Super Eagles players in camp already for the
DR Congo and England friendly

The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans for a massive Town Hall event that will bring together various stakeholders of the game in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Billed for the Hotel Le Meridien (Ogeyi Place) in the Garden City, the event will present an opportunity for administrators, partners and sponsors of the NFF, football enthusiasts, fans, media representatives and other stakeholders to meet and bond with the players of the Super Eagles before the squad flies out to the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Mallam Shehu Dikko, NFF 2nd Vice President/Chairman of Strategy Committee, told media “This is an event for us to bring the players to meet with the stakeholders and appreciate them, and generally have a good time before the match against the Congolese. 



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The occasion certainly presents a great opportunity for conviviality considering that the team will be leaving for London and onwards to the World Cup after the match with Congo.

“We have invited the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike to grace the event, and we are also expecting our partners and sponsors, fans, media representatives as well as other stakeholders. 



It is going to be a feel-good atmosphere before the match against the DR Congo team later in the evening,” Dikko, who is also Chairman, Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee, stated.

Organizers also hint gentlemen of the press that a couple of stand-up comedians and a popular musician have been contacted to add glamour to the event, which will commence at 10am.    



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Coach Edith Agoye celebrates a goal
with so much energy

Shooting Stars football club hosted Bayelsa United in Matchday 4 of the Nigeria National League the second tier league in the country at the Lekan Salami Sports complex, Adamasingba - Ibadan.


The much talked encounter was expected to be entertaining, considering the number of quality players both teams have in their camp. But it was a one sided affairs from the blast of the whistle till the end of affairs

The Oluyole Warriors left many fans flabbergasted with their thrilling performance that earned them the deserved 4 -0 thumping of the visiting team. 

Their victory was richly and thoroughly deserved which made them occupy the Number *1* spot on the B2 league table with 7 points from three games, scored 5 goals and yet to concede any.

Coach Edith Agoye beaming with confidence about his lads performance after the game expressed himself that the convincing victory over Bayelsa United and being the first team in southwest to score 4 goals in a single match is as a result of collective efforts, 

"It was a fantastic victory for us today because we have being trying and trying and sincerely it worked for us today, we really played like a team today and boys really showed character, played with so much confidence from the goalkeeper to the last man in attack. 


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He further said "I have to thank our number 12th player the fans, they really gave their support even when things were not going the way we want they never relent their numerous support and i will just implore them that Agoye' can not do it alone, shooting stars is a big club that requires the backing of the fans, management and the government for us to be able to return the club to where it rightfully belong. 

In-form Oluyole warriors are poised with sheer confidence which can only be brought about by the rich vein of form which has seen them cruise past opponents quite effortlessly in the last 3 matches, as they make the long journey to delta, home of J. Atete who occupies the 5th position on the league table having played 4 games winning 1, Draw 2 and Lose 1 trailing 2 points behind league leaders.   



The match which is slated for Wednesday, 23rd of May 2018



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The Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company have signed separate but similarly-useful partnership agreements with global online betting company, 1XBET. 


The company, which operates in several territories and has impressive record of association with ‘the beautiful game’ (including sponsorship of the 5thAfrican Nations Championship held in Morocco at the beginning of the year) is the latest in the stream of top-of-the-tree businesses hooking up with Nigerian Football.


President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick signed for the Federation while Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the LMC and NFF 2nd Vice President, signed for the league body. The contracts are for a period of three years in the first instance, with right of first refusal on expiration, and generally offer to 1XBET, rights of association with the Super Eagles (NFF) and the Nigeria Professional Football League (LMC).



1XBET would have extensive branding and advertising opportunities across Nigeria National Team matches and events of the NFF, and are entitled to same across NPFL match venues and LMC events, including opportunity to support broadcast of NPFL matches. The company will equally benefit from coverage across NFF and LMC official websites and digital platforms.



