Sunshine Stars vs 3SC abandoned match: LMC must be different from defunct Baribote led board in taking decision


      Pix:Battered 3SC Camera man.

The League Management Company (LMC) was set up with the aim of returning sanity in all ramifications to the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) a couple of months back after Baribote led board was dissolved due to lack of accountability and transparency and other irregularities that rocked the then NPL.

It’s a great a pity that the so-called LMC are towing the way of the former league board with ineptitude decision making even when evidence are presented before them.

The beginning of LMC failure

Sunshine Stars and 3SC Week 30 Glo Premier League match  in Akure was abandoned at half time when the Akure Fans physical attacked and assaulted the 3SC Cameraman and other top officials of the club including the Oyo State Sports Commissioner, Dapo Lam Adeshina.

LMC in their preliminary ruling on the inconclusive match, indicted Shooting Stars and fined the Oluyole Warriors N3m and ducked 3 points from already accrued points for abandoning the match against the host, Sunshine Stars whose Fans battered the visiting team 3SC.

A Press release on the LMC website stated that the LMC announced the decision in a letter to the Management of the two Clubs and said the findings were based on the official match reports which did not support the claims of 3SC. The letter was signed by the Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salihu Abubakar cited relevant articles of the Regulation guiding the conduct of the Glo Premier League and subsequently invited some persons for further hearing,on Friday September 13 at the Abuja National Stadium but they are yet to seat for the hearing.    Why is it taking much time?

However,nothing in the reports corroborate the claims of Shooting Stars. The LMC is therefore satisfied that the Shooting Stars deliberately abandoned the game”, says the LMC.

Why is the LMC delaying the verdict?

Before the Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars saga, we have heard series of abandoned matches and the LMC had dealt with warring teams judicially, 3SC vs Kwara United was abandoned,  the LMC sanctioned 3SC, Kwara United vs Warri Wolves game was not concluded the LMC hammers Kwara United, Wikki Tourists vs ELKANEMI Warriors was inconclusive,  the severely punished the Tourists, last week in Kano, Kano Pillars and Enyimba International Matchday 31 was relinquished,  the LMC penalised the Kano-based team but for they are yet to seat to for  Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars saga which was in Matchday 30, WHY?

It must be noted that Mike Idoko, who is a member of the LMC is also the Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency that was saddled with day-to-day running  of Sunshine Stars and other football related matter in Ondo, the same Man was actively involved in the show of shame.

The LMC must put aside any relationship that ever existed between them and Mike Idoko and do the right thing if they want be different from Baribote led board,  and if they want League Lovers to continually believed in them.


A celebration of Tokenness”- Says Club Owners over Glo/LMC deal


The League Management Company(LMC) on Monday in Lagos ratifed a N1,896,730,000 three-year  sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant Globacom for the apex League in Nigeria, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Following this development, the association of the 20 Premier League Club Chairmen otherwise known as club owners have said they were not aware of any such deal as it was brokered without their knowledge and approval.

In addition,the club owners also threatened to disassociate themselves from any further deal entered into by the LMC until the current issues being handled by the Nigeria Football Fedaeration (NFF) is settled.

However the association warned that clubs in the NPFL should not allow any bill board or pitch panel bearing LMC Ltd or any of its sponsors at league venues forthwith.

The Acting Secretary of the club owners, Alloy chukwuemeka divulged in an interview monitored in Ilorin that the issue of League Management
Company Ltd is still a subject of debate which the NFF is trying to make peace over it and as such they have no such right to sign any deal or receive any cheque unbehalf of the league clubs without our knowledge and supports. He said the club owners are still waiting for the inconclusive meeting to be reconvened and salient issues thrashed before any deal could be entered into.

He opined that the rush by LMC in accepting a cheque is a mere celebration of tokenness, adding that similar deals in the past between the league and Glo had brought more money than what they are celebrating.

Alloy says” look all I can say now is that since we had the inconclusive meeting last time we are yet to meet so I don’t know any meeting where such deal was
discussed before it was sealed and paid for. So we are still waiting for NFF to reconvene the meeting.

” My friend all I know is that the clubs are not aware of any deal sealed in Lagos but even at that the amount you are mentioning we are used to it or
are they celebrating tokenness” he concluded.

COD Were Lucky – Ilechukwu

Chief Coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club  (MFM FC) of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechukwu, said on Saturday that the Olukoya Boys were superior to The City of David (COD) United Football Club of Lagos after his wards defeated their city rivals 2-0 in Match Day 10 of the Nigeria National League (NNL) encounter at the Agege Stadium.

“Before the game, my boys said to themselves that they must show the world that they are superior to COD United, and now they have proved just that. They were lucky not to have conceded more than two goals because my boys were in two much of a hurry to score more goals so anxiety set in. In a game like this the better and much determined side usually come out victorious.

“Our superiority will not end here at the Agege Stadium, we will take this good form to our home ground at Onikan stadium when we play the return leg,” said Ilechukwu.
First half goals from striker, Sikiru Olatunbosun and a well taken penalty by captain, Femi Oladejo, a midfielder who was unarguably the man of the match, were all MFM FC needed to beat COD United Fc and earn the three maximum points.

The Lagos derby indeed lived to its billing as both teams gave their all on the pitch, they entertained their fans with top notch performance, showing class and quality, MFM FC did not only dominate the game, they had much of the possession, more shots on target, and scored two goals within 27 minutes of play.

