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Showing posts with label NNL. Show all posts

Friday, January 15, 2021

All Hail Sir Kensington Adebutu ( Baba Ijebu )! The man on a mission to revive grassroots football

 All Hail Sir Kensington Adebutu ( Baba Ijebu )! The man on a mission to revive grassroots football

Over the years, grassroot football in Nigeria has suffered unfold hardship due to the absence of reliable and competent corporate sponsorship. Every big company or corporate bodies have their attention fixed on the NPFL or the Super Eagles, obviously because they want instant mileage and recognition. 

The Nigeria National League and the Nationwide league have gone caps in hands begging for sponsors to keep the leagues afloat and kudos must be giving to the likes of bet9ja owned by the chairman of Remo stars football club, Kunle Soname. 

It is on record that they single handedly sponsored the NNL for two seasons. 

Expectations rose to the heavens when the chairman/CEO Nilayo sports company, Bukola Olopade was appointed Chief Executive officer of the league. Many were confident that based on his track records, the NNL will experience a new lease of life. 

That was exactly what happened as Nilayo sports marketing agency set the ball rolling from day one as the sponsors came in, in their numbers. However the politics of Nigeria football coupled with the behind the scene maneuverings, forced the CEO to quit after just a few months in office. 

His departure left the league in total shambles. There was not willing sponsors and those already in, left without a formal goodbye. 

Then just last year, the chairman of the league board and member of the executive committee of the NFF, Chidi Okenwa died leaving the nation in rude shock. 

His exit, meant there was a vacancy to be filled and the NFF in their wisdom went for a willing ally, a man who as chairman Senate committee of sports for over 6years has failed to stamp his authority or make a mark for all to see or appreciate. 

So to many, it was a big surprise to see that the NNL Congress held in his home town of Abakaliki on Friday started with some ray of hope as another betting company was unveiled as title sponsors of the league. 

Unfortunately, today's ceremony was without the usual fanfare befitting for an event of this magnitude. 

This is because the organizers were shy of publicity or didn't want the media to ask probing questions regarding the full details of the deal and what it has for the clubs. 

From the outside, many will want to use this opportunity to once again thank the honorable minister of youth and sports, Mr Sunday Dare who has continuously emphasized the need to develop sports at the grassroots. In his commitment and drive to actualize this dream, he promised to revive Nigeria sporting facilities and started off with the Moshood Abiola international stadium in Abuja, the Katsina stadium in Daura and the National stadium in Lagos. 

Africa's richest man and renowned businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has promised to finish rehabilitation work at the Moshood Abiola international stadium before the end of the first quarter of 2021 while Sir Kensington Adebutu, a very close friend and ally to Mr Sunday Dare has rolled out the wheels in Lagos as work is in top gear. 

Many are quick to suggest that the Sports minister has helped to increase private and corporate sponsors passion and love for Nigeria sports. The Oyo state born former journalist turn politician is a no nonsense result driven and passionate man who will stop at nothing  but the best. 

It will therefore not be a surprise that Dare who at one point rose in support of the women's league when they went caps in hands begging for support ahead of the season opening congress has used his connections to once again bail the NNL from obvious collapse. 

We only hope that the league organizers will leverage on this support and give the sponsors the expected mileage that will give them joy and the zeal to hang on for a long time.

Sir Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu, is a native of Iperu Remo in Ikenne township of Ogun state.

Not only is Sir Kensington a successful business mogul, he also continues to contribute his quota to humanity. The Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF), Medical Laboratory and Maternity Centre was established in 2005 to contribute to the cause of humanity. It is a fully equipped medical facility with state of art equipment and qualified personnel.

Baba Ijebu is a recipient of several awards; among them are: Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) both conferred by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He is a gentle family man and has committed his resources to the education of his children, many of whom are directors in his company, politicians, and successful businessmen. Notable among his children is Mr. Adesegun Adebutu, CEO of Petrolex, an integrated energy conglomerate that provides services spanning across refining, storage, distribution and retailing of petroleum products

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tornadoes resumes training, conducts ECG test for players

Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna has resumed full training, Monday evening, after the festive break, ahead of the commencement of the Nigeria National League (NNL)

The Coach Abubakar Bala tutored side is expected to embark on rigorous training and a couple of friendly matches aimed at ensuring that the team is adequately prepared ahead of new football league season.

