Right2Win Sports Academy Bow Gallantly To NPFL Outfit, Abia Warriors In Friendly, Presents Jersey To Warriors’ Chairman

Renowned Nigerian Football Administrator and Chairman, Abia Warriors Football Club, High Chief Emeka Inyama was today presented with a signed jersey of Right 2 Win Sports Academy.

President, Right 2 Win Academy, Engineer Kelechi Nnorom who presented the signed jersey described Emeka Inyama as a lover of the round leather game whose aim is to develop football in the East and in Nigeria as a whole.

The presentation was done at the Umuahia Township Stadium, ahead of a friendly between Abia Warriors and Right 2 win Football Academy which finished 2-0 in favour of the Nigeria Professional Football League Side.

Engineer Nnorom Appreciated the Abia Warriors family for their hospitality and wished the Warriors success in the League this season

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Uptrend Sports Record Success With Maiden Urban Clubs Charity Football Fiesta As Quilox Steals The Show

As the Lagos first ever Inter-Night Clubs football competition came to a beautiful end, it is worthy of mention that the center of excellence was thrilled by some beautiful display of football as various Lounges, Bars and Night Clubs engaged themselves in competitive yet charity football games at Lekki Phase One, Lagos in an event code name Urban Clubs Charity CUP (U3C)

After over two months of intense preparation by the organisers and the participating teams, street football via 5-A-side was served to the fans of the various outfits just as the fans were entertained at Funturf, Lekki, Lagos State.

Wednesday 6th February, 2019 will be a date to be remembered for a long time as it gave birth to a competition that will engage youths positively for years ahead using street football while playing in the names of reputable Clubs, Lounges and Bars as they promotes the youths in their location of operation.

According to the CEO of Uptrend Sportsz the unique event organiser, Suara Abass, this competition is meant to give plenty of distinguished elements, reputation and recognition to street football in Lagos as there are a lot of competitions here and there but constantly getting marred by various issues and vices due to disorganised planning hence defeating it purpose.

“When you have ballers play in the name of credible organisations with great reputation to protect you will expect them to be at their best manners and coordination which will help instill discipline in them, one thing that can help them have a prolonged career in the in the game and become good ambassador to the younger once”, Suara Abass stated.

He continued saying “while it is an industry meets for the nightlife runners, it also serve as a means for them to fulfil their corporate social responsibilities and give back to the less privileged. We also urge for the support of corporate organization for subsequent editions to ensure we can reach every nook and cranny of Lagos and even beyond in an effort to harness the abundant of talents on the street and also give them a pathway in there careers.”

The Urban Clubs Charity CUP was a success as there were plenty of live performances from musical artiste and freestyle football was also served by Nigeria quarter finalist in the National Freestyle Football Championship, Benjamin John who actually wowed the fans with some amazing display of tricks and flicks with a ball.

Suara Abass added that “In the next edition we hope to see more Clubs, Lounges and Bars in their hundreds across Lagos put in for the competition to engage youths in their locations, to fly their brands as Quilox bacame the champions of the inaugural edition with Didoz VIP Lounge runners up.

Twenty Year Old Joshua Akpudje Steps Up In Stanley Opara’s Absence As MFM FC Secure First Away Victory of The Season*

Twenty year old Akpudje was drafted into Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team against South West rivals Remo Stars in the absence of captain, Stanley Okpara and the lad did not disappoint as the Lagos based outfit picked all maximum points away from home.

Making your full debut comes with a degree of pressure but making a full debut to fill in for the ever present skipper comes with an added load of expectation.

The young center back was however not fazed by the daunting task and played the entire duration like he had always been a member of the first eleven keeping out the ever impressive duo of Victor Mbaoma and Ekene Awazie of Remo Stars.

A lad blessed with the physique matching his role and an understanding of the game far above his age, it would only be a matter of time before clubs around the globe begin to pour in request for the lad that has been referred to by the gaffer and several other scouts as a raw diamond with frightening potentials.