However, COD United FC made some changes and came all out in the second 45 minutes in their quest to get a decent result but MFM FC players stood tall in all the departments of the game, they defended their two goal lead and tactically outplayed COD FC.

By virtue of this victory, MFM FC have gathered 12 points from 10 matches, they are now 10th on the NNL Division B table, their next league game will be on the road to Abia Comet this weekend.



We won’t be relegated – Ilechukwu

February 18, 2013 By Olawale Quadry

The gaffer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club (MFM FC) of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechukwu has stated that his ward will not go on relegation despite the away defeat in Umuahia after Abia Warriors ambushed his team by three goals to nill in Match Day 9 of the Nigeria National League(NNL) on Sunday, 17th of February, 2013.

“We wil not go on relegation despite this result, I never expected this scoreline, it really shocked me, but I believe with little time, the team will seat up and get point on away ground” Ilechukwu.

“The game against Abia Warriors has come and gone, now am looking at the future, that is the games ahead” he said.

However, Fidelis fervidly stated that he and his team will do everything humanly to get the the three maximum points in their next game which will be a classical derby as the Olukoya Boys will welcome C.O.D United at the Agege Stadium in Lagos this Saturday.

“The match against C.O.D United is a must win for me and the team, and also for our fans, the result of that match will go a long way in helping us to regain our status in the NNL” he disclosed.

Following the outcome of the encounter, MFM FC are now 13th on the Division B table, garnered nine points from nine games, played four games at home and five on the road.

A win against C.O.D will take the team to 10th or 9th position on the log.

How Bendel Insurance defeat us-Shola Brossa

ImageBolowotan defensive Midfielder, Shola Brossa, who captained the team against Bendel Insurance has sensationally disclosed to how Bendel Insurance piped his side by 2-1 in Matchday 5 encounter of the Nigeria National League(NNL) Division B game in Benin on Saturday,19th of January, 2013. Continue reading on

Shola says” we lost the game in the first half, our defense were unable to stop Insurance attack, going forward we also missed two clear-cut chances which could have gave us an equalizer, we were so hopeful of taking points in Benin but we failed to take our chances,

He stressed further” we created a lot of havoc for the home side in the second have of the game, but we missed it again, we have learnt one or two lessons from this game and we are going to improve upon it,” he told

The game began under a conducive atmosphere at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium with the Female FIFA badge refeere, Nwogwu Uloma at the center of the pitch, Insurance kicked the ball first as the first half gets underway.

Both sides started the game well with beautiful dispay of the round leather game, Bolowotan defence lost the rhythm of the game in the 4th minutes of play, Iyayi Atiemwen opened the score sheet for Bendel in the 5th minutes after a well-worked move, he ran through Bolowotans’ defence and dribbled passed the keeper and hit the back of the net, game continues with the host leading by one goal to nill.

Shola Brossa of Bolowotan passed the ball to Omudu Charles, Omudu set up Ogunlewe Demola right in the box of the host but Demola failed to leveled the score line as he shot the ball wide, Bolowotan got another goal scoring chance which could have restored confidence into the team, through Demola but he misses the begging chance, afterwards, Insurance  dominated the game, unsettled Bolowotans’ defence, Cyrian Uche doubled the lead for the home side in the 41st minutes, first half ended by 2-0 in favour of Bendel Insurance.

Bolowotan came out well in the second 45 minutes, they got a goal in 48th minutes as Demola Ogunlewe redeemed his game as he pumped in a goal in the visitors yard,  his goal threw the home team off balance, Bolowotan then controlled the play of the game right from the beginning of second half till the final 90 minutes, Bolowotan pacy attacker, Newman Musa saw yellow as he impeded Bendel defender when he was contesting for the ball in the air, Bolowotan created a lots of chances but Bendel goalie Enaholo Joshua was on duty as he made great saves, Bolowotan made three changes as they went in search of goals, William Memme came in for Ugochukwu Nwankwo,while Demola Ogunlewe came out for Saidu Abubakar and Omudu Charles was subtituted for Odunlade Paul.

Bolowotan pressed forward as they piled more pressure on the home team, Othuke Jacob got a beautiful pass from William Memme, he tapped the ball forward, dribbled pass the defenders but failed to hit the back of the net. Game ended by 2-1 as Bendel Insurance beat Bolowotan.


Crown Football club Board and management under Alhaji Noah Bello remember the former chairman of the club, chief Abraham Olayiwola Olagbemiro who died exactly 3years ago in far away New-Delhi in India after a brief illness.

The good deeds of the deceased would continue to be linger on for laying the solid foundation in Crown fc and for bringing into bear his encyclopedic knowledge in football administration in his home town. Layi as fondly called despite having silver spoon in his mouth from birth chose football as a career, played and administered the round-leather game.

Abraham Olayiwola, caught the
attention and attraction of the late Apala legend Alh Ayinla Omowura in one of his albums titled Challenge Cup 1974, the Apala maestro gave a graphic representation of Mighty jets Layi’s football artistry against Enugu

He was the team Manager of Dream team IV that brought glory to Nigeria in Atlanta ’96, Layi won Federation cup for Plateau United in the year 2000 and could not be diffused from the historical Premier League ticket of Crown fc.

Courtesy: Crown Fc Media Chief, Kunle Oyeleye.