MFM FC head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has said his side's priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers when they meet at the Agege Stadium on Friday night.

The Nnewi-born tactician during a pre-match press conference on Thursday spoke about how important it is for his team to claim the maximum points at their home ground they have now nicknamed the Soccer Temple.

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By Abdul Raheem

Destiny Ashadi's stoppage time free kick in the first half proved just enough for Katsina United to defeat FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game on Wednesday to end their run of three draws on the spin.

The midfielder stepped up confidently to take the free kick and his first execution landed inside the net but the referee felt he beat the whistle and ordered a replay. Unfazed, Ashadi was destined to repeat same act as he took a few steps back after placing the ball and when the all clear whistle sounded, he made no mistake repeating what he had done minutes earlier.

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By Promise Etim

Bobby Clement's late header helped Rangers International of Enugu secure all three points against visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi in a 2-1 win in a rescheduled NPFL Matchday 7 fixture played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Wednesday.

After earning qualification to the next round of the CAF Champions League, Rangers coach Imama Amapakabo and his team switched attention to the domestic front with a view of putting their campaign back on track, following a disappointing start.

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It is always a special occasion when Kano Pillars and Rivers United go toe to toe in any football competition.

The two sides met twice in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season, and even though just two goals were scored in the two fixtures, the quality of football served is still talked about till this day.

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Remo Stars goalkeeper, Chizoba Ndukwe has expressed disappointment over his error against Lobi Stars in Sunday's Matchday 9 game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Ndukwe spilled Kingsley Eduwo's shot into the path of Anthony Okpotu for a simple tap in to score the equalizer in the 48th minute.

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By Ayo Olu Ibidapo

Ezekiel Bassey has said he is quickly adapting to life at FC Barcelona even as he expects to start playing official games for the Catalan giants immediately he secures his work permit.

The Enyimba winger was signed on loan by the five-time European champions in January for an initial six months' with the possibility of signing for an additional two years if he impresses at the club at the end of the current season.

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By Uchenna Iyoke

Hussaini Bata is excited after his lone strike secured El-Kanemi Warriors' first road victory in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) since 2013.

The teenage winger, on Sunday, passed the ball beyond Abia Warriors goalkeeper Agbor Ekoi after controlling Samuel Mathias' inch-perfect pass to hand his side a 1-0 win at the Umuahia Township Stadium and he now feels that the Maiduguri club need to put in more of such performances on the road if they intend to contend for the title this season.

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By Kanayo Jubal

Nasarawa United tried all they could in their Matchday 9 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Sunshine Stars in Lafia on Sunday, but Emmanuel Makama’s missed 86th minute penalty ensured the visitors held their ground and, in the end, forced a sharing of the points via a 1-1 draw.

The game began with the visitors dictating the pace of the game to the chagrin of the home fans, but slowly and, gradually, the hosts came back into the game, making a number of incursions into their foes’ half, only to be stopped time and time again by the visitors’ defence, marshalled by Oke Ogagotewho.

In the 15th minute, though, a loose ball fell to Thomas Zenke on the edge of Sunshine’s box, but the former Enyimba man blew it sky-high.

Five minutes later, Zenke combined with Olayinka Onaolapo in a one-two, only to lose the ball to Oke and Kelechi Ogoh.

In the 29th minute, a great opportunity fell to the visitors to get in front of their profligate hosts, but Samad Kadiri, their man saddled with the responsibility could not deal with it.

Two minutes later, Zenke, Buhari Jafar and Adamu Hassan were at it again, but when they laid the ball to Lordson Ichull, his header was too tame to trouble Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Henry Ayodele.

The first half ended, with both sides drawing blanks, but, in the 46th minute, the Sunshine Stars defence went to sleep; Onaolapo rose highest to meet Zenke’s cross and headed beyond Henry Ayodele, to put the home side ahead.

The goal was sparked a frenzy spell from both sides, as they peppered each other with incursions and engaged in continuous midfield battles, but it was the visitors who made the best of things, when, in the 58th minute, Sikiru Alimi was brought down on his way to goal and substitute Sunday Oluwadare walked up to tuck the free kick beyond Ayeleso and draw his side even.

Things continued to heat up as both sides continued to search for the winning goal, but in the 69th minute, Oluwadare found himself on the cusp of netting a second, but the opportunity was stolen from him when he was muscled off the ball.

In the 82nd minute, Ambrose Onyema was adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard box.

Nasarawa United skipper Makama Emmanuel walked up, took the kick, but misjudged Sunshine Stars substitute goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo, who comfortably parried it out, to the consternation of the home fans, who began to leave the stadium red-faced. Ojo had only replaced Ayodele who left the pitch injured.

The draw increases Sunshine Stars' points to nine while Nasarawa United just sit outside of the top half of the table with 10 points.

By Mohammed Suleiman

A late header from substitute Kayode Olaniran helped Shooting Stars to a 1-1 draw at the Muhammed Dikko Stadium also known as the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina, in a Nigeria Professional Football League week 9 encounter.

The home team started on the front foot, but the visitors also threatened on the break with Sunday Faleye and Abayomi Adebayo using their pace to good effect during fast counter attacks.

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By Kola Daniel

Niger Tornadoes saw their five match unbeaten run breached in Jos by league leaders, Plateau United in a fixture the Tornadoes coach admitted his side did not have the quality to win or even pick a point.

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