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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Akarachi Amadi hails Sports Writers' role in Grassroots Sports Development as he bags Imo SWAN award

 Akarachi Amadi hails Sports Writers' role in Grassroots Sports Development as he bags Imo SWAN award

The founder and Chairman, Akarachi Foundation, Engr. Akarachi Amadi has eulogised the important role sports journalists play in the promotion and development of grassroots sports.

The young administrator who bagged a triple threats awards with Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Imo Chapter on Thursday noted that the role of sports journalists in nation-building cannot be overlooked hence his huge respect for the revered fourth estate of the realm.

He enjoined the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Imo Chapter to continue to partner with Akarachi Foundation and he further called on them to give more publicity to the 2020/2021 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament which his foundation is sponsoring with over 20 million naira. 

"I have heard your appeal and I will treat it very soon. The football competition that we started about a month ago we are happy with the kind of traction it has gained since it started," Amadi informed sports journalists during the interactive session where he was named as Distinguished Patron of Imo SWAN and also as the 2020 Imo Best Grassroots Football Development Award of Excellence recipient. 

"I am also happy with the support I have received from SWAN collectively and individually. But I will also call on you to do more. This competition has cost over 20 million naira. We shall be given over six million naira in prizes on the final day. The logistics, health aspect, security, outfit, and kits for the teams have cost more. Amongst the highest cost is from the publicity committee. 

"I am thrilled to have these sports juggernaut in Imo State behind me and I am happy that I am now a Patron of the Association in the State which I know will open more doors. 

"The competition is our project and we must all support it. I am very happy to receive the first group in my corporate office that we are trying to bring it up to the expected standards."

Engr. Akarachi Amadi also promised to give Imo SWAN office a facelift to ensure that it conforms with the latest trend in sports reporting and casting.

"Me and Bright Ahamefula (Secretary, Central Planning Committee (CPC), Mbaike Unity Football Tournament) will devote time to come and look at the office and then consider what we can do. I assure you that the office will get a touch of Akarachi Foundation very soon," he assured. 

The philanthropist while appreciating Imo SWAN for his investiture as a Patron of the Association and also naming him as the 2020 Imo Best Grassroots Football Development with a certificate of merit to go along with it also briefed Imo SWAN of their invitation to the final of the 2020/21 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament which comes up on January 3rd, 2021 at the Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Stadium, Iho, Ikeduru LGA.

"Thank you for the triple threats award and I am using this medium to invite everyone to the final of the 2020 /21 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament which holds on the 3rd January 2021 by 12noon at the Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Stadium, Iho, Ikeduru LGA. 

"The chairman of the occasion is the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Professor Placid Njoku who will be there live. We shall also have other notable sons and daughters of Mbaitoli and Ikeduru LGAs will be there live."

While speaking earlier, the Chairman, Imo SWAN, Everest Ezihe pointed out that Engr. Akarachi Amadi was carefully chosen after a painstaking survey which was conducted by the members association and he enjoined the Founder and Chairman of Akarachi Foundation to continue with his good works for humanity.

He promised the association's unflinching support in the coverage of his events just as they have been doing with the publicity accorded the 2020/21 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament thus far.

Dignitaries at the event include Imo SWAN Chairman, Everest Ezihe, the Deputy Chairman, Johnkennedy Uzoma, Secretary, Tunde Liadi, and the National Financial Secretary of SWAN, Sampson Orji among other members and some aides of Akarachi Foundation.

Barrister Paul Edeh Donates Another 500KVA Transformer To Hausa Community In Otukpo

 Barrister Paul Edeh Donates Another 500KVA Transformer To Hausa Community In Otukpo.

The Hausa Community in Otukpo, Benue State on Christmas day, heaved a sigh of relief as Philanthropist and President of Naija Ratels Football Club, Barrister Paul Edeh donated a 500KVA transformer sub-station worth over N7m to boost electricity supply to the area, which has been without power for more than than 11 months. 

The event which was held in Otukpo, had in attendance, the Senator representing the good people of Benue South Senatorial district and former Minister of Interior, Senator Abba Moro and some other great son's and daughters of the Idoma Nation.  

Speaking after handing over the transformer sub-station to the Christian and Muslim Community of Otukpo, the Legal luminary noted that it was necessary for him to donate the sub-station after he learnt that the community have been without power for close to a year. 

The United Nations Peace Ambassador said the new transformer would boost power supply, address the challenges of electricity supply faced by the people and also promote economic activities in the community which was hitherto before then grounded due to the power outage. 

"You will recall that today is exactly 166 days since I donated the first transformer to Zone HB Community and a generator set to the Divisional Police Headquarter in Otukpo , which was of course motivated by the fact that they have not had light for a long time. Sadly, i also understand that this same community I donated transformer to, today have not also had light for close to a year with all economic activities grounded. 

"When I got that information, almost three months ago, I was hoping and waiting that the authority concerned (Jos Electricity Distribution Company) will do the needful but they didn't. So in on of those days in my hotel room in Uyo, I felt the need to reach out to the community and I made that call around 12 midnight and truly realised they have been in darkness for almost a year and hence, I took the onus to assist them by providing a brand new 500kva transformer.

"Indeed what I did was to build a new substation from the scratch to finish which was done within two weeks and today while celebrating Christmas with the same community, we decided to commision it and it was done by no other person, but Senator Abba Moro. 

