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NPFL back on DSTV, so that is a plus.

KWESE has already taken basketball coverage from them, & with the government now talking about what some of us have asked them to do for a while (withhold some of the EPL fees and Sponsorship for the local league), they know they cannot continue with their rubbish attitude for much longer.

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:


Why are you laughing? It doesn't 'do you somehow' when you see Star beer giant billboards saying 'do it for the city' or some rubbish along those lines in support of Man City on the streets of Nigeria.

I'll soon free up and start writing policy suggestions to the presidency. Hope I can hit you up for legal advice, or we can even put in a joint brief.

They can bid what they want for EPL rights, but a special tax that is a percentage of that amount should go to a fund for the development of the local league or facilities. This is not that difficult.


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Gotti wrote:
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NPFL back on DSTV, so that is a plus.

KWESE has already taken basketball coverage from them, & with the government now talking about what some of us have asked them to do for a while (withhold some of the EPL fees and Sponsorship for the local league), they know they cannot continue with their rubbish attitude for much longer.

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:


On a serious note, I think Supersport were trying to be clever, and just decided to cut expenses, and came up with that breach of contract story.

MTN is considering the acquisition of Multichoice, and it is a common strategy of (the owners of) a target in M&A to stop spending and investing, especially if a price has been agreed. They are just waiting to cash out.

The clowns even stopped the league broadcast in Nigeria and Kenya at the same time.

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ANALYSIS: Will Nigeria Premier League crown return to Jos after 45 years?
August 8, 2017Agency Report
Plateau United team
Plateau United team

Baring hard luck, Plateau United FC of Jos is on the historic path of returning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) crown to the city of Jos after 45 years of waiting.

The history of league matches cannot be complete without mentioning the winners of the maiden edition of the competition, Mighty Jets of Jos, which won the modern day league in Nigeria in 1972.

Mighty Jets were the first champions of the Nigerian League played among six teams in 1972. Although the team played at the top level until 1985, they were demoted to the third division in 1994.

However, for the city of Jos, it will be a great feeling to have the cup back to where it took off in 1972.

After Mighty Jets, many clubs have tasted the league’s crown, many that may be considered regular winners such as Enyimba International FC of Aba and Rangers International of Enugu, both with seven titles.

Shooting Stars of Ibadan clinched the title five times alongside Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri and Kano Pillars with four titles.

Plateau has, however, enjoyed rich football with some notable clubs such as Giwa FC and Plateau United.

The football fans in the state have also showed enough passion for their club in the way they usually turn out for league matches at the Rwang Pang Stadium in Jos.

Sometimes too, stadium violence that accompany any home loss during matches is something to note about the diehard fans from Plateau.

The state that lies in the Savannah belt of Nigeria boasts of one of the best altitude for sports due to its location within the rocks.

Moreover, with the 2016/2017 NPFL coming to an end, there are only three top contenders for the coveted trophy in which Plateau United is almost the best bet of them.

The season has been terrific with the traditional clubs faltering, thus making the NPFL cutthroat.

With six more matches to be played for the league title to be won; continental places are hot-up between the teams, bookmakers may refer to as rookies.

Plateau United, also called “The Peace Boys’’ by their fans are on the summit of the table with 58 points, three points adrift of the second placed Lagos-based MFM FC which has 55 points, while Akwa United are with 51 points in the third position.

Considering the history of Plateau United founded 1975 as JIB Strikers, the club only got their promotion to the elite division in 2010/2011 season after defeating city rivals Mighty Jets.

Although the club has yet to reach this height before in their history, they won the FA Cup in 1999 but were unable to consolidate on the victory at the continental level.

The team was dumped out in the preliminary stage of the CAF Cup Winners Cup in 2000.

Football pundits are already tipping the Jos-based team as Leicester City of England replica because of the intensity in their matches, especially while playing top league teams.

The Peace Boys have been able to comfortably dispatch tough oppositions and many a time picking out unusual points as they did against Kano Pillars in the Match Day 33 encounter.

Looking at how it started for the history making-bound team; they launched the season with a definite mark when they won 2-1 away at Remo Stars in Sagamu.

This was followed by a 3-1 thrashing of former league champions, Enyimba International of Aba.

For this season, the Kennedy Boboye-tutored side remains one of the teams that have kept 100 per cent home record win with just a barren draw against Lobi Stars on Match Day 11.

