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This season will see a one-off 24-team format because no team was relegated.

Congratulations to Bendel Insurance for returning to the NPFL after 11 years. We patiently await the return of the other 70’s giant, Shooting Stars, and hope it will not take as long as it took Insurance.

Let the games begin....NPFL that is. We can talk about NNL (division 2) later.


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This season will see a one-off 24-team format because no team was relegated.

Congratulations to Bendel Insurance for returning to the NPFL after 11 years. We patiently await the return of the other 70’s giant, Shooting Stars, and hope it will not take as long as it took Insurance.

Let the games begin....NPFL that is. We can talk about NNL (division 2) later.

Ouch! That was uncalled for... :lol:

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This season will see a one-off 24-team format because no team was relegated.

Congratulations to Bendel Insurance for returning to the NPFL after 11 years. We patiently await the return of the other 70’s giant, Shooting Stars, and hope it will not take as long as it took Insurance.

Let the games begin....NPFL that is. We can talk about NNL (division 2) later.

Ouch! That was uncalled for... :lol:

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Juwon Oshaniwa, Mfon Udoh, others sign for Akwa United

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12 new players have been unveiled by Akwa United ahead of the start of the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

With the NPFL season set to kick off on Sunday, January 13, Akwa United have concluded plans in recruits as they unveiled 12 fresh faces at the Nest of Champions in Uyo on Friday, January 4.

Akwa United who won the 2017 Aiteo Cup and represnted the country in the CAF Confederation Cup are aiming to start the season with a high as they presented the new players to fans, supporters and stakeholders stating their intentions for the new season.

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NPFL Opening Matchday Produces Stunning Unwritten Script

By George Akpayen

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Matchday 1 of this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has left many astounded and served a few the humble pie after the big guns barely struggled to cross the line and two of the title hopeful faltering on home soil.

It was not the usual win-at-home outcome which many had expected before kickoff of the new season as Akwa United and Plateau United could not breach their opponents and four-time champions Kano Pillars just managed to edge Heartland at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Perhaps only Enyimba put up a show worthy of being seven-time champions on the day as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba on Sunday.

Pundits before the kickoff envisaged a stroll in the park of some sorts for the like of Akwa United and Plateau United considering the fact that they were active in the transfer window but two of the clubs tipped to challenge for the title this term suffered setbacks.

EL-KANEMI STUN AKWA AT NEST OF CHAMPIONS

At the Nest of Champions, Akwa United’s matchday squad looked like they would keep the promise of an opening day win as El-Kanemi Warriors had lost the like of Samuel Mathias and Otakho Aghahowa in the transfer.

The Promise Keepers, on the other hand, hired Brazilian trainer Rafael Everton as head coach who brought along his countryman and midfelder Alberico da Silva. In their matchday squad they also had new recruits Juwon Oshaniwa, Mfon Udoh, Ndifreke Effiong, Emeka Atuloma and Ocheme Edoh, and these names were expected to strike fear into their opponents from the southeast.

Mohammed BabaGanaru’s men had other ideas and held on till the fourth minute of added time when Ba’akaka Ajikolo who had only been on the pitch for only nine minutes after replacing Ali Aliyu scored after Akwa goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo’s pocket was picked as he tried to ape Colombian maverick goalkeeper Rene Higuita. Akwa paid the price for failing to convert their chances and playing a highline at the death.

MAIKABA STILL CANNOT MANAGE A WIN OVER FC IFEANYIUBAH

Immediate past Akwa United head coach Abdu Maikaba did not enjoy a good start either as he began his reign at Plateau United by dropping two points against FC Ifeanyiubah who had an unrecognizable startlist except for captain Chijioke Alaekwe and goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie.

Plateau United’s playing personnel looked intimidating with goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Itodo, Sikiru Olatunbosun, Seth Mayi, Bernard Ovoke, Ezekiel Thompson and Ibeh Johnson with Godwin Obaje, Gabriel Wassa, David Obiazo, Benjamin Turba and Elisha Golbe all starting from the bench — which looked even stronger than FC Ifeanyiubah’s starting XI filled with upstarts.

