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The just concluded Star Coaching Clinic in Abuja where Nigeria Brewery through their STAR brand the Official Beer Partner of the NPFL brought 3 Coaches from Arsenal to share knowledge with the 20 NPFL Coaches in Abuja from 25 - 27 July 2017.

Dignitaries in attendance are members of LMC led by its Chairman Mallam Shehu Dikko, Dr Robinson Okosun, Ademola Olajire, Mitchell Obi, Ejiro Omonode and 10 other coaches/Ex-internationals from our National teams both male and female also members of the premium Beer Star Brand.

This event was a knowledge/Technical sharing Clinic held at the prestigious Media Centre of the Abuja Stadium for theory Session and FIFA Goal project Field for the practice with a local team from Abuja as practical participants.

Coaches in the Nigeria professional league, NPFL are set to receive knowledge boost as the League Management company in partnership with one of its sponsors, Star has concluded arrangement to organise a 3 day coaching clinic/seminar.

The Coaching clinic/Seminar set for Abuja between 25th - 28th of July is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc through its Star brand and it will be handled by coaches from Arsenal FC of England.

The training will involve both practical and theoretical aspect of the game as the coaches will be taken through the mordern techniques of the game for 3 days.

The Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company Mr Salihu Abubakar stated that A team of three Arsenal Football Club Coaches/instructors will be led by Simon McManus – Soccer Schools Head of Coaching, James Colinese – Soccer Schools Coach and Ryan Whelan – Partner Services Executive.

The Clinic promises to be positive to the growth of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Matchday 26 games of the Nigeria Professional Football league earlier schedule for Sunday 25th June 2017 have now been moved to Wednesday 28th June 2017.

These much was revealed by the League Management Company through a letter signed by its Chief Operating Officer Salihu Abubakar and sent to all club Chairman and general managers of the Nigerian Professional Football league about the rescheduling of Matchday 26 fixtures.

The resheduling is due to the upcoming Eid-el Fitr Sallah holidays 25th - 27th June 2017, all Match Day 26 games are hereby moved to Wednesday 28th June 2017.

However, Rivers United Fc vs Shooting Stars Fc Matchday26 game will be played 24th June 2017 due to the engagement of Rivers united in the CAF Confederations Cup. 

Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has offered to help persuade Vincent Enyeama to make a return to the Nigerian national team, ahead of the country's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon next month. 

The Super Eagles are still in search of Enyeama's full-time replacement following the Lille goal-minders international retirement in 2015 - with Daniel Akpeyi having manned the goals last time out. 

Akpeyi was unconvincing in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Bafana Bafana, with the burly shot-stopper unlikely to continue in goal. 

Head coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly set his sights on goalkeepers plying their trade in Nigeria, with Carl Ikeme out of contention after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week. 

With no end in sight to the goalkeeping conundrum, former Arsenal forward Kanu has called on Enyeama to come out of retirement. 

"As it is now we need Vincent badly. In my opinion, Enyeama should come back immediately," Kanu told KweséESPN. "Whoever is close enough to reach him should tell him to start coming back.

"Enyeama is very very good. He is one of the best players in Africa, and one of the best in the world. Let the Federation look into it and do everything they can to bring him back."

The former Enyimba shot-stopper quit international football following a fallout with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but Kanu is desperate to see the 34-year-old make a return. 

"If Enyeama says he doesn't want to come, people like us can talk to him, the federation too can talk to him. If a lot of people talk to him, I'm sure that definitely, he will change his mind," Kanu concluded.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Monday inaugurated the committee that will organize the first edition of the AITEO Cup Competition (formerly Federation Cup) for men and women.

While inaugurating the 11-member Committee, headed by NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman of Organising Committee, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, Pinnick insisted that the Committee’s membership was strategically drawn based on the core services of the two competitions.

NFF 2nd VP/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko is vice chairman, with NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa and Ms Aisha Falode as members. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi is the Secretary.

Other members are Mr. Andrew Onyearu (Group Executive Director/Chief Legal Counsel of AITEO), Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Matthew (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications of AITEO) and Barr. A. U. Mustapha (SAN).

The NFF President charged the Committee to be fully focused on delivering a competition that the Nigerian Football fraternity and sponsors AITEO would be proud of.

Responding, Barr. Akinwunmi promised that his team would move swiftly to draw up a revised calendar for this year’s competition, and also insist on the very best values in all areas of the organization while working to bring new glory to the oldest football competition in Nigeria. 

The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, led by the President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Monday lauded the performance of Referee Joseph Ogabor in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 27 clash between Lobi Stars of Makurdi and Rangers International of Enugu. 

NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko, had disclosed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA MA Elite Course that he received heartwarming phone calls from the management of visiting team, Rangers FC (who lost 1-3) to the effect that Ogabor had an excellent outing in the game played at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi. 

All dignitaries in the hall, from NFF President Pinnick to the NFF Executive Committee members and NRA executives, devoted minutes to praising the Ogabor, who also emerged tops at a recent Confederation of African Football referee course in Cairo, Egypt. 

“We need more of Ogabors in Nigerian Football: Young referees who care for nothing other than to achieve excellence, through upholding the values of integrity and fairness. The NFF is proud of you and will continue to monitor your performance, just as we will work assiduously with the NRA to produce more referees who are committed to officiating matches according to the laws of the game,” Pinnick said.

Former Nigeria international goalkeeper Andrew Aikhuomogbe reckons there is a need for the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to recall Vincent Enyeama.

Aikhuomogobe has called for Enyeama's return into the team as replacement for Carl Ikeme ahead of Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in September.

Ikeme, who has been Super Eagles number one goalkeeper since taking over from Enyeama has been diagnosed with leukemia last month by Wolves club doctor and remains a doubt for the team.

However, the former goalkeeper of the senior national team said Enyeama remains the only capable net minder to replace Ikeme.

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"As for me, I don't think we have any better goalkeeper that can replace Carl Ikeme than Vincent Enyeama in the Super Eagles," Aikhuomogbe told Soccernet.com.ng

"Besides, I was really worried when I first heard the news considering the fact that the other goalkeepers such as Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Theophilus Afelokhai, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu don't possess Ikeme's quality. 

“At least I have watched them in goal for the team and they don't seem to impress me.

"There is nothing wrong if we recall Enyeama considering the fact that he's experienced and he knows the terrain very well. I believe he will be so important for us against Cameroon if Rohr invites him.”

The clinic runs for two days and it is geared towards improving the attacking playing style of clubs indeed creating an inventive,exciting play that produces more goals.They call it the Arsenal way. It is also part of the contribution of the Star beer brand to its partnership with the Nigerian League Management Company.All 20 of the league club coaches participating.

The second stanza is traditionally more exciting, as it is the round which will seal the fate of those battling for the Super Four, as well as those fighting to beat the drop into the Pro League.

The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) resumes this midweek with tantalising fixtures to kick off the second round after a six-week break.

The first round which ended on May 10 saw Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons occupying top spot in the two groups. At the bottom are Abia Angels and Saadatu Amazon.

There is going to be a reversal of the week seven fixtures when the second round resumes. Notable among the fixtures are Bayelsa Queens vs Rivers Angels, Delta Queens vs Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens vs FC Robo Queens and Pelican Stars vs Edo Queens.

The spotlight will be on the likes of Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons. Rivers Angels have been reveling in their hold of the top spot in Group A following their good run in the first round. Six more matches are set to test their resolve – that they know too well – which makes the South-South derby at Bayelsa Queens as important if they hope to get off to a good start.

Sunshine Queens who finished the first round in the bottom three are bent on climbing significantly following an overhaul of the playing personnel. They have FC Robo Queens to battle with at the Akure Township Stadium. Fourth-placed Ibom Angels sit only three points adrift of Rivers Angels. The Uyo side will be hoping to overcome Heartland Queens to put themselves in a good position on the standings.

Nasarawa Amazons are gradually pulling away from the chasing park in the Group B on the back of their undefeated run in their last five games. The Amazons have set their sights on victory in their away clash with rivals Delta Queens. Having disappointed their fans with a 1-1 home draw against Adamawa Queens on matchday seven, second-placed Confluence Queens should be hoping to make amends in the return encounter at the Fufore Township Stadium.

Saadatu Amazon will still wish the first round never happened. In arguably their worst ever run, the Allah Mai Ikoh Girls failed to register a win in seven matches. The team will hope to begin a revival in their away encounter with Osun Babes. Like Saadatu, Pelican Stars have been below average so far, and will similarly hope to turn fortunes around, obviously starting with their welcome of Edo Queens. Below are fixtures for matchday eight:

Group A

Heartland Queens Vs Ibom Angels 21/06/17

Sunshine Queens Vs FC Robo Queens 21/06/17

Bayelsa Queens Vs Rivers Angels 22/06/17

Group B

Delta Queens Vs Nasarawa Amazons 21/06/17

Osun Babes Vs Saadatu Amazon 21/06/17

Adamawa Queens Vs Confluence Queens 21/06/17

Pelican Stars Vs Edo Queens 21/06/17

Make your comment who do you think will top each groups?

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