The team also has an astonishing seven away draws. It played 0-0 with Gombe United, 0-0 with Nasarawa United and also played a 1-1 draw with 3SC of Ibadan.

The Peace Boys played 0-0 away draw against Rivers United in the Match Day 16, 1-1 against Kastina United, 0-0 against Lobi and 1-1 against Kano Pillars on Match Day 20, 31 and 33 respectively.

The team currently is also able to secure the highest score-line in the 2016/2017 league match with their 5-1 thrashing of Gombe United in the Match Day 24.

At present, the club is on the verge of making the history books as outside winners of the league crown.

The table toppers, Plateau United, only need to consolidate by winning all their three home matches to gather 68 points to be league champions.

But they have some tough away fixtures ahead as they face the hurdle of ABS FC of Ilorin and Wikki Tourist of Bauchi on Match Day 35 and 37 respectively.

The Savannah Boys could, however, go on to win the league with the remaining home matches with MFM and Rivers United on Match Day 34 and 36 respectively.

Plateau United will play their last game of the season against the incumbent champions, Rangers International of Enugu at home in the Match Day 38.

Commenting on Plateau United’s exploits, a football pundit, Rotimi Arabi, said the team’s hunger to claim the title was important to their aspiration.

“The team started well and also maintains the momentum, right from the first match till the last played in Kano on Sunday, the team has shown resilience.

“The team looks hungry to win the cup, they play opposition with all intensity and they hardly allow breathing space or lapses.

“I think the coach has done a wonderful job keeping the team together; he is an experienced manager in the league too,’’ he said.

For Babatunde Olawunmi, an ardent supporter of MFM FC, the technical expertise of the coach Boboye accounted for Plateau United fairy runs in the league.

“The team has an experienced manager who is capable of turning things around for a modest club like Plateau United.

“Kennedy is well experienced; he has once coached the home-based Super Eagles and a couple of other local-based clubs such as Abia Warriors.

“If the team eventually wins the league, it will be no surprise at all because they are in good hands and not in the comparison with Leicester FC of England’s feat at the Premier League,’’ said the official of MFM’s supporters club.

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Long article, all I took away is the highlighted :taunt: :taunt: :taunt: .
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ANALYSIS: Will Nigeria Premier League crown return to Jos after 45 years?
August 8, 2017Agency Report
Plateau United team
Plateau United team

Baring hard luck, Plateau United FC of Jos is on the historic path of returning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) crown to the city of Jos after 45 years of waiting.

The history of league matches cannot be complete without mentioning the winners of the maiden edition of the competition, Mighty Jets of Jos, which won the modern day league in Nigeria in 1972.

Mighty Jets were the first champions of the Nigerian League played among six teams in 1972. Although the team played at the top level until 1985, they were demoted to the third division in 1994.

However, for the city of Jos, it will be a great feeling to have the cup back to where it took off in 1972.

After Mighty Jets, many clubs have tasted the league’s crown, many that may be considered regular winners such as Enyimba International FC of Aba and Rangers International of Enugu, both with seven titles.

Shooting Stars of Ibadan clinched the title five times alongside Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri and Kano Pillars with four titles.

Plateau has, however, enjoyed rich football with some notable clubs such as Giwa FC and Plateau United.

The football fans in the state have also showed enough passion for their club in the way they usually turn out for league matches at the Rwang Pang Stadium in Jos.

Sometimes too, stadium violence that accompany any home loss during matches is something to note about the diehard fans from Plateau.

The state that lies in the Savannah belt of Nigeria boasts of one of the best altitude for sports due to its location within the rocks.

Moreover, with the 2016/2017 NPFL coming to an end, there are only three top contenders for the coveted trophy in which Plateau United is almost the best bet of them.

The season has been terrific with the traditional clubs faltering, thus making the NPFL cutthroat.

With six more matches to be played for the league title to be won; continental places are hot-up between the teams, bookmakers may refer to as rookies.

Plateau United, also called “The Peace Boys’’ by their fans are on the summit of the table with 58 points, three points adrift of the second placed Lagos-based MFM FC which has 55 points, while Akwa United are with 51 points in the third position.

Considering the history of Plateau United founded 1975 as JIB Strikers, the club only got their promotion to the elite division in 2010/2011 season after defeating city rivals Mighty Jets.