The benefits to NFF and LMC include components of cash, Value-In-Kind and share of future revenue from Nigeria territory based on agreed parametres. As part of the VIK, 1XBET will procure (by paying the annual subscription) Instal (match analysis software) with full access for use by all the National Teams and all NPFL clubs, to aid the technical development and scouting of players of the National Teams and NPFL clubs. The company will also partner the NFF and LMC in various projects toward the development of Nigerian Football.



Apart from the agreement with 1XBET, the LMC also recently tied up a partnership with OCP Africa, a Morocco-owned fertilizer and agricultural giant with growing business interest in Nigeria, as ‘Official Supporter.’ The company will also have branding opportunities across NPFL events and match venues.





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Malam Shehu Dikko and Amaju Melvin Pinnick
in hot discussion

Dikko said: “We are delighted to have secured these partnerships. 1XBET is a global brand with record of associating with football, and this underscores the progress Nigerian Football is making across all levels under the leadership of NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, with the support of key stakeholders. These giant strides emphasize what can be achieved under a stable football environment. Not only do we now have leading domestic brands partnering with our football; international companies are now coming.


“We welcome 1XBET and OCP to our growing portfolio of sponsors and partners and assure them that we will do all we can to make the partnerships win-win situations, and see that value for money is delivered to the brands.”

Eugene Kiryukhin, Director for Development (International Partners) of 1XBET, said: “Our objective and strategy has always been driven by the need to stand out from other brands and offer unique and perfect user-experience. We see Nigeria as an emerging marketing with huge potential, and the partnerships with NFF and LMC offer us the opportunity to deepen our brand while supporting football development. Exciting times await Nigerian Football fans and sports-betting enthusiasts with the entry of 1XBET into the Nigerian market.”

Thenff.com learnt that the match analysis software (part of the VIK component in the agreement with 1XBET) is significant in view of the objective to ensure sustainable technical development of Nigerian Football at all levels.


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The Nigeria Football Federation Electoral Committee Wednesday unveiled plan for the September 29th, 2018 federation’s presidential election in Kastina.

Unveiling the plan at the press conference in Abuja, the Chairman of the committee, Barrister Muhammad Sani Katu Esq, revealed that the committee would do all it could to ensure a rancor free elections.

He also disclosed that, September 29th elections is subject to approval by the Congress of the NFF and any amendments to the NFF statutes 2010 in view of the NFF Bill before National Assembly.

The sales, endorsements and return of the nomination forms, Monday 21st May to 4th June, 2018.

According to him, Screenning of candidature, Thursday, Monday, 23rd July, 2018 while release of names of candidates 23rd July, 2018.

“Submission of protests/Appeals Tuesday 24th to Thursday, 26th July 2018. Hearing of protests/Appeals Friday 27th Saturday, 29th July 2018.

“Publication of the first list of candidates Monday 30th 2018.”


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“We will try as much as possible to distance ourselves from, presidency, NFF and any other prominent Nigerian that may want to influence us, that is why we try as much as possible to operate independently.

“We have spent our resources, our time to ensure we leverage on mistakes of the past to have a credible, free and fair elections.” he said.

Speaking further, Committee chairman also, reveal the price of the form for the position of president, Vice President and Ordinary board members will goes for N350,000, N300,000 and N250, 000 respectively.

On eligibility of the candidates, he said those vying for ordinary member position must 30 years old while those of the positions of Vice President and President must be 35 years of age.
” Must have post primary school certificate, be a citizen of Nigeria and a registered member of a Club recognized by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Evidence of Tax payment for 2 years, verifiable means of livelihood and such person must be endorsed two members of the NFF,” he said

Written By: Joel Ajayi


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Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu all
named in the provisional List
Nigeria Technical coach Gernot Rohr has announced a 30-man provisional list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup holding in Russia from June 14th to 15th July.

The Super Eagles have been paired with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D of the World Cup.

