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NPFL CLUB NEWS

  • 8 things to watch on NPFL opening day

    Created Date: 13 January 2018Hist: 263
    By George Akpayen The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) returns this weekend with Katsina United and Kano Pillars setting the tone at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium this Saturday. Last season the big performers were champions Plateau United and MFM FC suprisingly and add to that Anthony Okpotu, Stephen Odey and Sunday Adetunji hogged the headlines for good reasons.
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    Beach Soccer star, Abu Azeez relishes Rangers deal

    Created Date: 12 January 2018Hist: 330
    Rangers new signing Abu Azeez has revealed that putting pen to paper for the seven-time champions was a dream come true. Abu spoke after the 2016 league champions unveiled him and 17 other players who will be joining the 23 retained from last season.
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    Go Round captain seeks to project Omoku through NPFL

    Created Date: 11 January 2018Hist: 488
    By Fisayo Dairo Omoku, a compact settlement is the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. The town until recently is best known for the abundance of natural resources it harbours which has made it a desirable place among the elites. In recent years, reported communal clashes and cultist engagements have made the syllabic impression of the name O/MO/KU come home in scary form to its inhabitants and people in the environs. The gruesome killing of innocent...
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    NPFL returns with big guns in delicate tests

    Created Date: 11 January 2018Hist: 634
    By George Akpayen The wait for the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) seemed like eternity but the kickoff is now upon us and the opening day has served up tantalizing fixtures including touch-and-go games for the big guns.
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  • Gyang 'The Yam Seller' returns to Jos with a mission

    Created Date: 10 January 2018Hist: 728
    By Andrew Randa The 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season is three days away and one player who cannot wait for the games to begin is Plateau United’s Amos Gyang. The diminutive winger is eager to get started because of his desire to prove doubters wrong. Doubters, in Jos, where Plateau United play their home games.
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    Rivers Utd captain Austine holds high hope for new NPFL season

    Created Date: 10 January 2018Hist: 204
    By George Akpayen Rivers United captain Festus Austine has made a bold call that his club "will compete" for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title when the new season gets underway this Sunday. The centre half explained that the club got a real learning curve from their outing last season when they competed on three fronts in the NPFL, the CAF Champions League and later the Confederation Cup and the Aiteo Cup.
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    We want to retain NPFL title, says Boboye

    Created Date: 08 January 2018Hist: 655
    By Ayo Olu Ibidapo Still basking in the euphoria of a successful campaign last season and having enjoyed the glory that comes along with victory, head coach of Plateau United, Kennedy Boboye, has boldly stated that his team intend to retain the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title at the end of the 2018 season. Speaking to npfl.ng, the former Sunshine Stars trainer revealed that having kept about 80 per cent of the players that helped them win the league last year and also...
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    Mbaoma reveals motivation behind Akwa Utd move

    Created Date: 07 January 2018Hist: 791
    By Promise Etim Akwa United new signing Victor Mbaoma has disclosed why he signed for Akwa United by explaining that his decision was due to the team's philosophy and style of play. The forward, who joined from Remo Stars on a season-long loan deal, scored 10 times for the Sagamu side in the last campaign, and has widely been tipped to bring additional attacking edge to Abdu Maikaba's team as they prepare for the start of the new campaign in a week.
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  • Rangers inching closer to Ogunbote's dream squad

    Created Date: 05 January 2018Hist: 652
    By George Akpayen Head coach of Rangers International, Gbenga Ogunbote, has taken a deep examination of his team in pre-season outings and now feels that they are inching ever closer to correctness ahead of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The seven-time champions are currently in a closed door camping in Ijebu-Ode for their final phase of preparation that will run into a few days to the eve of the new season, according to the club's media.
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    Maikaba eyes bright start to campaign with Akwa Utd

    Created Date: 04 January 2018Hist: 642
    By Promise Etim Akwa United head coach Abdu Maikaba, says he expects a bright start to the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. Maikaba, who joined from Wikki Tourists at the start of last season, struggled with the team in the opening matchdays, languishing in the lower half of the log, before managing to stage an unprecedented comeback to finish fourth behind Plateau United, MFM FC and Enyimba. They would later go on to win the Aiteo Cup.
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    Plateau Utd, Olatunbosun's wonder goal top NPFL list in 2017