Hopefully his performance against Remo Stars on Wednesday would have earned him a run in the team in the absence on the skipper who is currently nursing an injury and Joshua was very clear in his post match chat that it was an opportunity he would be making the most of.

He said, “I am grateful to the boss for believing in me to replace our captain who picked an injury in the last game and I would be looking to make the most of the opportunity to repay the faith he showed in me and also secure my place in the starting eleven.”

PLAYERS TRAVELLING TO OBSCURE LEAGUES FOR SURVIVAL: FORMER NPFL PLAYER BLAMES LMC

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A former player in the Nigeria Professional Football League who now plies his trade abroad made some shocking revelations about what most NPFL players pass through in the domestic league.

Excerpts below.

“First I want to appreciate God Almighty who have brought me this far, taking up football as a professional career in Nigeria is not a joke, it is a daunting task, if you can survive as a footballer in Nigeria, you can survive in the desert, if there is a league there”

“Recently, I read Okiemute Odah’s story where he talked about some things we passed through in the league, well said, but Odah’s revelation didn’t cover all, it is really worse.”

“In my opinion, the League Management Company is the reason why Nigerian players are suffering, I blame the LMC for clubs failing to honour contracts signed with players, I know everyone would say the clubs are not owned by the League governing body, but they have control over majority of the things happening”.

“The LMC at the begining of every season come up with rules and framework which is expected to govern the operations of the league, these regulations are to be respected by all participating clubs and a breach is sanctioned accordingly, but sadly, the only thing the LMC care about is their image.

“The LMC takes issues regarding assaults on match officials seriously, which is understandable though, just because the framework frowns at it, we all saw the recent sanctions on Plateau United and Remo Stars, within two and three days after the ugly incidents that occurred in their home games”.

“Sadly, the main asset of the league, we the players, the gladiators, the actors are being neglected, the LMC hardly takes us serious, most of us are owed wages of several months, some players have gone close to two years without pay, and we complain to LMC after following due process, but the LMC have stoped acknowledging our letters let alone sanctioning these clubs.”

“One would wonder if it is not the same rule book they quote when sanctioning clubs for bringing the league to disrepute when their fans descend on match officials, one would want to say the LMC operates on double standard.”

“Do you call the NPFL a professional league, when the organisers because of their inefficiency frustrate and turn footballers to beggars”????

“I want to remind the LMC so they know that without the footballers, there will be no LMC, and it’s unfortunate that the players are not united, one reason we are where we are today.

“In my case I suffered alot in my club, I was owed several months of wages and bonuses, and I terminated my contract based on the club not paying me as at when due, I told them to release me so I can forge ahead with my career, the club refused, I wrote to LMC, despite writing several reminders they didn’t reply till date”.

“My teammate who is a foreigner had similar case but he wrote to FIFA and he got a response within 24hrs, I was stunned, that was the day I made up my mind that I will never play in the Nigerian league again, I would rather be a foreign player in another country. FIFA that regulates football all over the world could respond so quickly because they know the importance of footballers who are the main assets, foreigners who knows their rights are enjoying in our league, I’ve seen a club General Manager running helter skelter to pay foreigners when the cases went to FIFA and the foreigner was paid with interest yield, I just wish FIFA will come up with regulations that also protect domestic league players, we are suffering in Nigeria, Nobody cares about us, not even NFF”

“Once again I blame the LMC and not the clubs because if the LMC sanction these clubs they will sit up, my then club chairman was bragging that I should take my case anywhere in Nigeria that nothing will happen, low and behold, nothing happened”

“Just like a case in a community where a criminal is daring the residents of a community that crime will reign in that community because the security operatives do compromise”.

“LMC is like the watchdog in the NPFL, obviously, they compromise too, cases involving the welfare of players and coaches gets little attention, it is bad, the LMC should be lashed in that regard, they don’t deserve commendation, they have failed in that ramification, they should do more”

NPFL OPENER: STANLEY OKOROM PLANS TO GO HARD ON FORMER CLUB MFM FC

Ahead of Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League clash at the Enyimba International stadium between the People’s Elephant and Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry Football Club, Nigerian International and Former MFM FC defender Stanley Okorom says he will be at his best when they file out against the Lagos based Club.