Rhor's squad consists of notable names like captain John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Odion Ighalo, Kenneth Omeruo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Oghenekaro Etebo and Moses Simon.

Surprisingly missing on the list is Junior Ajayi. The striker was in top form for Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League.

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Olarenwaju Kayode, Anthony Nwakame and Ifeanyi Matthew were all snubbed despite their recent impressive performances for their respective clubs.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Carina), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: William Troost Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Mainz), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa), Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor), Tyrone Ebuehi (Ado den Haag), Ola Aina (Hull City), Elderson Echiejille (Cercle Brugge), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda), Joel Obi (Torino), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor) Etebo Oghenekaro (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor)

Forwards: Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars), Moses Simon (KAA Gent), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)

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Shooting Stars Players before the game against Warri Wolves
Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan on Saturday in Warri, made good intention to vie for early return to the Nigeria Professional Football League by displaying an incredible performance in warri as they got the deserved maximum points defeating Warri Wolves, 1-0. 
The Oluyole Warriors scored the crucial away goal late in the game, at exactly 85 minute to pocket the three maximum points.
Youthful and enterprising Sanni Nurudeen had sped from the centre on a counter move to beat the two centre defenders before releasing a neat pass to lurking Akombo Ukeyima who was quick to bury it forcefully at the right side of the helpless goal keeper.
The goal and the manner it came silenced the already agitated home crowd some of whom had moved closer to the technical area to pressurize the referees for undue advantage.
Before then, there have been series of attacking exchanges between the teams with the visitors soaking the pressures, couple with Goalkeeper Lucky Jimoh outstanding performance in the posts.
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The Technical Crew of Shooting Stars Football Club
On many occasions, Shooting Stars defence quartet of Waheed Omololu, Abbey Benson, Shittu Taiwo and Mutiu Ogundimu were on their toes to absorb antics of their opponents.
At about 79 minutes, Coach Edith Agoye had to bring in Samuelson Ngongo in the defence to replace also effective Opeyemi Olufemi upfront for our only change in the match.
The substitution strengthened the defence and allowed ageless Moses James and Fatai Gbadamosi to effectively take firm control of the midfield.
With the victory, Shooting Stars have garnered four points from two matches behind Warri Wolves’ six points from three games.
In reaction during the post match interview, Coach Edith Agoye described the victory as very significant.
“The game is not about three but eight points! If Warri Wolves had won, we would still have been on one point, leading us with eight points. It will be extremely difficult for us to catch up. This win is very significant and we are happy”, he sums it up.
"With this crucial win the General Manager of the Club 'Mr Rasheed Balogun has also promised the players Double of their match bonus to each players for a well job done, and he has also heap praises on the technical crew that they have done a decent job on the players and the end of the season we will be back to Nigeria Professional Football League enthused' Mr Rasheed Balogun 


Next up for Shooting Stars is Bayelsa United at the Lekan Salami Stadium on Sunday the 19th May, 2018.

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The Senior Women’s National Basketball Team DTigress will start their FIBA women’s World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, 22nd of September at the Arena Santiago Martin, San Cristobal De La Laguna, Spain.
D’Tigress will be facing what may likely be their toughest game on paper in the group stage against an Australian side who are ranked 4th in the latest FIBA ranking.
According to the recently released fixtures by Federation of International Basketball Associations, the Sam Vincent tutored team currently ranked 37th in the world and 5th in Africa will face world’s number 7, Turkey on the 23rd of September at the Arena Quico Cabrera, Santa Cruz De Tenerife in their second game.
With the 24th set aside as match free day, D’Tigress will resume hostilities against Argentina who are currently ranked 15th in the world.
Meanwhile, the Engr. Musa Kida led Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced Atlanta, Georgia, USA as camp site for the D’Tigress World Cup preparation.
Kida called on corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to support the federation financially to ensure that the girls are adequately prepared for the challenges ahead.


