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Shooting Stars’ Management Passes Vote of Confidence on Coach Ogunbote

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Sequel to calls by some people, on the Management of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), to review the performance of coach Gbenga Ogunbote, the management has thrown its weight behind the widely traveled gaffer.

 

Reacting to the questioning of the experienced handler technical abilities, the management in a statement, said coach Ogunbote, remains one of the best tactician in the country.

 

“We want to state unequivocally that we are solidly behind coach Gbenga Ogunbote, whose appointment was basically based on his track records as far as coaching is concerned in Nigeria

 

“Over the years, coach Ogunbote has handled notable clubs in the country, and he has also recorded indelible achievements with almost all the clubs.

 

“Going through his records, you will agree that the soft spoken, hard working sweat merchant has paid his dues in the handling of teams in the Nigerian league.

 

“On two ocassions, before his third coming here, Ogunbote had been here previously on rescue missions, which he carried out successfully.

 

“When he handled Sunshine Stars, it is on record that he took the team to the semi final stage of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup I. 2010 and 2011, having led the Akure gunners to pick continental slots while the team.

 

“Ogunbote, had performed similar feat with the defunct Sharks of Port Harcourt, which he saved from going on relegation some years back.

 

“In 2018, Ogunbote led Rangers International of Enugu to lift the Federation Cup in an astonishing manner, this qualifying the team for a continental tourney after years of such feat.

 

“Two seasons ago, before he was appointed the head coach of our darling team, the former Lobi Stars coach shocked bookmakers by guiding Remo Stars FC to a third place finish in the NFL and ultimately ensuring the Sky Blue Stars book a continental slot for the first time in their history.

 

“Our decision to appoint him as the gaffer was not borne out of sentiment but on the fact that his antecedents speak volume.

 

“In the ongoing season, the coach has continued to put in his best to ensure we get the desired result and so far so good, we are satisfied with his efforts.

 

“As as at Week 22 of the ongoing season, nine points separates us and the team topping the table and with 16 matches left to be played, we are optimistic that our goal is still realistic, hence our resolve to back the sweat merchant to continue with his job.

 

“At this point, we want to appeal to all our supporters and fans and stakeholders in general to please, give the management and the Gbenga Ogunbote led coaching crew more support, as we are all committed to ensuring that the ultimate goal set this season is realised.

 

“Any move that could cause distractions to the team should be avoided, instead all hands must on the deck, we should jon hands together to make it happen”.

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

Bendel Insurance head coach Monday Odigie has rejoined the team ahead of their Nigeria Premier Football League matchday 30 encounter against Kano Pillars.

Odigie has been away in the classroom to upgrade his knowledge.

His assistant, Greg Ikhenoba took charge of the team during his absence.

Bendel Insurance will host Kano Pillars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Tuesday.

The Benin Arsenals suffered their first home defeat in 17 years against Niger Tornadoes last weekend.

Insurance currently occupy the 10th position on the NPFL table.

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

The Nigeria National League, NNL, has appealed to cooperate organisations for funds to assist in the effective running of the second tier league.

NNL chairman, George Aluo noted that the unavailability of funds has hindered the progress of his administration.

“I must continue to express my appreciation to Alhaji Gusau for finding me worthy to serve as NNL chairman and a board member of the NFF,” he stated.

“My appeal is that corporate organizations should come to our aid and do what GTI is doing for the NPFL.

“We’re not saying they should give us money to put in our pockets. Let them take care of referees indemnity and once this is done, the referees will not be intimidated but rather be at their best and it will now be possible for teams to be winning more on the road as is presently being witnessed in the NPFL.”

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, has rearranged the matchday 30 fixtures, DAILY POST reports.

Three games were initially scheduled to take place on Saturday April 13th, 2024.

The games have now been moved to Sunday April 14th.

The matches affected are the ties involving Doma United and Remo Stars, Bendel Insurance versus Kano Pillars and the Oriental derby between Rangers and Abia Warriors.

The remaining matchday fixtures will be played on Tuesday, April 16th across all venues.

The NPFL Chief Operating Officer Davidson Owumi disclosed this in a memo sent to the affected
clubs.

Rangers currently occupy the top position in the NPFL table with 51 points from 29 games.

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