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NPFL: Rangers Storm Lafia For Tie Against Lobi Stars

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Rangers International F.C of Enugu is keen on maintaining its newfound form that has stretched to three-match unbeaten when it trades tackles with fierce neighbors, Lobi Stars F.C of Makurdi in a delayed match day 6, NPFL 2023/2024 fixture scheduled for the Lafia City Stadium, Thursday, November 2, 2023.

Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu will most likely be banking on the squad that decimated Kano Pillars 4-1 over the weekend as the ‘Flying Antelopes’ targets the scalp of the Benue giants, ‘Shoe Get Size’ under coach Eugene Agagbe.

With the likes of Godwin Obaje, Chukwudi Nwaodu, Chidiebere Nwobodo and Isaac Savior finding their rhythm, it would be difficult to stop the high-flying Antelopes from stopping the home side that parades such players as Orji Kalu, Madu Christian, Kumaga Suur, Moses Tsehuan, Francis Odinaka, Stephen Eneji, Oko Onyedika, and Godwin Aloa.

Coach Ilechukwu, in a chat, described the encounter as one with a lot of intrigues and interest as his wards are determined to come out with a positive result to maintain their good start to the season and regain the bragging rights over the Makurdi-based side stressing, “We know what we want to achieve at every point in time as we work towards achieving our set target for the season. We are positive about the outcome of our game in Lafia. Everywhere is home for Rangers as we have worked on our players to understand that and play our style of football always with the aim of coming out unscratched. Lobi may have been on top in head-to-head contest but we want to turn the tide around starting from this encounter in Lafia.”

Also speaking, defense Trojan, David Chimezie, said ahead of the crunch encounter, “We are very confident going into this fixture as we have worked hard and prepared to get a result in Lafia. No doubt, Lobi is a good side and would come at us with everything they have to carry the day but with the level of motivation and determination in us, we shall come out with a good result. We will fight well and won’t let our fans down.”

The host, Lobi Stars F.C is enjoying a superior ratio of wins in the twenty-six official matches involving both sides with sixteen wins. At the same time, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ have ten wins with six encounters ending in a draw just as the eight-goal thriller in Awka in the 2021/2022 season where Rangers defeated Lobi by 5-3, being the highest score in a single match involving the two clubs.

With ten goals from five matches and conceding six in the process for Rangers and netting seven times and leaking five at the back for Lobi in the same number of matches, football fans of Lafia and its environs are assured of quality football display from the two former continental teams under young managers.

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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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