Although the club has yet to reach this height before in their history, they won the FA Cup in 1999 but were unable to consolidate on the victory at the continental level.

The team was dumped out in the preliminary stage of the CAF Cup Winners Cup in 2000.

Football pundits are already tipping the Jos-based team as Leicester City of England replica because of the intensity in their matches, especially while playing top league teams.

The Peace Boys have been able to comfortably dispatch tough oppositions and many a time picking out unusual points as they did against Kano Pillars in the Match Day 33 encounter.

Looking at how it started for the history making-bound team; they launched the season with a definite mark when they won 2-1 away at Remo Stars in Sagamu.

This was followed by a 3-1 thrashing of former league champions, Enyimba International of Aba.

For this season, the Kennedy Boboye-tutored side remains one of the teams that have kept 100 per cent home record win with just a barren draw against Lobi Stars on Match Day 11.

The team also has an astonishing seven away draws. It played 0-0 with Gombe United, 0-0 with Nasarawa United and also played a 1-1 draw with 3SC of Ibadan.

The Peace Boys played 0-0 away draw against Rivers United in the Match Day 16, 1-1 against Kastina United, 0-0 against Lobi and 1-1 against Kano Pillars on Match Day 20, 31 and 33 respectively.

The team currently is also able to secure the highest score-line in the 2016/2017 league match with their 5-1 thrashing of Gombe United in the Match Day 24.

At present, the club is on the verge of making the history books as outside winners of the league crown.

The table toppers, Plateau United, only need to consolidate by winning all their three home matches to gather 68 points to be league champions.

But they have some tough away fixtures ahead as they face the hurdle of ABS FC of Ilorin and Wikki Tourist of Bauchi on Match Day 35 and 37 respectively.

The Savannah Boys could, however, go on to win the league with the remaining home matches with MFM and Rivers United on Match Day 34 and 36 respectively.

Plateau United will play their last game of the season against the incumbent champions, Rangers International of Enugu at home in the Match Day 38.

Commenting on Plateau United’s exploits, a football pundit, Rotimi Arabi, said the team’s hunger to claim the title was important to their aspiration.

“The team started well and also maintains the momentum, right from the first match till the last played in Kano on Sunday, the team has shown resilience.

“The team looks hungry to win the cup, they play opposition with all intensity and they hardly allow breathing space or lapses.

“I think the coach has done a wonderful job keeping the team together; he is an experienced manager in the league too,’’ he said.

For Babatunde Olawunmi, an ardent supporter of MFM FC, the technical expertise of the coach Boboye accounted for Plateau United fairy runs in the league.

“The team has an experienced manager who is capable of turning things around for a modest club like Plateau United.

“Kennedy is well experienced; he has once coached the home-based Super Eagles and a couple of other local-based clubs such as Abia Warriors.

“If the team eventually wins the league, it will be no surprise at all because they are in good hands and not in the comparison with Leicester FC of England’s feat at the Premier League,’’ said the official of MFM’s supporters club.

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http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/sp ... years.html


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Long article, all I took away is the highlighted :taunt: :taunt: :taunt: .
Toxicarrow wrote:
ANALYSIS: Will Nigeria Premier League crown return to Jos after 45 years?
August 8, 2017Agency Report
Plateau United team
Plateau United team

Baring hard luck, Plateau United FC of Jos is on the historic path of returning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) crown to the city of Jos after 45 years of waiting.

The history of league matches cannot be complete without mentioning the winners of the maiden edition of the competition, Mighty Jets of Jos, which won the modern day league in Nigeria in 1972.

Mighty Jets were the first champions of the Nigerian League played among six teams in 1972. Although the team played at the top level until 1985, they were demoted to the third division in 1994.

However, for the city of Jos, it will be a great feeling to have the cup back to where it took off in 1972.

After Mighty Jets, many clubs have tasted the league’s crown, many that may be considered regular winners such as Enyimba International FC of Aba and Rangers International of Enugu, both with seven titles.

Shooting Stars of Ibadan clinched the title five times alongside Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri and Kano Pillars with four titles.

Plateau has, however, enjoyed rich football with some notable clubs such as Giwa FC and Plateau United.

The football fans in the state have also showed enough passion for their club in the way they usually turn out for league matches at the Rwang Pang Stadium in Jos.

Sometimes too, stadium violence that accompany any home loss during matches is something to note about the diehard fans from Plateau.

