BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Shooting Stars Sports Club management have debunked the news making the rounds online about its midfielder, Malomo Taofeek Ayodeji been a product of VIA Football Academy.

The General Manager of the club, Rasheed Balogun has rubbished the report as he insisted that Malomo was signed by Shooting Stars from NNL side Joy Cometh.


According to Balogun, "There is no iota of truth in the report liking Malomo to VIA Football Academy. 

" To put the records straight, the attacking midfielder was signed outrightly from Joy Comets before the start of the 2020/21 NNL season.


" We have all his valid documents and none showed VIA Football Academy. So where the writer of the story got his facts from I don't understand.

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" For me, this is just mere distractions. I want to state clearly that Shooting Stars is not ready to negotiate with any agent or persons who wants to parade himself as representative of Malomo as the club made an outright signing of him from his parent club, Joy Cometh."

He had played for Joy Cometh for two and half seasons before moving to 3SC.


Malomo played a key role for the Oluyole Warriors in in the just concluded Nigeria National League (NNL) scoring seven goals in 20 matches.

At the NNL play-offs in Enugu, Malomo proved his worth getting the equalizing goal in 3SC 2-1 victory over perennial arch-rivals Bendel Insurance and went ahead to help his club gain promotion to the Nigerian Professional Football League(NPFL) after three seasons.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


36 Lion have landed in Abomey ahead of their next game against Dynamo FC.


The team kick started their training tour of Benin Republic with a 1-1 draw against AS Cotonou on Wednesday morning.


The boys had a recovery session before jetting off to Abomey for their next assignment. The team arrived Abomey at 11am from the city of Cotonou on Thursday.

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Secretary General and Vice President of Dynamo FC gave the Lions a superb reception and treated them like Kings with Pounded Yam done naturally with Mortar and Pestle while they watched amusingly. 


The Lions had a feel of the Stade Municipal de Bohicon where their second match of the tour will be played on Friday. Kickoff is 4pm.


It would be recalled that 36 Lion have produced the likes of Junior Ajayi, Imoh Ezekiel, Sadiq Atanda, Yira Sor, Sodiq Popoola, Yusuf Lawal, Samson Akinyoola amongst others.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen scored a brace as Napoli forced Leicester City to a 2-2 draw in their thrilling UEFA Europa league Group C opener at the King Power Stadium, according to an online reports.


The Foxes got off to the perfect start as Ayoze Perez netted in the nine minutes ending a 15-game goal drought with an emphatic volley pass Ospina.


Harvey Barnes doubled the tally in the 64th to put the foxes in the driving seat of clash after seeing Zambian Patson Daka’s 60th minutes strike being ruled out for offside.

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Napoli wasted a host of chances throughout the game managed to reduce the tally within five minutes as Victor Osimhen lofted his first over Kasper Schmeichel, with three minutes remaining, the former Lille striker scored his second on the night with a superb towering header to rescue a point for the Italian side.


Drama late on as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was shown a red card for a second bookable offence, which means he misses the next game against Legia Warsaw adding insult to injury on a night victory slipped away from Brendan Rodgers’s side.


The match had four Nigerians in action on the night as Kelechi Iheanaho who assisted Havey Barnes for the second goal saw 87 minutes of action before being replaced by Jamie Vardy while Ademola Lookman who recently indicated interest in playing for the Super Eagles replaced Ademola Lookman in the 75th minutes.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


The Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne and FC Ebedei Stadium in Sagamu are set to co-host the 9th edition of Nigeria's most prestigious pre-season tournament, the Ogunjobi Gold Cup in October.


The General Coordinator of the tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen disclosed to Ogunjobi Gold Cup Media Channel on plans to host another exciting and hitch-free pre-season for clubs from the three tiers of Nigeria's domestic leagues.


" Two stadiums will host matches in this year's edition and that includes the Geotech hybrid synthetic pitches at  Remo Stars Stadium and the one at FC Ebedei Stadium," said Shamsudeen.


" Aside from the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode where we made use of the three available pitches, one at the Main Bowl and Practice Pitch A & B for matches, this is the first time we are using two stadia to host the tourney.

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Another essence of the two stadia, it would help coaches of the 10 teams try new playing formats and perfect them ahead of the new football season. Also, all teams will have hours of training schedules aside from just playing matches in the tourney.


" We know time is of the essence, we also considered the distance factor as we don't want teams to waste man-hours in unnecessary traffic as a result of long travel time. So it's a six or seven minutes drive distance between the stadia and this is fair enough for the teams.


" Over the years, fans have been an integral part of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup, so this edition will see them having to watch if not a hundred per cent of our matches but eighty as the fixtures to have been arranged to favour them."

ABS FC of Ilorin were champions of the last edition held in Kwara State, as they defeated Gombe United in a five-goal thriller.
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Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL and Nigeria National League NNL champion, Niger Tornadoes has retained 24 players out of 32 that don the colour of the club at the just concluded 2020/2021 season.


The technical crew and players of the Ikon Allah Boys proceed on break 12 days break from September 14 to September 26, 2021 where they will move to a close camp to fine tune preparations for the 2021/2022 NPFL season.

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According to the Abubakar Bala led technical crew in a statement made available to the media department of the team, a total of twenty four (24) players were retained out of the thirty two (32) registered, while few tested players are expected to be injected to the team.


The statement added that the adjustment has become necessary as the team springs into action in preparation ahead of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL Season.

