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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. 

Akwa United will battle Niger Tornadoes in the final of the oldest football competition in Nigeria, the FA cup now tagged the Aiteo cup.

 

Akwa United FC defeated Sunshine Stars 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the second leg of their AITEO Cup semi-final fixture on Sunday.

 

Cyril Oliseme opened scoring for Akwa United before Christian Pyagbara scored the second for The Promise Keepers in the second half to lead the Top Scorer’s race with seven goals.

Akwa United will battle Niger Tornadoes in the final of the oldest football competition in Nigeria, the FA cup now tagged the Aiteo cup.

Akwa United FC defeated Sunshine Stars 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the second leg of their AITEO Cup semi-final fixture on Sunday.

Cyril Oliseme opened scoring for Akwa United before Christian Pyagbara scored the second for The Promise Keepers in the second half to lead the Top Scorer’s race with seven goals.

Akwa United

Franklin Sasere scored what looks like a goal that will send Sunshine stars to the finals to make it 2-1, meaning they would go through on the away goals’ rule, but Super Eagles’ midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi netted a third that took the hosts into next Sunday’s final in Lagos.

They went through on 3-2 aggregate and will clash with Niger Tornadoes of Minna (4-3 winners over Cup holders FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the other semifinal) in the men’s final at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Sunday 15th October 2017.

 

Nigeria's top scorer in the 2018 FIFA world cup qualifiers, Victor Moses will hope to add to his tally of 3 goals, when the super eagles line out against Zambia in the penultimate match of the qualifying series.

A total of six players have scored Nigeria’s 10 goals so far in the qualifying race for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

 

Chelsea FC of England’s Victor Moses has top-scored with three goals, two of them against Algeria’s Fennecs in Uyo in November 2016 (the first and third goals) and the other (the third goal) in the 4-0 whitewash of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions also in Uyo last month.

 

 Captain Mikel Obi has scored twice, also both at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. He netted the second goal against Algeria in November 2016 and also the second against Cameroon last month.

 

 

Forward Kelechi Iheanacho has also scored two goals, the first being the second goal against Zambia in Ndola in October 2016 and the second being the final goal in the 4-0 defeat of Cameroon in Uyo last month.

 

 

Other scorers are Arsenal FC of England’s Alex Iwobi (who scored Nigeria’s first goal of the series, in the defeat of Zambia in Ndola in October 2016); Odion Ighalo who scored the opener against African champions Cameroon last month in Uyo and; Belgium –based Moses Simon whose goal shot the Eagles ahead against Cameroon in Yaounde last month.

 

 

 

All six players are available for selection against the Zambians on Saturday.

 

 

 

NIGERIA & ZAMBIA Head-To-Head AT SENIOR LEVEL

 

 

 

15 July 1973: Zambia 5 Nigeria 1 – Lusaka (AFCON Qualifier)

 

29 July 1973: Nigeria 3 Zambia 2 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)

 

14 Feb 1976: Zambia 1 Nigeria 3 – Lusaka (Friendly)

 

10 Mar 1978: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 – Accra (AFCON)

 

25 July 1981: Zambia 3 Nigeria 0 – Lusaka (Friendly)

 

13 Mar 1982: Zambia 3 Nigeria 0 – Benghazi (AFCON)

 

10 Aug 1985: Nigeria 0 Zambia 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)

 

18 Aug 1985: Zambia 1 Nigeria 0 – Lusaka (AFCON Qualifier)

 

12 Mar 1990: Zambia 0 Nigeria 2 – Annaba (AFCON S-F)

 

10 Apr 1994: Zambia 1 Nigeria 2 – Tunis (AFCON Final)

 

15 Dec 1997: Zambia 2 Nigeria 0 – Lusaka (Friendly)

 

18 Dec 1997: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 – Kitwe (Friendly)

 

13 Jan 2001: Nigeria 1 Zambia 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)

 

24 Mar 2001: Zambia 1 Nigeria 1 – Chingola (AFCON Qualifier)

 

6 Jan 2010: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 – Durban (Friendly)

 

25 Jan 2010: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 (4-5 penalties) – Lubango (AFCON)

 

15 Nov 2011: Nigeria 2 Zambia 0 – Kaduna (Friendly)

 

25 Jan 2013: Nigeria 1 Zambia 1 – Nelspruit (AFCON)

9 Oct 2016: Zambia 1 Nigeria 2 – Ndola (World Cup Qualifier)

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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