The female team of the Nigeria Army recorded a 3-0 victory over the Kada Emeralds on the day 4 of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Abuja

The NCS showed its class throughout the match winning the first, second and third set by 25-21, 25-11, 25-16.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) also recorded a 3-0 victory over the Delta Force despite cheers from the fans. The NIS won the first set 25-18, came out victorious in the second and third set by 25-10 and 25-22.

High flying Nigeria Customs Service ladies condemned a promising Nigeria Immigration by 3-0. The NCS won by 25-12, 25-13, 25-13.

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In the male category, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) beat Kano Pillars 3-0 in a keenly contested match. NIS ran away with 27-25 victory in the first set, capitalised on the errors of Kano pillars in the second set winning 25-18 and escaped a scare to win the third set by 28-26 points.

In other matches, NSCDC beat Plateau Rocks 3-0 (25-23, ,25-21, 23-21), while Nigeria Customs won  Nigeria Police 3-0(25-22, 25-14, 28-26)


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Poised to add premium value on its Pre - Season tourney which kicks on Thursday November 15, in Ado Ekiti, the Gold Cup has requested for Technical Support from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

This will be first of its kind by any football tourney organisers in Nigeria.

In a correspondence sent to the Glass House by Tunde Shamsudeen, the General Coordinator of the pre-season tournament requested for the services of Siji Lagunju from the NFF Technical Department.
 
"The Gold Cup tournament which is in it's 6th season has been adding value to participating teams. This has been confirmed by huge milestones recorded by teams with reference to the last edition where the two finalists, Lobi Stars of Makurdi were crowned NPFL champions while Kano Pillars made it to the final of the AiteoCup in the 2017/18 season.

"After coming this far, we didn't want a situation were the Gold Cup Tourney will only serve as a platform for teams to prepare for the new season, rather wanted all round development for every participating players and coaches, hence the need for an expert like Lagunju, a former assistant coach of the Home Based Super Eagles.

"The revered coach and Instructor; will during the 10-days soccer fiesta be on ground to evaluate, analyze the strength and weakness of the 10 teams, school them and proffer solutions to the lapses spotted.

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The long run effect of these to team would mean Lobi Stars and other participating teams; go into the CAF Champions League and new season which kicks off in December, with a mind set of getting positive results on the road.

"This we know it's most difficult, so we must change that mentally in our league," Shamsudeen stressed.

The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji  Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, 'Owu', Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports and Vomoz Mobile.




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Zenith Bank Women’s League defending Champions, First Bank will face Dolphins in the final of the Zenith Bank Women’s League National Final 6.

First Bank and Dolphins who qualified for the final will also represent Nigeria in the 2018 FIBA Africa Women Club Championship.

First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos proved bookmakers right with an easy win over Nigeria Customs.

The Elephant girls out-shot Customs by 73points to 44 as they dominated the whole 4 quarters 19-14, 18-18, 23-10 and 14-10.

 Nkechi Akashili dropped 20 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds while Okoro Ifunanya came from the bench to contribute 14points and 5 rebounds.

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Dolphins overcame their 2017 heartbreak with a commanding 57-44 points win over Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry. 

Bintu Badmus who played 32 minutes contributed 19points, 2 assists and 9 rebounds to aid her team's progress.

Fumnanya Ijeh who was recently invited to the senior women's team preparing for the FIBA Africa 3x3 cup of Nations also shot 10 points and 5 assists. 

Mountain of Fire who were undone by inexperience lost out of a possible place in the final and will now face Customs in the 3rd place play off at 12pm on Wednesday

Dolphins will face defending champions, First Bank at 2pm in the final Zenith Bank Women’s League National Final 6.




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Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) male teams won their respective opening matches on the day two of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Abuja.

NSCDC beat Kano Pillars 3-1 in an entertaining match which saw fans of both teams put up entertaining display at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium package B.

A youthful Kano pillars stole the show in the first set winning 25-22 points. The coach of NSCDC, Dennis Eleri who was furious at the display of his boys in the first set took his time to motivate the players before the resumption of the three sets.


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NSCDC took the last three sets by 25-19, 25-21 and 25-18 with the help experienced players like Sunday Akinbo, Emmanuel Jatto and Emmanuel Samuel to remain contenders of the premier league.
In the second men’s match, Nigeria Customs defeated Plateau Stars 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) in an action filled game.

