BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


The maiden edition of Evolution Cup has received a huge boost with the donation of jerseys for the finalists and tournament officials by Owu Sportswear, a leading kits manufacturing company in Nigeria.

Confirming the development, Olatoye Olawale, the Project Strategist appreciate the management of Owu sportswear for identifying with the tournament which seek to provide opportunity for NLO teams to prepare for the season ahead.

" I really want to thank the management of Owu Sportswear for keying in to our vision with this wonderful support. This is yet another indication of their belief in our project and I believe this partnership will further place them strategically in the scheme of things going forward" he said. 


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In his own reaction, the Managing Director of Owu Sportswear, Barrister Tunji Brown stated that the company is proud to associate with the Evolution Cup project.

" We are happy to partner with the Evolution Cup and this is a good beginning for a greater partnership. 

" We believe in this project and this is to also show that Owu Sportswear is for every category of sports in Nigeria.” Tunji Brown said. 

The tournament, sponsored by Alphakay International Sports and packaged by Sportflames communication will feature ten NLO teams in a most truest and fairest form of league situation and campaign.

Evolution Cup is scheduled to hold from February 21st-26th of the same month at Remo Stars Stadium Complex, Ikenne, Ogun State.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


No fewer than Ten NLO teams will be on card for the maiden edition of Evolution Cup 2022 billed for Remo Stars Stadium Ikenne ,Ogun State.

The preseason tournament scheduled to hold from February 21st to 26th of the same month would see the invited teams savouring the true situation of the league while they have the best of preparation ahead of the new season.

According to Olatoye Olawale Project Strategist, said," This Pre-season tournaments would be a mini-soccer festivals to give invited team a running start in to the new season in March/April 2022". 

He further said, "This pre-season tournament would serve as a great opportunity for NLO clubs and community to come together for days of competitive fun, to develop and make progress, also to socialise with their fellow club members and friends while practising and preparing for the season"!

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The tournament, sponsored by Alphakay International Sports and Packaged by Sportsflames communication will feature Abraysports FC, Right 2 Win FC, Olansile FC, Hammola International FC and Beyond Limits FC.

Other teams are Rolly FC, Magic Stars FC, Olukismet FC, Ilaji FC and SGFC Athletic .

With the round-robin format of the tournament, teams will be separated into two groups to face each other in encounters filled with thrills and excitements.

After each team would have played four (4) games in their respective groups, the top-placed team from each group will  qualify for the final to determine the overall winner.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


It was a double celebration here in Garoua, Cameroon where Francis Achi, highly reputable Nigerian journalist clocked the golden age of 50 years and the Super Eagles also won their last group game against Guinea Bissau 2-0 to spice up the day.

Achi, popularly known as Totori Master, is the publisher of Totori News an online media platform, also the media officer of the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria and the NFF chiefs here in Garoua, Cameroon gave him a pleasant surprise birthday celebration as they baked a special cake for the milestone he has achieved.


" We thank God as we celebrate Francis Achi, whom we all call Totori on this occasion of his 50th birthday, his golden jubilee and to mark his day, NFF presented a special cake for the celebration," Fresh Yusuf, chairman technical committee of the NFF said.

" We are happy to celebrate a brother and friend in the football family in Nigeria and we want to urge him to remain steadfast in the discharge of his duties" he added.

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Speaking also at the event, Hon. Sunday Samson Longbap, chairman of Plateau State Football Association, admonished him to always be guided with wisdom in whatever decision  he takes, noting that attaining the age of 50 years is a welcome to the club of elders and elders are known for their acts of wisdom.

" You are welcome to the table of elders as we all join you to celebrate your 50 years on earth. God deserves the honour and glory for this feat and we pray that you will apply more wisdom in all you do," Hon. Longbap advised.

The celebrant gave thanks to God and also appreciate the NFF for honouring his day, as he crowned it by singing a special number ' 'Goodness of God" to the delight of everyone at the event. It was then dance, dance, dance with a lot of merryment.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Coach Augustine Eguavoen has played down talk of Nigeria being the favourites to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations title. The Super Eagles got off to a flying start in Cameroon by defeating Egypt 1-0 at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.

Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half effort from a Joe Aribo assist propelled the West Africans past the seven-time African kings to occupy the summit of the Group, Thanks to that result, Super Eagles are among the favourites to win a fourth African diadem. 

However, Interim Coach Austin Eguavoen is not thinking about his side's title aspirations with just one match played.


