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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 Ministry of Youth and Sports says it has come to its notice that some former Presidents of dissolved boards of sports federations are planning to undermine the laid down process for the forthcoming elections into National Sports Federations and has advised all contestants to abide by the rules and guidelines adopted by stakeholders of the various sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

 

The Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung gave the advice today in Abuja while maintaining the Ministry's commitment to producing democratically elected Sports Federations.

 

Barrister Dalung reiterated that all sports Federations' boards have been dissolved after the expiration of their four-year term and remain so to make way for credible elections.

 

"The boards of all the federations have been dissolved. There is no autonomous board or Federation anywhere. The boards are funded by the federal government and are on federal government's budget. Anybody involved or trying to disturb the public peace will have the law agencies to contend with. The date of all sports federations' elections including the Zonal representatives, Vice Presidents and Presidents remains June 13, 2017."

 

The Minister also warned that anybody contributing money or doing business with any of the outgone Presidents of the dissolved federations' boards at this time, does so at his or her own risk as all boards have been dissolved with the Secretaries holding forth till the elections. 

 

Barrister Dalung restated that the ministry will do everything in its capacity to ensure a level playing field for all contestants where all shall be given equal opportunities to realize their ambition to contest the elections.

 

" Those heating up the sports space are those government nominees who were hand picked to serve on the various boards. The election format has since changed and every contestant must abide by the adopted guidelines. The date has been fixed for June 13, 2017. Any other activity outside the programme of the supervising ministry is illegal and anyone who heats up the polity or tries to undermine the government will have the law enforcement agencies to contend with."

 

Barrister Dalung however assured the sports stakeholders of a credible electoral process in the run up to the elections and advised contestants to shun activities capable of scuttling the process.

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?

Bernard Ovoke's first half goal secured Rivers United a slim but comfortable 1-0 victory over basement side, Remo Stars on Wednesday.

Ovoke finished off a sweet team move in the 41st minute and none of the two sides really stepped it up in the second half of this rescheduled Matchday 14 encounter decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Stanley Eguma's United went into the game on the back of successive defeats away at Kastsina United and Nasarawa United within the space of four days and were hoping to get a result to lift their spirits ahead of next week's CAF Confederation Cup game at Tunisian side Club Africain.

There were recalls for goalkeeper Abiodun Akande and attacking duo of Guy Keumian and Bernard Ovoke while Remo Stars continued with Tunde Adekunle in goal while top marksman Victor Mbaoma led the team from the front.

One of Eguma's changes to the team that lost in Lafia on Sunday, Christian Weli had United's first chance on seven minutes but he could not keep his header to Nzube Anaezemba's cross down.

The visitors spurned a golden opportunity to go in front on 21 minutes when full back Abiodun Awoyemi overlapped down the right and crossed for Ekene Awazie. The Number 9 inexplicably headed over from close range.

Remo Stars goalkeeper Adekunle was the busier of the two goalkeepers and a couple of saves from him including a smart one to turn away Ovoke's free kick midway through the first half led to a succession of corners for the hosts which ultimately yielded no result.

The breakthrough eventually came four minutes to the break when United who were playing with more urgency got behind the Remo Stars backline and Ovoke was left with a simple task of tapping into an empty net. Nzube Anaezemba started the move, freed Emeka Ogbugh down the flank who squared for Ovoke to tap home.

The hosts took the lead into the interval and never really looked like adding to the tally in the second half.

Malian full back Zoumana Doumbia volleyed over from 20 yards three minutes into the second half in United's closest sniff in front of goal in the second period.

The hosts were dealt a blow when midfielder Emeka Atuloma limped off late on due to a suspected ankle problem with his place taken by utility star Markson Ojobo.

Remo substitute Eric Dufegha attempted the audacious one just before the hour mark when he spotted United goalkeeper Akande off his line. His effort from 35 yards however lacked the proper execution.

Remo Stars were largely reduced to hopeless long range efforts which were well claimed by Akande as United held on for their three points.

Victory lifts Rivers United to 13th on the log, just two points clear of the relegation zone while Remo Stars remain at the foot of the table, three points from safety.

 

Line-ups

RIVERS UNITED: 23. Abiodun Akande 2. Ifeanyi Nweke 14. Zoumana Doumbia 13. Emeka Atuloma (Markson Ojobo 79') 6. Ayobami Asekunowo 19. Festus Austine 9. Guy Keumian 26. Emeka Ogbugh 4. Nzube Anaezemba (Frederick Obomate 62') 7. Bernard Ovoke (Israel Daniel 60') 27. Christian Weli

Unused Subs: 1. Olufemi Thomas 5. Joseph Douhadji 17. Godbless Asamoah 21. Yusuf Jayeola

BOOKED: Nzube Anaezemba 43'

GOAL: Bernard Ovoke 41'

REMO STARS: 1. Tunde Adekunle 11. Abiodun Awoyemi 13. Onuoha Chukwujekwu 2. Isaac Paul (Umar Murtaba 78') 4. Ekene Obi 5. Edozie Ewelike 10. Salefu Ochewechi 18. Seidu Mohammed 25. Victor Mbaoma (Eric Dufegha 57') 9. Ekene Awazie 26. Victor Chidume

Unused Subs: 23. David Walbe 33. Samuel Ganda 15. Shiju Oshobe 14. Jamilu Coker 17. David Onovo

BOOKED: Ewelike Edozie 12', Eric Dufegha 68'

GOAL: NIL

Ikorodu United Fc of Lagos will now be playing its home matches in the 2nd stanza of the Nigeria National League at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. 

