BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Chairman of Nationwide League One (NLO) Mohammed Alkali has charged players at the  Optima Energy NLO Super 8 play-off to exhibit their talents, strive to win and win fairly as matches are been streamed live on NLO TV App.

Akali gave the charge after the official launching of the NLO TV App in Ikenne, Ogun State.


Udala FC of Anambra State, Ijebu United of Ogun state, Destiny Boys of Lagos, Campos FC of Owerri, JM Liberty of Makurdi, Ottasolo of Ogun state, Doma FC of Gombe and Junior Damburam of Katsina State battle for who becomes the overall champion despite gaining promotion from their respective zones.

According to Akali, the tournament which is powered by Optima Energy Resources Limited, is a gathering of champions and when champions play one another, one expects to see great football in all the games to determine the champion among champions.

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Knowing fully well that football is a media event, I am glad to let you know that this year's Super 8 of NLO will be streamed live and the matches can be watched on NLO TV."

The Nasarawa State Football Association big wig also thanked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as they have been a bedrock of support to the activities of NLO
The NFF executive committee has over the years has given the NLO the creative environment for football to flourish at the grassroot in Nigeria.

Akali, commended the hospitality of Ogun State Football Association, the host of NLO Super 8 and all the directors of NLO, NLO Secretariat, Club Owners, players, Nigerian referees, football fans, the media and every grassroot football stakeholder, as they deserve great commendation for their wonderful contributions throughout the season.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Ahead of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Kwara United continue to strengthen its squad to meet the task ahead, according to an online report.

In order to strengthen its attacking department, the club has captured former league top scorer Junior Lokosa.


Lokosa emerged as the top scorer in the league in the 2018 season a performance that earned him a call up to Super Eagles and was able to make his debut in the friendly against DR Congo.

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After the debut, he secured a deal with the Tunisia giant Esperance but injury affected his exploits with the club and later joined the Tanzania club Simba SC.


He returned to Nigeria after the Tanzania club released him after the termination of his contract.

The Afonja Warriors who finished in the respectable position last season signed the energetic striker on a 2-year deal.

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Engr Musa Kida, the Nigeria Basketball Federation's caretaker Chairman, has sworn in the 2021 NBBF Electoral Committee and Appeals Committee.
On Thursday, the historic event, which was codified in the 2019 NBBF constitution and marked the official start of their electoral duties, took place via zoom.

Dr. Lanre Glover (Chairman), Alh. Mohammed Sani Fema (Vice-Chairman), Dr. Femi Olugbile (Member), Mrs. Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi (Member), and Mr. Emmanuel Okibe, who will serve as the Electoral Committee's Secretary, were all present for the swearing-in ceremony.

Despite the absence of Mrs. Ize Matebese, Chairman of the Appeals Committee, other members, led by General David Lubo (rtd.) and Emmanuel Zira (Secretary), were present for the historic event.

The oath of office was delivered by Barr. John Iyakwari, a senior lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice.


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While speaking to the committee, Kida expressed his gratitude for accepting the critical responsibility that would influence the future of basketball in Nigeria.

"I want to express my gratitude for responding to this national call to service. This is significant and historic since it would be the first time in Nigerian basketball history that such an event will be held ".

"This is significant for all stakeholders, and it also puts the constitution to the test once more. We have faith in this group's ability to carry out their responsibilities ".

Prof. Florence Adeyanju, another member of the NBBF caretaker committee, reminded the committee of the importance of treating everyone fairly.

"We've granted you complete freedom to carry out your responsibilities as outlined in the constitution. We are confident in your abilities, which is why you have all been hand-picked for this critical project, which is the first of its type ".

"You will go down in history as the first constitutionally recognized Electoral and Appeals Committee of the NBBF which is very huge and we will continue to pray for you to succeed"

Following official notification of the 2021 elections, a high-powered group from the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) will assault the historic city of Benin.

At its most recent meeting in Abuja, the Congress confirmed October 30 as the date for the NBBF election in Benin, Edo state.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday evening unveiled London trained Coach Folabi Ojekunle as the new Technical Adviser of Kogi United.

The Unveiling ceremony was done at the Government House in Lokoja where the Executive Governor urged Coach Folabi Ojekunle to excel in his new role and make the state proud.

Governor Bello also explained that he was impressed with Folabi Ojekunle's CV as he enjoined him to make his experience count on the pitch for the development of Kogi United.

Equally, the Chairman of Kogi United Alhaji Abdulmalik Issah expressed satisfaction over the decision to hire Folabi Ojekunle as new coach and he is positive that the team would excel under him.

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Speaking to Media after being unveiled as new Kogi United gaffer, Folabi Ojekunle disclosed that he is ready to take the Lokoja based side to greater heights.

" I want to thank Governor Bello, the CSO and my Chairman Alhaji Issah for the trust they have in me and I want to promise that I won't disappoint," Folabi Ojekunle Foley explained.

