LMC Boss Shehu Dikko

The League Managent Company, LMC boss, Shehu Dikko has on two occassions shunned the Ministry of Labour and Employment's invitation to bring an end to the disharmony and misunderstanding between the LMC and National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, NANPF.

For the second time in thirty days, the LMC refused to honour the Honourable Minister of labour and Employment invitation to mediate in the disputes between the LMC and the players' Union over the non-refusal to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Union. 

Shehu Dikko and Amaju Pinnick in a discussion
This time, there was no communication from the LMC as to why they did not honour the invitation. 

Unlike the last  time, when the league body wrote a letter in the morning of the meeting that they could not make it to venue of the meeting because Shehu Dikko was not in town. 

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The Director of Labour, Mrs Amahian J.E who represented the Hon.Minister of Labour and Employment expressed displeasure over Shehu Dikko's absence for the second time in one month.

While the Union promise to wait for the Ministry next line of action, NANPF will alternatively strategise to  perfect other plans through the Trade Union Congress, TUC to press home its demands.

Austin Popo on Channels TV talking about the Issue
Secretary general of the Union and former Super Eagles player, Austin Popo frowned at LMC boss non-challant attitude over his failure to honour the invitations for two consecutive times in 30 days. The angry former Super Eagles player told BSN Sports: "Its just unfortunate that we have someone like Shehu Dikko as LMC chairman. This is a man who is not interested in the development of the game as well as players welfare."

TUC representatives were present in the meeting, also at the venue  from the Union are comrades Dahiru Sadi MFR, President NANPF, Austin Popo, General Secretary and Clement Temile Director of projects.

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Lobi Stars have created a six-point lead at the summit with a hard earned victory against four-time champions Kano Pillars after Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday18 clash at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
Former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars attacking midfielder, Ayo Saka scored the match winner for the Pride of Benue in the 81st minute of the hotly contested clash.
However, the Pyramid City side player, Chris Madaki received a red card in the clash in the 80th minute.
Elsewhere top-flight newcomers, Katsina United powered themselves to the second spot on the log with a 1-0 win against 10-man El Kanemi Warriors at the Mahammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
Destiny Ashadi scored from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute to hand the Chanji Boys the whole three points at stake in the clash.
The Borno Army man, Aliyu Rasak was issued with the marching order in the 87th minute.
Nasarawa United maximised their home advantage as they piped visiting side, Abia Warriors 1-0 at the Lafia City Stadium.
Mohammed Shammasu scored the winner for the Solid Miners in the 30th minute of the encounter.
Akwa United outmuscled visitors, Sunshine Stars 2-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
Ifeanyi Inyam scored the match opener for the Promise Keepers in the 40th minute while Franklin Sasere even scores for the Owena Waves in the 47th minute and former Remo Stars marksman, Victors Mbaoma grabbed the winner for the Uyo landlords in the 88th minute.
Niger Tornadoes made their home ground counts positively with 1-0 win against newcomers, Yobe Desert Stars at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna.
Andrew Ikefe scored the match winner for the Ikoh Allah Boys in the 90th minute of the keenly contested clash.
The Desert Stars had their man, Buhari Mohammed issued with a red in the 75th minute.

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Kwara United shared the spoils 1-1 with fellow newcomers, Go Round FC at the Kwara State Stadium in llorin.
Alfred Stephen puts the Harmony Boys in front in the 16th minute while the Omoku side achieved parity through Chidi Nwachukwu in the 76th minute.
Wikki Tourists ended their encounter against the seven-time champions goalless at their adopted ground in Jos.
The oriental derby between hosts, FC IfeanyiUbah and Enugu Rangers ended barren at the FC IfeanyiUbah Stadium in Nnewi.
The two other top-flight clashes involving bottom side, Heartland and champions, Plateau will hold on Monday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri same Monday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos will see MFM FC clash with visitors, Rivers United.
NPFL matchday 18 Results:
Nasarawa United 1-0 Abia Warriors
Katsina United 1-0 El Kanemi Warriors
Lobi Stars 1-0 Kano Pillars
Akwa United 2-1 Sunshine Stars
Wikki Tourists 0-0 Enyimba
FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0 Enugu Rangers
Kwara United 1-1 Go Round FC
Niger Tornadoes 1-0 Yobe Desert Stars

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Destiny Ashadi 53rd minute penalty goal was all Katsina United needed to secure the maximum points against El Kanemi Warriors and shoot ‘The Changi Boys’ to second spot on the NPFL table.

