An oriental derby is on the cards in the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup as Rangers square up against Heartland in one of the competition’s Round of 32 Men’s fixtures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Rangers International FC, Enugu versus Heartland FC, Owerri game will hold on Aug. 3 at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Kickoff is 4.00 p.
Rangers have the bragging over their rival going into the derby clash, after handing Heartland a back-to-back defeat at the just-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Flying Antelopes are looking for redemption after their push for a continental ticket in the NPFL failed to see the light of the day.
They will therefore take this game as a make-or-break affair, as they intend to end their campaign with a trophy in their cabinet.
NAN also reports that Rangers last won the oldest club competition in the country in 2018. In another round of 32 fixtures, two NPFL giants are set to clash as Niger Tornadoes brace up against Enyimba International of Aba in Ijebu Ode. The Ikon Allah Boys do battle against the Elephants, the most successful team in the NPFL in what promises to be a cracking game.
However, on recent form, Niger Tornadoes will feel they can nick this one after holding Enyimba to a 1-1 draw in Aba, before edging the reverse fixture at home 2-1 in the 20212022 NPFL season.
ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES (MEN) Bayelsa United Vs Green Beret– Enugu – (030822) – 2 00 p.
m. Enyimba International Vs Niger Tornadoes– Ijebu-Ode – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Doma United Vs Lobi Stars– Jos – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Akure City Academy Vs Bendel Insurance Feeders– Nnewi – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Rangers Int’l Vs Heartland FC– Benin City – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Sunshine Stars Vs Rovers FC– Aba – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Cynosure FC Vs Katsina United– Makurdi – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Remo Stars Vs Akwa United– Enugu – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Kogi United Vs Kanta United– Minna – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. DMD FC Vs Housing Corporation – Abuja – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Zamfara United Vs Kano Pillars – Kaduna – (030822) – 2.00 p.
m. Fulfill FC Vs El-Kanemi Warriors– Gombe – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Kwara United Vs Wikki Tourists– Abuja – (030822) – 4pm Bendel Insurance Vs Ottasolo FC– Ilorin – (030822) – 4.00 p.
m. Sokoto United Vs Nasarawa United– Kaduna – (030822) – 4.00 p.
Dakkada FC already qualified for Round of 16 ROUND OF 16 FIXTURES (WOMEN) Bayelsa Queens Vs Niger Amazons – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. (Venue TBD) Abruka Queens Vs Abia Angels – Benin City – 040822 – 4 00 p.
m. Naija Ratels Vs Nasarawa Amazons – Jos – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. Immaculate Queens Vs Confluence Queens – Makurdi – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. Honey Badgers Vs Delta Queens – Owerri – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. Heartland Queens Vs Dannaz Ladies – Warri – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. Osun Babes Vs Royal Queens – Abuja – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. Edo Queens Vs Awka Robo Queens – 040822 – 4.00 p.
m. (Venue TBD).
The battle for a national title and a 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup ticket heightens this weekend as competition in the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup enters the round of 64.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the annual national football competition began on Tuesday with the preliminary round fixtures.
The qualifiers have now advanced to the round of 64 to face some of the seeded teams, which include several former national FA Cup and Federation Cup winners.
Those in this category include the likes of Enyimba International of Aba, Niger Tornadoes of Minna, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, Rangers International of Enugu and Heartland FC of Owerri.
Others are El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, Bendel Insurance FC of Benin and Nasarawa United of Lafia.
They are also clubsides whose campaign in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) failed to yield either the title or a ticket to play on the continent next season.
Now, they have to contend with the likes of Gombe United, Sunshine Stars of Akure, Katsina United, Akwa United of Uyo, Kwara United of Ilorin and Abia Warriors of Umuahia.
They will all jostle for the remaining continental club competition ticket, with the contest becoming stiffer with the surprise element brought into it by the so-called underdogs.
Just like last year when Nigeria National League (NNL) side Bayelsa United of Yenagoa won the competition, the lower league sides are like a red light to the top-flight sides.