The state that lies in the Savannah belt of Nigeria boasts of one of the best altitude for sports due to its location within the rocks.

Moreover, with the 2016/2017 NPFL coming to an end, there are only three top contenders for the coveted trophy in which Plateau United is almost the best bet of them.

The season has been terrific with the traditional clubs faltering, thus making the NPFL cutthroat.

With six more matches to be played for the league title to be won; continental places are hot-up between the teams, bookmakers may refer to as rookies.

Plateau United, also called “The Peace Boys’’ by their fans are on the summit of the table with 58 points, three points adrift of the second placed Lagos-based MFM FC which has 55 points, while Akwa United are with 51 points in the third position.

Considering the history of Plateau United founded 1975 as JIB Strikers, the club only got their promotion to the elite division in 2010/2011 season after defeating city rivals Mighty Jets.

Although the club has yet to reach this height before in their history, they won the FA Cup in 1999 but were unable to consolidate on the victory at the continental level.

The team was dumped out in the preliminary stage of the CAF Cup Winners Cup in 2000.

Football pundits are already tipping the Jos-based team as Leicester City of England replica because of the intensity in their matches, especially while playing top league teams.

The Peace Boys have been able to comfortably dispatch tough oppositions and many a time picking out unusual points as they did against Kano Pillars in the Match Day 33 encounter.

Looking at how it started for the history making-bound team; they launched the season with a definite mark when they won 2-1 away at Remo Stars in Sagamu.

This was followed by a 3-1 thrashing of former league champions, Enyimba International of Aba.

For this season, the Kennedy Boboye-tutored side remains one of the teams that have kept 100 per cent home record win with just a barren draw against Lobi Stars on Match Day 11.

The team also has an astonishing seven away draws. It played 0-0 with Gombe United, 0-0 with Nasarawa United and also played a 1-1 draw with 3SC of Ibadan.

The Peace Boys played 0-0 away draw against Rivers United in the Match Day 16, 1-1 against Kastina United, 0-0 against Lobi and 1-1 against Kano Pillars on Match Day 20, 31 and 33 respectively.

The team currently is also able to secure the highest score-line in the 2016/2017 league match with their 5-1 thrashing of Gombe United in the Match Day 24.

At present, the club is on the verge of making the history books as outside winners of the league crown.

The table toppers, Plateau United, only need to consolidate by winning all their three home matches to gather 68 points to be league champions.

But they have some tough away fixtures ahead as they face the hurdle of ABS FC of Ilorin and Wikki Tourist of Bauchi on Match Day 35 and 37 respectively.

The Savannah Boys could, however, go on to win the league with the remaining home matches with MFM and Rivers United on Match Day 34 and 36 respectively.

Plateau United will play their last game of the season against the incumbent champions, Rangers International of Enugu at home in the Match Day 38.

Commenting on Plateau United’s exploits, a football pundit, Rotimi Arabi, said the team’s hunger to claim the title was important to their aspiration.

“The team started well and also maintains the momentum, right from the first match till the last played in Kano on Sunday, the team has shown resilience.

“The team looks hungry to win the cup, they play opposition with all intensity and they hardly allow breathing space or lapses.

“I think the coach has done a wonderful job keeping the team together; he is an experienced manager in the league too,’’ he said.

For Babatunde Olawunmi, an ardent supporter of MFM FC, the technical expertise of the coach Boboye accounted for Plateau United fairy runs in the league.

“The team has an experienced manager who is capable of turning things around for a modest club like Plateau United.

“Kennedy is well experienced; he has once coached the home-based Super Eagles and a couple of other local-based clubs such as Abia Warriors.

“If the team eventually wins the league, it will be no surprise at all because they are in good hands and not in the comparison with Leicester FC of England’s feat at the Premier League,’’ said the official of MFM’s supporters club.

(NAN)
http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/sp ... years.html

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ANALYSIS: Will Nigeria Premier League crown return to Jos after 45 years?
August 8, 2017Agency Report
Plateau United team
Plateau United team

Baring hard luck, Plateau United FC of Jos is on the historic path of returning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) crown to the city of Jos after 45 years of waiting.

The history of league matches cannot be complete without mentioning the winners of the maiden edition of the competition, Mighty Jets of Jos, which won the modern day league in Nigeria in 1972.