"Truly, the  Muslim community are the biggest beneficiary of this donation and they were very elated and happy about the development. Infact the Transformer is located beside the St Mary Catholic Church which is adjacent the Central mosque. So I am happy that the Muslim and Christian community benefited from this project. 

"The truth is that I  have never been a politician and not all of us must get into politics to make impacts in our community. What is important is having the right mindset and heart  to give back to the society, which is what I am doing. Am glad that for the first time in almost a year, these people will enjoy uninterrupted power supply and that is exactly what pleases my heart as a person." He concluded. 

Commissioning the transformer sub-station earlier, the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District Distinguished Senator Abba Moro commended Barr Paul Edeh for his efforts at complimenting the efforts of the Government by providing another transformer sub-station within a space or 6 months.

 He noted that rather than sit in the comfort of his office like many critics who prefer to criticise government for lack of provision of basic amenities, he rather chose to assist his community. 

“For the second time within this year I am coming to commission a transformer provided by a son of Idoma land Barrister Paul. Each time Paul tells me I should commission a project, I have never asked him what is actually your motivation. Because when I begin to listen to the story of Paul, it is a story of somebody who denies himself happiness to make the other person happy. 

"He is a person who tirelessly works so hard with a hard face to put a smile on the faces of other people. Paul has been a typical example of what I tell people that you don’t have to be in government to help the other person.” Senator Abba Moro stated  

The Chairman of the Muslim Youth in the community, Alhaji Aliyu Yinusa thanked Barrister Paul Edeh for coming to their rescue and commended him for keeping the faith with the Muslim and Hausa Community. 

"We can't thank Barrister Paul Edeh enough, he has done something that pleases the heart of everyone in this community. We have been without power for almost a year now, and God sent Barrister Paul Edeh to help us out from this difficult situation. 

"We shall jealously guard the equipment because we don't want to go back to the days of darkness. He concluded.

Senator Abba Moro commissioned the project and performed the ceremonial switching on of the light which signalled the availability of electricity supply to the community after almost a year with the community going wild with jubilation.

Public-Private Partnership key to sports Development - Minister

 *Public-Private Partnership  key to sports Development -  Minister*

 Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. *Sunday Dare*  has re-affirmed that government alone can not develop sports, insisting that only public, private partnership could  off shoot  sports Development.

According to Mr. *Dare*

"In an Egalitarian society, sports is developed alongside private investors. Look at countries like United kingdom, Jamaica, United States, South Africa and a  host of others that have successfully  done this. 

"We need to develop sports deliberately with the help of public, private partnership with Government.  We believe in a holistic sports development which is a total departure from funding sporting competitions  and waiting for the next Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Commonwealth Games or the All Africa Games.But as important as these events  are, they do not equate to sports development.But we came in clearly with the vision of developing a template that speaks to sports development and not just to infrastructures, but also the athletes as well as  the entire gamut of sports.”

The Minister  expressed gratitude to Sir Kesington Adebutu and Alhaji Aliko Dangote for their immense contribution to Sports Development. 

"We need to thank these two philanthropists Sir kesington Adebutu and Alhaji Aliko Dangote for their immense contribution towards sports Development.They both  made the rehabilitation  of the National stadium Surelere, and  the Moshood Abiola  Stadium, Abuja possible with the adopt initiative.

"We are also looking at the possibility  of building a mini stadium or township stadium  in each geo-political zone once  we have the money. The  last one  is to ‘Adopt-A-Team’ and we have seen what *Total*  has done for both the Men ‘s and Women’s national Basketball teams,”  *Dare* concluded.  


*Media Office to the Honourable Minister of  Youth and Sports Development*

Friday, 25 December 2020

Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Ejidike preaches love, peace at Christmas, New year

 Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Ejidike preaches love, peace at Christmas, New year

Nigerians have been admonished to imbibe the spirit of love, care and giving in this period of yuletide even as the nation totters on the precipise of economic depression.

The Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike, J.P preached the gospel in his Christmas and new year message .

In a statement made available, Chief Ejidike sounded that the year 2020 recorded worst calamities in death rate, economic progression, health crises that resulted in pandemic, insurgency in form of bandits, herdersmen and farmer clashes, kidnapping and all kinds of vices which almost crumbled the nation .

However, the sports philanthropist said we still have the cause to glorify God who allowed all these tempests.

May your Christmas be graced with peace, joy, and blessings! Merry Christmas to you!

Hope this festive season will bring good luck and good health for you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

He added that with the ingredients of love as exhibited by God who gave His only begotten son Jesus Christ for redemption of mankind whose birth the world is celebrating, we should show love to one another and peace will reign supreme.

Ejidike prayed "May you receive all that you desire for and dream for. May this Christmas bring you all that you need in life. Merry Christmas!And best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year. "

The Nigeria Pillar of Sports advise that one symbolic lessons of Christmas is preaching love, sharing gifts and care for the less privileged, hence the need for us to be our brother's keeper.

In the world of sports,  he lamented how Covid-19 had stalled all major tournaments and sporting events particularly National Sports Festival and our leagues; however, he said there were few moments of celebration as epitomized by the hard- working Minister of Sports, Hon. Dare Ojo honoured notable sports heroes as well as Nigerian born Anthony Joshua who knocked out Kubrat Pulev to edge closer to dream fight against Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua floors Kubrat Pulev three times in a spiteful and vicious performance that earned him the world title.

