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.

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

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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.

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.

LMC HAMMERS AFONJA WARRIORS

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League Management Committee (LMC) on the 2nd of September,  took a disciplinary measure as they sactioned Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, following their abandoned match at the Kwara State Stadium against Warri Wolves on Saturday,  August 31.

After 45 minutes of play in Ilorin over the weekend,  it was reported that the second Assistant Referee felt unsecured and refused to come out for the second half proceeding of the match and when another Assistant Referee was arranged to continue the game,  the visiting team Warri Wolves, could not carry on with the game at about 6pm on Saturday,  despite the floodlights being on.

On Monday, September, 2. The Organising and Disciplinary committee of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) decided upon by the Executive members of the Federation led by NFF President Aminu Maigari, Anyasi Agwu, Ahmed Fresh, Chris Green and Leye Adepoju in Abuja, took the final decision that the said match, Kwara Utd vs Warri Wolves, must be re-played in Abuja on Thursday, 5th of September, 2013.

Inaddition, the committee also sanctioned Kwara United to play its remaining home games behind closed door with a 5 million naira fine, and with the mandate that Kwara Football Association (K.F.A) must produce the culprits for prosecution within seven days or risk barring all Glo Premier League matches at Ilorin.

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.

How ABS FC trampled Enyimba International Fc

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Three unreplied goals from Stone Evbuomwan, Ichull Lordson and Sala Abiodun was all that Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit, Abubarka Bukola Saraki Football Club (ABS FC) needed to suffer six-time league Champions, Enyimba of Aba on Wednesday in Match Day 16 of the number one league in Nigeria.

The first 45 minutes of the cracker witnessed heavy downpour as the gate of heaven was opened on both side but it was ABS FC who tapped into the shower of blessing as they opened the scoresheet after 23 minutes of intensive play through Stone Evbuomwan when the young lad flicked in a header from Thomas Zenke free-kick, the first half ended with Saraki Boys with one goal.

However, two players from Enyimba were yellow carded after ABS FC got the opener.

The Peoples’Elephant gave a good account of themselves in the second half as they put up brilliant performance but their hope of levelling the game was halted when Ajibola Otegbeye was brought down in the box by Enyimba goalkeeper in the 70th minute, ABS FC leading top scorer took his goal haul to four as he converted the spot kick, three minutes later, Sala Abiodun got third goal of the day when he took the game beyound The Aba Warriors as he banked on a solo-effort.Last season in the same fixture, ABS beat Enyimba by 3-1.

By virtue of this victory ABS now have 19 points from 16 matches, while the visitors Enyimba, have 22 points from 16 game points from 16 games.

Ichull Lordson, who spoke with confidence before the game with optimism that his side will crush Enyimba says “we are so happy and we hope to win more games away from home so as to leave the position we are now because we did not belong there.