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Yobe Stars 1-1 Ifeanyi Ubah


Posted By Wole Opatola on 14 May, 2018
*MATCH REPORT: FC IFEANYIUBAH EXTENDS UNBEATEN RUN TO SIX WITH A VALUABLE POINT IN DAMATURU*


YOBE DESERT STARS 1 (AUTA PHILIP - 88')

FC IFEANYIUBAH. 1 (SEKA PASCAL - 45+1')


Seka Pascal's sublime goal in added time of the first half for his 6th of the season and Philip Auta's brilliant finish two minutes from time ensured both sides would share the spoils at the August 27th Stadium Damaturu in one of the match day 21 fixtures of the NPFL on Sunday.

Bosso's led technical crew maintained the same starting eleven that got a draw in a rescheduled match day 17 game against Enyimba FC in midweek save for Godwin Obaje who got the nod ahead of injured skipper Patrick Ikeokwu.

The early moments of the first stanza was a case of Goalkeeper Drissa Bamba against the Desert Warriors strikers as the assistant skipper who led the charges pulled off strings of brilliant saves to deny Asuquo Philip and Ohanachom Chinedu. A rampaging Seka Pascal and brilliant moves from Obaje Godwin coupled with deft touches from Chijioke Alaekwe and Ekene Awazie summed up the half but not without the moment of magic from Seka Pascal with a delightful lob in added time to ensure the Anambra Warriors would retire to the dressing room with a well deserved lead.

The second half commenced in a similar fashion as the first with the home side who were trailing coming out stronger, the possession football almost paid to their advantage with Philip Asuquo's shot coming off the woodwork in the 60th minute. A very alert Bamba denied Ohanachom Chinedu from a one-on-one situation in the 62th minute. Two minutes after, Obaje Godwin nearly doubled the led for the Warriors but for a close call with the offside flag raised against the one time NPFL highest goal scorer.

Energetic and skilful Msonter Tony five minutes from time almost took the game beyond the reach of the home side with his effort denied by the undulation of the pitch and Goalkeeper Paul Godwin palming his effort wide for a corner kick with the resultant effect cleared by the backline. Auta Philip scored two minutes from time to deny the Warriors all three points on the road.

Next up for the Anambra Warriors is Niger Tornadoes next Sunday in match day 22 but first an Nnewi derby sandwiching in between as the defending champions on Wednesday will start the defence of the trophy won last year when they play host to Nnewi United in the second round of the Neros Pharmaceuticals Anambra FA Cup.

Sunshine FC pip Heartland FC in relegation fight.


Posted By Wole Opatola on 14 May, 2018
Sunshine FC pip Heartland FC in relegation fight.*Sunshine Stars Subdue Heartland In Relegation Six-Pointer*

Alimi12' Sasere 22' | Omoniwari 46'

Two spectacular first half goals from Sikiru Alimi and Franklin Sasere powered Sunshine Stars to a 2-1 win over Heartland in a Nigeria Professional Football League match day 21 game at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.


Coach Henry Abiodun tinkered Sunshine Stars head into Sunday's tie looking for a first win in four matches, and were already up and running from the 12th minute of the relegation six-pointer through Alimi.


The striker controlled a Seun Olulayo's pass sideway to create space and pulled away from his marker superbly before volleying home his 6th goal of the season to hand the hosts an early lead.


And 10 minutes later Sasere doubled the advantage in a cold blood manner: he disposesed his former teammate, Ike ThankGod of the ball, moved through on goal and powered a low drive past Japhet Obudo's into the bottom right corner.


Sunshine Stars could have added more goals, but midfielders, Kehinde Adedipe and Anthony Omaka could not just find the the right footing when gifted with glaring chances, while Emmanuel curled an effort just wide at the stroke of half time.


Heartland halved the deficit a minute after the restart through Fortune Omoniware who headed past an on rushing Henry Ayodele during an aerial scuffle to set the stage for a tensed final period.


However the game failed to produce further goal despite the renew efforts of both sides, with Sunshine Stars closing out the contest for their first win since match day 17 to move out of the bottom four with 24 points.


At the post-match conference coach Abiodun commended his players for their efforts and reaffirmed his hope of steering Sunshine Stars clear of the drop zone in time for the world cup break.