This time around, 26 NNL sides, as well as 15 Nationwide League One (NLO) and 15 non-league clubs, began the contest with 17 NPFL sides.
Nine of them dropped out in the preliminary round, leaving behind 64 for the first round to be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday across the country.
With the likes of NPFL champions Rivers United of Port Harcourt, Jos-based Plateau United and Ikenne-based Remo Stars, who already have continental competition tickets, still being involved, a hell-of-a-fight looms.
From the fixtures, the biggest of the battles should be in Owerri and Ikenne, going by the status of the teams involved.
However, with the surprise element usually associated with every Cup competition, anything can happen.
In the women’s competition, defending champions Bayelsa Queens of Yenagoa will still remain the favourites to claim the title going by their new status.
They won the 20212022 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership, and still look good enough to maintain their dominance.
But Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt will be looking to emulate their state-owned counterparts Rivers United who have now been reaping several benefits for winning a national title.
Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia, Delta Queens of Asaba and Edo Queens of Benin are also seeking national relevance and the Cup competition can offer them a route to that.
NAN reports that while the men’s competition will see qualifiers advancing to the Round of 32, the women’s competition offers passage into the Round of 16.
THE FIXTURESRound of 64 (Men) —– Bayelsa United vs Osevan FC – Aba (Saturday – 4 p.
m) EFCC FC vs Green Beret FC – Minna (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Enyimba International vs Ijebu United – Benin (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Dreams FC vs Niger Tornadoes – Enugu (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Apex Crane FC vs Doma United – Old Parade Ground, Abuja (Saturday – 2 p.
m) ABS FC vs Lobi Stars – Kaduna (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Nnewi United vs Akure City Academy – Warri (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Insurance Feeders vs Dannaz FC – Ilorin (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Rangers International vs ABJ FC – FIFA Goal Project, Abuja (Sunday – 4 p.
m) JM Liberty vs Heartland FC – Calabar (Saturday – 4 p.
m) FRSC FC vs Adoration FC – Ilorin (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Rivers United vs Dakkada FC – Owerri (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Sunshine Stars vs Osun United – Ikenne (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Rovers FC vs Gombe United – Makurdi (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Mailantarki FC vs Cynosure FC – Makurdi (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Saki United vs Katsina United – Minna (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Remo Stars vs ?
– Asaba (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Essien Ayi FC vs Akwa United – Aba (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Mighty Jets vs Kogi United – FIFA Goal Project, Abuja (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Kanta United vs Kebbi United – Sokoto (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Plateau United vs DMD FC – Gombe (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Housing Corporation vs Jigawa Golden Stars – Minna (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Zamfara United vs Gamji Eaglets – Jos (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Kano Pillars vs Junior Niger Tornadoes – Kaduna (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Fulfill FC vs Olukismet FC — Makurdi (Saturday – 2 p.
m) El-Kanemi Warriors vs Kun Khalifat – Old Parade Ground, Abuja (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Yobe Desert Stars vs Kwara United – Ranch Bees Stadium, Kaduna (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Wikki Tourists vs Junior Pillars – Damaturu (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Bendel Insurance vs Junior Katsina United – FIFA Goal Project, Abuja (Saturday – 2 p.
m) Ottasolo FC vs Abia Warriors – Warri (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Ekiti United vs Sokoto United – Minna (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Eaglets FC vs Nasarawa United – ABS, Kaduna (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Round of 32 (Women) —– Bayelsa Queens vs ?
(Sunday – 2 p.
m) Brave Heart Ladies vs Niger Amazons – Lokoja (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Abruka Queens vs Paragon Soccer Academy – Benin City (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Abia Angels vs Ekiti Queens – Asaba (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Naija Ratels vs Rivers Angels – Enugu (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Imo Angels vs Nasarawa Amazons – Ilorin (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Immaculate Queens vs Maureen Madu FC – Benin City (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Salem City FC vs Confluence Queens – Ilorin (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Gallant Queens vs Honey Badgers FC – Area 3, Abuja (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Castmog FC vs Delta Queens – Ilorin (Saturday – 4 p.
m) Sunshine Queens vs Heartland Queens – Warri (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Crystal Stars vs Dannaz Ladies – Enugu (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Moje Queens vs Osun Babes – Ekiti (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Joy FC vs Royal Queens FC – Owerri (Sunday – 2 p.
m) Ibom Angels vs Edo Queens – Owerri (Sunday – 4 p.
m) Awka Angels vs FC Robo Queens – Warri (Monday – 4 p.
Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles are returning to life and consequently international competition with a fixture against Libya in July.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this followed the confirmation of their fixture by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The Nigerian side will battle Libya in a two-leg playoff for a spot at this year’s Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be hosted by Mozambique.
They are two-time African champions, having won the then African Beach Soccer Championship in 2007 and 2009, and were runners-up in 2010.
The team also reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Italy in 2011, losing to Brazil after extra time.
NAN reports that Mozambique will host this year’s Beach Soccer AFCON from Oct. 21 to Oct. 30.
The playoffs will have the first leg holding from July 22 to July 24 and the second leg holding from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7.
All seven winners of the two-leg playoffs will join hosts Mozambique at the finals.
The two finalists in Mozambique will represent Africa at next year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
ALL THE FIXTURES (First-named teams to host the first leg matches)
Seychelles Vs Madagascar
Comoros Vs Uganda
Malawi Vs Tanzania
Libya Vs Nigeria
Cote d’Ivoire Vs Morocco
Cameroon Vs Senegal
Ghana Vs Egypt
There is no doubting the fact that the 2019/2020 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season is gradually becoming something to behold.
Not the least among reasons for this is the fact that it is the first 380 matches series the league would witness in three years.
Shocking results, eye-catching football artistry and unexpected formulations are some of the metrics that have left fans and stakeholders in the league with surreal palpitations every match day.
This is in view of the fact that no one knows where the day’s shocking results would emerge from.
The fact that no team has a 100 percent home record after eight home games apiece is enough to throw up some interesting permutations ahead of any match day, Match Day 17 inclusive.
As it is, three teams are now fighting neck-to-neck at the top of the table as we approach the half way mark of this marathon-like event.
Plateau United went back to the summit in style on Sunday after mercilessly smashing Adamawa United 5-0 in Jos.
But Abdu Maikaba’s men know quite alright that only a win away to MFM FC in Lagos can guarantee their stay on top of the table for the next week.
This is because their leadership rivals have home matches to execute.
Lobi Stars stayed on top for just four days after Dakkada FC held Gbenga Ogunbote’s side to a 0-0 draw in Makurdi last Sunday, their first points dropped at home this season.
They, however have another home game to negotiate on Sunday, this time against hapless North Central opponents Nasarawa United who remain entangled in relegation mess.
Rivers United are the other team sharing top spot with 28 points alongside Plateau United (and Lobi Stars) and they have a date with Wikki Tourists in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Wikki Tourists have claimed four points out of a possible six under new coach Usman Abd’Allah.
They will now be hoping to add more against a Rivers United side they have beaten in their last three league meetings.
Rivers United are however yet to lose at home this term.
There is a top half of the table contest between Akwa United and Heartland at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.
Both sides have overcome their poor starts to the season and just one point separates them in 7th and 9th respectively.
The hosts have lost their last two matches by 0-2 score line and must be at their best to have a chance against Heartland who have kept clean sheets in their last three matches.
Kano Pillars are in an unbelievable 11-match unbeaten sequence and they will further stake that in Akure against Sunshine Stars.
The Owena Whales on their own are no small fish as well and currently are unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three of those.
Kabiru Dogo’s men should provide the sternest threat yet to the former champions’ unbeaten run on Sunday.
Adamawa United are one of just seven clubs to have changed coaches this term but they are still praying for a change in fortunes.
They face Kwara United at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe in search of their first win in eight outings.
Any result other than a win might surely put paid to their survival hopes, even before the halfway mark.
Katsina United will host FC IfeanyiUbah, seeking to earn that win that should take them into the top half of the table.