It would be recalled that Anthony Joshua brutally knocked Kubrat Pulev out in the ninth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Ejidike counselled sports men and administrator to consider this year as  a year designed by God to teach some moral and spiritual lessons in which case we should learn to give God honour and worship.

He prayed that year 2021 will be a blessing to all.

NWFL Premiership Week Three Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More

 NWFL Premiership Week Three Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More. 

It was another thrilling mid-week as matchday three games of the NWFL Premiership kicked off, with teams playing their third round of fixtures across seven centres. 

The week three games was exciting even though there were not as many goals as the preceding week. Still there were alot of talking points and amazing results and more. 

www.thenwfl.com did a quick review on how Game week 3 went down.

#Ibom Angels 2 Royal Queens 1 ( Mercy Itimi 27' , Chika Idika 39' , Blessing Nkor 78')

Ibom Angels recorded their first victory of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Royal Queens.

Mercy Itimi opened scoring in the 27th minute before striker Chika Idika equalised for the 'Candian Geese'. 

Blessing Nkor gave the 'Orange Ladies' the needed victory when she scored from a goalmouth scramble situation in the 78th minute. 

The win ensured that the Moruf Adeyemo side ended the year with four points from three games, while Royal Queens ended up with three points from three games.

#Bayelsa Queens 1 FC Robo Queens 0 (Charity Reuben 53"). 

Charity Reuben scored her first goal of the season and it was against a very difficult side, FC Robo Queens. 

The 'Restoration Ladies' are on a good run, grabbing their 3rd straight in this season. Osahon Emmanuel's side had a couple of good chances in the first half, but wasted it and they got punished in the 53rd minutes through a superb effort from the lanky forward. The win has placed the Moses Aduku's side ended the year on top of the log. 

#Delta Queens 1 Sunshine Queens 0 (Amarachi Orjinma 52')

Former league topscorer Amarachi Orjinma's lone goal led to Delta Queens second victory of the season. Sunshine Queens gave a huge fight in the encounter but then defence line of Delta Queens were too strong for them and denied them some goalscoring chances. The win means Sunshine Queens have won just once and lost two away from home.  

#Osun Babes 3 Pelican Stars 0. (Yemisi Samuel 69' 85', Kafayat Bashiru 90+3')

The "Omoluabi Queens" ran riot against Pelican Stars. Two goals from Yemisi Samuel and a late penalty from Kafayat Bashiru put the 'Ayade' Ladies to the sword as they suffered their second defeat of the season. 

Pelican Stars did record some great chances in the encounter, but failed to convert, before Yemisi Samuel's header in the 69th minute gave the homeside the lead, before she doubled the lead with just five minutes of regulation time. Kafayat Bashiru scored late from the spot to give the Yinka Adunola's side a comfortable win and their second victory this season. 

#Abia Angels 2 Dreamstar Ladies 1 (Maxi Bisong 45' , Ayatsea Hembafen 79' Nmesoma Ibeh 84')

Dreamstar Ladies suffered their third loss of the season in a game they fought so hard to earn atleast a point in Umuahia. Camerounian international Maxi Bissong opened scoring for the homeside before former Adamawa Queens forward Ayatsea Hembafen equalised for the 'Galaticas'. Nmesoma Ibeh scored in the 84th minute to give the 'Angels from the East'  their second victory this season. 

#Confluence Queens 1 Nasarawa Amazons 0 (Winifred Eyebhoria 45" (p)).

Three defeats in three games puts Christopher Danjuma's side second bottom on the NWFL Premiership table. 

The woes of the 'Solid Babes' was compounded by the Whyte Ogbonda's side. Experienced midfielder Winifred Eyebhoria scored from the spot just some seconds before the end of the first half after Maureen Okpala had mishandled an effort side her 18yard box. The win means Confluence Queens now has four points from three games, while Nasarawa Amazons are left with no point after three games. 

#Edo Queens 1 Rivers Angels 1 ( Vivian Ikechukwu 79' Elizabeth Zirike 88'). 

It was night football in Benin and Edo Queens gave their all in a very pulsating encounter. Alot was expected from the home side but it was the visitors who scored first through Vivian Ikechukwu in the 79th minute. 

Former Sunshine Queens midfielder Elizabeth Zirike scored late in the 88th minute to give the homeside a point in the game.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Chioma Ajunwa acknowledges widows; unveils Chioma Ajunwa Education Trust Fund

 Chioma Ajunwa acknowledges widows; unveils Chioma Ajunwa Education Trust Fund.

Nigeria's first and only individual Olympics gold medalist Chief Dr (Mrs) Chioma Ajunwa has shown consistency in reaching out to sports men and women, this time around her focus is on some selected widows.

In the spirit of the season and as a Christmas baby, her motive is to put smiles on the faces of these women that have single-handedly shouldered the responsibilities of being a mother and a father to their kids.

"I love to take care of widows, it is my passion," began Ajunwa.

"I have made provision for a quality portion of food items, new clothings and a token for them in this festive period to alleviate the effect of the pandemic."

Chioma Ajunwa, born on Christams Day in 1970, chose the period to unveil her pet project: Chioma Ajunwa Education Trust Fund for indigent children.

Ajunwa continued: "My aim is to reach out to the Girl Child especially, I was once a girl child that has added value to the society.

