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NPFL: Sunshine Stars Host Heartland FC In Akure

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Heartland FC will take the search for their first win of the season to the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure where they are guest of Sunshine Stars on Saturday October 14th, 2023 in one of the Nigeria Premier Football League Matchday Three ties.

The Naze Millionaires got a 2-2 draw at home to Lobi Stars before the close 1-0 defeat to Plateau United in Jos in the league games they have played this season. The Owerri have all to play for in Akure knowing that barely three seasons ago they got a morale boosting draw at the same venue.

Heartland FC returned to Owerri from Jos on Tuesday after having a brief stop over at Otukpo, Benue State on Monday and the team had two training sessions on Wednesday to prepare for the game. The team headed to Akure on Thursday and will have the mandatory training session at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure on Friday at the official kick off time.

The Owerri side’s build up to the weekend league game has been very seamless and without hitches and it is expected that the team would translate it to success on Saturday in Akure. The support from the Imo State Government led by Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma through the Commissioner for Youth Sports and Social Development, Honourable Emeka Okoronkwo has been very massive.

Speaking to Heartland FC Media, the head coach, Heartland FC, Christian Obi tasked his players to be willing to take risks for the good of the team as they file out on Saturday against Sunshine Stars in Akure.

Obi who regretted a couple of near misses his team fluffed in Jos against Plateau United stated that with a little extra push, they could have left the Jos Road Stadium, Jos with at least a point.

He charged his players to perfect the errors noticed in the opening two games and ensure they play with everything they have with the zeal to return to Owerri with at least point if they are unable to claim the maximum points.

“I will say that the Plateau United boys were more determined than our boys. Their loss at Ibadan to Shooting Stars motivated them into playing the way they did. If they had dropped more home points against us,.it would have been a disaster from their own side. They were quicker to the ball than our boys it contributed to them having an edge over us in the game,” Obi said.

“European players take risks to achieve their aim of scoring. Patrick Nwogbaga was close to scoring for us. He would have have hit target with a little more effort.

“We have identified some of our problems in our last game and we are working on those areas. If we put things in order and correct our mistakes, we will get at least a point there.”

The former Flying Eagles goalkeeper to the 1983 FIFA U20 World Cup in Mexico confirmed the unavailability of Fabian Omaka and Rolland Koffi who are presently nursing injuries but disclosed that he has capable replacement to take their places.

“We have a few injuries here and there but the most important thing is that they are recovering. Fabian Omaka is out he is recovering and still on medication. Rolland Koffi is still on treatment table as well,” Obi added.

“We have other players around. Frank Erikan came in and he contributed his quota to the team. He didn’t do badly.”

Last Five Matches Between Sunshine Stars and Heartland FC

2-7-2022 Heartland 1-0 Sunshine Stars

2-3-2022 Sunshine Stars 3-1 Heartland

4-7-2021 Heartland 0-1 Sunshine Stars

21-2-2021 Sunshine Stars 1-1 Heartland

2-2-2020 Heartland 1-0 Sunshine Stars

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Eyimba FC International on expansionist mission- Ekwueme

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Nigerian professional football league and continental soccer record holders, Eyimba football club fc of Aba has commenced the

Nigerian professional football league and continental soccer record holders, Eyimba football club fc of Aba has commenced the implementation of an expansionist idea that would spread the club franchise, further past its current torrents, the club Sporting Director, ex intetnational , Ifeanyi Ekwueme has disclosed.

Ekwueme speaking in Kano last Tuesday,.further revealed that the club management under the pilot of Atlanta 96, Olympics football gold medalist, Kanu Nwankwo has embarked on the implementation of a newly designed development template that would stampede the influence of the club franchise on Nigerian, African and international football climes.

He said, Eyimba fc is a trademark that has excelled over time, Kanu Nwankwo regime currently at the helms of affairs at the club is building on the heroic achievements of the club by resorting to building bridges across Nigeria and beyond.

Ekwueme said ” we have signed partnership that involves exchange programmes, we are committed to coaches development mini and major projects

He further said ” we now have the requisite development structures, with our now in place youth football and semi professional talent development programmes , this is vital and critical.

” Eyimba is not a stagnant or zero football brand, we are a broad football brand, that is why, we are committed to partnerships that are results oriented and have them spread across Nigeria and extend same to the continent and beyond.

He averred that though there are challenges, the current leadership of the club is focused and committed towards surmounting the hurdles and posed to take the club to the zenith of club side football, where Eyimba fc is rightly believed to belong to.

Ekwueme appealed to the fans and their partners to keep faith with the Eyimba fc brand , stating that the club has witnessed enviable improvements in the area of football coorporate administration that he said is now yielding dividends and would continue to help the Aba football warlords to improve in the delivery of mandated club football services and business divdends expected by all stakeholders.

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Lagos State FA Congratulates Madiba, Inter Lagos, Ikorodu City, On NNL Play-offs Tickets

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The Lagos State Football Association ably led by Hajji Gafar Liameed, has congratulated the trio of Lagos State based football clubs, Madiba

The Lagos State Football Association ably led by Hajji Gafar Liameed, has congratulated the trio of Lagos State based football clubs, Madiba FC, Inter Lagos and Ikorodu City, for qualifying for the NNL Super 8 payoffs.

In the press statement, Hajji Gafar Liameed described the qualification of the teams, as remarkable and very commendable.

“Lagos State Football Association, the stakeholders and indeed, all lovers of the game are very happy over the feats of these teams, and of course, what it portends for the development of the game in Lagos State.

“As we earnestly look forward to big time and top level football matches in Lagos State in the next season, Lagos FA, shall continue to give technical and every other necessary supports to all clubs, for the benefits of game in the state.”

The board of the Lagos State Football Association, also expresses its profound appreciation to the Lagos State Government and its agencies, including the Lagos State Sports Commission, for providing the enabling environment for social activities and particularly, football to thrive in the state.

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Stormers FC will return to NNL soonest, Olopade Assures

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The Chairman / proprietor of Stormers Sports Club of Abeokuta, Chief Bukola Olopade, has promised that with proper restructuring, planning and complete dedication of the players and coaches of the team, the relegated Nigeria National League club will return to the professional league cadre, sooner than expected.

Stormers SC, at the end of the concluded NNL 2023/2024 season were relegated to the lower Nationwide League after ammassing a meagre 24 points in 22 matches in the Group A of the NNL.

The team’s below par NNL outing only saw them winning 7 matches, lost 12 and drew three games, only good enough for the bottom third position in a league of 12 teams.

Stormers SC scored 16 and conceded 10 goals, a performance not good enough to keep the team in the professional league, when compared with the NNL Group A Champions, Madiba FC, that finished with 40 points with the same number of matches in the league, won 18 games, lost 6 and drew 6.

Olopade, a former Commissioner of Youth and Sports in Ogun State, stated that, by all standards, Stormers SC’s performance was not befitting enough and he doesn’t have any option than to make positive changes in the team that would lead them to greatness.

Olopade said on Monday in his office in Lagos that: “The relegation of Stormers SC from the professional NNL to the amateur Nationwide, is failure on the part of the technical crew and the players.”

He noted that, with the new plan for the club ahead of the 2024/2025 campaign, he would ensure Stormers Sports Club return to the NNL sooner than anyone expects. Adding that :”The goal of the team is to get promoted back to the NNL and in record time step up to the premier league and play prominently in the Nigeria Professional Football League. I believe strongly this is possible with hard work and investment in young players who will believe their future is in the team.”

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