Anozie did just enough to deny Ovoke, Thompson and Olatunbosun at different times and not even Itodo’s long throws could help breach the defence of FC Ifeanyiubah anchored by Charles Okafor. FC Ifeanyiubah rarely attacked and only had one opportunity which they fluffed in a counter-attacking situation in which they had numerical advantage of three to beat two. At the end, they took back with them a priceless 0-0 scoreline.

ABIA WARRIORS’ OPENING DAY RECORD SMASHED

FC Ifeanyiubah’s southeast rivals Abia Warriors were not lucky to leave Lafia with a result as they lost 0-1 to Nasarawa United. It was the first time that the Umuahia club would taste defeat in their opening matchday game since they made their top-flight debut in 2014.

Abdullahi Abubakar’s strike on 20 minutes proved sufficient for Nasarawa United who have endured struggling starts in recent seasons.

KANO PILLARS START LIFE WITHOUT LOKOSA

In Kano, Junior Lokosa’s impending departure is already being felt as Kano Pillars scraped to a 1-0 victory over Heartland. Pillars benefited from an error from Ebele Obi whose poor goalkeeping on 16 minutes allowed Chinedu Sunday to guide the ball home with his head from close range.

Kabiru Baleria’s men could not conjure that second goal to ease the pressure of Heartland breathing down their necks in the second half and would be thankful that Chidiebere Ajoku’s goal for the away team did not stand owing to offside positioning.

Matchday of the NPFL takes place this midweek.

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:???: Madness :huh: . That goalie had absolutely no reason to stray so far from his post, I mean it’s not like they were losing the game and so had nothing to lose!!! Rush of adrenalin. Even Rene Higuita was not this crazy.


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the goalie kai :lol: :lol: :lol:

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NPFL MATCHDAY 3 RESULTS
Wikki 2-1 Tornadoes
Kwara United 3-2 Enyimba
Remo Stars 1-1 Insurance
Go Round 0-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Kano Pillars 1-1 Akwa United
Kada City 2-1 Gombe United
Nasarawa United 0-1 Heartland
Plateau Utd 2-0 El-Kanemi


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Ukwala,

When do Rangers and Lobi Stars join league play?

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CALLING ALL OLD AND RETIRED PLAYERS


If you ever played at least high school ball, the league may have an opportunity for you in 2019. There are 24 teams in the league: there's no way there's enough talent out there without you.
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Enugu II wrote:
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Ukwala,

When do Rangers and Lobi Stars join league play?

EII, they join this Wednesday (23 Jan 2019).
MFM vs Rangers
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CALLING ALL OLD AND RETIRED PLAYERS


If you ever played at least high school ball, the league may have an opportunity for you in 2019. There are 24 teams in the league: there's no way there's enough talent out there without you.
Bell

24 teams and yet one 'big' team is not there, still chilling in division 2!! I won't mention their name for fear of being thrown a poisonous arrow :taunt:


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Insecurity, the bane of our football. 2nd time in 3 weeks that a referee has been savagely attacked after a match. One of the reason why we hardly have away victories.
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NPFL referee beaten in matchday three clash between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance
Yesterday at 11:07 PM
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NPFL referee was reportedly beaten mercilessly after the game between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance.
Another referee was reportedly molested in an NPFL encounter
Another referee was reportedly molested in an NPFL encounter
Bethel Nwanesi the referee that officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday three encounter on Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance was reportedly attacked by supporters of the home side after proceedings.

Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance.

Charles Omokaro opened the scoring for Bendel Insurance before Victor Mbaoma equalised for the home side .

According to reports the home supporters were reportedly not impressed with the way the game was handled and let their frustrations known at the completion of the encounter.

Pictures circulating on social media have shown the referees brutalized and in need of medical attention after the fans descended upon them.

The referees of Remo and Bendel suffered from the home supporters
The referees of Remo and Bendel suffered from the home supporters
It was the opening game of the season for the two teams who recently gained promotion from the lower division to the NPFL and they both met in the NNL Super 8 tournament .

Remo Stars have issued a statement regarding the incident which involved an 88th minute goal disallowed.

"Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) regrets the unfortunate incident that happened after the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 3 game against Bendel Insurance at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu.

"After the final whistle of the game which ended 1-1, an intruder gained access to the match officials and unfortunately one of the officials got injured.

"A manhunt has started immediately as the management of the club and the Nigeria Police Force Sagamu division are working closely to ensure that the intruder is brought to book to face the consequences of his actions.

