By Osondu Ngude

Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi has not minced words in stating that his mission at the Akure club still remains to help them to beat drop from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the end of this season.

Udi's men saw their stocks rise in midweek when they stunned one of the big hitters Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt through Ezekiel Thompson's well-taken goal.

The Akure Gunners trainer has now promised that his team will continue to fight on till the last day of the season in order to avoid being relegated.

Read more: Udi vows to save Sunshine Stars from relegation  

One of Remo Stars young players Chisom Kenneth has expressed delight at making his first bow at the senior level for his club in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season, and is now raring to get more time as a first-team player.

The 17-year-old featured in his club's 1-1 draw with Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) at the Gateway International Stadium in Sagamu on Wednesday.

“It is amazing, a great feeling,” Kenneth told Remo Stars Media. “I’m delighted to have been able to make my debut and contribute my quota to the draw we played on Wednesday in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Read more: Remo Stars youngster Kenneth keen for more outing after NPFL debut  

By Clement Nwankpa Jr

Matchday 30 recorded some interesting results as the battle for the title, continental slots and survival got fiercer. Here are 10 things we learnt...

(1) FOR ABS FC, RELEGATION BATTLE IS REAL
ABS' dip in form and fortunes is amazing. The Saraki Boys had started the season on a high maintaining a top-four place for a long while. Not many would have predicted they would be in this precarious situation. But after picking one in the last nine points, they are now in 18th place and face the threat of heading back to NNL. They lost 0-1 to Wikki, who in contrast, has a better run since the second stanza. ABS are in a position Wikki languished for the better part of the first stanza.

Read more: Matchday 30: Ten things we learnt  

•Club to pay Amakapabo over N16.7m in compensation
•LMC orders coach to return Rangers properties

Rangers International FC and the club Secretary, Elder Joseph Onwukwe has been charged with infractions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Rules and Framework in the course of mediation proceedings in the dispute between the club and its former coach, Imama Amapakabo.

The League Management Company (LMC) has subsequently levied sanctions on the club and the official with Rangers fined N5m and Onwukwe banned from all NPFL activities for a period of one year.

The LMC also directed Rangers to pay the sacked Coach various sums including N14,560,000 representing his salaries for April to October 2017 and compensation for wrongful termination, N1,600,000 representing his salary for November and December 2016, N600,000 which represents arrears of allowances and bonuses and $725 which is international travel allowance owed Amapakabo.

Read more: Rangers, official sanctioned for breaches in mediation proceedings with former coach  

By Fred Edoreh

Ekene Awazie's 92nd minute equalising header for Remo Stars deflated the cheers of Shooting Stars who had stormed Sagamu for the NPFL Matchday 30 encounter in search of a crucial away win to steer the club safe from relegation.

For Awazie, it was a befitting reception for his girlfriend who travelled down from Lagos to Sagamu (a 45-minute drive) for the first time to watch him at work.

An euphoric Awazie had ran up the terraces to celebrate the goal with his fiancée, Victoria.

Read more: A fiancée's presence gifts Remo Stars equalizer against Shooting Stars  

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