violation of Rule B13.28 of the NPFL Rules and Framework.

But in a letter dated May 21, 2016, in response to the LMC Summary Jurisdiction Notice, Giwa FC secretary Samson Adamu wrote to acknowledge the decision, but also notified the LMC of the club’s decision to reject the ruling and appeal same.

In a letter addressed to the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Giwa FC stated, “The above subject matter refers. We are in receipt of your letter of 20th May, 2016 on the above subject matter. We hereby notify you that we do not accept any of the sanctions imposed on our club and further add that we elect to be dealt with by a commission.”

By this notice of appeal, Giwa FC will now appear before the relevant authority in the coming days to hear their appeal.

In the latest NPFL table released by the LMC, Giwa FC is placed on the 20th position while other clubs have had the results of their games with Giwa FC cancelled.

LMC Fine Kano Pillars N2.4m For Crowd Trouble

The League Management Company (LMC), has fined Kano Pillars N2.4million for trouble caused by their supporters, during and after a league defeat against champions, Enyimba, on Wednesday.

They will also pay N150,000 to Enyimba for repairs of the damage done to their team bus, as well as another N250,000 to the official injured during the incident.

“LMC established that fans of four-time champions, Pillars were disorderly; throwing objects towards the pitch of play and encroaching,” the LMC said in a statement.

“Pillars will pay N500K each for throwing objects during the game and encroachment impeding movement out of the arena after the game.

“An Enyimba official injured during the commotion is to get N250K Pillars money as compensation.

“Pillars to take conduct mandatory seminar on acceptable behaviour for its fans. To be supervised by LMC.

“Pillars under close watch and placed on suspended 2-match without fans at Kano Stadium if similar incident repeats.

“Enyimba will get N150K to effect repairs on vehicle damaged in Kano.”

Pillars however escaped being banished from Kano, where they will host Ikorodu United on Sunday.

Enyimba Under Pressure To Conquer Africa Again – Udoji

Enyimba skipper Chinedu Udoji has admitted the Nigeria champions are under pressure to win a third CAF Champions League trophy this year.

Enyimba have won the Champions League in 2003 and 2004 and they have now qualified for the money-spinning group phase of the competition.

The ‘People’s Elephant’ progressed to the group stage at the expense of Tunisia’s Etoile Du Sahel in a penalty shootout after both legs ended 3-3 on aggregate.

Speaking ahead of the May 24 draw for the group stage of the Champions League, the central defender admitted they are under pressure to prove themselves by excelling in the competition this time.

“We are under pressure going into the group stage,” he said. “We are not under pressure from the management or anybody, but we are under pressure as players because our names are at stake.”

Udoji also admitted that the failure of the other Nigerian clubs to progress to the group stages of the continental competitions doesn’t speak well of the Nigerian league, adding that the onus is now on them to restore the pride of the league.

“We have to do well in the Champions League because the failure (of the other teams) doesn’t speak well of our league and if we don’t do well, we will be rated lowly,” he concluded.