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Showing posts with label NFF. Show all posts

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ilaji Hotels And Sports Resort To Hold Scouting And Coaching Programme

 Extra: Ilaji Hotels And Sports Resort To Hold Scouting And Coaching Programme

All is set for the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort Scouting and Coaching programme to go down from Saturday 1st of May through Friday 7th.

According to the organisers, the initiative was borne out of the corporate vision in nurturing football talents to the stardom and in fulfillment of its contractual agreement with Malaga CF of Spain.

The twin-packed project will be centered around scouting excercise for talented footballers and coaching clinic for coaches who want to give their careers a giant leap.

Malaga CF Academy Head Coach Martinez Trueba Marcus Antonio and Diego Martin; a FIFA certified football agent are expected to oversee the 7-day event.

While Monday 3rd of May to Tuesday 4th has been set aside for the Coaching Education Programme, the scouting programme has been scheduled to come up between Wednesday May 5th and Thursday 6th at Ilaji Hotels and Resort, Akanran, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Other notable instructors billed for the event are the former Super Eagles Coach; Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, ex- internationals like, Nduka Ugbade, Mutiu Adepoju and Gateway United Gaffer, Akeem Busari.

A sum amount of N10,500 is expected to be paid by interested players to register for the programme while intending coaches are to pay N20,000 as their commitment fee. 

According to the organiser feeding and accommodation will be made free for the coaches for the two days, while accommodation alone will be free for players for the two screening days. 

It's instructive to know that Ilaji Hotels and Resort will be responsible for sponsorship of successful players and will also be providing  certificate of participation for coaches. 

Participants have been advised to pay into this Bank Account:6669682012 of First City Monument Bank with the name Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Onazi Pays Courtesy Visit to ANFSC

 Onazi Pays Courtesy Visit to ANFSC

2013 AFCON winner, Ogenyi Onazi paid a courtesy visit to the National Secretariat of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club on Monday 8th of February, 2021.

Onazi's visit is very strategic as its to familiarise himself with the club ahead of the important role he is to play as ANFSC is set to unveil its plans for 2021 and beyond.

"Onazi is my brother and friend, he has always supported the ANFSC brand and its only right for him to visit the National secretariat to get a feel of the brand and see the base of our daily operations" stated the national president of ANFSC, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi.

On his part, Onazi was amazed at the aesthetic nature of the secretariat and he was visible impressed by all that he saw. "I am amazed by all that ANFSC has achieved in such a short period and I am asking Nigerians to support the brand to make it bigger" Onazi stated.

Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club had some days ago unveiled Superstars, Emmanuel Emenike and Joseph Yobo as brand ambassadors

Nasarawa Govt Hails NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Initiative As North Central Zone Begins In Lafia

Nasarawa State Government has commended the organizers of Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic for the initiative  which it said will develop the capacity and competence of football managers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the clinic which held at the Lafia City Hall, Honourable Othman Bala, the commissioner for Youth and Sports in Nasarawa state assured the organizers the support of the state government towards the success of 5-day clinic.

He noted that the clinic came at a better time when the state is now finding its bearing in sports development upon which it has designed policies aimed at changing the narratives for good with priority on capacity and competence.

"I believe with the depth of technical input of this programme, it will bring about career progression and add value to the coaches and the players, Othman said.

He further added that, "We  have been left behind but we're lucky that we haven't lost focus. We have now find our bearing and we are going to partner with you as a state sovernment."

In his remarks, the Executive Board Member of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF who also double as Chairman of Nationwide League One (NLO) Alhaji Muhammed Alkali revealed that the clinic with its partnership along with the board is aimed at impacting modern knowledge on the coaches.

Alkali who's also as the Chairman Nasarawa State Football Association said the NLO partnership with the clinic is a manifestation of his management policy trust in a bid to rebrand and repackage  the league as a professional campaign.

"NFF has approved this clinic as part of criteria for NLO clubs and you must have the certificate to be able to seat on the bench of NLO matches, Alkali said.

Bitrus Bewarang, the former Technical Director of NFF also commended the organizers of the clinic saying that it will go along way to help football development at the grassroots.

The CEO Abigol Football Management, Mathew Olorunleke thanked the state government for the hospitality and support it has accorded the Berackiah/Abigol team.