FC IfeanyiUbah will also be hoping to arrest their away hoodoo which has seen them lose their last seven away games in the league.
Another game on Sunday will see Abia Warriors entertain Warri Wolves in Umuahia, with Wolves midfielder Mark Daniel returning to the club which gave him his NPFL bow last season.
But all eyes will be on Wolves forward Charles Atshimene and Warriors lanky star Lukman Bello.
Match Day 17 action starts with a Saturday afternoon game in Uyo between Dakkada FC and Jigawa Golden Stars at the Nest of Champions.
Dakkada were humiliated by Kwara United in their last home game.
But they can take solace from achieving what no other side in the league have done last Sunday —- stopping Lobi Stars from winning in Makurdi.
MATCH DAY 17 FIXTURES
Dakkada FC vs Jigawa Golden Stars
Abia Warriors vs Warri Wolves
Enyimba vs Rangers (Postponed)
Katsina United vs FC IfeanyiUbah
Akwa United vs Heartland
Sunshine Stars vs Kano Pillars
Adamawa United vs Kwara United
MFM FC vs Plateau United
Rivers United vs Wikki Tourists
Lobi Stars vs Nasarawa United.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi)
NNN: Rangers International FC of Enugu has appealed to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a change of time fixed for the group matches scheduled to kick off on December 1.
The Media Officer of the club, Norbert Okoli, made the appeal in a statement issued on Saturday in Enugu.
Okoli stated that the General Manager of the club, Davidson Owumi, had dispatched a letter of appeal to the African football-ruling body through the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
He quoted the Owumi as saying: “We understand and appreciate the fact that CAF reserves the right to fix time for matches from the group stage of the club competition.
“But we find it extremely difficult to factor in the 14:00 hours (2 p.m.) time it has picked for us due largely to the humidity of the season.
“Playing our scheduled matches at the time fixed will lead to loss of revenue and punishment for the players who are the main actors on the pitch.”
Owumi was quoted to have also said that spectators “would be sun-baked, if they turn up for the matches, with temperature reaching as high as 40 degree centigrade in an artificial turf.’’
Okoli said that for fair play to be seen to be practised, the management had appealed to the relevant body (CAF) “to positively look into the appeal and revert to the normal 16:00 hours (4 p.m.)
“Fans of the club have come to know 4 p.m. as kickoff time for matches and for the health of the footballers and spectators,’’ he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Rangers will be host to Egyptian side, Pyramid, on Sunday, December 1, in the first game of the CAF Confederations Cup group stage at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
(Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Sam Oditah)
Lawrence Katken, NNL’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), in a circular to the clubs said the scheduled playoff matches would last for 90 minutes each.
He said in the case of drawn matches, penalty shootouts would be used to determine the winners.
“In order to determine the four clubs that will qualify for the NNL Super 4 tournament, playoff matches have been scheduled for the qualifiers from the season’s eight groups,” the circular stated.
The playoffs will hold at four venues, namely: the Jos Township Stadium, Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
All four playoff matches will take place on July 24.
According to the fixtures, NAF FC of Abuja will take on Jigawa Golden Stars of Hadeija at the Jos Township Stadium.
FRSC FC of Abuja will tackle Adamawa United of Yola at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan will confront Akwa Starlets FC of Uyo at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Also, Dynamite FC of Benin will do battle against Warri Wolves at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The four winners will proceed to the NNL Super 4 tournament scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 3 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
He made the call as he tries to defy the odds and keep the Welsh club in the Premier League.
Woods completed one of the greatest sporting comebacks on Sunday when he claimed his fifth Masters title, 11 years after winning his last major championship.
A final round resurgence earned Woods another Green Jacket and Warnock said Cardiff also needed to rediscover their spark with five games remaining in the season.
“We’ve just got to look at the golf, and look at what he’s done, Tiger, which was amazing and nobody had given him a chance either,” Warnock told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s relegation
`six-pointer’ against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It’s an opportunity for us to give ourselves a chance until the end of the season. We have to grab that.”
