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Benue FA Chair visits Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors, donates cash, branded balls

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In a bid to demonstrate team spirit which the round-leather game represents, the Chairman of Benue State Football Association, Barr. Paul Edeh, on Saturday visited the officials and players of Lobi Stars as well as Abia Warriors in Lafia, venue of a rescheduled matchday 4 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

Accompanied by the BSFA Secretary Dr. Iorngulum Malu and other officials, Barr. Edeh who first met with Lobi Stars players and team members at their camp while describing the killings by armed robbers in Otukpo, Benue State as horrific and bizarre, explained that the one day postponement of their match was in line with the mourning mood of the entire people of Benue state.

He then told the players to see the period as a time for sober reflection and re-dedication of their service to the club for greater success.

Recalling the lasting damages and ripple effects Friday October 20, 2023 massacre of over 10 persons including serving Policemen dumped on Otukpo and environs, the FA Leader who broke down in tears said, “All my life while growing up in Otukpo environment where I had my primary and secondary education I neither witnessed nor heard of such wicked happening in the area.

“How can innocent people who left their houses in search of daily bread be wasted like this? All because a few young men of the underworld thought it was necessary to steal the joy of many families away and bring our dear state to its knees after raiding up to five banks and murdering many people. 

“I couldn’t sleep as I reflected on the extent of carnage brought upon a people for no reason whatsoever because an injury to one is an injury to all.

“I want to use this medium to thank the Chairman of NPFL, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye for sympathising with us and agreeing that the match be postponed, despite what it will cost, as a mark of honour to the victims who died for no .”

In their separate remarks, the Vice Chairman of Lobi Stars Dominic Iorfa and Captain of the Club Daniel Atasaka thanked Benue FA board, and reckoned that the visit and support have spurred the team to put in their best at all times.

At Abia Warriors’ camp, Barr. Edeh, together with Iorfa and BSFA Secretary, thanked the club for their understanding and solidarity at this critical time of the state.

Responding, the Club Sporting Director, Emeka Ifejiagwa, and Head Coach, Erasmus Onu, sympathised with Lobi Stars, BSFA and the entire football family in Benue state.

The BSFA Chairman later announced donation of N1.2 million naira and branded balls to both Clubs as a way to cushion the effect of the postponed match.

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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NFF appoints Manu Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

 

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

 

Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

 

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

 

The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

 

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