    Created Date: 31 December 2017Hist: 858
    By George Akpayen The year 2017 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) served up thrilling moments and some exciting numbers in good and bad stead for clubs and players. The big guns predicted to take the reins forced some of the league's top pundits to sing the praises of Plateau United and MFM like rats abandoning a sinking ship. League champions Plateau United simply ticked all the right boxes to win their first title in their 41 years of existence - they occupied top spot for...
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    Hassan returns to Kano Pillars with title intent

    Created Date: 29 December 2017Hist: 1237
    By George Akpayen Adamu Hassan has told npfl.ng that he agreed to return to four-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Kano Pillars as he has "unfinished business" with the club. Hassan explained that his "unfinished business" with 'Sai Masu Gida' is to help the club win the league title in the coming season. "I am very happy to return to Kano," Hassan began in an interview with npfl.ng.
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  • Enyimba stopper Ezenwa reveals Eagles' CHAN title ambition

    Created Date: 23 December 2017Hist: 1173
    By George Akpayen Enyimba goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has declared that the Super Eagles have set themselves the target of winning next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. Ezenwa who is captain of the Super Eagles made up of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) explained that they have been working to improve on their last international outing at the WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana where they lost in the final game to the hosts in...
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    Top 5 performers at the NPFL Invitational Tournament

    Created Date: 20 December 2017Hist: 1236
    By Adepoju Tobi Samuel It was an incredibly exciting Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational Tournament in Kano State as the pre-season tournament rounded off on Sunday night. The tournament started with few goals in the first two matchdays but teams in the competition stepped up their performance in subsequent matches and goals rained at the Sani Abacha Stadium in the latter stages of the competition. The final match witnessed a five-goal thriller as the CHAN Super Eagles...
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    Golbe, Ayeleso speak on NPFL opening day derby

    Created Date: 20 December 2017Hist: 709
    By George Akpayen When Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions make more than the three-hour drive into Lafia to face Nasarawa United in a central derby on 14 January, two players, Elisha Golbe and Suraj Ayeleso are expected to feature in the game. Both men told npfl.ng about their expectations when the new season kicks off next month and they already sound optimistic of beginning their campaigns on sterling notes.
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    El-Kanemi's Nura eyes CHAN outing with Eagles

    Created Date: 20 December 2017Hist: 1008
    By Ayodele Olu Ibidapo El-Kanemi Warriors prodigy, Nura Mohammed, has said he is excited by the prospect of representing Nigeria at next month's African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, while assuring Nigerians that the Super Eagles have what it takes to win the trophy for the first time.
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  • Eagles edge out MFM in thrilling NPFL Invitational final

    Created Date: 17 December 2017Hist: 983
    By George Akpayen African Nations Championship (CHAN) bound Super Eagles claimed the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a 3-2 win over MFM FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Sunday. Last season's top scorer in the NPFL Anthony Okpotu scored twice and his Lobi teammate Kingsley Eduwo added a third for the Super Eagles before MFM made it a nervy last five minutes through goals from Jonathan Zikiye and Chuka Uwaga.
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    Eagles, MFM face off in NPFL Invitational final

    Created Date: 17 December 2017Hist: 621
    By George Akpayen African Nations Championship (CHAN) bound Super Eagles and last season's runners-up in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) MFM FC will go toe to toe in the final game of the NPFL Invitational Tournament in Kano on Sunday. The Super Eagles managed by Salisu Yusuf are the only side that have won a match at the tournament since it began on 11 December at the Sani Abacha Stadium with the five other games ending in stalemates.
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    Yusuf extracts positives from NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 16 December 2017Hist: 822
    By Uchenna Iyoke Super Eagles handler Salisu Yusuf says his players are motivated to do the country proud after a spirited performance earned them a 1-0 win over Enyimba International at the NPFL Invitational Tournament on Friday. Sunday Faleye's second half strike from close range proved sufficient to send the Eagles to the final of the tournament.
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    MFM set up NPFL Invitational final with Eagles

    Created Date: 15 December 2017Hist: 1273
    By Joshua Tekidek Lagos-based Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side MFM FC have qualified for the final of the NPFL Invitational Tournament after they were forced to a one-all draw by Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Friday.
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  • Faleye stars in Eagles' show of supremacy