Cardiff travel to the Amex Stadium five points adrift of the safety zone and relegation rivals Brighton.
Their opponents have a game in hand and sit one place above the Welsh side in 17th.
“We’ve had that many kicks in the teeth in the last four months (and) we keep bouncing back really,” Warnock added.
“And obviously over the last few weeks we have felt sorry for ourselves a few times and we haven’t got time to do that now. We have to give it our best shot and if it’s not good enough we’ll accept it.”
Defeat at Brighton would leave Cardiff seemingly doomed to an immediate return to the Championship, with their season run-in including daunting fixtures against league leaders Liverpool and fifth-placed Manchester United.
Cardiff have come out on the wrong side of refereeing decisions in recent weeks.
They had a penalty kick appeal turned down in a 2-0 loss at Burnley on Saturday, two weeks after conceding an equaliser against Chelsea which was widely viewed as offside.
The English Football Association (FA) charged Warnock for his post-match comments about the officials after the 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea.
The 70-year-old confirmed that he is appealing against three breaches of FA Rule E3 for bringing the game into disrepute.
European football’s governing body said, ahead of Friday’s draw, that this was as a result of a decision by local authorities.
It said it would amend the scheduling if both Manchester clubs are drawn to play their home games in the same week.
UEFA said Manchester United, who finished below champions Manchester City in the English Premier League last season, would have their fixture reversed.
The quarter-final first leg matches will be played on April 9 and April 10 with the return legs scheduled for April 16 and April 17.
“Following a decision made by relevant local authorities, Manchester City and Manchester United cannot play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights,” UEFA said.
“Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence (home or away), the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season — in this case United — will be
reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.
“In accordance with paragraph 21.01(b) of the UEFA Champions League regulations, the UEFA administration will determine which matches will be played on Tuesday, which matches on Wednesday.”
UEFA said that the same rule would apply should both teams advance to the semi-finals.
There is also the possibility that derby rivals Manchester United and Manchester City could face each other in the quarter-finals.
By Tomisin Erogbogbo
Lagos, Feb. 8, 2019 ( NNN) A 32-year-old caretaker, Adewale Rasaq, who allegedly reconstructed his employer’s house without her consent on Friday appeared before a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Rasaq, who resides at No. 2 Folarin St., Badore, Agah, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of unlawful damage to property and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Hafsat Ajibode, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Oct. 24, 2018 at No. 25 Bode Olajumoke St., Ogidan, Ajah, Lagos.
She said that the defendant, who was put in charge of a six-bedroom duplex, unlawfully damaged the fixtures and fittings in the duplex worth N2 million, property of Mrs Taiwo Yusuf.
Ajibode said that the defendant restructured the building by dividing the six-bedroom duplex into eight rooms without the consent of Yusuf.
The offences contravened Sections 166 (d) and 332 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports Section 166 (d) attracts a fine of N40,000 or three months imprisonment, while Section 332 prescribes seven- year imprisonment for offenders.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, admitted the defendant to N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Elias directed that one of the sureties should be a relation of the accused, while the other surety should be a community leader.
The case was adjourned the case until Feb 19 for mention. (NNN)
Edited by Edith Bolokor/Tajudeen Atitebi
London, Feb. 7, 2019 (Reuters/NNN) Qatar have moved up to 55th in the FIFA world rankings, their best position in 26 years, after their breakthrough Asian Cup triumph in the United Arab Emirates last week.The 2022 World Cup hosts’ remarkable run at the continental championship saw them winning all seven games and conceding only one goal.This has now allowed them to move up 38 places from 93rd in the world.Qatar beat regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea on their way to the final, where they stunned four-times champions Japan 3-1.The Qataris are still only the fifth-highest ranked team from Asian Football Confederation, behind Iran (22), Japan (27), South Korea (38) and Australia (42).Belgium continue to lead the world rankings ahead of last year’s World Cup winners France and Brazil.There were no changes to the top 20 due to the lack of fixtures involving teams from the European and South American confederations.(Reuters/NNN)