It could be recalled that the League body had in December pronounced that the Nigeria National League (NNL) will commence on January 16.

Niger Tornadoes currently trains at Maryam Babangida mini football pitch as an alternative training ground.

Earlier, Doctor Tasi’u Ibrahim the team’s Doctor led the players to the Power Diagnostic Center in minna, where Electrocadiograph, better known as (ECG test) was conducted as one of the prerequisite for registration of teams that will take part in the league.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Vandrezzer FC Appoint Ex Manchester City And Arsenal Sports Scientist

Vandrezzer FC Appoint Ex Manchester City And Arsenal Sports Scientist. 

See a press statement from the club

Vandrezzer FC is pleased to announce the employment of a Sport Science Director. He is Chris Barnes.

Barnes is a renowned, England-based expert with over 20 years experience in Sports Science. He holds two Master Degrees in Exercise and Sport Science as well as Business Management.

He's also an International Sports Science consultant who has worked with CAF and UEFA, as well as clubs like Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United,

Great Britain Basketball Association, The English Rugby Football League among others.

The renowned sports science expert will work with the VFC academy to actualise the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)  strategy which focuses on developing better home grown players. These players will be groomed in our academy which through systemic development, we expect to assume a Category 1 status in the nearest future.  

He will also be in charge of implementing an effective sports science framework for first team players and staff, interpretation and analysis of individual and team data, maximisation of athletic potential of players on and off the pitch of play as per physical fitness, injury crisis management, nutrition, sleep, recovery, mental health among other roles.

Additionally, he will coordinate the mentorship of Elite Performance staff at Vandrezzer FC, a role he previously played at Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Leeds United and Everton. 

In April 2020, Vandrezzer FC had taken delivery of four units of world-class Artificial Intelligence -  powered VEO cameras, which will assist in gathering scientific data for post-match/training analysis and improvement in players’ performance. Also acquired are football GPS performance tracker vests which uses the latest GPS and sensor technology to accurately track players fitness and other multi-million-naira worth of training equipment. 

All these will come in handy and effective with Barnes, expertise on ground.

We say a BIG WELCOME to our latest team member - Chris Barnes. 

Vandrezzer FC ...won't walk that road without you

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

We Take Our Coaches Portfolios Seriously- Iconica Chairman

 We Take Our Coaches Portfolios Seriously- Iconica Chairman.

Owner of fast rising sports academy in Nigeria, Iconica Fc Mr Ahmad Adiatu says he ensures his coaches are up to date with the necessary Credentials, skill, knowledge about the round leather game. 

Mr Ahmad further revealed that as FIFA rules are updated regularly so it is with his coaches as the coaching department is key to a successful team. 

"We take our coaches portfolio's seriously. Our coaches always like to upgrade their credentials and often work on ways to increase their knowledge. We support by sending them to coaching seminars or doing in-house training sessions for them.

 FIFA rules are updated regularly so do we with our coaches, depending on the availability and suitability of the course.  But it's something we practice as to meet the required standards and to accommodate the demands of the profession". 

Iconica Fc in the coming days will organise refresher course for her coaches at their base in Ibadan.

Iconica Joins The Elite, Obtains TMS

 Iconica Joins The Elite, Obtains TMS

In a bid to ensure transparency and governance, Iconica Fc have obtained FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS). 

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was the  first Member Association (MA) in Africa to implement the FIFA TMS Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS).

Propiertor of the Club Mr Ahmad Adiatu when asked what this means for the club he said: 
" The aim is to be able to meet FIFA's requirement when it comes to player transfer between clubs. It is the department that is designed for smoother, more transparent and international transfers of players between clubs quicker". 

Mr Ahmad who takes his players as family said the Football club asides from having a conducive environment  also boasts of good welfare package both on and off the field. 

