Akwa United Defender tops NPFL goal chart after Match Day 2

Match Day 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) produced 15 goals with four home wins and three away draws. Promise Keepers defender, Namso Edo scored his second goal of the season as he netted for his team in match day 2 of the NPFL on away ground against Nasarawa United.
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1. Namso Edo (2) Akwa United

2. Bobby Abel (1) FC Taraba

3. Luther Iyorhe (1) FC Taraba

4. Chima Uluocha (1) Abia Warriors

5. Bishop Onyeudo (1pk) Abia Warriors

6. Kelechi Ekeh (1) Heartland FC

7. Ifeanyi Egwim (1) Dolphins

8. Stephen Eze (1) Lobi stars

9.Musa Najere (1 pk) Warri Wolves

10.Mutiu Adegoke (1) Bayelsa Utd

11.Sibi Gwar (1) Enyimba

12.Andrew Abalogu (1) Enyimba

13. Semiu Laidi (1. og) Enyimba

14.Isa Aminu (1.pk) Kaduna United

15.Ibrahim Sisi (1)   Kaduna United

16.Siman Yusuf (1)  Kaduna United

17.Frank Chukwujekwu (1) Crown FC

18. Habiu Ali (1.pk) Nasarawa United

19.Ezekiel Mbah (1) Kano Pillars

20.Gambo Muhammad (1) Kano Pillars

21.Dele Olorundare (1) Sunshine Stars

22.Kingsley Eduwo (1) Sunshine Stars

23.Ifeanyi Inyam (1) Sharks FC

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STONE, ICHULL, AKINBODE AND ILIYA GET PUBLICITY MANAGER

Three Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players and one Nigeria National League (NNL) player now has a Publicity Manager who manages their media activities and projects them to Nigeria League Followers outside the shores of the Country.

The duo of former Abubarka Bukola Saraki Football Club (ABSFC) sensational players, Stone Evbuomwan, who recently teamed up with Dolphin Football Club of Port Harcourt, Ichull Lordson who is now enjoying life in the City of Warri with Warri Wolves, Iliya Jibo of Kaduna United and Akinbode Jelili who featured for Akwa Starlets in the NNL last season have employed one of the League veteran as their Publicist ahead of the new League season.

The Publicist who prefer to be anonymous disclosed to waleandsport.com that, having looked into the Nigeria League, he discovered that the major actors in the League are not known to their Fans both in and outside Nigeria and to prospective clubs outside the country who may want to employ their services , that a whole lot of them cannot attend to media men for interviews because they don’t know how to say what they have to say to the media making it imperative for someone to manage them hence his decision to work with Lordson, Stone, Iliya and Akinbode.

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Stone while speaking to waleandsport.com said; “I am excited with this development and I feel this is one of the things League players needed in promoting their game as they do the business on the pitch week in week out, it’s a great opportunity to have a Publicist and I will advice other players to be part of this new beginning because it will help them a lot,” the lanky Midfielder enthused.

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Lordson on the other hand believe that each sportsman needs publicity especially Nigeria League players, he opined that; “the English players are made famous through the media paparazzi they get in their country, and not because they are the best in sports, by this initiative and good performance from the players, then the sky will just be our starting point, we are talented in Nigeria but we lacked other thing that talent can do.

” I want to use this opportunity to thank the media houses, who made our league more interesting last season by reporting it to the public, we need the media more than they needed us and I believe they will continue to talk about us,” said the former ABS FC rookie who netted nine league goals last season.

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Akinbode also shared his thought and said; “I think this is what most Nigeria players are lacking, this is one of the things that makes the English football market so expensive, they always talk about their players performance on and off the pitch, I believe this great idea will not only project the players but it will also portray the league in a good light,” the Akwa Starlets Man-mountain told waleandsport.com

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Kaduna United winger, Iliya Jibo said getting a Publicist is not all that make a player great but good performance on the pitch and good morals off the pitch” a Publicist is an end to a means and not the means to an end, my performance as a player on the field of play and moral conducts off the field of play are what will make up to become a better player, although the media have their role to play, so I see this partnering as a welcome development” he concluded.

Tom speaks after ouster in Calabar

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are through to the final stage of the Brazil 2014 qualifiers as Emmanuel Emenike announced his return to Senior National team with a goal seconds before the half time whistle,  while Liverpool new boy, Victor Moses put the icing on the cake  when he doubled the lead via a well converted spot kick in the second 45  minutes of the game.  Nigeria will be waiting for the draws to know their next opponent.