"The value of the Girl child can not be under estimated in the family and the society as a whole.

"Support for the indigent children to live their dreams through the Chioma Ajunwa Education trust Fund is a reality that should be embraced by well meaning Nigerians," she added.

It will be recalled that Chioma Ajunwa handed out palliatives to athletes at the Police College Ikeja in September as they geared up to resume their respective trainings after the Covid-19 enforced holidays.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

ANFSC lights Up Sylvester Igboun's Housewarming Party

 ANFSC lights Up Sylvester Igboun 's Housewarming Party

Members of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club led by the president, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi entertained and thrilled guests at the housewarming party of Nigerian international Sylvester Igboun. 

The event which was attended by close friends, associates and family of Sylvester Igboun was quite colourful and guests adhered to Covid-19 regulations.

The housewarming party had A-list celebrities from footballers to musicians to actors such as Dele Alampasu, Razak Omotoyossi, Comedian Eko, Ruggedman, Raheem Lawal to mention a few. 

According to Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi, Sly as he loves to call Sylvester is like a brother to him and he is very happy and excited to see that Sly is doing very well and bringing the ANFSC band to grace the occasion of Sly's housewarming party is his own little way of appreciating Sly. 

Sylvester Igboun currently plays for Russian Premier League club FC Dynamo Moscow.



Iconica FC of Ibadan were outshined by Nigeria National League side (NNL) Gateway United as they fell 5-2 at the M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Ogun State in a Pre-Season Friendly. 

Gateway opened the scoring from a penalty spot but that lasted for three minutes as Adeyemo Emmanuel levelled for Iconica FC. 

 The pressure from Gateway United was too much for the visitors as they conceded yet another penalty. 

The home side went ahead from the second time in the 22nd minute to make it 2-1 and followed up with another in the 30th minute. 

The game looked home and dry as more Gateway United combined so well to score from open play just before half time to conclude an all-action first half in Abeokuta. 

 Iconica FC trio of Idowu Quadri, Adeyemo Emmanuel, Animasaun Teslim pushed forward to restore pride to the Ibadan based team and was rewarded in the 75th minute as they combined so well to make it 4-2. 

The home side put finishing touches to what they began in the first half as they got the fifth for the day to make it 5-2. 

Iconica FC a non league side held their heads up high as they hope to pick the positives from the friendly. 

Iconica FC Starting XI

Ajibade Toheeb GK

Abdulsalam Malik

Ogunmola Emmanuel

Idowu Quadri

Adeyemo Sodiq

Animashaun Teslim

Lawal Kehinde

Adekunle Tunde

Adeyemo Emmanuel

Kayode Yusuf

Olanipekun Lekan


Jimoh Abdulahi

Adewunmi Sodiq

Hammed Ayobami

Abiola Mustapha

Taiwo Ibrahim

Dauda kazeem

Rasaq Lateef

Agunbiade Quadri

Bakare Micheal

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

NWFL Premiership Week Three Preview: Anaylsis, Match Stats, Players To Watch And More

 NWFL Premiership Week Three Preview: Anaylsis, Match Stats, Players To Watch And More

It's the last round of action before the Christmas and New Year Holiday and another busy wednesday for women football lovers in Nigeria.

Early pacesetters Bayelsa Queens and FC Robo Queens will go head-to-head in week 3, with one or both dropping points from their earlier two wins. 

Edo Queens will host Rivers Angels at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, in what promises to be one of the biggest games of the third week. 

Nasarawa Amazons will be hoping to get back to winning ways after two home defeats when they face Confluence Queens in Lokoja, Whyte Ogbonda will be looking at compounding the woes of the 'Solid Babes' when they meet on wednesday. 

Osun Babes will host Pelican Stars at the Osogbo City Stadium, in what is their first home game of the season, while Sunshine Queens travel to Agbor to face Delta Queens. 

In pursuit of their first league victory under new Manager, Anya Ugochi, Dreamstar Ladies will battle with Abia Angels in Umuahia, while Ibom Angels welcome Warri side Royal Queens to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

#Bayelsa Queens 🆚 FC Robo Queens. 

Bayelsa Queens welcomes FC Robo Queens to the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa on Wednesday evening, in what promises to be a great encounter. Both teams have been excellent of late with back-to-back wins and both teams recorded victory in Lafia against Nasarawa Amazons. 

The 'Restoration Ladies' are very strong at home and this will be another great test for them, after a hardfought 2-1 victory against Sunshine Sunshine Queens on matchday one. 

Monday Gift, Taiwo Lawal, Rukayat Shobowale are the players Osahon Emmanuel will be counting on, while Moses Aduku will be hoping to see the best of Joy Jerry, Anjor Mary, Vincent Precious and the rest on Wednesday. 

#Confluence Queens 🆚 Nasarawa Amazons

Confluence Queens will lock horns with Nasarawa Amazons at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja. The 'Solid Babes' were beaten at home last Wednesday, for the second time this season.

They have conceded three goals at home and only managed to score once. Confluence Queens have only one point so far this season and will be hoping to add to their point against Nasarawa Amazons. They have also conceded three and only scored once. 

Adejoke Ejalonibu, Amarachi Okronkwo, Chiemere Opara are players Nasarawa Amazons will be counting on, while Confluence Queens trio of Joy Omewa, Adoo Yina, Glory Edet and others will be aiming to compound the woes of their opponent. 

