. As TGI is Official Food Sponsor of the Super Eagles . Payporte becomes Official Online Store Partner of NFF In what is clearly another record of performance in the aggressive marketing stance of the Pinnick Amaju –led NFF administration, two corporate organizations signed partnership agreements with the football body in a single day, on Friday. It is a record in the history of Nigerian Football. Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group, an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Morocco, UAE, South Africa, India and several other emerging markets announced a landmark agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to support the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles, in its quest to win laurels for Nigeria. At a joint press briefing held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Friday, the NFF unveiled the TGI Group as the Official Food Sponsor of...
Achor Abimaje, Jos The Rwang Pam Stadium Stadium, Jos, was agog yesterday, as Plateau United was crowned champion of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, following a 2-0 win over defending champions Rangers International. The game, which had left many guessing if the hosts would keep their nerves to claim a first, historical title, got off to a flying start, with both sides making smart incursions and tryng to make the most of dead-ball situations. But it was the hosts who went ahead in the 32nd minute, when Kabiru Umar found Emeka Umeh, who, in turn, rifled home to put the hosts 1-0 up. As hostilities resumed in the second-half, Bright Silas nearly put the defending champions at par with their entreprising foes, but Oghene Elijah made a goal-line clearance. A few minutes later, the hosts went in for the kill, but it was not to be, as Ugwu Uwadiegwu made a...
By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal - After the Super Eagles of Nigeria were held by Cameroon in Yaounde yesterday, leaving them in need of a point from their last two games to get to Russia 2018, Minister of Youth & Sports Development Solomon Dalung, who met the players just before they left their hotel for the stadium and gave them a message of encouragement from President Muhammadu Buhari, hailed the players for their spirit and sure -footed approach. “The Super Eagles have done very well. They have made Nigeria proud and I commend them. We are close to getting the ticket to Russia 2018.” However, it was NFF President Amaju Pinnick who was most elated, as he expressed confidence that the Eagles would wrap-up the World Cup ticket when they host Zambia in Uyo next month. “This was the toughest World Cup qualifying group in Africa and the Super Eagles have been excellent. I...
Arsene Wenger will be sacked as Arsenal manager should Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote succeed in buying the Premier League club. Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal’s first-team affairs since 1996, leading the Gunners to seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, and a Champions League final. Without a title-winning campaign since 2003-04, though, pressure has grown on the Frenchman to leave his position. Wenger signed a two-year contract extension at the club at the end of the 2016-17 season, despite finishing fifth in the Premier League table. Should Dangote take over, he will end Wenger’s reign at the club. “The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangotem who has already outlined his early plans for Arsenal and its backroom structure, told Bloomberg. “He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.” The 60-year-old, estimated to be Africa’s richest man with a wealth of around £11 billion, has...
Nigeria’s U15 boys have rounded off a tour of the Kingdom of Morocco and are expected back in the country on Friday morning. The team coached by Atune Jolomi alongside assistant coaches Tyabo Abubakar and Olowookere Bankole and goalkeeper trainer Ernest Salolome lost their first game against the Morocco U15 squad 0-1 on Wednesday before pulling a 1-1 draw in the second match on Thursday. Both matches were played at the National Football Centre, one of the several facilities available to the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football and situated close to the FRMF offices in Rabat. The Nigerian squad arrived in Rabat on Sunday. “I am excited at the positives we have taken away from this tour. Yes, we lost one game and drew the other, but the important thing is the spirit of the players and the way they approached the entire tour. “The NFF has taken a lot of positives from...
The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Christopher Danjuma as Head Coach of the U20 Women National Team, also known as Falconets. Danjuma will be assisted by Wemimo Matthew (1st Assistant Coach), Mansur Abdullahi (2nd Assistant Coach) and Abdul-lateef Yusuf (Goalkeeper Trainer). The quartet is expected in the Federal Capital, Abuja on Wednesday next week to open camp for screening of players for next month’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Tanzania. According to fixtures released by the Confederation of African Football, two –time FIFA World Cup silver medallists Falconets will take on Tanzania in Nigeria on the weekend of 15-17 September, with the return leg in Dar es Salaam two weeks later. The winner over both legs will then confront the winner of the fixture pairing Morocco against Senegal in November, before a final round of qualifying matches in January 2018. The Falconets have played in every edition of the...
Rivers United’s Emeka Ogbuh has become the first player to win the VAT Wonder Goal award twice over two seasons after he emerged with the highest votes for the Match Day 31 shortlisted goals. Ogbuh’s goal against Wikki Tourists in added time of the fixture polled a total of 2843 votes to beat Abayomi Adebayo of Shooting Stars to second place. It was a close race between the two but FC IfeanyiUbah’s Isaac Loute earned the highest vote from the voters on twitter with 112 of the 311 votes. Ogbuh polled 106 while Abayomi polled 71 leaving the rest 22 votes for Destiny Ashadi of Katsina United. In the website voting where a total of 5419 fans voted, Ogbuh polled 2737 ahead of Abayomi who picked 2336 votes to bring his combined total to 2407. Ogbugh, while playing for Heartland FC of Owerri last season had won the Wonder Goal award but...
...‘Mess up and get delisted’ ...Only FIFA, elite referees to handle matches The Nigeria Football Federation has sent out a strong warning to all officials who would be assigned for matches of the 2017 AITEO Cup competition starting on Wednesday to perform creditably or have their names permanently struck off the list of arbiters in the country. Speaking after his committee’s meeting in Abuja on Monday, Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh told thenff.com that any referee found wanting would not only be thrown out of the vocation but could also face prosecution. “The NFF Referees Committee has decided to go tough on erring referees. For several years, we worked very hard to try and get sponsors for the oldest football competition in this country, but could not for one reason or the other. Now that we have one in AITEO, we will do everything humanly possible to guard...
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s Match Day 30 free kick rescued the three points for former champions, Enyimba International and has now won him the VAT Wonder Goal Award ahead of Adamu Hassan of Nasarawa United and Martins Usule of Katsina United. The three had been shortlisted for the 11th in the VAT Wonder Goal award series and it was Ibenegbu who led on the two voting platforms, twitter and the league website. Fondly called Mosquito by teammates and fans, Ibenegbu who joined Enyimba from Warri Wolves last season polled a total of 553 of the 742 votes cast by voting fans to claim his second individual football glory after emerging the League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2006/7 season. On the website votes, Ibenegbu secured 431 of the 547 votes and was followed by Adamu who polled 74 with Usule picking the remaining 42 votes. On the twitter platform, 122 of the 195 voting...

LBA Shortlists 8 For NPFL July Award

The League Bloggers Awards (LBA), on Wednesday, named contenders for the player and manager's awards for the month of July in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Four of the eight men shortlisted for the July recognition will contest for the player's award. They are Lobi Stars striker Anthony Okpotu, Gombe United youngster Sani Abbani, Akwa United's Musa Newman and Godwin Obaje of FC Ifeanyiubah. MFM FC's Fidelis Ilechukwu, Duke Udi of Sunshine Stars, Fatai Amoo of 3SC and Akwa United's Abdu Maikaba are in contention for the manager's award. Okpotu and Newman are making back-to-back appearances in the LBA shortlist for the player's award after they were named in the running for the June edition. This time round Okpotu scored four goals in the month under review and provided two assists. Okpotu's goals came in four successive matches against Enugu Rangers, Katsina United, Remo Stars and Enyimba. Newman, on the other hand,...