They have 27 points form 18 games, six points behind leaders Lobi Stars. El Kanemi have now dropped to 18th place with 19 points from 17 games

Coach Abdullahi Biffo told media that his boys delivered when it mattered most "Yes, it was a very tough game for us because the goals were not coming after my boys have created a lot of scoring opportunities, but I am happy they delivered by scoring the winning goal when it mattered most.

"Kudos to the boys because they played with all their mind and that was the reason why we got the goal. "We have now shifted our attention to the next game which is against Plateau United. “Hopefully, we will come back with something from Jos.”

‘The Changi Boys’ started the game brightly after Tasiu Lawal forced goalkeeper Jobe to a world-class save with a spectacular right-footed strike from about 23 yards out in the early minutes of the game.

El Kanemi Warriors also came close with a fantastic header by Anthony Yeful on 17 minutes, but Dami Paul was on hand to parry the danger to safety.

As the intensity of the game increased, Katsina United continued to dominate the game with Ashadi and Usman Barau dictating the pace of the game with crisp passes, but could not carve out a hole in the defence of the visitors. 

Joshua Agboola came close on 30 minutes with a fabulous drive as Jobe did brilliantly once again to parry the ball to safety. Ashadi's goal-bound strike would then be blocked by Lucky Erimuya few minutes later.
Both teams poked and knocked severally, but could not find the back of the net as they went to the break with a goalless draw.

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On resumption, the visitors grew in confidence as they threw more men forward in search of a vital away goal. Barely two minutes into the second half, Tasiu Lawal ghosted past three markers and released a thunderbolt, but Jobe was on hand to palm the goal-bound effort to safety.

Katsina United would then break the deadlock on the 63rd minute with a penalty that was well taken by Ashadi after Martins Usule, who was ready to pounce on a dangerous pass into the goal area by Musa Suleman, was hacked down by Ebuka.

Samuel Mathias could have restored the parity in the 55th minute, but his clever free-kick from the edge of Katsina United box went inches away from goal.

Lively Tasiu Lawal could have doubled Katsina United advantage on the hour, but his right-footed strike went inches away from the crossbar. El Kanemi Warriors midfielder Razak Aliu was later sent off by the referee on 87 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Odeyemi Ebenezer, who had come on for Musa Suleman

The visitors effort to restore parity was thwarted by Katsina United defence led by Timothy Danladi as the game ended 1 - 0 in favour of the hosts.

Destiny Ashadi was voted Man of the Match by the journalists who covered the game.

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SGFC Eagles New Players in training with other
 players in preparation of new season
The management of SGFC Eagles Maryland has expressed delight and satisfaction for the new players added to the team who were picked at the just concluded try-outs earlier in the month.

This is to freshen up the season prior to the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), with their opener this weekend against Upper Derby Football Club of New Jersey at the Montgomery Blair Stadium and the American Soccer League (ASL) which starts in July. 

According to the Technical Director, Richard Opanuga, while speaking with www.sportflames.com correspondent in United States, "The lads were successful during the try-outs selections, though it was really a very tough decision before we could select these few players."

Richard Opanuga with other coach discussing
Technical tactics for the team
"We have over 70 players for the try-outs and the energy, as well as commitments displayed is really unbelievable. This shows there are so much talents right now in the country who are hungry for success because there is so much pain right now as United States would not be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and we have picked the best among the trialist," he concluded.

Obinna Iloka, the tall 'Captain Fantastic' of SGFC Eagles also appreciates the efforts of the management targeted at ensuring success this season, "because we have always excelled when it comes to the round leather game, we have trust in the team's leadership and just want to congratulate and welcome the new players to the team and family.

"Having trained with them, I really like their pace and composure, I know surely they will be a great asset to the club and also look forward to sharing the field and building many great memories with you guys, once again welcome boys and see you on Sunday, "Obinna enthused.