Mighty Jets were the first champions of the Nigerian League played among six teams in 1972. Although the team played at the top level until 1985, they were demoted to the third division in 1994.

However, for the city of Jos, it will be a great feeling to have the cup back to where it took off in 1972.

After Mighty Jets, many clubs have tasted the league’s crown, many that may be considered regular winners such as Enyimba International FC of Aba and Rangers International of Enugu, both with seven titles.

Shooting Stars of Ibadan clinched the title five times alongside Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri and Kano Pillars with four titles.

Plateau has, however, enjoyed rich football with some notable clubs such as Giwa FC and Plateau United.

The football fans in the state have also showed enough passion for their club in the way they usually turn out for league matches at the Rwang Pang Stadium in Jos.

Sometimes too, stadium violence that accompany any home loss during matches is something to note about the diehard fans from Plateau.

The state that lies in the Savannah belt of Nigeria boasts of one of the best altitude for sports due to its location within the rocks.

Moreover, with the 2016/2017 NPFL coming to an end, there are only three top contenders for the coveted trophy in which Plateau United is almost the best bet of them.

The season has been terrific with the traditional clubs faltering, thus making the NPFL cutthroat.

With six more matches to be played for the league title to be won; continental places are hot-up between the teams, bookmakers may refer to as rookies.

Plateau United, also called “The Peace Boys’’ by their fans are on the summit of the table with 58 points, three points adrift of the second placed Lagos-based MFM FC which has 55 points, while Akwa United are with 51 points in the third position.

Considering the history of Plateau United founded 1975 as JIB Strikers, the club only got their promotion to the elite division in 2010/2011 season after defeating city rivals Mighty Jets.

Although the club has yet to reach this height before in their history, they won the FA Cup in 1999 but were unable to consolidate on the victory at the continental level.

The team was dumped out in the preliminary stage of the CAF Cup Winners Cup in 2000.

Football pundits are already tipping the Jos-based team as Leicester City of England replica because of the intensity in their matches, especially while playing top league teams.

The Peace Boys have been able to comfortably dispatch tough oppositions and many a time picking out unusual points as they did against Kano Pillars in the Match Day 33 encounter.

Looking at how it started for the history making-bound team; they launched the season with a definite mark when they won 2-1 away at Remo Stars in Sagamu.

This was followed by a 3-1 thrashing of former league champions, Enyimba International of Aba.

For this season, the Kennedy Boboye-tutored side remains one of the teams that have kept 100 per cent home record win with just a barren draw against Lobi Stars on Match Day 11.

The team also has an astonishing seven away draws. It played 0-0 with Gombe United, 0-0 with Nasarawa United and also played a 1-1 draw with 3SC of Ibadan.

The Peace Boys played 0-0 away draw against Rivers United in the Match Day 16, 1-1 against Kastina United, 0-0 against Lobi and 1-1 against Kano Pillars on Match Day 20, 31 and 33 respectively.

The team currently is also able to secure the highest score-line in the 2016/2017 league match with their 5-1 thrashing of Gombe United in the Match Day 24.

At present, the club is on the verge of making the history books as outside winners of the league crown.

The table toppers, Plateau United, only need to consolidate by winning all their three home matches to gather 68 points to be league champions.

But they have some tough away fixtures ahead as they face the hurdle of ABS FC of Ilorin and Wikki Tourist of Bauchi on Match Day 35 and 37 respectively.

The Savannah Boys could, however, go on to win the league with the remaining home matches with MFM and Rivers United on Match Day 34 and 36 respectively.

Plateau United will play their last game of the season against the incumbent champions, Rangers International of Enugu at home in the Match Day 38.

Commenting on Plateau United’s exploits, a football pundit, Rotimi Arabi, said the team’s hunger to claim the title was important to their aspiration.

“The team started well and also maintains the momentum, right from the first match till the last played in Kano on Sunday, the team has shown resilience.

“The team looks hungry to win the cup, they play opposition with all intensity and they hardly allow breathing space or lapses.

“I think the coach has done a wonderful job keeping the team together; he is an experienced manager in the league too,’’ he said.

For Babatunde Olawunmi, an ardent supporter of MFM FC, the technical expertise of the coach Boboye accounted for Plateau United fairy runs in the league.

“The team has an experienced manager who is capable of turning things around for a modest club like Plateau United.

“Kennedy is well experienced; he has once coached the home-based Super Eagles and a couple of other local-based clubs such as Abia Warriors.