    Created Date: 15 December 2017Hist: 564
    Sunday Faleye produced an hour of excellent display of his enormous footballing talent to help Nigeria's home-based Super Eagles reach the final of the NPFL Invitational Tournament in Kano. The former Shooting Stars starlet was a thorn in the flesh of the Enyimba defence and ultimately provided the game's only goal ten minutes after the break as Salisu Yusuf's Eagles beat the two-time African champions 1-0.
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    CHAN-bound Eagles come under scrutiny

    Created Date: 15 December 2017Hist: 767
    By Tobi Adepoju Samuel Super Eagles B team kicked off their preparation for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco next year with a goalless draw encounter against Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) champions Plateau United at the 2017 NPFL Invitational tournament. So far at the tournament all four matches played have ended in stalemates and an average of one goal per game.
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    CHAN Eagles 0-0 Plateau Utd: Five talking points

    Created Date: 14 December 2017Hist: 791
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr When the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions and an assemblage of the best legs in the league meet, the quality of football should be top notch. Plateau United and CHAN Eagles lived up to the expectations though the game ended 0-0. Here are five talking points.
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    NPFL Invitational: Another day of drawn games

    Created Date: 13 December 2017Hist: 565
    By Clement Nwankpa Matchday 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational Tournament witnessed two entertaining games but ironically had no goals to show for the high quality football that was on display on Wednesday. What is the essence of beautiful football if it does not yield goals? Many are wont to ask. But a combination of brilliant performances by the keepers and the attackers' lack of bite in the final third ensured both games ended goalless.
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  • Otegbeye ruled out of NPFL Invitational Matchday 2

    Created Date: 13 December 2017Hist: 452
    By George Akpayen Akwa United forward Ajibola Otegbeye will be unavailable to face four-time champions Kano Pillars in Wednesday's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational Tournament at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. Otegbeye suffered a dislocation to his shoulder in his club's opening game in the ongoing pre-season tournament on Monday and had to be replaced by Musa Newman in the 88th minute of their 1-1 draw with MFM FC on Matchday 1.
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    NPFL Invitational: Yusuf calls up Akas, Nura ahead Plateau Utd game

    Created Date: 12 December 2017Hist: 495
    By George Akpayen Head coach of the Super Eagles bound for CHAN, Salisu Yusuf, has extended late calls to the duo of Nura Mohammed and Chima Akas in place of Joseph Osadiaye and Afeez Aremu respectively before their NPFL Invitational game against Plateau United on Wednesday.
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    Akwa Utd 1-1 MFM: Five things we learnt

    Created Date: 12 December 2017Hist: 709
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr Akwa United and MFM FC played out a 1-1 draw on Matchday 1 of the NPFL Invitational Tournament. Adekunle Adegboyega struck for MFM in the 56th minute while Ajibola Otegbeye equalised for Akwa from the spot in the 62nd minute. We learnt five things.
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    Maikaba satisfied with MFM draw amid tight schedule

    Created Date: 12 December 2017Hist: 378
    By Mike Oboh Akwa United head coach, Abdu Maikaba, has expressed contentment with his team's 1-1 draw with MFM FC on the opening day of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational on Monday. Maikaba's men rallied back from a goal behind to claim a point off MFM at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano after Ajibola Otegbeye converted from the spot to cancel out Adegboyega Adekunle's strike for the Lagos club.
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  • NPFL Invitational: Day 1 games end in draws

    Created Date: 11 December 2017Hist: 878
    Opening day of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-season Invitational in Kano recorded drawn matches in the two fixtures that held on Monday. In the opening game, league champions, Plateau United of Jos forced 10-man Enyimba International FC of Aba to a 1-1 draw and it was same scoreline between league runners-up, MFM FC and AITEO Cup holders, Akwa United in the game played under floodlights at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
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    NPFL Invitational offers CAF campaigners, ex-champs final rehearsal