Other guests at the event include Hon. Halidu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman, Nassarawa State Football Association, Mallam Babarabi, the FA secretary and other board Members of the State Football Association.

Also at the opening ceremony are the former Super Eagles and a retired FIFA/CAF instructor, High Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco, Mr. Wonders Nwigwe the CEO Berackiah International, Managing Director of Abigol Football Management Mr. Abraham Olorunleke and host of others.

The clinic for the North Central Zone will end on Friday 12th, February.

Friday, February 5, 2021

ANFSC Unveils Yobo, Emenike As Brand Ambassadors

 ANFSC Unveils Yobo, Emenike As Brand Ambassadors 

The foremost supporters club in Nigeria, Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club  at its Surulere Lagos National secretariat on Thursday 4th of February unveiled Former Super Eagles Captain and current assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo and AFCON 2013 golden boot winner, Emmanuel Emenike as brand ambassadors in a quiet ceremony. 


Yobo who has earned over one hundred appearances for the Super Eagles was impressed by the what he termed "the achievements of ANFSC in such a short time" and he also commended the president of ANFSC, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi for his diligence and steadfastness as he said he has known "Bonfere" as he loves to call Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi for the best part of two decades. 

Former Fenerbahce of Turkey striker Emmanuel Emenike on his part stated that he supports causes that better the football and society at large which is one of the reasons he built a hospital and supports every foundations that takes care of the needy and downtrodden and he sees supporting Authentic Nigeria Football supporters as a brand worth supporting due to the credibility of the National president, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi whose rise from being a mascot to becoming the leader of the foremost supporters club in Nigeria as an inspiration for Nigerian youths to emulate. 

On his part, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi thanked the superstars for accepting to be ambassadors of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club and he promises not to take their support for granted, the president also used the opportunity to state that the ANSFC will be in a matter of weeks unveil their plans for the year and also make a very important announcement on the next step for ANFSC. 

Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters has amongst its patrons notable personalities such as Oba Enitan Ogunwusi the Ooni of Ife, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai the governor of Kaduna state, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion the Esama of Benin amongst others.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Aspire FC Boss Set To Host, Sponsor 30 Coaches To Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic

 Aspire FC Boss Set To Host, Sponsor 30 Coaches To Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic 

No fewer than 30 football coaches in Anambra State are to benefit from the good gesture of Mr Patrick Okeke, the President of Aspire Football Club and Academy following his decision to attract the moving train of Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic to the State.

According to the CEO Berackiah International, Wonders N. Nwigwe, the Aspire Chief decision to identify with the programme and sponsor 30 coaches was inspired as a result of what he described as shared resolve of developing the capacity of Nigerian coaches as one of the way to achieve a sustainable growth in football development.

Recall the clinic which is currently making wave at the moment, had a successful outing in South-West Zone of the country with it's train currently in Asaba, capital city of Delta State for South South and South East Zones.

In his own remarks, the Aspire FC boss said hi decision to sponsor the coaches was motivated by his club age long commitment at developing football from the grassroots while prioritizing the role of coaches and adding value to the round leather game.

"Aspire FC is sponsoring the coaching clinic in Anambra State as part of our commitment to human capital development, the statement reads in part.

While noting that the future of Nigeria Football lies in the grassroots, he added that Aspire FC recognizes the need for the coaches in grassroots to have the technical competencies in order to identify and develop skills of the future stars who will make the country proud - a target which the clinic has also set out to achieve.

He believes that "Berackiah/Abigol coaching clinic offers the right mix of theoretical and practical learning experience for our coaches at the grassroots" thus an opportunity to strike the balance.

The Anambra clinic has now been scheduled to hold from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th of February.

While reacting to the development, the co-facilitator of the clinic and CEO of Abigol Football Management, coach Matthew Olorunleke commended the Aspire President for deeming it fit to sponsor the coaches, a gesture which he said will bear a positive impact on football in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Aspire Football Club is a Nationwide League One (NLO) team and are the current Anambra  FA Champions.

In the past, Aspire FC has invested in several other talent development projects such as the Aspire Egwu Ogene Contest of 2020 and the Adazi-Ani Fest of 2020 which are geared towards highlighting the synergy between music and football as well as the socio-economic impact of both activities.