“If the team eventually wins the league, it will be no surprise at all because they are in good hands and not in the comparison with Leicester FC of England’s feat at the Premier League,’’ said the official of MFM’s supporters club.

(NAN)
http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/sp ... years.html


Plateau United will win the league.

Then their home ground must be extensively improved...while it's a factor in their championship run; it may not be approved as a continental venue...

It's mystifying that the venue passed the LMC assessment...

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Remo Stars have been relegated to the 2nd Division, whatever they call the division these days (SAUCE). Wonder if they will be the only "Stars" going down.

Meanwhile Plateau United improved the odds of a previously improbable-seeming championship run, beating near rivals MFM. How popular are MFM in Lagos? Considering they appear to be the closest thing to a major club to be situated in Lagos in a long, long time. I mean real popularity, not people (names withheld) who say they are fans and then say they hope the club loses.

Subsequent to violence in Bauchi after a Wikki Tourists match against Rangers, a judge in Bauchi has remanded three "suspects" in prison. The suspects have all pleaded not guilty. One rarely hears of people getting prosecuted after "fan" :roll: violence. I personally think criminal prosecution of the specific people who did the deed(s) is a more effective potential deterrent than punishing the club itself. There should be more of this. (SAUCE).

Anyway, nice write-up on the table-topping clash below (as opposed to Rangers and 'Sooting' so-called classico, which was a bottom-to-the-table clash):

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Plateau Utd vs MFM FC: Ten things we learnt
Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:47
By Clement Nwankpa Jr


Ibeh Johnson's third minute goal was all Plateau United needed to beat MFM in a top-of-the-table clash at Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos. There were ten take-aways from the game which sees Plateau United extend their lead to six points.

(1) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, TOUGH GETS GOING
Yes, this is a popular saying. Now, Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye has put together some tough guys out there. The playing conditions at the Rwang Pam Stadium on Sunday evening provided banana peels on Plateau's way. The heavy rainfall meant it became a battle for the fittest. The ball's movement on the rough surface was largely impeded so there was no room for finesse. The best players on the evening were those able to raise the ball expertly up and send it as far as possible, what is called 'police football' or 'kick-and-follow' in local parlance. MFM could not match Boboye's 'bulldozers' in such situations. And no NPFL team can fare better either. So the boys could even muscle through odds provided by natural forces. Boboye has adapted his tactics to suit such terrible situations.

(2) NOT ONUWA'S DAY
MFM's little magician Chukwuka Onuwa surprisingly started the game from the bench but keen followers were not shocked he never made it to the pitch. Fidelis Ilechukwu opted to start with players who could be up to the hosts' physical challenges but playing conditions even got tougher with the rain. It wasn't a day for the craftsmen. It wasn't a day for Onuwa's sleeky runs, footworks, crisp turns and cut-through passes. On what surface was he going to do all that? Who would even let him settle on the ball? Ilechukwu was right to leave him out of this one.

(3) PLATEAU UNITED HAS A HAND ON THE TROPHY
MFM were well aware of the implications of losing this game. And that is what we are faced with now. Plateau United have opened a six-point lead with four matches left. It will take a collapse of monumental proportion to stop them from winning a first ever Nigerian top flight title.

(4) SUCCESS' MANY BROTHERS
It was a sold-out arena. There was even an overflow. Notably, Plateau United jerseys were in hot demand at the match venue. The hawkers of the jerseys couldn't even meet the demands. Before kickoff, there was no jersey left while prospective buyers increased. Success has many friends. Even those monitoring the result of Manchester United demolishing West Ham at the same time, were screaming 'Up United! Up United'...Hahahaha... Whether they referred to Manchester United or Plateau United, United na United...All join...And there was a big government presence, a hitherto unfamiliar sight during Plateau's matches. The team's performances have endeared them more to the locals. You could mistakenly think you are in Kano with the 'Sai Masu Gida' faithful.

(5) BOBOYE IS A HERO
When you are loved by the people, you have no reason to hide inside a car. You could walk any distance you wish. Boboye was driven out of the venue on a tricycle (keke). When the fans spotted him, they ran after the tricycle shouting 'coachee! coachee!' He waved back at them savouring the moment's delight. He is doing a Leicester with this team. He is on the verge of recording an unprecedented accomplishment in the Tin City and the fans idolise him for this.