#Delta Queens 🆚 Sunshine Queens

Delta Queens have conceded more goals than any team in the league this season. For them, they have scored 6 goals and conceded 7, meanwhile their opponent on wednesday have conceded twice and scored three times. 

The home team had an horrendous game lastweek against Rivers Angels and would be hoping they can redeem themselves infront of their home fans. High flying Dominance Odunbajo and Seun Fakunle of Sunshine Queens have been talking tough ahead of this encounter. 

#Edo Queens 🆚 Rivers Angels

This is a South-south derby. Two of the biggest clubsides in the country meets at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on wednesday evening. Both haven't lost this season, Edo Queens have scored five goals and conceded just once, while highscoring side, Rivers Angels have scored 7 and conceded just three. Edo Queens will be eager to build on their away victory over Dreamstar Ladies in Lagos, while Rivers Angels will want to continue from where they stopped last Wednesday. 

#Abia Angels 🆚 Dreamstar Ladies

Abia Angels will be playing against a more confident DreamStar Ladies side, as stated by Club Chairman, Abdulrahman Abolore.

The 'Galaticas' have lost their two opening games and have been disappointing infront of goal, scoring just once in their last two encounters. Abia Angels lost narrowly to Royal Queens on Wednesday and will be counting on a victory against Dreamstar Ladies on matchday three. 

#Osun Babes 🆚 Pelican Stars

League football will be returning to the Osogbo City Stadium, for the first time in almost a year and the 'Omoluabi Queens' will go into this encounter with the hope of adding to the three point garnered in Uyo on matchday one.

Pelican Stars knows that they have to start picking points early in the league, as they have been able to get only a point in two matches. Edat Egan and his ladies will be aiming to silent the Osogbo fans with a favourable result. The two teams have full squad of players to pick from. It's promises to be an interesting encounter. 


#Ibom Angels 🆚 Royal Queens.

Ibom Angels will be keen to put their poor start behind them and face a tough challenge against the young girls from Warri. 

The 'Canadian Geese' have proven they can win games after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Abia Angels last week. They have 3 points while their opponent on Wednesday have only a point, which makes it neccesary for the Moruf Adeyemo side to want valuable points against Royal Queens.

Monday, 21 December 2020

FG Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions, Shuts Down Nightclubs, Recreational Centres

 *BREAKING: FG Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions, Shuts Down Nightclubs, Recreational Centres* 

The Federal Government has imposed new restrictions amid the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in various parts of the country. Mr Boss Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced this on Monday at the briefing of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The new restrictions include the closure of all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, as well as recreational venues in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

All restaurants were also directed to close, except those providing services to hotel residents, takeaways, home deliveries, and drive-ins.

Similarly, all informal and formal festivity events, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events, have been restricted to not more than 50 people.

The government also limited all gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50 per cent of the capacity of the facility of use which physical distancing and use of face masks should be strictly enforced.

NWFL Championship: Naija Ratels FC Take Over Invincible Angels Slot

 NWFL Championship: Naija Ratels FC Take Over Invincible Angels Slot. 

NWFL Nationwide side, Naija Ratels FC have acquired the slot of Invicinble Angels in the NWFL Championship after a mutual agreement was reached by the two clubs on Friday evening. 

The management of the two Benue State Football sides, confirmed the development to journalists on Friday evening and noted that the deal was a neccesary step to improve the standard of women football in Benue.

Invincible Angels in a statement during the weekend said the agreement was sealed after a thorough discussion between both parties with both Club Chairmen leading the negotiation.

The Chairman of the Gboko based side,  Mr. Chur Jr MichaelRandy noted that the club is aware of the challenges ahead in terms of the new club licensing/documentation policy introduced by the Sports Ministry and the NWFL under the leadership of Aisha Falode. 

"We understand we might not be able to cope with the financial terms, club licensing, documentation and other requirements under the new policy of the NWFL. 

"This is the reason we thought and agreed mutually that we should give the baton to our sister club, Naija Ratels to finish the race. 

"The fact remains that these are two Benue teams and we are glad as a club to play in the NWFL Nationwide in the coming season, while Naija Ratels play in the NWFL Championship. 

"We had challenges last year in the Premier League and thought we were going to get help from the Benue State Government, but we never did. Unfortunately things have gotten worse financially with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, the best decision was to hand the slot over to a sister club who is capable. 

In his remarks the President of Naija Ratels Football Club, Barrister Paul Edeh thanked the management of Invicinble Angels for the opportunity and also made it known that proper documentation as regards the change of status has been done officially by the NWFL.  

"When Invincible Angels FC approached us to take their NWFL Championship slot, we received the news with great joy and did not hesitate to accept the offer after mutually agreeing on the terms of the offer. It is worthy of mention that the paper work has been done and the NWFL leadership under the Chairperson of Aisha Falode has since done the change of name and endorsed Naija Ratels FC as a team in the NWFL Championship. 

"I want to use this opportunity to thank the Chairman of Invincible Angels FC Mr Chur Jr MichaelRandy for giving us the right to take their slot. I also want to thank the Chairperson of the NWFL Ms Aisha Falode for making the process of our registration seamless. 

"I have no doubt that the 2021 season will indeed be a year to be reckoned with as we have continued to prepare assiduously to be victorious in the Championship." He concluded.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

SJF Holds Annual Award Ceremony

 Nigerian journalists under the umbrella of Sports Journalists Forum (SJF) will on Sunday, 20th December, 2020 hold its annual award ceremony. 