Malawian Coach,  Tom Stainfiet believes his ward gave their best but it was not just good enough to triumph over the African Champions.

He says “we played a very good first half according to plans, the Flames played good organised, Nigeria had more ball possessions but my goal keeper didn’t let any shot in between the post in the first 45 minutes, it was 30 seconds after the 45 minutes the we concede the goal, we made the first mistake, my left wing could not come back, then in the second half we could not come back because we played against a very strong Super Eagle’s side, who got confidence after leading one zero and then we got a penalty” he said.

Tom also justified the red card giving to defender,  Limbikan Nzana in the 51 minutes of the engagement but he disagreed with Centre referee decision on the penalty that led to the second goal.

“The red card on the other hand, I would have given him a red card also I think it was a tackle any referee would have give him a second yellow card, I spoke to the player he said he touched the ball first,  if that’s correct,  it was not a yellow card, well if I’m the referee I would have given him a red card,” he stated.

On the Spot kick, Stainfiet explainec “first of all I have to see the game but let me say that I’m 90 percent sure that it’s not a penalty and I think most of you admitted with me very soft and I don’t think it’s really a penalty,  the player’s diving and nothing at all touched him,” he belived.

He concluded by wishing the Super Eagles good fortune as they forge ahead in their quest for 2014 world cup qualification ticket.

“I must admit we lost to a better side and I wish the Super Eagles all the best and hope that they qualify for the World Cup in 2014.” he enthused.

ABS REWARDED WITH APFON AWARD/RECEIVED NRA COMMENDATION

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Abubakar Bukola Sarki Football Club, ABS FC, Ilorin has bagged a Special Merit Award of the Association of Professional Footballers Of Nigeria, APFON, for being the only club in Nigeria not indebted to its players as well as for its special concern for the welfare and future of its players.

APFON Secretary General, Autine Popo said, this special act of professionalism by ABS FC remain a positive signal aimed at educating other clubs on the need to take welfare of players with utmost priority.

The Association thanked the Proprietor of ABS FC, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) and the management of the club for paying special attention to players and officials welfare as well as adhering strictly to contractual agreements.

In another development, ABS FC has been commended for its discipline and professionalism in the handling of its home and away matches as it concern the security of match officials.

President of Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, Alhaji Ahmed Maude disclosed that reports reaching him from his men indicated that no referee has complained of insult or assault in all home matches of ABS FC, hence, he commended the team and urged other clubs to emulate the Saraki Club.

Meanwhile, the entire management, players and officials of the club have dedicated the special award to the proprietor of the club, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

General Manager of the club, Alloy Chukwuemeka said this award is a clear indication that the vision of Saraki, to make the club a model for other clubs to emulate is really coming to fruition.

He said Saraki believes that motivation of players remains the best way to get the best out of the players whom he described as the real actors.It would be recalled that ABS FC remains the only club in Nigeria, so far not indebted to any player or official.

Eko 2012:Bolowotan Duo Scoring Goals

Two players from Bolowotan Fc of Ikorodu are proven their worth by banging in goals and putting up a spectacular performance in the Eko Football Festival team at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival.

Bolowotan goal poacher,Ochuko Jacob sealed the victory for Lagos football male team in the second half of their encounter against Kastina when the Eko team grind out three points from the visitors, on the 26th, November,2012.

Eko football team yesterday,29th of November, 2012, ambushed Abia by 5-0.

Bolowotan defensive Midfielder Shola Brussa was one of the goal scorers in the five goals bashing as he powered in a shot from the midfield in the 74th minutes of play, he was also the general in the middle of the pack, winning balls and stringing passes.

The natural defensive midfielder dedicated his goals to the entire team and Bolowotan fans.

He says” I dedicate my goal to the entire team and most especially my coach, and Bolowotan fans”

These are the goal scorers,Suraju Madazu 32mins, Ayolere Solomon 42mins, 72 mins Adewale
Sapara, 74 mins Shola Brussa,78 mins Adekunle Adeboyega.

Speaking after the match the goal scorers enthused their feelings towards the team feat, they said they are ready to take on any team and win Gold for Lagos State.