He said," It’s hard to say because it is a marathon,” the Ex-International told gentlemen of the press ahead of Saturday’s  clash against Sudan.

" It’s only the first game and like you all know, Egypt are seven-time African champions and not pushovers. They are a very strong team and we played very well and I give credit to all the players.

" Talking about being favourites will be too early and that is what I have maintained. We are going to focus on our next game and approach it with all seriousness and after crossing that hurdle, we will be looking forward to the third game.”

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Victory over the Falcons of Jedaine in Garoua would see Nigeria book a place in the Round of 16 with a game in hand.

When quizzed if there is a possibility of approaching the East and Central Africans with the same tactics adopted against Carlos Queiroz’s men, Eguavoen replied: “Every game comes with his own plan.

" We have three points, they have one point, we need to consolidate on that. They will be pushing hard to win and we want to qualify for the second round. We have discussed, the backroom staff and the players what is at stake today. 


" They don’t have a Mohamed Salah in their team, but they have like four players who are very fast too. They will be up against Nigeria and it is expected that they will raise their game.”

Nigeria have faced Sudan 14 times and their first game dates back to 1963. The Super Eagles have the upper hand with the most wins (eight) while Sudan boast of two victories.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Three time Afcon winners Nigeria Super Eagles trade tackles with seven time winners pharaohs of Egypt at the Estadio Roumde Adjia Tuesday Evening, match many considered to be one of the biggest game at the ongoing Nations Cup.

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho gave Nigeria Super Eagles the lead, after Joe Aribo head the ball to Iheanacho after Egypt defenders have blocked Moses Simon cross, but 'Seniorman' Kels took his initiative to shoot wonderful half-volley into the top roof of the net and that was the only goal of the game to give Super Eagles the important three points. 


According to Coach Austin Eguavoen after the Victory against Pharaoh's of Egypt," The reception has been great since we arrived in Garoua, it has been an interesting AFCON from the first game.

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He further stated," We know the strength of our players, we know Ejuke is good from the left side, and it was impossible to substitute Simon, it was a tactical change and Ejuke had chances to finish the game. For Umar, maybe first time in such a big stage, he gave me some excuses after the game and we will talk to him later.

Salah is one of the best players in the world, the strategy wasn't a specific marker, but we instructed the players to close him down at any time and they must be a second player behind the marker.

The same set of players, every coach have their style, philosophy and leadership. I told the players to see me as their brother and father, my assistant I called them my colleagues. We have a path towards the same direction, we have the privilege to serve the country and we must always give our best.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


As the Nigeria National League, NNL Relegation Playoff gets underway on Tuesday 11th January 2022 in the nation's capital, Avuja, Technical Adviser of Kogi United football Club of Lokoja Folabi Ojekunle has described the tourney as an opportunity for his side to bounce back into reckoning and retains it's NNL Status. 

Speaking to Kogi United Media ahead of the Play-off, the former Udala fc gaffer said it's absolutely unfortunate that a team like Kogi United with such arrays of quality and hardworking players found itself in relegation battle at the end of the 2020/2021 Nigeria National League Season despite picking maximum points away from home on two occasions.


The experienced tactician said the management of the club understands the importance of the Playoff and as such have put all measures in place to ensure that the team does not go down the murky waters of relegation.

" Its a good thing that the Nigeria National League authority have decided to stage the Playoff to give teams the opportunity to return back to the second tier League after some abysmal performances last season. This is an opportunity for us to bounce back from the doldrums and we are going to make good use of this advantage and opportunity"

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On the quality and depth of the team, Coach Folabi said "We still have good players in the team who can withstand any opposition and eventuality anytime anyday and we have worked on them thoroughly since taking over at the club few months ago and hopefully they will deliver when we meet Road Safety football Club of Abuja on Wednesday to decide who remains in the NNL"

It will be recalled that following some strings of poor performances by the Confluence State Club last season, the team was relegated from the Nigeria National League after finishing second to the last in group A1 of the Northern Conference.


But while the Club is still ruing over its drop from the NNL, the Nigeria National League body at their Annual General Meeting in Benin city the Edo State capital on 13th December 2021 resolved that the eight (8) relegated teams from the Southern and Northern Conference respectively should meet in Abuja and play themselves to determine which team goes down or remains in the Nigeria National League for the 2021/2022 Season. 