Undettered by the challenges of the year under review as occassioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the group will be recognising outstanding members during it's virtual award ceremony. 

According to the Chief Convener and seasoned journalist, Godwin Enakhena, all plans have been concluded to hold the second edition of the annual event. 

"It is expedient that as professionals that we celebrate ourselves after a tough year with its challenges. We need to celebrate our small wins.

"On Sunday, we will be recognizing our members. Some of the categories include Reporter of the year, Member of the year (men and women),  Most Resourceful member, amongst others",  he continued.

Meanwhile, 30th,  December, 2020 has been announced as date for the SJF End of the Year Party after weeks of consultation. 

The event will hold at LASCOFIS, Ikeja with members of the group expected to converge on Lagos in what promises to be a colorful end to 2020. 

Organisers have promised that the event will be organised in line with all Covid-19 protocol.

NWFL Premiership Team Of Week Two: Omini, Njoku, Ajadi, Gift Show Class.

 NWFL Premiership Team Of Week Two: Omini, Njoku, Ajadi, Gift Show Class. 

The second week of the NWFL Premiership was packed with entertaining games and of course alot of goals. 

Twenty-One goals was recorded, two away wins, four home wins and a draw between Pelican Stars and Ibom Angels in Calabar rounded off a mid-week of fun and excitement.

Bayelsa Queens are the best represented Club in this week's team, with a precious away 2-1 win at the Lafia City Stadium on Wednesday and they are being rewarded with three selections. 

Here is the NWFL Premiership team for week two.

#Monle Omini, Bayelsa Queens (Goalkeeper)

The former Tokas Queens, Abia Angels and Confluence Queens goalkeeper enjoyed a very impressive debut for Bayelsa Queens. She was commanding in her box and was also key to helping her side build up from the back. 

The 'Restoration Ladies' manager, Moses Aduku decided to use Monle ahead of number one goalkeeper Onyinyechi Okeke and it really did pay off. 

#Glory Edet, Confluence Queens, (Right Back).

Edet put in another outstanding display for Confluence Queens against Sunshine Queens in Akure. Though Edet ended up on the losing side, but everything good went through her as far as the 'New Direction' Ladies' are concerned. She played a crucial role in her side conceding less goals and was a constant threat with her energy and reading of the game. A real talent. 

#Miracle Joseph, Bayelsa Queens (Left Back)

The former Ibom Angels defender did excellently well in the absence of regular Uzoamaka Igwe. She acted well making sure Nasarawa Amazons forwards had no much breathing space upfront and also linking up well with those ahead of her to great effect. 

#Onyebuchi Goodness, Sunshine Queens (Defensive Midfielder)

The Sunshine Queens Captain brought stability to the midfield, supporting Suliat Abideen, while she also looked to carry the ball forward and continually acted as the link between the Midfield and the attack. She finally got rewarded in the game, as she doubled Sunshine Queens lead in the 59th minute.

#Ugo Njoku, Rivers Angels (Centre Back)

Ugo Njoku finally got off the mark in the NWFL Premiership for Rivers Angels for the first time in almost two seasons and she did so in style. 

When the teams were announced and Njoku was included by Edwin Okon to play at the Centre-back against Delta Queens, many thought the 'Okowa Ladies' would target her and potentially get a fair amount of success doing so, but it wasn't really the case, as she was calm on the ball and showed alot of experience and didn't look like someone who hasn't played in like two years because of injury. 

#Becky Ajadi, Royal Queens (Centre Back). 

Ajadi was everywhere on wednesday as Royal Queens defeated Abia Angels 1-0 at the Warri Township Stadium. She was firm at the back and often didn't allow Jane Abraham and others to go past her. The former Saadatu Koko Amazons Captain was voted player of the match. 

# Brume Ikhekua, Rivers Angels (Forward).

Rivers Angels talisman was everywhere against her former side Delta Queens, the striker scored a brace and assisted Maryann Ezeanagu to score another. The young striker was topscorer for Delta Queens in 2019 and has started well in her new abode, Rivers Angels. 

#Anjor Mary, Bayelsa Queens (Forward)

Anjor Mary is outrageously a good footballer, the 2019 NWFL Premiership player of the season gave a good account of herself against Nasarawa Amazons in Lafia and scored the first goal, just as she did a year ago at the same venue. 

#Dominance Odubanjo, Delta Queens (Forward). 

Three goals in two games put the young striker ahead of others in this position. She scored against Rivers Angels in the 24th minute. Though her side lost by 6-2, the former Jokodolu Babes striker has found form and time will tell if she is going to continue that way. Great talent. 

#Anuoluwapo Salisu, DreamStar Ladies (Central Midfielder).

Two games, two losses, but Anuoluwapo Salisu has been the shining light in her side this season. The young midfielder produced arguably the standout individual performance in the game against Edo Queens at the Agege Township Stadium. 

She would be looking forward to getting it right this time around, when they visit Abia Angels in Umuahia on matchday three. 

#Monday Gift , FC Robo Queens, (Forward)

The former C.O.D Ladies striker grabbed herself a hat-trick against familiar foe Osun Babes at the Legacy Football Pitch, Surulere, Lagos. 