The train of the clinic is expected to move from Anambra on Sunday, 7th February to Lafia in Nasarawa State on Monday for the North Central Zone.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Abuja Football Association Happy To Absorb Naija Ratels FC - Ilerika

 Abuja Football Association Happy To Absorb Naija Ratels FC - Ilerika. 

Abuja Football Association Secretary Usman Ilerika has described Naija Ratels as a well structured club with a certain bright future in the Nigerian Football arena. 

The renowned Football enthusiast said this, while presenting the certificate of affiliation to the President of NWFL Championship side Naija Ratels, Barrister Paul Edeh in Abuja.

Ilerika on behalf of the Abuja FA, said the Association are happy to absorb a well modeled club like Naija Ratels into it's folds and hailed them for following due diligence and required process, as it concerns proper affiliation with the Abuja F.A. 

The President of Naija Ratels FC, Barrister Paul Edeh while reacting, thanked the FCT FA for giving them the neccesary supports, while also stated the reason the club decided to affiliate with them. 

"Abuja is going to be our new home." He said. 

"We decided sometime ago to stay in Abuja, while Honey Badgers, our second team remains in Benue state. 

"It was a decisi taken alongside all stakeholders of the team. We all agreed and that's why we got affiliated with the FCT FA. 

"I truly want to appreciate the Chairman of the FA, Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed, the Secretary, Usman Ilerika and everyone that have been giving us all neccesary supports." He concluded.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

 Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

We have made constructive efforts at providing you with  all the bit  that made the lot of the just concluded South West Zone phase of the Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic.

Featuring about 12 sessions of training which includes Theory and Practical, the clinic provided a great opportunity for Nigerian Coaches to learn, re-learn and un-learn football concepts of various ideology.

Gian Marco as a Goalkeeper Trainee is one of the resource person from Italy. He was able to share his knowledge with Nigerian Coaches on the fundamentals of coaching and getting the best out of goalkeepers.

Speaking to Berackiah/Abigol Media Team at the sideline of the event he said:

"I feel honored to be here and I want to thank all the people who have worked to make this project happen and make it possible for me to come"

Marco believes he is just privileged to impact on the coaches and not  a 'teacher' who wants to teach what has not been taught before.

"What I want to do is to exchange my knowledge with the locals. I have found very   prepared coaches in this course and so I am finding my self comfortable. So it's just a first step and every journey begins with a step and we are to start.

Marco spoke highly of Nigerian Coaches for keeping the passion alive despite the myriad of socio-economic challenges and difficulties they have got to deal with.

"I admire their passion because in Europe where I came from ,we have plenty of infrastructure which are lacking here in Africa and despite that they didn't quit and they are working in situation that we in Europe can't even imagine,if we find such a situation with the lack of materials, infrastructure,most of the people in Europe would  have quit".

"I am not teaching anything it is a win to win project,I learn something they learn something we are exchanging Knowledge so I am feeling better with that Marco said. 

From NLO to NPFL : Marco has a dream

"I want this project to reach the top most especially as we are starting with the lower tier of the league,we want to reach the second tier and the top division of the league and even all over Africa. 

Roberto Bassi is another resource person who have taken the participants through the dynamism of the game .

He said in his words: "I am very happy to be here.

The last few days we have spent, the level of Nigerian Coaches concentration to the programme is good and they are willing to learn so I hope this programme will in the future be a point of reckoning"

Mathew Olorunleke is the CEO of Abigol Football Management and a co - facilitator of the clinic. As one of the brain behind the project, he believes the potential of Nigerian Coaches will help them scale the height coupled with what the clinic has offered. 

"It is not easy this is the first time, we are trying to cope to make it better and I must say from what I have seen, the Coaches are able to learn and are trying to cope as well.

Bridging the Gap and hopes

For Mathew, there is always the need to do more. He expressed the need to bridge the gap between talents and those who tend to develop them.

If Nigeria can have one of the expensive players in the market and we have players that are doing well in Europe, It will be very wrong to say Nigeria Coaches are not good. For us, we have discovered the missing link and now keen to bridge the gap.

He argued that if Nigeria players are doing well in abroad,that means Nigerian Coaches are good just that there is need to keep developing themselves in tune with what is obtainable in the advanced world.