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The provisional list of invited players for the second ever World Cup appearance is expected to be released soon for the tournament coming few months after the men’s FIFA World Cup.
It is on record that the NBBF recently reviewed the membership of the management and coaching crew of the Men and Women’s National Teams to enhance their efficiency.
The federation confirmed that 2017 Afrobasket women winning coach, Sam Vincent will be leading the team to the World Cup while head coach of First Bank Women’s basketball club of Lagos, Peter Ahmedu retains his position as the assistant coach alongside former Nigerian international, Mactabene Amachree (General Manager).
Sola Shomala (First Deep Water, Nigeria) was brought into replace coach Ochuko Okworogun who was affected by the slight change.
Nigeria qualified for her first World Cup in 2006 but failed to win any game and were eliminated from the group stage.


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The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers NANPF, the official Nigeria Players Union affiliated to the Nigeria football Federation and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, condemn the call by  the Illegal players Association by the name National Association of Nigeria Footballers. 


NANF demanding  for the cancellation of the Nigeria Super Eagles game with the Democratic Republic of Congo national team in Port Harcourt as unwarranted 

It is unfortunate that some media houses had gone ahead to give this illegal body undue publicity without carrying out any form of due and diligent  check, on the status of this so called players body. 



We are at a lose at this development and advice that nobody should take the demand of this illegal body serious.


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There are statutory institutions like the Federal Ministry of health and other sister agencies vested with the responsibility to investigate,  and check all those coming into the country, this time, the DRC players and officials  and make pronouncement  on such sensitive issues  as the Ebola matter

There is only one player,'s Union or Association recognised by law to defend the rights , promote the interest and speak on behalf of Nigeria Footballers , which is the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers 


NANPF  The players Union is not unaware of the various moves orchestrated  by some individuals within the industry bent on frustrating the activities of the Players Union, giving fake impression that there is division or polarisation of the players Union in the Country for their selfish interest. We therefore advice all stakeholders to  take note

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Nigeria Pitch Awards Press Conference in Ikeja
unveiling the nominees
Match Makers Consults and its auditing partners, SIAO revealed 54 possible winners in 18 categories of the fifth edition of the annual awards. The unveiling was done on Wednesday by the organizers at a press conference in Lagos Travel Inn Ikeja, Lagos. 


Top on the contenders’ list for the main title is the Super Eagles’ skipper, Mikel Obi who is expected to have stiff challenge from the duo of English Premiership stars – Victor Moses of Chelsea and Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City.

The three national team players are jostling for the ‘King of the Pitch’ Award. According to Sina Philips, the CEO of Match Makers Consult, the event will hold in Lagos at a date to be announced in June and the female category of the award has also been increased from two to four after plea from the NWPL Boss Aisha Falode.






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Aisha Falode NWPL Boss Remarks

Nominated for the Goalkeeper of the Year is Carl Ikeme, the recuperating goaltender for Wolverhampton Wanderers of England. Contending with him are Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was with FC UfeanyiUbah in the season under consideration before joining Enyimba FC for continental football and Dele Ajiboye of league champions, Plateau United.

The full nominations below:

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
1.Carl Ikeme  (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2.Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah / Enyimba FC)
3.Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
1.Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05)
2.William Troost-Ekong (Bursapor FC)
3.Shehu Abdullahi (Anothosis Famagusta FC)

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
1.John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda)
2.Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City FC)
3.Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)

STRIKER OF THE YEAR
1.Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)
2.Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars FC)
3.Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai)

MVP (MEN) IN THE NPFL
1.Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Ifeanyi Ubah FC)
2.Stephen Odey (MFM FC/ FC Zurich)
3.Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars FC)

MVP (WOMEN) IN THE NWFL
1.Charity Rueben (Ibom Angels)
2.Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
3.Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)

COACH OF THE YEAR
1.Fidelis Elechukwu (MFM FC)
2.Gernot Rohr (Super Eagles)
3.Kennedy Boboye (Plateau United)

