By China Acheru

Godwin Obaje scored a goal in each half to hand his club, FC Ifeanyiubah a comfortable 2-0 win over Kano Pillars on Sunday.

In the 13th minute, Godwin Obaje connected a low cross from King Osanga and his carefully weighted shot found the top left corner for the first goal of the game.

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By Sanipe Damiete

Abia Warriors put up a scintillating performance to beat Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions Rangers International 4-0 and complete the double over their Oriental rivals on Sunday.

Obi Samson, Anthony Okemmiri and Sunday Adetunji with a brace all found their names on the score sheet as they made light work of the Flying Antelopes that seem lost in the forest as they fail to find their swiftness on the day.

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The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) enters its 21st matchday after the first matchday of the second round produced shock results. However four of the league's stars are on international duties, a number of suspension and the battle for the leadership and relegation on the cards.

All ten games will take place on Sunday with FC Ifeanyiubah versus Kano Pillars in focus.

Four of the league's top performers are on international duties with the Super Eagles. Stephen Odey, Alhassan Ibrahim, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are away with the Nigerian men's national team.

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Latching on to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) regulations to promote youth football, Henry Makinwa, coach of ABS FC, has listed 18-year-old Chidi Ogbodo in the club's squad list for the Matchday 21 fixture in Uyo against Akwa United on Sunday.

Makinwa, one of the new generation coaches in the league said he has listed the teenager because the future of the club belongs to the youths.

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By Wale Mustapha

Abubakar Chindo has urged his club ABS FC to build on their first round performance in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to cap a wonderful return to the top division.

ABS FC gained promotion to the apex league in Nigeria for the second time in the 2016/17 league campaign after they were relegated to the second tier division three seasons ago.

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By China Acheru

Attacking winger Sikiru Olatunbosun has sensationally revealed that he once used to play organised baseball before he made a shift to football.

Olatunbosun who now plays for Lagos-based MFM FC told npfl.ng that it was the lack of popularity in baseball that made him switch to the more illustrious football.

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By Fisayo Dairo

Rangers left it late to secure victory over troubled Gombe United in Sunday's Match Day 20 encounter in Enugu. It took the brilliant intervention of home boy Ebuka Okeke to score the game's winner after 93 minutes to send the home fans celebrating.

Godwin Aguda had replied Waheed Afolabi's shocking opener for the visitors in first half stoppage time but with both teams poised to end another tumultuous clash in stalemate just like in the reverse fixture in Gombe, substitute Okeke who had been lively since he came on for Bobby Clement just before the hour mark received the ball from Omo Johnson down the left flank, beat two of his markers on the run before opening himself up to curl home the winner into the bottom corner.

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The Kwara Football Academy (KFA) has announced scholarship awards to two products of the football school who were in the squad that played and won the inaugural NPFL Under-15 Promises with Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC U-15 team.

The two players are William Oni and Christopher Omomeji.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Kale Ayo, announced the scholarship on Tuesday during a reception organised by the academy for the players.

Ayo said the state governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, was happy with the performance of the team, hence the reason he approved the award of the scholarship and described them as worthy ambassadors of the academy.

The commissioner who advised the beneficiaries to continue to combine sports with education, pledged that the state government will continue to give priority to grassroots sports development.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Elder Ayobola Samuel, said the government has realised the potential of the academy, hence it has returned it to the ministry and disclosed that the ministry has resolved to turn around the fortunes of the academy and return it to its old glory days.

The administrator of the academy, Kunle Ayantola, in his welcome address, said he has always had confidence that students of the school will bring home glory whenever they go out to compete.

He explained that the two boys had been awarded full scholarships throughout their secondary education.

Ayantola advised them to continue to take their education serious as it is very important to combine both sports and education.

He assured the parents that the academy will continue to develop their children to an enviable position.

One of the parents of the awardees, Mr Shola Oni, who spoke on behalf of the parents, thanked the institution for the opportunity offered their children.

He said the parents will forever be grateful for the gesture by the state government.

Nigeria’s lone survivor in Caf’s interclub competition, Rivers United have returned to reckoning in the CAF Confederation Cup after recording a 1-0 win over Moroccan club, Faith Union de Sportive (FUS) Rabat on Wednesday.

Emeka Atuloma scored the game’s decisive goal, 18 minutes from the end, turning home Zoumana Doumbia’s free kick with the FUS defence failing to clear their lines, to hand three crucial points to the hosts.

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Akwa United duo of Alhassan Ibrahim and Abdu Maikaba have been named League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager for April respectively following their outstanding performances in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the month under review.

Alhassan emerged winner of the player's award for April after seeing off challenges from the trio of Chinedu Udechukwu of Katsina United, Nasarawa United defender Yinka Onaolapo and Lobi Stars forward Anthony Okpotu.

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