Okorom who ended his three year relationship with the Olukoya Boys to join Enyimba in the off Season says he is grateful to his former coach Fidelis Ilechukwu as well as the entire MFM family, but stressed the need to respect his contract with Enyimba.

“I can’t thank Fidelis Ilechukwu enough, MFM FC gave me a glowing platform to thrive and I
can’t ever forget the Family, but it is Pertinent to respect my current contract”.

” I am a professional, my aim is to ensure MFM FC leaves Aba with no point, even if it means giving my team some tips about how they like to play”

Okorom also took time to appreciate the Enyimba International Football Club Management, Technical Crew and fans for the overwhelming support he has received so far, while promising to always give his best whenever he is called upon to represent.

He has however set his sights on returning to the continent with the two time African champions.

*FIAN INAUGURATE ELECTORAL COMMITTEE AHEAD OF 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING*

As Football Intermediaries Association Of Nigeria FIAN get set to elect officers into various elective positions, the body has inaugurated an electoral committee to oversee all election related activities at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

The committee which was inaugurated on December 10, 2018 has Mr. chuks Ojioma as chairman, Nansik Joel as Vice chairman and Mr Jidiofor Obidike as its secretary.

Mr. Chuks Ojioma, Chairman FIAN Electoral Committee

The FIAN electoral committee also has Mr. Gbenga Oluwanifise, Mr. Philip Amulum, Dr. Niyi Ogunsanya and Mr. Osasere Malachi as members.

They will be saddled with the electoral responsibility when FIAN holds its AGM in 2019.

STAKEHOLDERS MOUNT PRESSURE ON FERDINAND OJI TO CONTEST FIAN PRESIDENCY

Ahead of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Football Intermediary Association Of Nigeria FIAN, well meaning individuals have called on a FIAN member of great repute, Mr Ferdinand Oji to contest for the top position of the body.

Those putting pressure on Ferdinand Oji to contest believes he is vastly experienced and has what it takes to mount FIAN’s temple of leadership.

Ferdinand and partners.

Ferdinand Oji, who is the Chief executive officer of Chinice Sports Investment Limited has a working relationship with Football stakeholders across the world, particularly in Italy.

He has worked and he still works with Super Italian agent Eugenio Ascari, former AC Milan scout Pagni Danilo, Torino duo Lavezzi Rino and Panucci Patric, Riccardo Guffanti of Cagliari and Pellinacci Pierpaolo of Italian outfit A.S Roma.

Ferdinand Oji in company of foreign partners

Others are Coach of I.K Brage of Sweden Saarenpaa John Kleber, Borge Gustavsson who is the C.E.O Tikitaka Academy of Sweden as well as Harrison Okaka, coordinator Tikitaka South Africa.

Ferdinand Oji, 3rd from right, in line of duty

Mr Ferdinand Oji is also on the good books of Mr Uyi Asemota, Olagoke Oshatoba of X3M Global Sports and fellow FIAN members Mr Steve Okwechime and Mr Endurance Iseri Ogbemudia who manages Super Eagles Safe hands Daniel Akpeyi among other top Nigerian players.

One of those who tipped Ferdinand Oji to become FIAN president who spoke in anonymity said “His CV is rich, he has the qualities to lead FIAN , I will try and convince him to contest.

Another Stakeholder Said “I’m surprised Ferdinand is not talking about becoming FIAN president, he is qualified, he has the connection and for obvious reasons deserves the top honour.

The Chinice Sports Investment Limited CEO himself when approached confirmed that he has been approached.

He said “I have received calls from well meaning individuals, majority want me to file my candidacy and honestly, the pressure is way too much, at this point, I prefer to roll silent as I have not come out to declare any intention.

“I appreciate everyone for the trust and confidence, let’s see what the future holds.