The club wished the players affected success in their future endeavors and advised those retained to resume back to training at the appointed time unfailingly.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


In a season when reputable individuals who can come to the fore and put to place their skills, experience and exposure to play in raising the bar of Chess in Edo State becomes a scarce commodity, Akhiwu Eugene is the solution to the situation and the sustainance to any set policy, program or agenda for the Chess Association in Edo State.

Beyond being a man of wider exposure and understanding the game of Chess, both as a player, coach and Administrator, Akhiwu Eugene is the kind of soul everyone who prays for progressiveness in Edo Chess will want to associate with.

Here are TEN reasons Eugene should be considered as the best option to lead Edo State Chess Association to the Promise land


1: Ehidiamhen Eugene AKHIWU is an International Chess Arbiter, an International Chess Organiser, a National/Developmental Chess Instructor, and has a Diploma in the Administration of a Chess Federation all of which were awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. 

2: He is also the Technical Director of the Edo State Chess Association (ESCA).

3: As a Chess Administrator, Ehidiamhen has been more recently involved with taking the Chess in Schools Program of the World Chess Federation FIDE to the nook and crannies of Edo State through his organization; the Chess Knights; a registered entity with Corporate Affairs Commission. He has also been collaborating with the Life and Chess Club run by Princess Omonyemwen Adeyinka-Afolabi in inculcating the inherent advantages of learning and playing chess in the people of Edo State especially our children and adolescents.

4: In 2013, Collaborating with Life and Chess Club, the Benin Chess Tournament Also Known as Oba's Cup was successfully organized which was the first FIDE rated chess tournament in Edo State and it is in its 5th Edition this year 2021. It is also important to note that the Chess Sequence which started in 2010 with the support of Ehidiamhen has been organized 22 times and the 23rd edition will be organized in September, 2021. 

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5: The Ehidiamhem Childrens Day Classics also saw its maiden edition on the 27th of May, 2021. Testaments of these events can be found online.

6: His training, experience, qualifications and certifications cut across all the areas of chess play and administration.

7: The University of Lagos (Sociology) graduate is *Intelligent, Resourceful, and Capable, possessing excellent oral and written communication skills, with a creative approach in engaging people.* He's an individual who is personally driven to succeed, he demonstrates the ability to lead and attain new levels of success in a highly competitive environment.

8: From 1983 till date, Mr Eugene has held as many roles as any Chess legend would have across the world. From being an Arbiter at the _B & H International Chess Grand Prix, Lagos- 1983_

_IBB Chess masters International Grand Prix Abuja- 1983_

_World Chess Olympiad, Calvia, Spain- 2004_

_World Chess Olympiad, Istanbul, Turkey- 2012_

A Deputy Chief Arbiter in competition across the continent from zonal championship, Afican Junior Championship, All African games to Individual games  between late 90s, early 2000 and 2010.


What more Edo will benefit, should Eugene be supported to lead them?

9: Give priority to the development of the Chess masses, mainly youth, putting foremost the socio-educational virtues of the game.

Modify the rules and organisation of tournaments according to our priority of mass development

Make the management of the Nigerian Chess Federation exemplary, based on real democracy and transparency.

Increase the living standard of all Chess professionals, just to mention but a few what a man of deep understanding of the sport can offer if allowed to steer the paddle of Edo Chess canoe.

10: A man without goal will only get to position with nothing to offer; Eugene however is not a farmer who goes to farm without hoe. Here are highlights of his goals as an administrator

Establishing closer links amongst local Chess players in order to form regular Chess Clubs and increase tournament participation within State Chess Associations.

Develop closer links between these Chess players and the Nigeria Chess Community.

Provide Equipment and Technical Assistance to increase the level of regular Chess activity.

Foster a greater sense of Community Spirit amongst Chess players of all ages.

Identify talented Chess players and Organisers, and develop their skills for the future.

Though there have been some wall talks about an alien to the game who to want to make his way through the back doors, but without mincing words, a man like Akhiwu Eugene is all Edo State Chess Association need to become a world power house in Chess game.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Former Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) champions, Plateau United is set to officially unveil Fidelis Ilechukwu as their new Head Coach ahead of the new domestic football season kickoff.

Ilechukwu who last month terminated his contract with Heartland after two years, cited personal reasons and his quest for a fresh challenge as justification for ending his stay with the club.


Nevertheless, tough conditions and financial challenges at the club and backlog of wages, Ilechukwu never got wearied yet delivered the Owerri-based club from been relegated at the just concluded 2020/2021 NPFL season finishing 13th on the log and got to the quarter-final finish in the FA Cup.

A source close to the 'Working One' told the media that the gaffer is due to be in Jos next week.


" Ilechukwu is set for the new task ahead with Plateau United and should arrive Jos on Monday morning as planned.

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" The management and indeed fans of the club are excited to have one of the vibrant coaches in the NPFL be in the team's dugout for the new season.

" After he arrives Jos, Ilechukwu is expected to meet his new employers, put pen to his contract, meet with his backroom staff and then have a tour of the club's facilities. A date for his unveiling will be communicated to the media by Plateau United."


Speaking further, "Ilechukwu is excited and ready for work and win silverware for the club. He is also thrilled with Plateau United management set targets and long-term plans.

On his part, Camara is one gaffer that likes to work and getting results, which is more important to him than talking in the media space."

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