"We totally regret and condemn this act as we don't encourage violence in football.

"In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.

Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars three points
Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars three points
"This of course is no reason why anyone should get hurt, we have lost games at home in the past against Plateau United, Enyimba FC, MFM FC, Rivers United without witnessing such violence.

"We also want to make a staunch warming to supporters or individuals who come with the intention of disrupting or causing violence in the stadium as the club will severely deal with anyone found guilty of such behaviour. "


The development comes after the League management Company (LMC), placed a fine and Stadium ban on Plateau United for an identical situation which involved officials attacked by home supporters .

No decision has been made at the time of this reports as we await a full investigation and possible disciplinary actions with the NPFL set to continue with midweek games.

Author: tosin abayomi Source: Pulse Nigeria
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Insecurity, the bane of our football. 2nd time in 3 weeks that a referee has been savagely attacked after a match. One of the reason why we hardly have away victories.
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NPFL referee beaten in matchday three clash between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance
Yesterday at 11:07 PM
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NPFL referee was reportedly beaten mercilessly after the game between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance.
Another referee was reportedly molested in an NPFL encounter
Another referee was reportedly molested in an NPFL encounter
Bethel Nwanesi the referee that officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday three encounter on Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance was reportedly attacked by supporters of the home side after proceedings.

Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance.

Charles Omokaro opened the scoring for Bendel Insurance before Victor Mbaoma equalised for the home side .

According to reports the home supporters were reportedly not impressed with the way the game was handled and let their frustrations known at the completion of the encounter.

Pictures circulating on social media have shown the referees brutalized and in need of medical attention after the fans descended upon them.

The referees of Remo and Bendel suffered from the home supporters
The referees of Remo and Bendel suffered from the home supporters
It was the opening game of the season for the two teams who recently gained promotion from the lower division to the NPFL and they both met in the NNL Super 8 tournament .

Remo Stars have issued a statement regarding the incident which involved an 88th minute goal disallowed.

"Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) regrets the unfortunate incident that happened after the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 3 game against Bendel Insurance at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu.

"After the final whistle of the game which ended 1-1, an intruder gained access to the match officials and unfortunately one of the officials got injured.

"A manhunt has started immediately as the management of the club and the Nigeria Police Force Sagamu division are working closely to ensure that the intruder is brought to book to face the consequences of his actions.

"We totally regret and condemn this act as we don't encourage violence in football.

"In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.

Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars three points
Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars three points
"This of course is no reason why anyone should get hurt, we have lost games at home in the past against Plateau United, Enyimba FC, MFM FC, Rivers United without witnessing such violence.

"We also want to make a staunch warming to supporters or individuals who come with the intention of disrupting or causing violence in the stadium as the club will severely deal with anyone found guilty of such behaviour. "


The development comes after the League management Company (LMC), placed a fine and Stadium ban on Plateau United for an identical situation which involved officials attacked by home supporters .

No decision has been made at the time of this reports as we await a full investigation and possible disciplinary actions with the NPFL set to continue with midweek games.

Author: tosin abayomi Source: Pulse Nigeria
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IMHO, that statement, highlighted in red, is absolute rubbish and creates insincerity in the entire statement released by the club. It should have no place in the public statement that the club released.

If the club has a problem with the disallowed goal then it is something that they should have addressed directly with the NFF/LMC and not in a public statement about the brutalization of match officials.

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Enugu II wrote:
ukwala wrote:
Insecurity, the bane of our football. 2nd time in 3 weeks that a referee has been savagely attacked after a match. One of the reason why we hardly have away victories.
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NPFL referee beaten in matchday three clash between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance
Yesterday at 11:07 PM
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Bethel Nwanesi the referee that officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday three encounter on Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance was reportedly attacked by supporters of the home side after proceedings.

Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance.

"In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.


https://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/np ... ce/ld34gde


IMHO, that statement, highlighted in red, is absolute rubbish and creates insincerity in the entire statement released by the club. It should have no place in the public statement that the club released.

If the club has a problem with the disallowed goal then it is something that they should have addressed directly with the NFF/LMC and not in a public statement about the brutalization of match officials.