The second stanza of the 2016-17 Bet9ja Nigeria National League Resumes tomorrow, Wednesday 21st of June,2017 with matches in both the Northern and Southern Conferences as follows:

Northern Conference

Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC ) of Abuja VS Jigawa Golden Stars

FC Zamfara VS Kaduna Utd

FC Taraba VS Kogi Utd

FC Abuja VS Kwara Utd

Adamawa Utd VS Sokoto Utd

 

Southern Conference

Warri Wolves FC VS Nnewi Utd of Anambra

FirstBank FC of Lagos VS Gateway Utd of Abeokuta

Delta Force of Asaba VS Go-Round FC of Omoku

Crown FC of Ogbomosho VS Heartland FC of Owerri

Bendel Insurance of Benin VS Ikorodu Utd of Lagos

Bayelsa Utd VS My People FC of Lagos

AS Racines of Lagos VS Osun Utd ofh Oshogbo

Akwa Starlets VS Papillo FC of Owerri

Abia Comets VS UNICEM Rovers of Calabar

 

Kwara United lead in the Northern Conference with 22 points and are closely followed by Yobe Desert Stars.

In the Southern Conference it is Heartland FC of Owerri in the drivers seat with 35 points and are being chased by Go-Round FC of Omoku and Crown FC of Ogbomosho ,both teams have 32 points but Go-Round are ahead on goal difference of plus 9,while Crown have plus 8

Daniel Etor struck in the 22nd minute to give Rangers the lead and what turned out to be the only goal of their game against Plateau United, a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 14 fixture.

 

The win took Rangers to 22 points and 16th on the table from 19th where they languished before now.

 

Rangers started the game fast paced, immediately pegging back the league leaders but had profligacy to blame for not scoring when they should have.

 

In the 8th minute of the encounter, Rangers’ appeal for a penalty was turned down but seven minutes later they were awarded one after Chidera Eze was fouled in the box.

 

However, Chibuzor Madu’s tame effort was stopped by the legs of goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye.

 

In spite of that mishap, Rangers continued to pile the pressure and Daniel Etor scored in the 22nd minute stretching his leg to connect a cross that beat the keeper.

 

Plateau United began to show more hunger after that goal attacking on the counter and causing tense moments for the home side and fans.

 

In the 26th minute Jimmy Ambrose found space and shot from distance but it was saved by Seidu Mutawakilu.

 

Plateau soon had another chance to equalise in the 31st minute when a trade mark long throw-in by Daniel Itodo lurked in the Rangers area.

 

Joshua Obaje’s header first ricocheted off the cross bar before Kabiru Umar blasted the rebound wide.

 

Three minutes later, it was Plateau United again on the prowl as Christian Madu mis-kicked a long ball, but Kabiru Umar who pounced on the loose ball did not get the right curve to trouble goalkeeper, Mutawakilu.

 

Just before half time, Rangers’ new boy, Ifeanyi George had an effort on target but it was tame and Dele Ajiboye saved it gratefully.

 

At the start of the second period, Plateau United continued to torment Rangers, especially through Daniel Itodo and his long throw-ins.

 

Just one minute after the restart, a throw-in by Itodo bounced off an attacker's head and had to be tipped over for a corner by Mutawakilu.

 

Ifeanyi George had a chance in the 57th minute but after beating onrushing Ajiboye, he shot wide.

 

In a quick counter, one minute later, Sunday Ingbede had a free header in the box but his effort went over the goalkeeper and off target.

 

Plateau United did not relent. Elisha Golbe had a pop at goal in the 63rd minute but his free kick went inches wide.

 

With a little more than an hour played in the game, Plateau United’s gaffer, Kennedy Boboye made two quick changes, taking off Kabiru Umar for Emeka Umeh in the 68th minute and Sunday Ingbede for John Kim in the 69th.

 

In the 73rd minute, John Kim escaped his marker shot at goal but it was saved by the Rangers goalkeeper, Seidu Mutawakilu.

 

As if a cue to make the final change, Boboye threw on Mafeng Pam for Emmanuel Olowo in the 75th minute and it continued to seem like the next goal would come from Plateau United.

 

With 12 minutes of regular time left on the clock, Rangers coach, Chukwuma Agbo replaced Chiamaka Madu with Godwin Aguda and four minutes later took out Daniel Etor for Obinna Nwobodo.