Fidelis Iyang and Innocent Nathaniel Strikes Earn Bolowotan Victory Over 3SC

Bolowotan Football club of Ikorodu announced their arrival into the Nigeria National League(NNL) on a dashing note as they put an end to Shooting Stars Sports Club(3SC) pre-season winning streak after defeating the Oluyole Warriors by 2-1 in a preseason friendly, on Wednesday November 14, 2012 in Ikorodu, at the club Slaughter Slab, Strong Tower.

Thomas Adesina openned the score sheet for 3SC, while Bolowotan got two goals in the space of 4th minutes before the half time whistle through their hungry striker, Fidelis Iyang and Innocent Nathaniel, in the first 45 minutes of the encounter.

3SC put up a good performance in the first 15 minutes of first half,dominating possessions, winning all the balls off Bolowotan players, they took the game of their opponent, as the Ikorodu Oga Boys were nervous for the first quarter of 45 minutes, 3SC player, Thomas Adesina took an advantage of a defensive blunder by Bolowotan defenders, dribbled pass the goalkeeper, and slot in a dummy goal, on the thick of 17 minutes of play.

3SC lanky striker Ighodaro Osagona was shown a red card in the 30th minute of the game, after an infringement on Bolowotan player.

Fidelis Inyang header restored parity in the game for the Oga boys as he nodded in a cross from Nathaniel Innocent, passed 3SC goalkeeper, Olaide Okanlanwon in the 41 minutes of play,Bolowotan pressed forward, and got the match winner through a
superb curl from Innocent Nathaniel from the far edge of the flank in the 44th minute, and they went into the half time with a 2-1 lead.

The two sides showed a lot of creativity and quality in the second half, several chances were created by Bolowotan to increase the tally, but they did not utilized their chances.

Super Eagles player, Phillip Asuquo, who once featured for the Nigeria National team in a friendly match against Niger Republic a couple of months ago, threatened Bolowotan defence with swift dribbles and runs, he created several chances but 3SC attackers were not quick to convert the chances in the second half to redeemed their unbeating run.

Both teams paraded virtually all their Big names, Olaide Okanlanwon,Mutiu Adegoke, Phillip Asuquo, Osagona Ighodaro, Shola Adepoju amongst others for 3SC, while Bolowotan fielded the likes of Adebayo Bello,Sordiq Shomefun, Fidelis Iyang,Innocent Nathaniel, Abubarkar Mohammed et al.

Bolowotan extends their pre-season winning streaks to 9 runs, they also maintained their home record as they remain unbeaten at their Slaughter Slab.

Bolowotan next pre-season friendly will be against Eko football festival team on Saturday, 17th of November at Agege Stadium by 9am, the game against Kwara United will come up by next week Wednesday in Abeokuta, while Enugu Rangers game will be played by next weekend.

FEMI OPABUNMI LOSING SIGHT

It was gathered that Femi Opabunmi, the youngest player ever to play for Nigeria in 2002 FIFA World, who was also the second highest goal scorer in Trindad and Tobago 2001, U-17 Championship and won himself Silver Shoe, he also emerged the third best player of that tournament in 2001, and won himself Bronze medal, but now the player, who has played his heart out for our Nation is gradually losing his sight, and he needs help from every Nigerians.

Opabunmi disclosed that the problem started in December, 2006.

“In December 2006, I was training one day when suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my eyes. I could not see the ball again,”

“My vision became blurred and I decided to see an optician. The woman told me that in a few days, I could be blind if I did not have surgery, I went for it and the surgeon said it was a success.”

” The bill was so much that I was forced to contact a few of my friends. Osaze Odemwingie and Seyi Olofinjana responded by sending some money to me”.

“I was expecting to see again but there was no improvement. I visited the doctor and other hospitals in Paris without a solution.”

“On returning home, I went to Ojulowo Eye Clinic in Ibadan but I had no money to pay the bill. When Onigbinde heard about my return to Nigeria, he called me and helped me, He paid my bill at Ojulowo but the problem was only solved halfway”.

Opabunmi further stated ” in the afternoon I will see a little bit, but at night it is very difficult for me to see.”

It must be recalled that the present Oyo State Commissioner for Sports, Honourable Dapo Lam Adesina gave a sum of 500,000 naira to the former Shooting Stars player.

The player truly needs assistance from all football loving Nigerians. He will surely appreciate it. You can contribute your own quota to his account First bank 3058788201.