    Created Date: 10 December 2017Hist: 512
    By George Akpayen The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational kicks off at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Monday and it will provide the six teams competing with the chance to have one final chance at oiling their machines before the competitive season begins in January. NPFL champions Plateau United, last season's runners-up MFM FC, seven-time champions Enyimba and currently AITEO Cup holders Akwa United will be joined by hosts and four-time champions Kano Pillars and the...
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    Enyimba captain Udoh expects tough NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 10 December 2017Hist: 527
    By Ayodele Olu Ibidapo Captain of Enyimba, Mfon Udoh, believes the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational will be a solid test for his team, while also insisting they are in the competition to win it. Udoh said that the tournament would provide an avenue for the team to fine-tune preparations for the upcoming new season.
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    Super Eagles begin build-up for CHAN with NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 09 December 2017Hist: 537
    The home–based Super Eagles contingent arrived the ancient city of Kano on Saturday afternoon as head coach Salisu Yusuf and his crew countenance the beginning of preparations for the 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled for Morocco between 13th January and 4th February 2018. Yusuf, also chief coach of the Russia-bound A squad, has called up 30 players for the first phase of the preparations, in which the 2014 CHAN bronze medallists would test strength with the nation’s leading...
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  • Top managers converge to test might at NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 09 December 2017Hist: 769
    By George Akpayen Best of the best managers will pace up and down the sidelines of the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano when the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational kicks off on Monday. Two of the head coaches Kennedy Boboye of Plateau United and Salisu Yusuf who will manage the Super Eagles bound for next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) have won the title. Add to that mix of trophy winners is Abdu Maikaba who led Akwa United to win the AITEO Cup this year. The...
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    Bonsu braced for healthy goalkeepers’ rivalry at Rangers

    Created Date: 06 December 2017Hist: 633
    By Osondu Ngude Nana Bonsu is delighted with the arrival of two new keepers Femi Thomas and James Aiyeyemi at Rangers International of Enugu and has challenged the duo to work to bring out their best for the club. Bonsu, a regular squad member in the Rangers fairy tale run in the title success of the 2015/16 season, was bogged down by injuries last term picking a handful of first team appearances.
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    Six to watch at 2017 NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 06 December 2017Hist: 633
    By Andrew Randa The 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational which will hold in Kano from 11-17 December is already generating a buzz all over the country as fans of the league salivate a return to the field of their favourite teams and stars. This time out, six teams will be involved in the tournament that serves as the official dress rehearsal for the incoming season proper. Reigning champions Plateau United, Aiteo Cup winners Akwa United will join Lagos side Mountain...
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    Kester ready to seize opportunity at NPFL Invitational

    Created Date: 05 December 2017Hist: 725
    Akwa United midfielder Kelly Kester is eager to make a mark at his new club, starting with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-Season Invitational tournament in Kano. Kester joined United from neighbours Enyimba and the combative midfielder is hoping to make an instant impression with the Promise Keepers as they prepare for what promises to be a busy season ahead.
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  • NPFL Invitational: Contest for Enyimba's gloves starts here

    Created Date: 05 December 2017Hist: 504
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr The fight for first team goalkeeper in the camp of former champions, Enyimba International promises to be a matter of interest at the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-season Invitational which kicks off at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano from Monday, December 11.
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    Plateau Utd raring to go again, says Golbe

    Created Date: 02 December 2017Hist: 728
    By Andrew Randa Plateau United will seek to do well at this year's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational in Kano this December to prove that their 2016/17 title win was no fluke. The Jos side surprised many followers of the league by clinching a first-ever NPFL title with Kennedy Boboye’s men leading the table in all but four weeks of the campaign to show how dominant they were over the course of the season.
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    Anaemena sees brighter prospect for Enyimba with Aigbogun

    Created Date: 01 December 2017Hist: 485
    Defender Ifeanyi Anaemena in his fourth season with Enyimba and a second chance to play continental club football believes the return of Paul Aigbogun to manage the squad is a big boost. Aigbogun, it was who guided the team to a group stage exit in the 2016 CAF Champions League before exiting the Peoples Elephant at the end of that season.
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    NPFL Invitational: Ifeanyi Ifeanyi confident of CHAN Eagles

    Created Date: 30 November 2017Hist: 616
    Akwa United and Super Eagles midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi is looking forward to a fruitful NPFL Pre-season Invitational Tournament when the competition gets underway in Kano on December 11. Ifeanyi is an indispensable member of both his club Akwa United and the home-based Super Eagles led by Salisu Yusuf. The midfielder in a chat to npfl.ng underscores the importance of the tournament to the Super Eagles side preparing to take on the rest of Africa at the African Nations Championships in...
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  • Maikaba plans without CHAN-bound stars at Akwa Utd

