Coal City Football League kicks-off with preliminary stage in Enugu< 2022 edition of the Coal City Football League known as “Boulu Ogbe season three, has kicked off with 14 teams battling in the play-off stage.
In a match played inside the Ngwo Park field, Enugu on Tuesday, Nsukka team overpowered Maryland team by 4-3 while Umuchigbo thrashed Abakpa 3-0 Addressing newsmen after the matches, the Chairman, Local Organisiy Committee (LOC) Donbem Chisom, said the organisers decided to embark of the play-off to reduce the number of participating teams.
Chisom, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GOFEC Movies, said many teams were interested in the edition and that accounted for the play-off.
“Many teams declared interest to participate, hence we need to reduce the number to 16 teams where we can have four group made up of four teams.
“Though, we have teams that have qualified to the group stage based on thier performance at the previous editions.
“From this play-off, we will have teams that will join those teams at the group stage which will start on Sept. 18 at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) stadium,” he said.
The LOC chairman said that 14 teams were participating at the play-off, adding that the next play off would hold between Trans-Ekuku team and Udi team on Aug. 19. He said that the last match of the play-off would come up on Aug. 26 to give way for preparation to the main competition.
NAN reports that 2022 edition is being sponsored by Betking Nigeria and supported by Enugu State Football Association, Dream FM, Prime Sports and Energy FM.
Dannaz Ladies Football Club of Lagos on Sunday in Enugu defeated Crystal Stars FC of Yenagoa 2-1 in a 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup women’s competition fixture.
In the round of 32 match played at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) football pitch, Ayoka Akinbo opened scoring for Dannaz Ladies in the 25th minute.
Dannaz Ladies made it 2-0 through Amarachi Ansellem who scored in the 37th minute.
Crystal Stars looked more determined in the second half and got rewarded in the 71st minute through Ozioma Akuneto, and that was as far as they got.
In another fixture in the competition, Naija Ratels of Abuja walked over Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt as they did not honour their match.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that with this development, Dannaz Ladies and Naija Ratels have qualified for the competition’s round of 16. In a post-match interview, Dannaz Ladies’ coach, Diana Asak, praised her players for coming out top in their match in spite of being debutants in the competition.
”This is the first hurdle and thank God we won.
So, we have to keep on taking it one game after the other.
“Definitely, we did not get it right in the match but we have to improve the team in some areas before our next match.
“This is our first match in the competition and I believe we have young and good players to go far in the competition,” Asak said.
Coach Sese Ebimobowel of Crystal Stars, on his part, said his team lost the match in the midfield as his midfielders could not supply the right final passes to the strikers.
“We need to work on our midfield, because the strikers were denied the necessary passes to get the needed goals which would have propelled us to the next level.
“In fact, many things worked against us in the match and one of them was the playing on synthetic pitch for the first time.
“I believe that the players gassed out before full-time because they are not used to synthetic pitch,” he said.
Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna on Saturday defeated Dream Academy FC of Yenagoa 2-1 in a 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup round of 64 match in Enugu.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match was played at the football pitch of University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC).
In a post-match interview, Niger Tornadoes’ coach, Abubakar Bala, praised their opponents for giving his team a good fight in the game.
He described their opponents as “a good, vibrant and young team that would have gone far, if not for my team’s experience”.
“The Cup competition does not respect age or experience as young teams always want to prove a point.
“But we finished the job in the first 45 minutes and relaxed after the interval, because I knew that Dream Academy will score,” Bala said.
Speaking also, Dream Academy’s coach, Kenneth Opukeme, said he was disappointed that his team lost “because my team did not have a second chance”.
“We lost concentration in the central defence in the first half and that cost us two quick goals.
But we made some adjustments after the interval.
“The adjustments paid dividends as our opponents could not score again.
Instead, we reduced the tally and would have equalised during the dying minutes,” he said.
Opukeme also said his team would have won the match if the match’s centre referee had not denied them a penalty kick towards end of the match.
Bendel Insurance feeder of Benin on Wednesday defeated Federal Medical Center (FMC) FC of Lokoja, 1-0 at the 2022 cup match played in Enugu State.Eventus Towo scored the only goal of the match on the 72nd minute of the match played inside the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), field.The win has qualified Benin Arsenal’s Jr to the round of 64 of the ongoing competition scheduled to be played on July 30 and 31 across the country.At the female match, Kuda Queens FC of Kaduna walked over Great Super Stars FC of Akwa Ibom as they could not honour the match.Speaking after the match, Bendel Insurance Jr Coach, Stanley Osazee, praised his players for their resilience in the game and playing to instruction.According to him, the game is a beautiful one, especially the second half, because we could not get the game going in the first 45 minutes.“These are young players and it is their first time of playing at this level, so I am impressed with thier performance.“We will consolidate on this win, work on the lapses discovered in this game to do better in our next match,” he said.Also, Coach Musa Abubakar of FMC Lokoja said his team lost the game due to hard luck.“Actually, I could see it as hard luck, because the opponent never made much attempts that was technique to our goal post.“They just had that chance from a dead ball situation and we lost concentration and that resulted to the goal.“That is how football is, a little slip can cost you the whole game.“We have a youthful team and that is a good thing for the future of Nigerian football as the players gain experience and exposure,” Abubakar said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Candidates writing 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Enugu were stranded following the sit-at- home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) every Monday in the South East.