Meanwhile, Kogi United are in the market looking for National League slot following their relegation last season to the Amateur division under former coach Abdulrahman.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons will intensify preparations for their 2022 Women AFCON qualifying fixture against the Black Queens of Ghana when they arrive camp in Lagos on Sunday.
 
Nigeria and Ghana clashed in the Final match of the inaugural edition of Women Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, which the Falcons won 2-0. However, both strong stallions in the African women football race-course have been drawn to play each other for one slot at the next edition to be held in the summer of 2022 in the Kingdom of Morocco.


As part of their preparations for this potentially – explosive qualifying fixture, the Super Falcons featured in the USWNT Summer Series in the United States of America in June, testing their might against Portugal, Jamaica and USA senior women teams, and then featured at the six-nation Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament hosted by the City of Lagos in September. They had earlier taken part in and won all three matches at the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February.
 
For the clash with the Black Queens, which first leg holds at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Wednesday, 20th October, Head Coach Randy Waldrum has invited goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defenders Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Regina Otu, forwards Asisat Oshoala (captain), Gift Monday and Vivian Ikechukwu, and 15 others.
 
There are also defenders Glory Ogbonna, midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Toni Payne and forwards Desire Oparanozie, Uchenna Kanu and Francisca Ordega.

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The return leg is scheduled for Sunday, 24th October in Accra. The winner over two legs will join hosts Morocco and 10 other countries for the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations next year summer.
 
ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS:
 
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)
 
Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ayomide Ojo (Edo Queens); Rafiat Imuran (Rivers Angels); Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)
 
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (AIK FC, Sweden)
 
Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Rivers Angels)
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A Nigerian sports journalist, Olatoye Olawale has bagged the prestigious ‘Outreach award’ from the Nigeria Soccer Federation, United States of America (NSF-USA).

Olawale, who is the Director, Sportflames Communications, and NSF-USA Coordinator in Nigeria, was awarded for his efforts in the development of grassroots football in the country as well as his efforts in distributing COVID-19 relief materials to about 400 grassroots players in Lagos in a bid to cushion the effects of the Covid-induced economic crisis on the players.

Speaking on the award, Olawale expressed his profound gratitude to the leadership of the Nigeria Soccer Federation-USA for conferring the award on him prestigious award,

He also appreciated all those who have contributed to his dream and success over the years for their support, encouragement and guidance.

This was contained in his appreciation statement.

The statement reads, “ I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Nigeria Soccer Federation for this Award, sincerely I am humbled and motivated, with a burning desire to do more for Football Development in Nigeria and diaspora.

“ Let me use this medium to congratulate the Champions of this year, it’s really a deserved one and also the Match  Commissioner Fatai Atere (M.O.N)⁩ for putting together a befitting Tournament. My appreciation goes to my President Dr. Adetunji Aderemi NSF-USA thank you for your time and support, you are indeed a true Leader, to my Vice President NSF – USA Austin Okonkwo, don’t even know what to say about you, you made yourself available during the process of the Visa, but so disappointing that we have to wait till next year, thank you so much for the opportunity for service to humanity, I love you so much sir.



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“ To my One and Only Brother, Father, Uncle, Boss and Mentor Coach Richard Opanuga⁩, you are indeed a Man, many might not understand your Philosophy of life but what matters most is the destination, you try to see differently, think out of the Box and make sure everyone is happy around you, even denying yourself happiness, it all started some years back, struggling as a player, you tried your best for me to play internationally but didn’t work out, you keep pushing me hard to be dogged, tenacious and never give up, at a point I actually wanted to quit but you are seeing possibilities, while I’m seeing difficulties, Aunty Ronke Opanuga is amazing also, your role is superb, thank you so much for your unflinching support and Love. I dedicate this Award to  Mr. & Mrs. Richard Opanuga, they really deserve it.

Back here in Nigeria, I want to say a big thank you to my Sportflames team, they really have been supportive. Everyday they do more for Nigerian football as it's our mission that we must put smiles on the faces of those that need our support.

Finally to my loving wife, thank you so much for your support and understanding throughout the journey, you have never for once complained, even when I have to travel for weeks or come back home late in the night, your prayers and beliefs are key to this achievement.

" The award is a massive one for us and it shows that our hard work is being recognized by Nigerians living in the diaspora and that's a new challenge to us to doing more than what we have done in the past. 

“ To all Nigeria Soccer Federation Executives and Members, thank you so much for the opportunity granted to showcase the Gods’ given talents, The global recognition is not for me I must say, we hope to do more in the nearest future, the Award is absolutely a task for us never to relent in our efforts to effect that change in the Football Industry.”

Nigeria Soccer Federation, USA who annually celebrates Nigeria’s Independence in the diaspora with a football tournament, could not hold one last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, rather they channelled their resources to giving out relief packages back here in Nigeria, as a way of cushioning the effect of the novel virus on grassroot players in Ikeja and Surulere Local Government.