    Created Date: 27 November 2017Hist: 1019
    Akwa United head coach Abdu Maikaba is braced for life without a handful of some of his top stars when the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season kicks off on 14 January. Maikaba knows a handful of his players could get the attention of national selectors for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) billed to hold in Morocco between 12 January and 4 February next year.
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    Five Takeaways from Abia Warriors vs El-Kanemi tune-up tie

    Created Date: 26 November 2017Hist: 773
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr Ocheme Edoh's 26th minute strike was all El-Kanemi Warriors needed to beat Abia Warriors 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Umuahia Township Stadium. Here are five takeaways from the thrilling encounter
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    NPFL invitational: Zikiye prepares for another try at pre-season title

    Created Date: 26 November 2017Hist: 523
    For the second time in four editions, the NPFL Invitational Tournament will be having six teams in attendance - the customary four continental representatives joined by hosts Kano Pillars and a the national team that will represent Nigeria at the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN). Though there will be a change in format from the 2015 edition which was a round robin tournament, the competitiveness and aim of the competition should still remain the same if words of an experienced campaigner,...
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    Everton tests back three formation in Abia Warriors vs El-Kanemi friendly

    Created Date: 24 November 2017Hist: 1499
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte made playing back three the new fad in England and as other English Premier League coaches are now cloning the formation, Abia Warriors recently-signed Brazilian coach, Rafael Everton plans to bring it to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when the new season kicks off in January. This much was revealed from the team's training sessions monitored by npfl.ng in Umuahia.
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  • NPFL, 26 other Leagues attend World Leagues Forum in New York City

    Created Date: 24 November 2017Hist: 665
    Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Chairman, Shehu Dikko was among the heads of 27 professional football leagues of the world that attended the Annual Meeting of the World Leagues Forum (WLF) hosted by Major League Soccer in New York City on Wednesday, November 22. The WLF is the world association of professional football leagues and includes 32 Leagues from around the World. Its purpose is to improve governance structures in world football, address the issues of professional...
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    Ibenegbu keen to turn in more goals from freekicks

    Created Date: 20 November 2017Hist: 515
      By George Akpayen Ikechukwu Batholomew Ibenegbu has declared that he is looking to keep up from last season by continuing his goalscoring act from dead-ball situations when the 2017-18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season gets underway on 14 January 2018. Last campaign, Ibenegbu, nicknamed Mosquito, was one of 27 players who scored direct free kicks and two out of the three free kicks he scored helped his club Enyimba to finish in the top-three which secured them a place in next...
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    LMC releases 2017/18 NPFL calendar, January 14 is kick-off date

    Created Date: 16 November 2017Hist: 2745
    •Pre-season invitational holds in Kano, Dec 11-17 •Club Licensing documentation ends January 5 •Season ends September 30 Activities to kick-start the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season which began with the on-going club licensing will enter the next stage with the annual NPFL Pre-season tournament from December 11-17, 2017 to usher in the grand season opening matches on January 14, 2018. The schedule of the new season’s activities which has been endorsed by the League...
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    Deepening youth development culture in NPFL clubs

    Created Date: 15 November 2017Hist: 852
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr The future of the beautiful game is in the youth. Every nation that aspires to excel in international football must evolve a system that ensures regular supply of fresh talents. Nigeria has won the U-17 World Championship a record five times. Ironically, this has not reflected in the nation's performances at the World Cup. This has led to a clamour for a more institutionalised process that guarantees a regular supply of quality young talents.
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  • Nwagua hopes to compete for double with Kano Pillars

    Created Date: 09 November 2017Hist: 701
    By George Akpayen Nyima Nwagua has told npfl.ng that he has that feeling of inspiring optimism that his club Kano Pillars can throw their hat in the ring for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the AITEO Cup titles in the coming season. The striker joined Kano Pillars in the mid-season transfer window of last season from another NPFL side Lobi Stars and at that time, the former league champions finished in 14th place with 24 points, 11 behind leaders Plateau United, after 19...
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    Wikki look to recoup after underwhelming outing last season

    Created Date: 04 November 2017Hist: 696
    By Joshua Tekidek Wikki Tourists have began preparation in earnest for the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after a disappointing performance in the last campaign. The fortunes of the club on the playing pitch nosedived following the departure of Abdu Maikaba who joined Akwa United at the start of last season's campaign as head coach having led them to top-four places in 2016 and 2015.
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