Gift is reaping the rewards for the hard work she continues to put in to improve on her finishing and positioning. Staying more centrally, the striker poses a much greater threat and this showed against Osun Babes as she netted the first hat-trick of the 2021 NWFL Premiership season.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Z Expo Championship Kicks Off Friday

 *Z Expo Championship Kicks Off Friday* 

The second edition of Z Expo Championship will kick off on Friday December 18, 2020 at the Sports Complex of Oshogbo Government High School with 32 teams taking part.

Z Expo Championship is sponsored by Shekeenah Zelter Global Concept Ltd and packaged by ITS Football Management (a football business management consultant).

The tournament will be played over 12 days and matches will be decided on knockout basis and will conclude its activities with the finals on Thursday December 31, 2020.

CEO of Shekeenah Zelter Global Concept Ltd, Ibrahim Taofeek Kayode, said the company sponsored the prestigious tournament to the tune of #1m (One Million Naira). 

According to Oro as the philanthropist is fondly called, the aim of the tournament is about investing in the development of sport, ploughing back into the communities and its upliftment.

He further stated that he is sponsoring the tourney to encourage youths to use the beautiful round leather game to get together, build life-long friendships and get to know each other.

The winner of the tournament goes home with a guaranteed giant gold trophy, gold medals and #200, 000 prize money, #100, 000 for runners up and silver medals.

Z Expo Championship Round Of 32 Fixtures

Friday December 18, 2020

Oyinlola FC vs House Of Prayer 2pm

Ikoyi Esho vs Young King's 4pm

Saturday December 19

Itunu FC vs Leke Hamzat FA 10am

Knights FC vs Awolu FC 12pm

Young Lion vs Amazing FC 2pm

Barrier FC vs Sharp Striker 4pm

Sunday December 20

36 Lion vs Golden Boys 10am

City Roller vs Hamola Global 12pm

Monday December 21

Imo Babes vs Fly KKD 2pm

Soccer FC vs Police FC 4pm

Tuesday December 22

Deen Babes vs Diamond FC 2pm

Ejigbo Utd vs Zakariyau FC 4pm

Wednesday December 23

Excel FA vs Ijesha Golden Warriors 2pm

Dynamic Iwo vs TSI FA 4pm

Thursday December 24

Olansile FA vs KSB FC 2pm

3FC Ifon vs La Planet Sport Academia 4pm

Red Hot Nigerian Striker Scores 8th Goal Of The Season

 On loan Chelsea forward Ike Ugbo has netted a brace for Cercle Brugge against Charleroi in the Belgian League.

This is his 8th goal in 17 league games this season.

Ike Dominique Ugbo is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Belgian club Cercle Brugge, on loan from Chelsea

Ugbo was born in Lewisham, Greater London and is of Nigerian descent.

NWFL Premiership Week Two Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More

 NWFL Premiership Week Two Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More.  

The week two fixtures of the 2021 NWFL Premiership was played across seven centres on Wednesday the 16th of December 2020 and  recorded some great results. 

With twenty One goals scored, two away wins recorded, a draw and four home wins in place, www.thenwfl.com brings you reports of week two of the 2021 NWFL Premiership. 

FC Robo Queens 3 Osun Babes 1

Monday Gift scored a wonderful hat-trick as FC Robo Queens beat familiar foe Osun Babes 3-1 at the Legacy Football Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere. 

Monday, scored her first in the 41st minute, before taking advantage of an error made by Osun Babes Goalkeeper Christiana Obia to score her second in the 52nd minute, before finally completing her hat trick in the 56th minute. 

FC Robo will travel down to Yenagoa to face Bayelsa Queens for their week three game, while Osun Babes will welcome Pelican Stars in Osogbo. 

Royal Queens 1 Abia Angels 0. 

It was a difficult game for Royal Queens at home as they kept searching for a goal until they got it in the 73rd minute through Rosemary Adesina. 

It was a frantic match as alot of goal scoring opportunities were not converted from both sides. Jane Abraham had a chance early in the first half to score for Abia Angels, but failed to beat Alamah Onyewee in the Royal Queens goalpost. 

The win sees Paul Mene record his first victory in the NWFL Premiership.

Royal Queens will face Ibom Angels in Uyo on matchday three, while Abia Angels welcome Dreamstar Ladies at home. 

Dreamstar Ladies 0 Edo Queens 1.

The Galaticas lost their second match of the season when Edo Queens came visiting at the Agege Township Stadium.

Unexpectedly, DreamStar Ladies Captain Juliet Emereole's own goal ensured victory for the Rollandson Odeh's side and the 'Obaseki Girls' will now welcome Rivers Angels nextweek. 

Rivers Angels 6 Delta Queens 2. 

Brume Ikekhua and Dominance Odubanjo scored twice for their clubs as the 'Jewels of Rivers' recorded a comprehensive victory over neigbours Delta Queens. 

It was the second brace for the Delta Queens striker, but her goals couldn't help her side from the rampant Rivers Angels team. 

Micheal Angela's own goal made it three for Rivers Angels before Maryann Ezeanagu, Deborah Abiodun and Cynthia Aku scored to make it 6-2. 

Delta Queens next game is against Sunshine Queens in Agbor. 

Sunshine Queens 2 Confluence Queens 0. 

Seun Fakunle and Goodness Onyebuchi both scored at the Ondo State Sports Complex to give Sunshine Queens a comfortable home win over visitors, Confluence Queens. 