Coach Siji Lagunju is the Assistant Director of Training and Development at the NFF and as veteran Coach himself, he preached  the significance for Coaches to develop themselves taking in to cognisance the principles of intellectuality, technicality, tactically , medically and physically.

High Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde was the cynosure of all eyes at the 5-day clinic.

An 'encyclopedia many will call him. The CAF/FIFA instructor urged all the participants to be inquisitive, impactful and be selfless in the course of their duty saying that integrity is another integral part of the job.

While noting the parallels between football administrators and coaches, the octogenarian appealed to all the participants not to lose focus and continue to do their best for the country adding that there must be unity of purpose in their ranks across the country.

116 coaches who attended the coaching clinic have now been given their certificates with the hope that the effects of their new acquired knowledge will bear positive impact on Nigeria football.

The clinic train will now move to South South and South East Zone where schedules will be held from 1st-5th of February in Asaba, Delta State.

The North Central and North East Zone programme will also holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Okechukwu Gabriel seals four year deal with Japanese club

 *Okechukwu Gabriel seals four year deal with Japanese club*

Water FC of Abuja graduate Okechukwu Gabriel has completed a four year deal with Consadole Sapporo who are one of the campaignersin the J1 League in Japan.

The Super Eagles striker who featured in CAF Champions League alongside Babatunde Micheal for Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have sealed a lucrative deal with the Japanese outfit. 

Okechukwu Gabriel will now play in the Ja

panese League until 2025 haven completed a four years deal.

The 25 years old striker has been unveiled by his new club in Japan and he's expected to start training with the team haven completed his medical routine.

Gabriel Okechukwu was the saviour of the CHAN Super Eagles and Silver medalist at the  African Nations Champions 2018 in Morocco under the tutelage of Coach Salisu Yusuf where he scored a goal in the Quarter final against Angola and against Sudan in the Semi Final of the tournament.

Gabriel was invited to the Super Eagles by late Stephen Keshi.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Bukola Olopade Congratulates Pinnick, Throws Weight Behind Him For FIFA Council Seat

 Bukola Olopade Congratulates Pinnick, Throws Weight Behind Him For FIFA Council Seat

Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Limited NSML, Hon. Bukola Olopade has congratulated the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick who was cleared by the World Football governing body FIFA to contest in the forthcoming FIFA executive council elections.

Olopade, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National League described the clearance given by FIFA as the first hurdle in the daunting task ahead, adding that it will be a victory for Nigeria if Pinnick finds his way into the FIFA chamber.

"Firstly, I congratulate my friend and brother Amaju, for scaling through the difficult first hurdle, it is extremely laudable that he has decided to put so many things on the line for the development of Football in Nigeria, if he finds a way into the FIFA council, it's a huge victory for Nigerian Football so he has my total support in his quest"

"The FIFA Review Committee with stringent integrity measures would not have certified Amaju fit of contesting if he had been found wanting in any sphere, it only means he has represented us well and he deserves all the support"

The former sports commissioner in Ogun State noted that he is throwing his weight behind the NFF Supremo because his emergence will not only portray Nigeria in good light globally, it will also be of immense quality to Nigerian Football administratively.

Elections will be held at the Congress of the Confederation of African Football scheduled for March 12, 2021, in Rabat, Morocco.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Dear Shehu Dikko, The Time To Be Firm Is Now

 *Dear Shehu Dikko, The Time To Be Firm Is Now*

Bayo Adegboyega

Whenever I remember the name Shehu Dikko, the excitement that comes with it is always  immeasurable, anytime I come across his picture, his level of intelligence strikes my mind and I'm always happy that a very competent individual is in charge of our elite Football League.

A few times I have met the lanky Administrator from the home of hospitality, I am always eager to ask for a photograph, I know he's a man that any sane Football lover will want to associate with and twice, he has granted my wish by posing for a picture with me despite the difference in height and status.

Shehu Dikko no doubt is a bundle of intelligence, an emblem of confidence and one man that can do magic with a formidable team and the "enabling environment".

In all spheres, we have seen what the leadership of the League management company LMC can do under the leadership of Shehu Dikko with the way the Nigeria Professional Football League 2021 season has started, the partnership with Redstrike is a huge plus, games are back on Television, contents with added quality are flying everywhere with the NPFL getting the positive image it needs to rise and rise.