Kogi United fc will take on Road Safety fc of Abuja on Wednesday 12th January 2022 at the Aguiyi Ironsi barracks football pitch. 
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


But for the heroics of veteran goalkeeper, Dele Aiyenugba, between the sticks in the closing moments of the match day 5, NPFL 2021/2022 season for home side, Kwara United, Rangers International F.C would have left the Kwara Stadium complex with the maximum points at stake as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

Chisom Samuel shot the host into the lead at the half hour mark after Bamidele Adeniyi failed to puch clear a Kabiru Balogun’ long-throw even as the host enjoyed a larger percentage of dominance in the first stanza.

Ossy Martins restored parity for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ as he reacted well to nod home a Julius Ikechukwu’ inviting cross just three minutes into the second stanza to send a grave-yard silence all over the arena save for the few travelling team that celebrated.


On 65 minutes, the host were awarded a penalty kick by the referee for an unclear incident inside the box but captain of the day for the ‘Harmony Boys’, Christopher Nwaeze blasted the spot kick against the cross bar to the relief of the travelling squad from the Coal City.

Kenechukwu Agu had two opportunities to annex all three points at stake for the visitors in added-on time as his corner kick that was headed for the bottom corner of the first post was expertly beaten out by Aiyenugba while his lobby from his team’ half missed target by whiskers with the shot stopper off his goal line.

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Rangers gaffer, Abdul Maikaba said after the encounter, “It was a good match against a good side. We came here not to concede a goal but after we went behind in the first half, we knew we had to work harder. 

To the credit of my players, they rose to the occasion with the equalizer and got lucky not to have gone behind from the penalty spot and would have wrapped up the game with the missed chances in the last moments of the match. We are happy with the result but it could have been better.”


Rangers are now occupying the 4th position on the twenty team log with eight points from five matches, winning two, drawing two and losing one behind Remo Stars, Rivers United and Enyimba International on eleven, ten and nine points respectively from the same number of matches.

RANGERS TEAM: Bamidele Adeniyi, Tope Olusesi, Bala Akintunde, Charles Tiesso, Ebuka Anthony, Ernest Governor, Chidiebere Nwobodo (Christian Nnaji -75th Min.), Kenechukwu Agu, Ugochukwu Ugwuoke (Saidu Adamu -75th Min.), Julius Ikechukwu (Shedrack Asiegbu -56th Min.), Ossy Martins (Chinonso Eziekwe -82nd Min.). 

SUBS NOT USED: Seidu Mutawakilu, David Chimezie, Olawale Doyeni, Samuel Pam, Philip Clement.

GOAL SCORER: Ossy Martins – 48th Minute

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Remo Stars Forward, Samuel Anakwe scored a brilliant clinching goal as the Sky Blue Stars secured a narrow 1-0 win over former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United.

The Head Coach of Remo Stars, Gbenga Ogunbote made four (4) changes to his side that played out a 1-1 draw against Dakkada FC in Uyo last weekend.

The Sky Blue Stars started the game early with Samuel Anakwe having a good attempt to put the host ahead after he received a well-grounded pass from Dayo Ojo but his chance went wide.


Remo Stars continued to mount pressure on the visitors and it yielded with a free kick, Seun Ogunribide took brilliantly but Samuel Anakwe nodded wide this time.

Good combination of play from Andy Okpe to Stanley Okorom, he located Samuel Anakwe upfront but the visitors' defenders clear and the ball went directly to Adedayo Olamilekan who took at once but it went inches over the bar.

The visitors continued to withhold the pressure, they break with a beautiful exchange of passes to locate Akila Jesse but his attempt was too weak to go past Kayode Bankole.

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The Sky Blue Stars resumed brilliantly in the second half, they kept on answering questions from the visitors defense and finally it yielded as Adedayo Olamilekan's powerful header went into the box of the visitors and Samuel Anakwe made no mistake by giving the host the deserved lead with a fine header.

Pleateau United continued to push for an equaliser as Samuel Mathias took a lofty corner kick but Kayode Bankole was very active to punch off play.


The Sky Blue Stars looked to double their lead after Qudus Akanni was introduced, he received a good pass from Andy Okpe after he had gotten his way past two defenders but his attempt went wide.

Plateau United dominated the final stages but Nonrot Silas couldn't convert in the closing minutes of the game to give the peace boys a point.

Next for the Sky Blue is a trip to Bauchi to face Wikki Tourist in matchday six (6) of the ongoing 2021/2022 NPFL season.
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