_"Am happy for the win, congratulations to my players and the team. Football is a game of momentum, after Heartland's goal will have to ensure will put many things in check to secure the win. Again, I praised my boys for their efforts._


_"Yes, the win could be the turning point for us and I still hope we get out of the relegation fight before the world cup break. For us training resumes tomorrow's evening, we are going to Katsina to fight for the maximum points"_ Abiodun Stated.


Sunshine Stars have failed to keep a clean sheet since week eight, however a new mainstay in the defense, Kehinde Adeyemi who also faced the media after the win over Heartland vowed his side will keep working hard to find solidity at the back.


_"Am happy we won today. We believe so much in our ability as a team with God we will get more good results._


On conceding goals? _Football is a game of mistakes, without mistakes there will be no goal but we will keep working hard to correct and avoid mistakes."_ Adeyemi declared.


Eret Dokubo of Heartland at the post-match presser expressed disappointments in the outcome of the game, but remained upbeat of Heartland's survivor quest.


Dokubo stated: _"I am not happy with the outcome of the game, this is not a game we should lose. In the second half we risked it all and got a goal just after the restart and we had some more chances we fail to utilise._


_"I just came in and I believe with quality of players we have added to the team things will get better with and little work in some areas."_ Dokubo opined.


*Sunshine Stars XI:* Henry Ayodele, Chigozie Obasi, Seun Olulayo, Kehinde Adeyemi, Jide Fatokun; Yusuf Jaiyeola, Kehinde Adedipe Anthony Omaka; Sunday Emmanuel (Abiodun Joseph 61') Franklin Sasere (Yahuza Bala 83')  Sikiru Alimi


Reserves: David Ariyo, Niyi Adekunle, Ezekiel Boboye, Ezekiel Thompson, Alaba Adeniyi


*Caution:* Fatokun 31'


*Heartland XI:* Japhet Opubo, Onyebuchi Onyechefula, Adebayo Ayinde, Odera Onyiri (Nnamdi Egbujor 34'), Kenneth Ikwugbado, ThankGod Ike, Fuad Ekelojuoti (Chimankpa Onwuebuchi 73'), Moses Akinade (Nwadike Okey 47'), Fortune Omoniwari, Abiodun Thompson, Amaechi Orji


*Unsed Subs:* Ebele Obi, Macmarcel Obioha, Oparaugo Chukwudi

Sunshine FC pip Heartland FC in relegation fight.


Posted By Wole Opatola on 14 May, 2018
Sunshine FC pip Heartland FC in relegation fight.*Sunshine Stars Subdue Heartland In Relegation Six-Pointer*

Alimi12' Sasere 22' | Omoniwari 46'

Two spectacular first half goals from Sikiru Alimi and Franklin Sasere powered Sunshine Stars to a 2-1 win over Heartland in a Nigeria Professional Football League match day 21 game at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.


Coach Henry Abiodun tinkered Sunshine Stars head into Sunday's tie looking for a first win in four matches, and were already up and running from the 12th minute of the relegation six-pointer through Alimi.


The striker controlled a Seun Olulayo's pass sideway to create space and pulled away from his marker superbly before volleying home his 6th goal of the season to hand the hosts an early lead.


And 10 minutes later Sasere doubled the advantage in a cold blood manner: he disposesed his former teammate, Ike ThankGod of the ball, moved through on goal and powered a low drive past Japhet Obudo's into the bottom right corner.


Sunshine Stars could have added more goals, but midfielders, Kehinde Adedipe and Anthony Omaka could not just find the the right footing when gifted with glaring chances, while Emmanuel curled an effort just wide at the stroke of half time.


Heartland halved the deficit a minute after the restart through Fortune Omoniware who headed past an on rushing Henry Ayodele during an aerial scuffle to set the stage for a tensed final period.


However the game failed to produce further goal despite the renew efforts of both sides, with Sunshine Stars closing out the contest for their first win since match day 17 to move out of the bottom four with 24 points.


At the post-match conference coach Abiodun commended his players for their efforts and reaffirmed his hope of steering Sunshine Stars clear of the drop zone in time for the world cup break.


