- Published on Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:08
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By Andrew Randa
When it rains, it pours says the adage and this can be used to describe Plateau United captain Elisha Golbe.
Much unheralded in his career and under the radar for a better part of it, he is on the cusp of being a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champion - in fact, if Plateau United can get a point against Rangers International on Sunday and MFM fail to win at El-Kanemi Warriors, Golbe will lift the trophy as captain.
It will be a season of blessings for the bulky defender who can also play in midfield. He has gone double Dutch after being handed his first-ever national call-up at any level by Salisu Yusuf’s CHAN team and now, it is just days away from having a title ring.
- Published on Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:39
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By Clement Nwankpa Jr
Unless Lobi Stars' Anthony Okpotu re-enacts Emem Eduok's 2014 form against FC Ifeanyiubah on final day, Mfon Udoh's record 23 goals in a season is on the verge of surviving a third season.
In 2014, Emem Eduok, then donning the colours of Dolphins (now Rivers United), scored all six goals as Dolphins beat Nembe City 6-0. That is still a league record as no other player has scored six times in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game. That feat at the time took Eduok's tally to 19. Eduok would score Dolphins consolation in a 1-3 loss to Bayelsa United the next matchday to grab his 20th.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 17:18
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By Wale Mustapha
Ahead the last matchday of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC coach, Henry Makinwa undertook a self-assessment of his side’s performance and rated it as successful by the team’s set objectives.
He did not exactly say what that objective is or are but it is general knowledge that the club are on the brink of being relegated to the lower division with a match away to Nasarawa United.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 13:46
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By Harry Iwuala
Dateline: October 2, 2016. The surge of human and vehicular traffic on the popular Ogui Road stretched to the Otigba junction coming from the left side of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. It has sometime in the course of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season been nicknamed the Cathedral.
They were all headed to the stadium with different banners but all proclaiming ‘Rangers International, another champion.' By the end of the evening when Rangers defeated El-Kanemi Warriors to lift their first league title in 32 years, there were over 25,000 fans inside the dome and many more outside.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:44
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By Clement Nwankpa Jr
Enyimba's chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu's countenance after Rangers forced his boys to a 1-1 draw in Enugu spoke volumes. You would expect him to be happy after news emerged that Akwa United had lost in Ibadan but he, obviously had other ideas.
Shooting Stars beating Akwa thrust Enyimba into third position, needing a win of any sort against Katsina United on the last day to book a CAF Confederation Cup ticket irrespective of what happens in Uyo. That his boys got a result Akwa United failed to get in Ibadan should make Anyansi-Agwu one of the happiest men around the arena but his mood was shockingly different.
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