Fakunle's goal came from a great assist by Akudo Ogbonna early in the 8th minute before captain Goodness Onyebuchi doubled the 'Betty Babes' lead in the 59th minute. 

The 'New Direction' Ladies pushed harder late in the second half to half their deficit, but failed to hit the net. Glory Edet was impressive in the game, as she kept pushing and inspiring her teammates from the back. Confluence Queens will welcome Nasarawa Amazons at the Confluence Stadium on Wednesday.

Pelican Stars 1 Ibom Angels 1.

Ogechi Ukwuoma's late goal denied Ibom Angels Manager Moruf Adeyemo his first win of the 2021 NWFL Premiership season as Pelican Stars earned a 1-1 draw at their homeground, U. J Usuene Stadium, Calabar. 

Uduakaobong Peter looked to have secured all three points for the 'Orange Ladies' after she scored in the 47th minute, but Pelican Stars continued pressing until they were rewarded late on.

Pelican Stars will travel to Osogbo to face Osun Babes nextweek, while Ibom Angels will be at home to Royal Queens. 

Nasarawa Amazons 1 Bayelsa Queens 2

Definitely a dejavu for Nasarawa Amazons Manager Christopher Danjuma losing to Bayelsa Queens by 2-1, same scoreline recorded in 2019. Only that Anjor Mary scored just once this time around in the 24th minute, before Amarachi Okoronkwo equalised in the 55th minute to give the 'Solid Babes' an array of hope in the game but Joy Bokiri's late strike gave the visitors the maximum points. 

Perhaps the worst start for Christopher Danjuma since he became head coach of Nasarawa Amazons and will definitely be looking at redeeming his side's battered image when they travel down to the Confluence Stadium to face Confluence Queens nextweek.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Kenya Airways becomes Official Airline Partner of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

 The number of global brands entering into partnership with Access Bank Lagos City Marathon increased on Wednesday as awarding winning airline, Kenya Airways joined the rich list of partners.

With Access Bank as Headline Sponsor, the rich list of partners include 7UP Bottling Company, Eko Atlantic City, Eko Hotels, Revolution Plus Property, Bet9ja, and Skechers. The Center of Excellence, Lagos is the Host City

The deal to bring Kenya Airways on board the award winning Access Bank Lagos City Marathon was brokered by the Project Consultant and Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Bukola Olopade.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Communication and Media of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Olopade said:
“We are happy to have Kenya Airways as the official airline partner of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, an event that has redefined the trajectory of races in Africa and across the rest of the world.

“This is a partnership that is coming at the right time because the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has positioned Lagos as a global marathon destination and that is fostered by organisations like Kenya Airways who value quality and topnotch delivery which is our signature across all our races.”

Hafeez Balogun, Country Manager, Kenya Airways Nigeria added that: “We are involved with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon because the idea behind the event tallies with our culture of promoting the African spirit. Africans are champions of marathons and Kenya Airways is the pride of Africa.
“We are eagerly looking forward to another excellent show of African spirit of strong will power, determination and perfect finishes at the 2021 Lagos City Marathon.”

The sixth edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, winner of the prestigious World Athletics Bronze and Silver Label, is slated for 13th of February 2021.

The event hosts over 100,000 runners from across the world each year, including top elite runners. Hiwever, due to COVID 19 precautions for road races, only 10,000 runners will be allowed to participate in the next edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

Nilayo Sports Management Limited is the foremost sports management and marketing company in Nigeria. With over two decades of experience, NSML promotes sporting activities from grass root level to international level in Africa.

Friday, 11 December 2020

Suzuki Becomes Official Automobile Partner Of Abeokuta Marathon, ValueJet Remo Ultra Race

 *Suzuki Becomes Official Automobile Partner Of Abeokuta Marathon, ValueJet Remo Ultra Race*

*Bayo Adegboyega*

Japanese Company Suzuki has officially become the Automobile Partner Of the Great Abeokuta 10 KM Marathon and the ValueJet IAU African Championship.

The groundbreaking partnership was sealed between Suzuki and owners of the races, Nilayo Sports Management Limited  today in Lagos at the headquarters of Suzuki by CFAO.

Speaking at the event, Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Limited Hon. Bukola Olopade expressed confidence that the partnership will further strengthen a foundation that is already solid.

He said "As for the Abeokuta Marathon, it's a plus for the 10km event, it would definitely add new and obvious touches".

Hon Olopade who is a former commissioner for sports in Ogun State also added that the Remo Ultra Race will take a beautiful shape in 2021, adding that the partnership with Suzuki means more value has been added.

On her part, General manager of Suzuki Aissatou Diouf, Suzuki is proud to associate with a company that has done tremendous things in the last couple of years.

Aissatou Diouf said "When we saw what Nilayo Sports Management Limited was doing, it was easy to do business with them, we know the advantage and value it will add to us so it's a win win situation and we are happy that this partnership has officially started".

Chief Operating officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Mr Seyi Johnson appreciated Suzuki for what they are bringing on the table, he let out that there is more to come from the brand

The deal for the two races is worth two hundred million naira a year for two years with a guaranteed extension of another three years.

It was also revealed that winners would be gifted branded Suzuki cars.

The 2021 10KM Abeokuta Marathon has been scheduled for November 13, while the ValueJet IAU African Championship will come up on December 4.

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