_"Am happy for the win, congratulations to my players and the team. Football is a game of momentum, after Heartland's goal will have to ensure will put many things in check to secure the win. Again, I praised my boys for their efforts._


_"Yes, the win could be the turning point for us and I still hope we get out of the relegation fight before the world cup break. For us training resumes tomorrow's evening, we are going to Katsina to fight for the maximum points"_ Abiodun Stated.


Sunshine Stars have failed to keep a clean sheet since week eight, however a new mainstay in the defense, Kehinde Adeyemi who also faced the media after the win over Heartland vowed his side will keep working hard to find solidity at the back.


_"Am happy we won today. We believe so much in our ability as a team with God we will get more good results._


On conceding goals? _Football is a game of mistakes, without mistakes there will be no goal but we will keep working hard to correct and avoid mistakes."_ Adeyemi declared.


Eret Dokubo of Heartland at the post-match presser expressed disappointments in the outcome of the game, but remained upbeat of Heartland's survivor quest.


Dokubo stated: _"I am not happy with the outcome of the game, this is not a game we should lose. In the second half we risked it all and got a goal just after the restart and we had some more chances we fail to utilise._


_"I just came in and I believe with quality of players we have added to the team things will get better with and little work in some areas."_ Dokubo opined.


*Sunshine Stars XI:* Henry Ayodele, Chigozie Obasi, Seun Olulayo, Kehinde Adeyemi, Jide Fatokun; Yusuf Jaiyeola, Kehinde Adedipe Anthony Omaka; Sunday Emmanuel (Abiodun Joseph 61') Franklin Sasere (Yahuza Bala 83')  Sikiru Alimi


Reserves: David Ariyo, Niyi Adekunle, Ezekiel Boboye, Ezekiel Thompson, Alaba Adeniyi


*Caution:* Fatokun 31'


*Heartland XI:* Japhet Opubo, Onyebuchi Onyechefula, Adebayo Ayinde, Odera Onyiri (Nnamdi Egbujor 34'), Kenneth Ikwugbado, ThankGod Ike, Fuad Ekelojuoti (Chimankpa Onwuebuchi 73'), Moses Akinade (Nwadike Okey 47'), Fortune Omoniwari, Abiodun Thompson, Amaechi Orji


*Unsed Subs:* Ebele Obi, Macmarcel Obioha, Oparaugo Chukwudi

Federation Cup: Enyimba, Dolphin, Gombe unleash fireworks in Ilorin


Posted By Wole Opatola on 30 June, 2011
Federation Cup: Enyimba, Dolphin, Gombe unleash fireworks in IlorinThe Draw for the group stage of this yearâs Federation Cup competition was made in Abuja on Thursday, with Premier League clubs Enyimba FC (last yearâs runners-up), Dolphin and Gombe finding themselves in the same pool.

FIFA set to probe NPL elections


Posted By Wole Opatola on 17 August, 2010
FIFA set to probe NPL electionsThe world football governing body, FIFA has acknowledged receipt of a protest letter regarding the Nigeria professional league election.

Kaduna United are new FA CUP kings


Posted By Wole Opatola on 16 August, 2010
Kaduna United are new FA CUP kingsKaduna United dethroned Enyimba as Nigeria's cup champions over the weekend with a 3-2 penalty shoot out victory.

League Top Scorer heads to Holland


Posted By Wole Opatola on 11 August, 2010
League Top Scorer heads to HollandHighest goals scorer in the just concluded Nigeria premier league, Ahmed Musa is set to join a dutch clubside, VV Venlo.

Enyimba are Super 4 kings


Posted By Wole Opatola on 09 August, 2010
Enyimba are Super 4 kingsEnyimba football club of Aba became the 2010 Super 4 champions even with a game to go in the just concluded Super 4 championship.

Rain disrupts Super 4


Posted By Wole Opatola on 09 August, 2010
Rain disrupts Super 4Heavy downpour Sunday, mared the closing day of the Super 4 championship as fans failed to turn up.

Enyimba, Sunshine record wins


Posted By Wole Opatola on 07 August, 2010
Enyimba, Sunshine record winsEnyimba football club of Aba are almost home and dry in the ongoing Super 4 finals taking place in Ijebu-Ode.
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