Kpom. That is the primitivity of our league, where a club official can publicly cast aspersion on the integrity of the match officials thereby justifying a savage attack on the referee.
Our TV pundits don't help matters. Victor Ikpeba supported the club's statement on Supersports because he is friends with the club chairman. The same Victor Ikpeba that advocated the stiffest penalty for Plateau United in week 1 was now shuffling his lips in this case. Sad!!
I await the verdict of LMC.


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ukwala wrote:
Enugu II wrote:
ukwala wrote:
Insecurity, the bane of our football. 2nd time in 3 weeks that a referee has been savagely attacked after a match. One of the reason why we hardly have away victories.
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NPFL referee beaten in matchday three clash between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance
Yesterday at 11:07 PM
Tell your friends

Bethel Nwanesi the referee that officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday three encounter on Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance was reportedly attacked by supporters of the home side after proceedings.

Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance.

"In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.


https://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/np ... ce/ld34gde


IMHO, that statement, highlighted in red, is absolute rubbish and creates insincerity in the entire statement released by the club. It should have no place in the public statement that the club released.

If the club has a problem with the disallowed goal then it is something that they should have addressed directly with the NFF/LMC and not in a public statement about the brutalization of match officials.

Kpom. That is the primitivity of our league, where a club official can publicly cast aspersion on the integrity of the match officials thereby justifying a savage attack on the referee.
Our TV pundits don't help matters. Victor Ikpeba supported the club's statement on Supersports because he is friends with the club chairman. The same Victor Ikpeba that advocated the stiffest penalty for Plateau United in week 1 was now shuffling his lips in this case. Sad!!
I await the verdict of LMC.


The LMC began their work commendably; and the NPFL actually seemed to have a vision...
After the initial plaudits, the LMC seems to have regressed (2018 was disgraceful)...

4yrs on and club officials are putting out statements like above after hooliganism...
With stuff like this, its a forlorn hope the NPFL grows as a brand...

Time for Shehu Dikko to hand over to a more dynamic successor..?

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FATHER TIKO wrote:
ukwala wrote:
Enugu II wrote:
ukwala wrote:
Insecurity, the bane of our football. 2nd time in 3 weeks that a referee has been savagely attacked after a match. One of the reason why we hardly have away victories.
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NPFL referee beaten in matchday three clash between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance
Yesterday at 11:07 PM
Tell your friends

Bethel Nwanesi the referee that officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday three encounter on Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance was reportedly attacked by supporters of the home side after proceedings.

Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance.

"In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.


https://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/np ... ce/ld34gde


IMHO, that statement, highlighted in red, is absolute rubbish and creates insincerity in the entire statement released by the club. It should have no place in the public statement that the club released.

If the club has a problem with the disallowed goal then it is something that they should have addressed directly with the NFF/LMC and not in a public statement about the brutalization of match officials.

Kpom. That is the primitivity of our league, where a club official can publicly cast aspersion on the integrity of the match officials thereby justifying a savage attack on the referee.
Our TV pundits don't help matters. Victor Ikpeba supported the club's statement on Supersports because he is friends with the club chairman. The same Victor Ikpeba that advocated the stiffest penalty for Plateau United in week 1 was now shuffling his lips in this case. Sad!!
I await the verdict of LMC.


The LMC began their work commendably; and the NPFL actually seemed to have a vision...
After the initial plaudits, the LMC seems to have regressed (2018 was disgraceful)...

4yrs on and club officials are putting out statements like above after hooliganism...
With stuff like this, its a forlorn hope the NPFL grows as a brand...

Time for Shehu Dikko to hand over to a more dynamic successor..?

Well, in fairness to LMC, they dealt with the Plateau United case in a timely fashion. Whether the punishment is enough deterrence is another thing - N5mln fine + banishment to another venue for 3 games.
The referees are threatening to down tools if the LMC does not take decisive action. The survival of the NPFL as a viable brand may depend on LMC's stance on this Remo case.


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Remo Stars Punished For Crowd Incident In Home Match Against Insurance
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• Club Chairman fined and banned from three NPFL Matches • Team Manager suspended for rest of the Season • Club fined a total of N6m including compensation to Referees • Club Ordered to produce two identified supporters involved in attack • Club to forfeit three points in case of a repeat occurrence • Club to play three home matches in Osogbo

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