Nonetheless, my personal grouse has being the manner at which clubs fail to fulfil their part in players contract, I feel the league will be stable if all clubs will pay salaries and other entitlements as and when due.

Even if issues would arise, let's get away from indebtedness and see the magic wand of money.

Shehu Dikko is a man who believes in lodging complains through the right channels, he has received complaints and has acted swiftly and ensured some players were paid their entitlements in the past.

Preemptively, I would have said Shehu Dikko is too comfortable or he has relaxed in making sure the LMC implements and enforce what the Framework and regulations talked about, but at the same time, I have to admit that he could be working on so many cases behind the scene and the results will be out soon for everyone to see.

There are instances, players have gone through the proper channel based on the advise and or directive of the LMC boss, but till date, they have not been attended to.

The compliance unit desk of the LMC is at the moment filled with complaints and I wonder how long it will take for the players to smile to the bank for what they worked for.

Some people are saying Dikko is too close to the club owners, others are of the view that the NFF second vice president is too considerate and it will take him time to do what is right as per hammering erring clubs on the issue of overdue payables, I really doubt though because he has done some laudable projects since assuming office.

I am however advising Alhaji Dikko to tighten his grip at the LMC helm, league followers are keen about the right processes and since he is a result oriented man, I will be extremely glad to see a man who roars when it's necessary and smile when the clubs are doing the right thing

Defender Franklin denies transfer link

Defender Franklin denies transfer link 

Nasarawa United central defender Tebo Franklin has said that reports claiming he is looking to leave The Solid Miners are false.

Rumours had been circulating that the player was keen elsewhere in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Tebo has been one of the shinning lights of Nasarawa United as they zoomed to the top of the NPFL table with 14 points, making six starts so far. 

Such an important role has led to speculation that he might be looking at opportunities elsewhere.

However the player who models his game around Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, has pledged his loyalty to the club for the foreseeable future: "I just want to deny what has been in the press about my transfer. It isn't true at all. I am always committed to Nasarawa United."

NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style

 NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style 

Nigeria Football Association (NFF) says the country's youth football will get to greater heights as our local coaches will tap in from the expertise shared at the football coaching clinic organised by Berackiah International and Abigol Football Management.

The Clinic which has been Integrated by the Nationwide League One (NLO) and aim to train, educate and develop Nigeria Coaches commenced at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode,Ogun State.

Chairman Ogun State Football Association and NFF Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi who spoke on behalf of NFF First Vice-President Barrister Seyi and Chairman Nationwide League One, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, pointed out the importance of the coaching clinic while stressing that gaining more knowledge should be paramount on the minds of the participants.

According to Majekodunmi: "We are very proud to have partnered with Nigeria Football Coaches Association and Berackiah/Abigol on this coaching clinic. The clinic is very good for Nigeria’s football. The NLO as a body is very committed to improving the league and as such will go the extra mile to ensuring capacity-building events like this holds regularly with support from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Department.

"The coaching clinic will be on technical football session to facilitate knowledge for our local coaches and to develop the quality of the Nationwide League One. We are confident that this will significantly improve the technical expertise of our local coaches.

"The clinic will equip our football coaches with the tactical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the game and improve the overall quality of the Nationwide League One. I'm proud to say that the course content is very rich and encompassing and the resource persons are top notch from Italy and local content will be handled by Nigerian best instructors.

"Youth development is the future of football. We are committed to developing capacity at the grassroots level, with the Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic, we'll get the desired results. We will continue to collaborate with our partners, in ways to develop our football and our league."

The clinic was boosted with the arrival of UEFA accredited top Italian football coaches, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco Duina and Nigeria's Matthew Olorunleke, who are the foreign resource persons while the local content will be handled by Nigeria's best instructors, Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde, Siji Olagunju.

The Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic is scheduled to hold across the country as thus; South West Zone began in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State from 25-29th of January.

South South and South East Zone holds in Asaba, Delta State from 1st-5th of February.

North Central and North East Zone holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

"I Have No Limits" - Red Hot Nigerian Striker Declares

Nigerian born Almeria Striker, Sadiq Umar has said that there is no limits to his scoring abilities.