 

With time running down on the clock and tired legs falling all over, Chidera Eze found space behind his marker but shot wide.

 

A minute later in the 84th, it was Ifeanyi George joining the fray but his shot also went wide.

 

Agbo replaced Chidera Eze with home grown striker, Ebuka Okeke and with three minutes of added time shown, Emeka Umeh thought he saw enough space to try for an equalizer.

 

His shot from distance was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

 

Kennedy Boboye was not happy at the loss as he told npfl.ng.

 

“My boys did not do badly and we could have won if only we converted the chances we got in the game,” Boboye told NPFL.ng.

 

"We came here to win and we played well too but we lost this game by ourselves because Rangers were not better than us.

 

“We had a chance to equalise just after we conceded but we hit the crossbar. We will just go back to the drawing board,” Boboye said.

 

Rangers’ goalscorer, Daniel Etor told npfl.ng that it was a happy moment because of the tension in the team.

 

“It was a much needed three points and we are out of the relegation zone so it’s now time to continue winning matches to get our confidence back.

 

“With these three straight wins at home it is a warning to other clubs that they can no longer come here and pick points,” Etor said.

 

Teams

 

Plateau United: Ajiboye, James, Itodo, Junior, Olowo/Pam 75’, Ambrose, Elisha, Bitrus, Obaje, Ingbede/ Kim 69’, Umar/Umeh 68’

 

Subs not used: Gaadi, Johnson, Bala, Elijah

 

Rangers: Mutawakilu, Etim, Christian, Chiamaka/Aguda 78’, Chibuzor, Ousmane, Okoro, George, Etor/Nwobodo 83’, Eze/Ebuka 90+', Silas

 

Subs not used: Akpan, Odita, Osamudiamen, Amaefule

 

Match Statistics

Rangers 1-0 Plateau United

Shots at goal: 10:8

Shot on Target: 5:3

Fouls committed: 13:20

Corner kicks: 6:4

Offsides: 2:4

 

Man Of the match: Daniel Etor (Rangers)

Attendance: 3,892

Former Nigerian International, Jonathan Akpoborie, is certain the young and hungry Super Eagles stars will defeat the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifier scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo on June 10 2017.

 

AFCON FAILURE

Nigeria have failed to qualify for the last two AFCON and the former Stuttgart of Germany star striker insist the current crop of super eagles player with an average age of 24 years have what it takes to banish the disappointment of the last 2 AFCON qualifiers.

Jonathan Akpoborie with Jay Jay Okocha.

"The boys are hungry enough. the last 3 or 4 years we have been calling for the invitation of Kelechi Iheanacho into the team even if he will only play 10 minutes; but now see what he is doing. he cannot come to the national team and you will see complacency in what he does"

Nigeria is yet to lose to South Africa in competitive fixture, winning seven in 11 match-ups with three draws and one loss in a downgraded friendly game to honour the Late Nelson Mandela.

 

Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC) and Paul Bassey, Chairman of Akwa United are among leading football administrators in Africa that would meet at the instance of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo for a two day workshop on Club Licensing.

It would be Abubakar's second high profile participation in CAF and FIFA organised conversations on club licensing which is being pushed through on the continent to ensure a more professional and business administration of club football on the continent.

Tagged, Club Licensing Instructors Seminar, the two day event will hold at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in the Egyptian capital.

Bassey will be among the panel of discussants for Infrastructure Instructors that will feature a presentation by Khaled Lemkecher and moderated by  Khaled Nassar. The other panelists are Anthony Baffoe, Russel Paul and Ismail Locate.

Abubakar will be on the panels for Stakeholders discussion which will be moderated by Junior Binyam and will have as other panelists, Isha Johanssen (CAF), Edgar Watson (FUFA General Secretary), Benoit You (ASEC Mimosas) and Stephane Burchkhalter (FIFPro)

 

In 2016, the LMC COO made a presentation at the FIFA and CAF organised club licensing workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was further invited for a follow-up seminar in Cairo.

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players to the Super Eagles’ camp ahead of next week’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

 

Turkey –based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi topped the list made available on Wednesday, with Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo also called.

 

South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi joins home –based professional Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal –based Dele Alampasu to contest for the gloves, with William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi and Zamalek FC of Egypt’s Maroof Youssef joining Omeruo and Echiejile at the rear.

 

England –based Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu and Akwa United’s former junior international Alhassan Ibrahim join Onazi in the midfield. Musa is joined at the fore by Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru, Olanrewaju Kayode and Victor Osimhen.

 

All invited players are expected in Abuja on Friday, 2nd June with the team to train on Monday, 5th June before departing to Uyo on Tuesday.

 

The Super Eagles trade tackles with the Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, 10th June 2017, starting from 5pm.

 

THE FULL LIST

 

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

 

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Maroof Youssef (Zamalek FC, Egypt)

 

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

 

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Olanrewaju Kayode (FK Austria Wien, Austria)