"We develop them by having different types of training for different categories but at serene environment. We see to their respective needs both on and off the pitch. We do not treat them as players, we treat them as families". 

Iconica FC is indeed a club that posses passion, discipline, good management, consistency and drive.

My Academy Will Be the Hub For Future Stars In Our National Teams- Adiatu Ahmad

 My Academy Will Be the Hub For Future Stars In Our National Teams- Ahmad Adiatu

A fast Football Academy in the city of Ibadan, Oyo State Iconica Fc is taking the country storm as the vast experience of the Proprietor Mr Ahmad Adiatu has ensured the academy is on the lips of many.

Speaking to news men from his UK base the young Football Administrator said beyond the economic situation in Nigeria, he has always been a man who loves making people smile. 

"Regardless of the academy, helping people has been my way since the beginning. It's what i grew up seeing my father do". 

Mr Ahmad hinted that in the next five years parents will be happy to see their children develop and become professionals. 

"I see the academy as where parents would be proud of having their children trained and develop into professionals.  They grow to becoming professional footballers that will be recognised by many clubs around the world but to also be the connerstone of Nigeria National football team". 

Iconica Fc is currently three years old with experience coaches, good Private facility and boast of a large fan base on Twitter,  Instagram and Facebook.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Brazilian Forward Ivo Jorge Santos on the verge of Joining NNL side Vandrezzer FC

 Former Heartland FC Brazilian Forward Ivo Jorge Santos on the verge of Joining NNL side Vandrezzer Football Club.

Santos had penned a two-year contract with the Heartland FC in 2018/2019. But after the season, many players, including the Brazilian, were laid off by a new management.

Vandrezzer FC is a professional football club that competes in the Nigeria National League (NNL) - the second tier of Nigerian club football. 

Nicknamed the ‘Lions of Naija’, Vandrezzer FC is driven by the vision of her founder to bring about a change in the narrative of football club management in Nigeria. Since it’s establishment precisely one year ago, on September 11, 2019; Vandrezzer FC has been at the forefront of redefining the dynamics of club football management in Nigeria, riding on its four cardinal principles of Football artistry, Arts, Entertainment and Hospitality.

Working with a business model focused on fans engagement, merchandising, ticket sales, broadcasting rights, Vandrezzer FC is determined to be a trailblazer in promoting the ‘football for business’ concept in Nigeria.


In addition, Vandrezzer FC launched her fully enhanced and interactive website, designed as a digital platform to cater to fans, sponsors and merchandising agents, dishing out professional and delightful content.

These efforts did not go unnoticed, as Vandrezzer FC got what could be described as her first official global recognition on August 27, 2020, when she was rated by the Global Digital Football Benchmark study as the most followed football club in Nigeria and the 37th best in Africa!

Vandrezzer FC has through the support of her global principal partner, Vandrezzer Energy Services Limited, acquired a state-of-the-art audio sound system from Amate sounds in Spain to provide crispy clear audio entertainment on match days. 

Still in line with the culture of excellence, the club engaged with UK top brand suppliers, including suppliers of grounds management equipment and have acquired best in class grounds equipment for effective maintenance of her football pitches. 

Furthermore, as part of her efforts to up the game of football in Nigeria, and to give voice to her online campaign of “good pitches make good football” Vandrezzer FC has initiated the process with the grounds management experts in UK to provide training to willing Nigerian football clubs on how to build and maintain good pitches.

At its disposal is an asset of 4.0 hectares of land, with a planned acquisition of a further 12.0 hectares for the planned development of her Tier 2 Football academy, while the latter acquisition would cater to the future expansion and planned upgrade of the academy to the UEFA Tier 1 status.

With a focus to enhancing football business through the use of technology, Vandrezzer FC has acquired Sports performance wearable GPS trackers - the most advanced athlete fitness tracking device ever made for individuals,; and Veo un-manned camera AI technology which automatically detects where the ball is and digitally pans and zooms. 

With the massive investments and Quality additions, Rate Vandrezzer FC's Chances of promotion to the NPFL

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