Sadiq ,who has scored eleven league goals for his sides hinted to brila. net  that ,the sky is his limit in terms of scoring of goals and he hopes to score more before the season gets to an end.

Furthermore he added that,his target is to beat the last form of goal scoring tally and now he is gradually achieving it.

“My target is to beat the last year goals and now I have done it and without limits,I just have to keep on going and see where I will arrive. ”

The former Rio Olympics U23 forward added that,their team is improving on a daily basis citing numbers of matches and successes recorded in subsequent big games played against a first division side in the Spanish laliga.

“For us to beat a first team side all came with the believe and a pep talk amongst ourselves saying, we need big games even though I had played more big games before,  playing against clubs in the Europa league like Manchester United,also I played in the serial A so,I have experienced when it comes to such games, but here, we don't bother ourselves thinking we want to play a first division team because of the commitment we have between us ,we just want a test higher and we did past the test and now,it gives us more confidence in the team which keeps us going,” he said.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Nigeria's Golden Eaglets Qualify For AFCON

 The Nigeria u-17 team Friday evening beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to qualify for the final of WAFU zone B tournament.

In so doing, the team also picked a ticket for the Africa Cup of Nations for the u-17 scheduled to hold later this year in Morocco. This is a first major breakthrough for Nigerian football whose teams in international competitions have pile up series of bad results.

Nigeria’s solitary goal was scored in the 77th minute by Michael Emmanuel Papo. The team will play the final match against the winner of Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic which will hold later on Friday evening.

Adeleke Dynasty Emerge Winners Of The Maiden Edition Of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Cup

 Adeleke Dynasty Emerge Winners Of The Maiden Edition Of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Cup.

Dauda Mutiu was the hero as Adeleke Dynasty emerge the winner of the first Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Cup, Ede Osun State.

The match which was played at the Federal Polytechnic Ede Football Pitch had the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as Chairman of the occasion, State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Yemi Lawal, Mrs Dupe Adeleke-Sanni (Mother of the day), Prince Dotun Babayemi, Elder Leere Akogun Oyewunmi and Royal Fathers, Timi of Ede, Oba Minirudeen Lawal, Alara of Ara, Oba Olubayo Adesola Windapo and many other dignitaries in attendance. 

The match was heading for a draw before Tanjo Surprise FC defender upheld Buhari Afeez of Adeleke Dynasty in the 18 yard box. Dauda Mutiu then converted the resulting penalty which made Adeleke Dynasty the maiden champions.

In the third place match played earlier, Eyiowuawi FC Ede defeated Ido-Osun Warriors 6-1 in a one-sided encounter.

Medals and trophy was presented to the Winners ( Adeleke Dynasty Ede), same was done for the second placed team, Tanjo Surprise FC Ejigbo.

Medals and trophy was also given to third place team, Eyiowuawi FC Ede.

For the individual awards,

Azeez Ajagbe of Adeleke Dynasty FC was the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, why Ayoola Azeez and Olanrewaju Habeeb both from Eyiowuawi FC scored 6 goals each to become the highest goal scorer of the tournament.

While Mojeed Lawal of Tanjo Surprise FC was awarded the best defender of the tournament, Akande Wale of Adeleke Dynasty swoop the best goal-keeper award, and the youngest player of the tournament was Saheed Kehinde of Adeleke Dynasty.

Full list of winners.

Adeleke Dynasty Ede (Winners)

Tanjo Surprise FC Ejigbo (1st runner-up)

Eyiowuawi FC Ede (2nd runner-up)

MVP - Azeez Ajagbe (Adeleke Dynasty Ede)

Highest Goal Scorer(s) - Ayoola Azeez and Olanrewaju Habeeb (Eyiowuawi FC Ede)

Best Defender - Mojeeb Lawal (Tanjo Surprise FC Ejigbo)

Best Goal-keeper - Akande Wale (Adeleke Dynasty Ede)

Youngest Player - Saheed Kehinde (Adeleke Dynasty)

The Memorial Championship is dedicated in honour of the first Civilian Governor of the State, Otunba Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke and solely sponsored by Rep. Bamidele Salam who represents the good people of Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State in the National Assembly.

Tuesday, December 22, 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.

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