The game between Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Police is postponed till further notice from the LMC due to technical issues

Female matches on Day 2:

Nigeria Immigrations vs Delta Force 3-1 (25-23, 25-10, 21-25, 25-12)
NSCDC vs Kada Emeralds 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17)
 Nigeria Customs 3 vs 0 Benue Queens 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 27-25)


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CAF Champions League flag bearers, Lobi Stars, Kano Pillars, MFM FC and Sunshine Stars are among the 10 teams that will participate in the 6th edition of the Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament.

The General Coordinator of Gold Cup Tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen revealed the other teams as Phoenix C.F, Kwara United, Cynosure FC, Remo Stars, Rivers United and FC Ebedei before the tourney's draw was conducted at the weekend.

Pillars who are defending champions lead Group A alongside two debutant  Phoenix ASC and Cynosure FC. Kwara United and Remo Stars make up the five teams.

Lobi Stars and Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC who were crowned champions and runner-up in 2016 will be having their hands full against  Sunshine Stars, FC Ebedei and Rivers United.


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The country's best organised pre-season mini league will be held in Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State from Thursday November 15 through Saturday November 24, 2018.

The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Vomoz Mobile, Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji  Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, 'Owu', Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi Foundation, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, and Phreestyle Sports.


Group A
Kano Pillars
Phoenix
Kwara United
Rivers United
Remo Stars


Group B
Lobi Stars
MFM FC
Cynosure FC
Sunshine Stars
FC Ebedei


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Coach Rafael Everton Unveiled as Akwa United Coach
The Promise Keepers, Akwa United, have appointed Brazilian coach, Rafael Everton, as their new Technical Adviser. He replaces former Head Coach, Abdu Maikaba who left his post after the expiration of his two-year contract with the  Uyo-based NPFL side and has since teamed up with Plateau United.


Mr. Everton who has a three-year work experience in Nigeria has signed a one-year contract with Akwa United and was presented to the public during a brief ceremony in Uyo, Monday, November 5.

The light-skinned Brazilian has had previous NPFL stints at Abia Warriors as well as FC Ifeanyi Ubah where he won the 2016 edition of the Aiteo Cup.


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Elder Paul Bassey and Coach Rafael Everton

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of Akwa United FC, Elder Paul Bassey, expressed confidence in the abilities of the football tactician while Mr. Everton also pledged to bring his wealth of experience to bear so much so as to win trophies for the football club.

The event was attended by an NFF board member, Mr. Emmanuel Ibah, Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Coach Aniedi Dickson, South South Vice President of SWAN, Mr. Bonny Nyong, Secretary of the State Council of NUJ, Mr. Amos Etuk as well as media professionals, members of the club’s official supporters’ club and fans.



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Coach Yusuf Salihu, Malam Farouk Yarma and a player
during the signing of contract
The Rising star of Football Coaching, Young, Discipline and highly talented football coach has reiterated his commitment to take football to the next level after scaling the height and beating all the challenges to climb the ladder as a football technocrat to be reckon with.

"After leading FC Yarmalight, to a successful Nigeria National League Promotion from Nationwide League One Coach Yusuf Salihu has become the toast of Nigerian Professional Football League Club Side. Coach Yusuf Salihu has practically gone through the process of building a profile that cannot be ignored in modern day football. He went, saw and conquered. 

"The former Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club Chief Coach who almost gained promotion with the team while in charge and Kwara United Feeders Technical Assistant, who voluntarily disengaged from the Nigerian Air force. 

"He is very disciplined and regarded as a productive tactician, with high level, consummate and passionate coaching skills with CAF'C' and CAF'B' football licence to stamp his authority as a trained tactician whose coaching methodology is in tune with modern and globally accepted coaching prowess.


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Speaking with Coach Scheedow popularly called by Friends, Players and Family by our correspondent revealed that "coaching is a serious business and only those that are determined can build a formidable project to achieve the desired result and i really enjoyed my time with FC Yarmalight of Gombe. 

"The Owner of the team Malam Farouk Yarma is a very straight forward person, he would not tell you what he can not do and i think if we have many like him among our Administrators, 'I think our Football would move at a very very fast pace enthused Yusuf Salihu.

"He further said" The players are incredible also, their sense of assimilation is massive and that make my job as a coach very easy and simple which aid our quick achievement of gaining promotion to the Nigeria National League. 