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Crown Football Club Ogbomoso has congratulated Asiwaju Seun Fakorede on his re-appointment as the Commissioner For Youths and Sports Development in Oyo State by His Excellency Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (FNSE).

This congratulatory message is contained in a press release issued by the club and signed by its Acting General Manager, Mr. Kunle Oyeleye.
 

The club noted that bringing Seun Fakorede back is a confirmation of his incredible contributions in his first coming.
 
" His second coming is a testament to his sterling performance earlier on when he emerged as the youngest commissioner.”.

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The club further asserted, “Engineer Fakorede displayed immense capacity for success and is a man for great assignments.

" He showed strength in driving youths related programmes and dexterity in his handling of sports matters in a way that exemplifies Governor Seyi Makinde’s vision of sports development.”

Praying for another successful spell for Asiwaju Fakorede, the club states, “You shall record outstanding feats better than the landmarks you achieved in your first coming.”


The Ogbomoso based club also expressed gratitude to Governor Makinde for another chance given to Fakorede stressing it would afford the youthful Commissioner the opportunity “to complete the assignments he began in his first stint.”

The Management of the Ajilete Warriors similarly lauded the governor on his achievements affirming he had impressively raised the bar of governance in the State while praying, " the wisdom, strength, grace, health and finances to achieve your roadmap for Accelerated Development in Oyo State God shall bequeathe unto your Excellency.”
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Left back , Daniel Itodo has won the maiden edition of the Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu monthly award for players of Plateau United Football Club of Jos.

According to a Press Release Signed by the Media Officer Plateau United Football Club of Jos, Albert Dakup, Itodo is one of the longest serving players of the team scooped the award for his exemplary conduct in training, commitment and hardwork in the club's pre-season ahead of the fast approaching 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

The Former Dynamic Sporting Solution DSS of Kaduna long throw specialist, ward off challenges from other players to win the award which was institutionalized by the new Head Coach shortly on assumption of duty.

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Speaking on the motive of the award , Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu said the essence of the competition is encourage hardwork, commitment and dedication in the team.


" This is my own little way of encouraging commitment and dedication in the team , so that it will create healthy competition among my players as we prepare ahead of the new NPFL season.

An elated Itodo who spoke after receiving the award stated that the award will spur him to keep working hard to ensure the overall success of the team and thanked his teammates for their support adding that without them, he would not have won the award.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Defending Champions of All Nigeria Soccer Tournament, SGFC Eagles Athletics Sports Club has been dethroned in this year edition of the tournament held in Atlanta, as they settle for a bronze medal, as Atlanta Eagles Emerged New Champions to the delight of their passionate fans. 

This year tournament was held at KYSC sports Complex in Conyers, GA, on Friday, Oct 8th - Sunday, Oct 10th, 2021 to honor and celebrate Nigerian Independence Day in diaspora. 


Twenty - Four teams spanned from Texas, California, Washington, Maryland, New York, Colorado, Florida, Chicago and other part of the United States, consisting of Nigerian players participated in this year edition, while spectators were excited, having Funfair, eating traditional African foods and listening to Naija mix.

Two time Champion in history of the tournaments, SGFC Eagles Athletics Sports Club, after Showcasing Champions qualities and capabilities in the SLSA Tournament in Dallas Texas as Freetonians Maryland, The SGFC Eagles Fc bagged a 3rd place finish in Atlanta. Georgia's this NSF USA Soccer Convention 2021.

They won the FA Point with 9 points and scored a total number of 15 goals in the preliminaries, to emerge best scoring side among the 24 teams slated into 6 groups.

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Meanwhile, Speaking on behalf of SGFC Eagles Management, Coach Richard Opanuga shows Appreciation to all the players for their efforts and putting up a fighting spirit to winning the Tournament Back -to-Back.  

In his words, " I want to Appreciate all Players that came to support our passion, giving their best, On behalf of the Management, I thank my valuable players for the keen effort they put into this tournament.

" Although we didn't reach our finishing line, But we have our Bonds, We share same vision and one love, We have done it and we are glad we are here. Let's come back and WIN it again!!!.


The Management are really proud of you guys, they promise to always give their support anytime, We wish you all safe Journey as you vacate to your various home. It shall be well with you all. Thank you so much and We are Super Proud of you all. 

Aside from the Bronze Medal, SGFC players won the following individual award; Babucaar Ceesay  - Best Goalkeeper 
Abraham Kouyateh - Highest goal Scorer,  7goals in 3 matches.

Eventual winners Atlanta Eagles FC defeated SGFC Eagles in the first Semi - Finals by a lone goal to settle matters in the Finals with Houston Green Eagles, they outclassed their opponents in the Finals and smiled home with the Giant Golden Trophy, Houston Eagles came runners Up with a Silver Medal.


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