(6) ZIKIYE DOES AN ITODO
This was a game the ball spent most of the time up than down. Expectedly, Plateau's left-back, Daniel Itodo's throw-ins caused all sorts of havoc in MFM'S box. Not to be outdone, MFM's left back Jonathan Zikiye ensured all throws won in the hosts' half were heaved into the box with ferocity whether on the right or left flank. It was a bid to give Plateau some dose of their own medicine but the hosts dealt with Zikiye's throws more easily than MFM contended with Itodo's. It wasn't difficult to see who, between the two was the 'apprentice.'

(7) SOME SPARKS FROM OGBONNA
It has been established that this was more a game of brawn than finesse. But there were a few moments of brilliance largely provided by Plateau's forward Anayo Ogbonna. From the third minute when he teed up Ibeh Johnson for the match winner to the 48th minute when his bicycle kick off Itodo's throw hit the woodwork, his directness provided the incision that helped the league leaders see out this one.

(8) OGUNYE AND ODEY'S SHOES
In the absence of Stephen Odey, Austine Ogunye got the nod to lead MFM's attack. He got a glorious opportunity in the 57th minute to make Odey's absence less felt, but blew it. The workaholic Waheed Adebayo had done all the difficult work, found his way to the corner line and laid the ball for Ogunye. All Ogunye needed was to tap in with keeper John Gaadi displaced but his effort was off target. That was the miss of the game and could have proved more vital than most of Odey's 18 all season.

(9) OBAJE'S BULLETS
Godwin Obaje's elder brother, Joshua Obaje had seen it all and done it all in the domestic scene. He was part of the Heartland squad that lost in the CAF Champions League final in 2009. He came in for Peter Eneji in the 52nd minute and well aware of the difficulties the players had stringing passes together, he opted to hit the ball with venom from anywhere he got the prompting. In the 60th minute, his 20-yard effort rattled the palms of substitute keeper, Nasamu Emmanuel and four minutes later, he hit it from 25 yards but this time, it was inches wide.

(10) NOW, MFM COULD LOSE IT ALL
MFM have been second for the larger part of the season but failure to get something in Jos with results in Calabar and Uyo not going their way, there is the real danger of Akwa United and Enyimba, who both trail MFM by two points with superior goals difference, nicking the Champions League and Confederation Cup tickets on the last day. The Olukoya Boys still have their destiny in their hands but can't afford any more slip-up.

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That Plateau United home pitch should have been banned. MFM couldn't play their free flowing football style. Watch how Plateau United will be disgraced on the continent. CAF will never approve that pitch.

Ajiboye is doing well at Plateau United.

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MFM FC should look into using the Teslim Balogun Stadium for the African Champions league games. I still have my concerns. I don't think the club is ready for the continent.

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Help! I cannot see 3SC in the log... :sneaky:

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Help! I cannot see 3SC in the log... :sneaky:

:taunt: :taunt: :taunt: I hope your neck is not rusty because if you bow your head low enough, you will see them :taunt: :taunt: :taunt:


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Rangers at last at a half-decent position...
However... :scared: :scared: ...only 3 points separate mid-table from relegation..!
Na wa o...

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... and only 5 points separate 3rd place and 10th place with 3 matches remaining. This is the toughest league in Africa regardless of what some people say :!:


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How did Shooting escape? I opened this thread to bid them farewell to the elite league and i find them sitting pretty...some serious mago mago must have taken place at Ibadan.

Meanwhile the darling team of the nation, the pioneers of Nigerian football, the only antelope that flies and no hunter can bring down....yes including the hunters of relegation....i am talking about the best team to wvee come out of Nigeria...the Rangers International of Enugu sits majestically on the table taking a chill from the hasle ,hustle and bustle of relegation and promotion....just taking it easy this season y'alll. Next season we will stake our claim to what os rightfully ours!

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Location: Nembe Creek...Oil Exploration. If you call am bunkering na you sabi.
Logging in to check relegation battle.

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Logging in to check relegation battle.

Sootin? Yes!
Rangers? ...still alive to go down.


NO way................3 straight wins :thumbs: :thumbs: and currently 8th.
Quicksliver :thumbs: :thumbs: is quickly staking a claim as the...................'Dean of Nigeria coaches'.

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Up Rangers.... :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Up Rangers.... :clap: :clap: :clap:

Up Rangers :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:
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