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Ogunbote welcomes Ichull, Franco switch

Technical Adviser to Enyimba FC, Gbenga Ogunbote believes the arrival of midfielders Lordson Ichull and Koffi Franco Atchou will help the People’s Elephant chase for honours when the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League kicks-off. Former Nigeria under-23 international Ichull joins on a two-year contract from Nassarawa United, and will wear the No. 31 jersey while Togo international, Franco who has earned four caps for the Sparrow Hawks, and joins from Malian side Stade de Malien  will wear the No. 30…

Ocheme dumps Rangers for Nasarawa

Former Enugu Rangers attacker, Edoh Ocheme has successfully joined Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Nasarawa United for the remainder of the on-going top-flight.  The former Giwa FC marksman wore the colours of the reigning champions, Enugu Rangers in the first stanza of the top-flight.  Ocheme said desire for a change of environment largely informed his decision to switch camp to the Solid Miners.  “I have joined Nasarawa United for the remainder of the on-going Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).…

Remain disciplined, Akwa Gov charges players

Squad members of Akwa United Football Club have been charged to remain disciplined while focusing on winning the Nigeria Professional League title at the end of the season. The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state Deacon Udom Emmanuel gave the charge after the team’s Thursday morning’s training session at the training pitch of the Godswill Akpabio international Stadium in Uyo. Governor Emmanuel, who spoke through the Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Sir Monday Uko, commended the team on their impressive performance in the…

Aiteo Group splashes N2.5billion on Nigerian Football

Nigeria’s foremost energy solutions company, Aiteo Group, on Wednesday signed a 5-Year partnership agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation, which has conferred on the company the title of Official Optimum Partner of the NFF. The financial obligation to Aiteo Group is valued at N2.5 Billion in support to NFF and activation of the partnership agreement, and the marketing agency is Mediterranean. The partnership, which is the first in-country sports sponsorship for the energy giant, will start on 1st May 2017, and has an…

NFF official relishes Pro-License course in Cameroon

Former Nigerian international and NFF’s Assistant Director (Technical), Siji Lagunju is excited being one of 35 technical officials from across the African continent presently attending a six –day CAF Pro-License Elite Instructors Course in Cameroon. The CAF Development Division invited a total of 35 elite coaching instructors from CAF’s Member Associations for the course taking place at the CAF Centre of Excellence, Mbankomo, near Yaounde. The course, which kicked off on Monday, 24th April, is the first of its type in…

CrestNews Nigeria interview with Coach kennedy Boboye of Plateau United of Jos.

....."I attribute my success to hard work and prayer for luck". Q - Coach kindly tell us what has been  working for you, putting into consideration your heroics results in Sunshine Stars where the team lead the log and remain in touching distance to picking a continental ticket ,Abia warriors had a 10 match unbeaten run and now plateau united leading the league table for about 14 weeks in the first round of the Nigerian premier league. Ans - Thanks for the updates which shows there is a follow up on my performances, I came…

League Bloggers Award: MFM FC’s boss congratulate Ilechukwu,Odey

The Director of Football, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC, Emmanuel Adeyemi, has congratulated team's technical adviser,  Fidelis Ilechukwu and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading scorer, Stephen Odey for claiming the prestigious League Bloggers Awards (LBA) for the month of March. Ilechukwu and Odey were named the LBA Manager and Player for the month under review. The MFM FC manager beat off competition from top NPFL coaches, Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United, Abdullahi Biffo of Abia Warriors and…

MINISTRY, NOC AMMEND 2017 FEDERATIONS’ ELECTION GUIDELINES

The guidelines for the 2017 elections into National Sports Federations have been amended. The tenure of Presidents of National Federations has now been extended to 12 years as against the earlier proposed two terms of 8years. This is one of the decisions taken after a meeting of the Ministry of Youth and Sports,  the Nigeria Olympic Committee and some Federations presided over today in Lagos by the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung. This means that a federation's President can now spend 12 years in office…

Nigerian Sports Federations’ Election Guidelines Amended

The Nigerian Ministry of Sports has shifted ground on the guidelines for the 2017 elections into national sports federations. The ministry in a press statement on Friday evening announced that guidelines have been amended. Earlier, the Nigeria Olympic Committee had kicked against the guideline. This might have informed the amendments. The tenure of presidents of national sports associations has now been extended to 12 years as against the earlier proposed two terms of eight years. This is one of the decisions taken after a…

NFF, Super Eagles Players Mourn Ehiogu

As tributes continue to pour in for Ugo Ehiogu, the former England and Aston Villa defender who is believed to be of Nigerian extraction, some Super Eagles’ players have also paid their respects through tweets. Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme through his twitter handle wrote: “Such sad news about Ugo, thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Also another Nigerian player, William Troost-Ekong twitted: “So sad to wake up to the news about Ugo. Great coach and a man that encouraged me so much. “My thoughts are with your family and…

Akwa United Heads to Transfer Market

As the Nigerian mid season transfer market opens, Akwa United are the first to release players and shopping for replacements. The management of the club confirmed the release of four players into the transfer market for reasons ranging from acts of indiscipline to lack of productivity. Top on the list is long standing goalkeeper, Olufemi Kayode, who of late has failed to hold on to a first team place in the team. Also shown the door are defenders; Ibukun Harrison, Semui Liadi and Shittu Lawal. Two players Nura Usman and…

As Akwa Utd End First Round in 5th Place

The race for the top three spots in the Nigerian league hot up as the season enters the half time. Akwa United’s Wednesday clash with MFM turned an encounter of contenders for top spots. Table topper, MFM slid to the second position while the victorious Akwa United leapt into the fifth position on the log. Great thanks to two first half goals by Alhassan Ibrahim and Ubong Friday was all the miracle Akwa United Football Club needed to crumble Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries FC. It was also a contest of top scorers as…

Adokiye Cautions Rivers Utd to be Warry of Rayon Sports

Following the two nil win by Nigeria’s only hope in continental club competition, Rivers United over Rayon Sports of Rwanda, former International, Adokiye Amiesimaka has warned the players to be prepared for a stiff challenge in the reverse fixture of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie. The Nigerian club had brushed aside the Rwandans on Sunday in the first leg match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, in Port Harcourt to put themselves in the driver’s seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. But…

NFF inspection team happy with Uyo stadium pitch

An inspection team led by the Chairman of NFF Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Chris Green has expressed satisfaction with the current state of the playing turf of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo that is slated to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa in eight weeks’ time.  Green, alongside NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme on Tuesday inspected the magnificent facility, nicknamed ‘Nest of Champions’ and which hosted the 2017 Africa Cup of…

NFF Happy With Uyo Stadium Pitch

It is exactly 60 days to Nigeria’s duel with South Africa in the qualifying series for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations this Thursday. An NFF inspection team on Tuesday visited the Godswill Akpabio, Uyo venue of the match. According to a media release from the Communication Department of the NFF, the delegation headed by Barrister Chris Green has expressed satisfaction with the current state of the playing turf. Nigeria last featured at the continental premier competition four years ago. Green, alongside NFF Deputy General…