The Ilorin born gaffer, Coach Yusuf Salihu. Concluded "I am waiting on God to direct me as offers continue to pour-in from NPFL and NNL Club side. In high sense of humility i thank my President/CEO, FC Yarmalight, Malam Farouk Yarma (MNIOB), for granting me the opportunity to serve, showcase my full potentials and make a bold statement that youth coaches can do better if given the opportunity and time". My ambition is to win a Continental ticket for any Premier League club or any other teams that agrees to my terms and conditions. 

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Six teams from the Enugu and Abuja centres have booked their placement in the National Final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League holding in Lagos. 

Following days of competition in the Atlantic conference (Enugu) and Savannah conference (Abuja), 6 Qualifiers emerged for the  Final 6.

In the Atlantic, current league champions, First Bank, Dolphins and new entrant Mountain of Fire all of Lagos booked their place.

Despite a loss in the conference final in Enugu against First Bank Women basketball, Dolphins still qualified as one of the finalists. 

MFM Basketball club led by Coach Aderemi Adewunmi shocked 2017 league runners up, First Deepwater in the 3rd place battle to pick the last available ticket from the Enugu centre. 



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Customs enjoyed an unbeaten ride in the conference phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League to seal their place.

Plateau Rocks alongside Kaduna Angels also surmounted all obstacles on their way to sealing their spots out of the 12 teams that participated in the Savannah Conference in Abuja. 

The National final 6 of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League will start on the 4th of November to 7th with the winner and first runner up representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship for women.


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Vomoz Mobile, one of the largest Telecommunication retailing Service company in America has joined other brands to partner with Gold Cup Pre-season Tourney to support the organisers with cash and awards for outstanding players.

The Telecommunications firm will take full responsibility for the Man of the Match, Most Valuable Player and Highest Goal Scorer Awards with cash incentives. This is a pipeline of investment that would redefine local football development, fans' participation and sponsorship across the country and African continent.

Olatoye Olawale Vomoz Mobile Representative said in an interview after the partnership agreement in Lagos on Thursday; "We thought it a way of giving back as one thing that unites Africa is sport with the major one being Football. 

"So Vomoz Mobile as an indigenous American company has found out that it can facilitate bringing in foreign investment to sponsor football in Nigeria and Africa at large," enthused Olatoye.


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OLATOYE OLAWALE WITH COACH KABIRU DOGO OF SUNSHINE STARS
Olatoye Olawale and Coach Kabiru Dogo of Sunshine Stars
He added, "Also, we want to invest in African sports because, 95% of our customers in America are Africans and they're using our services.

"People don't know they can actually sponsor event back home and they're not going to do it until they see a formidable company like Vomoz Mobile do stuffs in Nigeria, then they will become interested."

Generelal Coordinator of the tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen, said; "This gesture from Vomoz Mobile is commendable, it shows that Nigerians in the diaspora still follow our domestic league.

"I hope to see more of their participation in subsequent editions."

Ekiti State will host this year's edition from Thursday November 15 through Saturday November 24, 2018.

The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji  Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, 'Owu', Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Naija League Magazine, Tribeca Code, Seyi Akinwunmi Foundation, Phoenix ASC, Matchroom, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports, Rashidi Yekini Foundation and Gidado Football Academy.

You can connect with Vomoz Mobile - on their social media handles -


IG: @vomoz, @vomozmobile
FACEBOOK: vomozgroup, vomozmobile
TWITTER: @vomoz


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The finalists of this year's Gold Cup Pre-season Tourney will be provided kits by Owu Sports Wear.

Barrister Tunji Brown, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foremost indigenous kit firm disclosed to Gold Cup Media after a partnership deal was reactivate by the two brands.

"We're delighted to be back as kit partners of Nigeria's most prestigious and organised football tourney.

"As a kit brand, no better way to get the desired mileage than to partner with a project like the Gold Cup Tourney, which off course is in Season 6.

"Owu will kit the two teams that will battle for the ultimate prize in the final," he said.


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"I can't express how delighted I'm as my State, Ekiti will be hosting the 10 days soccer fiesta.

"Soccer loving fans in Ado -Ekiti will get to see the quality of topflight football with teams like Kano Pillars, Sunshine Stars etc slugging it out with other domestic teams as they prepare themselves for the new season.

"For our youths back home, it's also a platform to showcase their skills and who knows one or two could get scouted by some of these teams."

Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji  Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, 'Owu', Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Naija League Magazine, Tribeca Code, Phoenix ASC, Matchroom, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports, Rashidi Yekini Foundation and Gidado Football Academy.


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