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Speaking with one of the new players, Junior Velasquez, a skillful and energetic midfielder thanked the club for the opportunity given to him to play for the club side.

"Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this great team with rich history of football achievements and I also see myself lucky to be part of the few players picked and be able to play with you guys. 

"I will do my best to help this team lift up as many trophies as we can, I believe we’ll be successful as a team and most importantly as a famfamil. I can’t wait to play under our captain Obinna Iloka to learn more and improve my game, see you guys on Sunday." He stated.

The Technical department of SGFC Eagles has decided to adopt the 4 - 5 - 1 formation in their league opener at the Montgomery Blair Stadium against Upper Derby of New Jersey and would build attack from the defence line with quick passes.

The newly signed players include: Dave Leonard (GK), Junior Velasquez (MF), Jose Isidoro (GK), Max Cabral (DF), Ivan Sarpien (MF), Yusuf Mukhael (AMF), and Mario Sunday Idolor (DMF).

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Magate Football Club Players
The Nigeria Nationwide League One Match Day Three (NLO) will witness an iconic encounter scheduled to go down  tomorrow by 2pm at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, between Magate Football Club of Lagos and Ogun based side Juvenile Football Club.

The host who suffered a 2-3 home defeat in the hands of FC Nilayo  in Week One, are hoping to amass maximum points in other to bounce back from their defeat.

Coach Olofu has ordered his players to approach the game with the sole aim of emerging victorious at the end of 90 minutes.

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Magate FC tactician Sam Olofu disclosed that tomorrow match is a must-win game for his side, because we can’t afford to drop points in that particular game, we are going all out for the victory.

“The three points are very important to our quest of doing well in the league. You know we lost our first home match against FC Nilayo , we can’t afford to loose two games at home. I believe the three points will be ours tomorrow” former Bolowotan gaffer stated.

Magate FC are chock-full with a lot of confidence going into this must-win battle in front of their teaming fans, thus we are in for a delectable football experience.

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Vincent Enyeama and Lionel Messi in joyous mood

Former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has applauded the Lille B (reserves) squad for their tremendous support in welcoming him and getting him back to full fitness and probably return back to the Super Eagles team going to the world cup in Russia.

Enyeama had played two games for Lille B (the second team of his French Ligue 1 club Lille) in the  French fourth-tier Championnat National 2, before Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to St Maur Lusitanos as he worked his way back to full fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury last year.

Enyeama took to his Twitter handle to show appreciation for the squad, stating that the memories he had with the team will linger on for forever.

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“I want to say thank you so much to the coaches, players, doctor, and physiotherapists of the team of LOSC for this wonderful year. 

You took me as one of yours; you gave me hope for a new start. These pictures and memories will last forever in my heart. God bless you,” Enyeama tweeted.

Enyeama is in the final year of his contract at Lille and could be on his way out of the club this summer and he hope to make the world cup team to Russia, as the Goalkeeping department of the Super Eagles is presently in a critical condition. 

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Goodland Rangers for inspection in a league game

Goodland Rangers FC champion of NLO division 2 stumbled a second time within two weeks with a 1-2 defeat to Destiny  boys of Ikorodu in their home game on Friday at the legacy pitch. 

"It is not the result we wanted. All men fall but only the brave ones rise again " Ajuma told the official media of the club www.goodlandrangers.com, It was the second consecutive defeat of the orange fruitful boys having fell to the junior Olukoya boys a week earlier. 

The boys had showed promise from the blast of the whistle as enough pressure forced Destiny's Chidera Eze to be cautioned in the 9" after bringing down Shonanke Kassim by the edge of the box. 

The resultant freekick by Abraham Akpam met Shobanke on his left area as he wasted no time with a left ferocious kick that left the keeper rooted to the ground for the first goal. 

The coach Alabi Kazeem led team responded spiritedly and the pressure intensified and culminated to Olalekan getting injured while trying to clear the ball off his territory. 

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Goodland Rangers Players

The game was delayed for over 5 mins as we witnessed pitch encroachment and fans disturbance as the ref ruled off an ill timed goal by destiny while the flag was up. 