The 2022 Computer Based Test (CBT) which began on Friday May 6, ought to have ended on Monday, May 9 but was shifted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to Tuesday, May 10.
An official of JAMB who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on anonymity on Monday in Enugu said the board shifted the exam to May 10 due to Monday sit-at-home in the South-East.
Some of the candidates who also spoke to NAN said they were not aware of the cancellation, saying they came to the centre only to be told that it had been shifted.
They said that many of the them that went to do reprint of their slip discovered that the date and time for the exam had been shifted to Tuesday May 10 by 7am.
Ezekiel Okpara said, “There was no vehicle to convey my friend and I to TETFUND Centre at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, (UNEC) where we are supposed to write the examination.
“My dad took us by his car to the centre and we were disappointed when other students standing at the entrance of the hall told us that it has been postponed to Tuesday.
“We went to cyber cafe close to the centre to do reprint of our slip where we saw that the date and time has been shifted,” he said.
Another student who identified herself simply as Chigozie said JAMB would have informed them earlier about the change in the examination timetable than allowing them to take the risk of coming to the centre.
“It is risky to go out on Mondays in Enugu for fear of the unknown but here we are to write our CBT which did not hold. Personally I feel disappointed and stranded because my house is far from the centre.
“What can we do, we are going back to come back tomorrow,” she lamented.
Meanwhile, the students writing the ongoing West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state have decried the stress they went through to write Food and Nutrition subject due to non availability of transportation.
Some of them who spoke to NAN said they trekked long distance to meet up with the exam.
Nneka Ani said, “The exam was to hold by 9am, so I woke up early. I trekked a long distance but thank God I was able to get to the hall on time tired.
“The road was so empty with few vehicular movement. It was a challenge initially but I summoned courage and at the end, I succeeded,” she stressed.
She however, appealed to those enforcing sit-at-home to rescind their decision as it was affecting everyone and the economy of the state.
Another candidate, Ifeoma Darlington expressed happiness as she and her friends were lucky to see a commercial bus that took them to the examination centre.
NAN reports that many of them were seen after the examination trekking home as there were few vehicles on the road.
There was partial compliance of the order as many businesses were open while some commercial vehicles including tricycles and small buses were plying within the metropolis.
The usual police and military checkpoints also disappeared apparently in compliance with the order.
Some candidates for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Enugu State have scored the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) high for the hitch-free conduct of the examination in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the examination ,which was Computer Based Test (CBT), went on simultaneously across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The exam which began on Friday( May 6) will end on Monday(May 9 ).
A NAN correspondent, who visited some CBT centres in Enugu on Saturday , reports that the exam was conducted smoothly with security personnel present at the centres.
Speaking to NAN at the TETFUND Centre, a supervisor at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), who pleaded anonymity, said everything went on smoothly at the centre.
He rated JAMB high for its efficiency and conduct of the exam, saying that there were no computer breakdowns, power or network failure at the centre.
“The exam started yesterday, and we held three sessions with 250 candidates for each session, and today the same number will be having theirs.
“Glad enough, no candidate has reported any issue regarding the CBT at the centre.
“We maintain the necessary measures stipulated by the examiner such as wearing face masks and avoidance of objects that will incriminate them.
“They have also been addressed and told what is expected of them; some JAMB officials and centre technicians were on the ground to handle possible network and computer breakdown,s” he said.
A candidate, Miss Christabel Chinaza, described the exam as simple for those that read for the exam, adding that she did not experience any issues throughout the exam.
“I read past questions for the exam, it was very simple for me as I finished ahead of the two hours given, and I did not encounter any issue throughout the exam.
Michael Adindu shared the same experience with Chinaza, saying that the exam was fun.
“The subjects were simple except Physics I encountered little challenge but in all, I am expecting a score of 250 and above,” he said.
He thanked JAMB for making the processes very easy and simple.
At the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) center, candidates expressed satisfaction with the CBT, describing it as hitch-free.
Okon Destiny said the exam was easy, saying; “the systems were working faster and I finished before time.
“I expect to gain admission next year because I take my time to go through the questions many times, and they were just simple except physics,” he said.
Meanwhile ,a parent ,who pleaded anonymity, said the environment under which the exam was conducted was secure as only candidates were allowed in after a thorough search by the officials of the Civil Defence Corps.
He commended JAMB for making the processes easy for the candidates.