CLUB/TEAM OF THE YEAR
1.Super Eagles
2.Plateau United FC
3.MFM FC

REFEREE OF THE YEAR
1.Ferdinand Udoh
2.Adebimpe Quadri
3.Ogabor Joseph

STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
1.Lagos State
2.Rivers State
3.Delta State

FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR
1.His Excellency Godwin Obaseki (Edo State)
2.His Excellency Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom State)
3.His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State)

SAM OKWARAJI AWARD FOR COMMITMENT TO NIGERIAN FOOTBALL
1. Shehu Dikko 2nd Vice President, (Nigeria Football Federation)
2. Amaju Melvin Pinnick President, (Nigeria Football Federation)
3. Chief Ifeanyi Ubah Chairman FC Ifeanyi Ubah 

CORPORATE SPONSOR OF FOOTBALL AWARD
1. Aiteo Group
2. Nigerian Breweries plc
3. Coca Cola plc

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (PRINT)
1. Johnny Edwards (Complete Sports)
2. Tana Aiyejina (Punch Newspapers)
3. Olalekan Okusan (The Nation Newspapers)

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (RADIO)
1. Godwin Enakhena (Top Radio FM)
2. Olawale Adigun (Top Radio FM)
3. Tony Bekederemo (Brila FM)

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (TV)
1. Austin Okon-Akpan (Channels TV)
2. Godwin Enakhena (LTV / Sports Splash)
3. Mozez Praiz (Supersport)

QUEEN OF THE PITCH
1.Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
2.Rueben Charity (Ibom Angels)
3.Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian)

KING OF THE PITCH
1.Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)
2.Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City FC)
3.John Mikel Obi (Tiajin Teda)


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NBBF Members and clubs ofiicial after Press Conference
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has commenced registration of clubs and players for the 2018 Total Divisions 1 and 2 league season.
This follows the recent agreement signed between NBBF and Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, for sponsorship of the National Divisions 1 and 2 Men's Basketball Leagues totaling 60 million naira.
Interested Clubs are to obtain and complete the League Registration Forms from their various State Basketball Associations, the Secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation or online.
Under this new arrangement in NBBF/Total Division 2, each of the 36 States and the FCT, Abuja, will hold State Preliminary competitions to determine the 2 teams to represent the state at the zonal level.
The Vice President of the NBBF, Babs Ogunade said the new league format which is expected to accommodate more teams is a clear departure from what was obtainable under the former board where few teams gathered to play about 4 or 5 matches within a one week period.
“In recent years, the National Men’s Division 1 and 2 leagues could best be described as a jamboree and a waste of time and resources. Teams pay registration fees and other expenses with nothing at stake except promotion ticket.”


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NBBF President Engr. Musa Kida 
According to the directives from the NBBF, the format of competitions at the state level will depend on the number of teams registered at the state level as 74 teams are expected to qualify for the Divisions 2 playoffs.
Explaining the format, Ogunade said, “The Zonal Champions and Runners up will qualify for the Conference Final 6.  In this case, there will be 2 Conferences. The top 2 Teams from the Northwest, North Central and the North East Divisions make up the Savannah Conference, while the Top 2 Teams from the South East, South West and South South make up the Atlantic Conference”.
The Conference Champions, along with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Teams from each Conference will qualify for the Final 8 to be held at a venue to be decided by the NBBF from where the National Champions and Runner Up will emerge.
The top 4 teams at the Final 8 will qualify for the 2019 season of the National Division 1 League .
All the competitions will take place within a time frame to be decided based on the registration received from the teams and states.
The Total National Division 1 Men's League will also adopt the same format as the Division 2 League with the teams presently in Division 1 retaining their status and the teams increased to 16 teams.
Total will provide playing kits for all Zonal finalists.
Registration and submission of completed forms closes on 10th of May, 2018.

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