After play finally resumped at the dot of 2 mins added time in the first half, the destiny boys equalized. 

Precious Obiora the replacement for injured Olalekan scooped the ball into his own net to the admiration of the destiny boys. 

It was a volatile match that gave room to an avalanche of cards with Goodland recording 4 yellow cards. 

The fruitful boys finally caved in at the 78' as the woodwork gave an important assist to an on rushing destiny player that coolly slooted in the second goal for his side. 
"It is an unbelievable result which I am yet to come to terms with ' Kazeem Adeyemi responded philosophically after the match. 

Goodland Rangers FC will travel to Ikorodu as they battle Joy cometh football club in the week 3 fixtures of the NLO division 1 this week.

Written By: Oluchi tobex Tobe-Chukwu

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Olatoye Olawale Technical Manager Blak Haus FC
and Seun Kuti Owner and C.E.O Blak Haus FC
It was a full house as BLAK HAUS FC resumes training after one week break, The C.E.O and Owner SEUN KUTI also joined the boys in some tactical training, it was a big challenge for the boys seeing the Owner getting things right and also created an assist for his side during the two aside game.

The boys were also motivated with a token from SEUN KUTI and he also promise to come to the training soonest with an Agent Friend from Denmark who is on a scouting mission in Nigeria. 

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BLAK HAUS FC would also be engaging in Top graded friendly games and will also be participating in Highly Rated Championship in the country. 

Coach Olatoye Olawale also promised to do his best with the boys and hope they acclimatized quickly to his philosophy of play and display top level professionalism on the field of play.

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With the D’Tigers still searching for their first win at the on-going 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Ike Diogu has appealed for total support from Nigerians ahead of their final game against Australia on Monday.
The D’Tigers captain who currently plies his trade with Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association organized league said irrespective of their losses, the boys are still united and determined to make the country proud.
The player who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament after averaging 22 points and 8.7 rebounds urged the fans to give them the total and unflinching support needed.
“We are determined as ever to ensure that we win a medal for Nigerian basketball lovers despite our slow start to the tournament; all we need is their support and understanding.”

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D'Tigers vs Canada at the Commonwealth 
Games in Austrailia
According to him, the team will be buoyed by the recent fans reactions that trailed their losses to New Zealand and Canada to attack Australia with every weapon in their armory.
Diogu who weighed in with 29points in the last game said, “As the leader of this team, I will not attempt to make any excuses for our performances so far, but for those who have been following our pre-tournament preparation, they will be aware of the challenges the team faced. 
Our game against New Zealand was the first time that the team played together in a competitive game while some of the players had just 3 training sessions with the team while 2 players joined less than 72 hours to our first game.”
The final group game between D’Tigers and Australia will have Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George) who is currently on a working visit to Australia in attendance.

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Coach Abdulrahman Mohammed is not ready to stick out his neck about the D’Tigers chances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when they face host- Australia in their third group game of the competition.
Abdulrahman who has been saddled with handling the team in the absence of Coach Alex Nwora said all odds are stacked against them facing an Australian team who are statistically the best so far in the competition.
He is hoping that the team can stay together as a unit, play its natural game and come out with a decent result against the Aussies.
“Australia is arguably the best team in the tournament and it will be silly of me to put my head out and say we are going to win. I am hoping we don’t get an embarrassing score line.”

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Coach Alex Nwora
In his analysis few hours to the game, the soft spoken coach reasoned that, “We lost the game to New Zealand with 45 points and yesterday (Saturday), New Zealand lost to Australia, so if you look at it from that angle, you will probably think maybe we will lose by 90 points, but I am just hoping that we don’t get an embarrassing score line.
He lamented the absence of the team’s head coach whose presence he believed would have made a bit of difference on the team’s overall output.
“No doubt, we miss Coach Alex because 3 good heads are better than 2. I am not saying if he was around, we could have won the games, but I think we would have played better. Surely, there would have been certain things he could have brought in that would have made the difference in the team.”
Irrespective of the result, Nigeria will still qualify for the semi finals and play either the winner or second placed team in Group A.
The team is expected to move to Gold Coast from Cairns for its remaining games.

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