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NPFL: Enyimba Condemned To Late Loss At Dakkada Intl

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Utibe Arit scored a stoppage time winner as his second half brace pegged Enyimba Football Club to a 1-2 loss against Dakkada FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League this evening.

In a dramatic final quarter hour at the God’swill Akpabio International Stadium, the substitute got his first from a rebound, but Victor Mbaoma seemed to have secured a point for Enyimba when he equalised with four minutes left, until Arit turned the game around with a 93rd minute winner for Dakkada.

It was the first ever league meeting between both sides, and Olufemi Kayode, making his first domestic appearance for Enyimba, was forced into a save in the seventh minute when a cross from the right strayed goal-ward. Moses Effiong fired the eventual rebound over the top. The hosts came close again four minutes later when Isaac George was caught offside in a one-on-one with Kayode.

Enyimba gradually stepped into the game with youngster, Orok Gabriel – who was making a second league start in four days, central to most attacking moves. The winger slid through four markers with a tricky run but his ball roll out of play; before embarking on another solo run from his half and drawing a safe from Vincent Edafe five minutes later.

Emmanuel Ampiah was the first to be shown a yellow in the half, and was joined in the referee’s book by Harrison Ibukun and Eso Archibong, but nothing separated but sides at the interval.

Austin Opara denied Dakkada an opener ten minutes after the restart with a vital clearance after Kayode was clearly beaten by Osimaga Duke’s low header. At the other end, meanwhile, Orok caused further tension with a superb through ball that Mbaoma failed to make the best of.

Utibe Arit scored the opener with fourteen minutes left, tucking home from a rebound after Kayode failed to handle Duke’s freekick. But Victor Mbaoma equalised ten minutes later, picking up Cyril Olisema’s through ball to send home an exquisite finish.

Substitute Anayo Iwuala hit the upright with his first touch of the game as Enyimba took the ascendancy and pushed for a late claim, but it was the hosts that eventually got the winner when Arit capitalised on indecisive defending to lash home his brace and subject the champions to their second defeat of the season.

Enyimba have thus dropped to sixth on the table, four points off the pace of leaders, Plateau United. The People’s Elephant will be back in action on Wednesday with a home fixture against Lobi Stars.

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Super Eagles’ 2018 Attire Nominated Among World All-time Iconic Football Shirts

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Super Eagles’ 2018 Attire Nominated Among World All-Time Iconic Football Shirts

Nigeria’s home shirt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been nominated among the 20 all-time iconic football shirts by the BBC, reports Completesports.com.
The West Africans took the world by storm with the release of the new shirt ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Fans queued for hours outside Nike’s flagship store in London to get their hands on one, and with three million pre-orders of the replica shirts, they sold almost immediately after they were released.

The 2002 sleeveless attire of the Indominatable Lions of Cameroon, which was later banned by FIFA also made the list.

Voting opened on Wednesday for visitors to the BBC sports website to choose the best of the 20 shirts.

The shortlists are

England 1966:

We start with the long-sleeved red Umbro shirt in which England beat West Germany 4-2 to win the World Cup in 1966. Sir Alf Ramsey’s side only wore red at Wembley that day because the Germans won the toss to wear white. It’s still a shirt loved by Three Lions fans and worn regularly more than 50 years later.

Celtic 1967

This famous shirt was worn by Celtic’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ when they wrote their name into the history books with a 2-1 win over Inter Milan in Portugal to become the first British team to win the European Cup.

Brazil 1970

Very similar to most other Brazil kits, but this one is a retro classic. Worn by the great 1970 World Cup-winning side and the last shirt Pele sported before retiring from international duty.

Chelsea 1970

To avoid a clash with Leeds in the 1970 FA Cup final, Chelsea swapped their usual white socks, shirt piping and club badge to yellow. They went on to win 2-1, lifting the famous trophy for the first time in the club’s history. To celebrate the 50-year anniversary, the Blues wore a one-off modernised commemorative replica kit for their third-round home tie with Nottingham Forest in 2020.

Ajax 1971

Simple but an absolute beauty. It was in this kit that Ajax beat Panathinaikos 2-0 at Wembley as they won the first of three consecutive European Cup finals.

Mexico 1978

One for the history books. After missing the 1974 World Cup, Mexico arrived at Argentina 1978 in style. Their kits were designed and made by American denim giants Levi’s.

Boca Juniors 1981

This shirt screams Diego Maradona. It was the first shirt to feature Boca’s four-star crest alongside their famous blue and gold colours. Adidas pulled it out of the bag with this one by producing a shirt that is still sought after almost four decades later.

Belgium 1984

Although the 1984 European Championships were forgettable for the Belgians, who didn’t make it out of the group, this shirt lives long in the memory. The national team brought back the diamond design to inspire their 2018 World Cup kit.

Liverpool 1984

Liverpool wore a near-identical home shirt from 1983-1985, but this sponsorless edition worn for the 1984 European Cup final in Rome stands out. Joe Fagan’s side beat Roma on penalties that night, and the famous shirt was used to inspire the Reds’ 2019-20 kit.

Denmark 1986

Denmark made their World Cup debut in style. Much like the shirt’s split panels, the design divided opinion back in the day. But it was the first of its kind – Coventry and Southampton were among the clubs who later wore similar designs.

Netherlands 1988

One of the most sought-after shirts of all time. It’s safe to say the Netherlands looked the part as they won the European Championship for the first time.

Colombia 1990

Colombia always have great kits and they arrived at the 1990 World Cup after a 28-year hiatus from the competition with this absolute belter. The iconic design was used to inspire Los Cafeteros’ shirt for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

England 1990

Bobby Robson’s side reached the semi-finals at Italia 90 in the World Cup that had it all. From Paul Gascoigne’s tears in Turin and THAT Chris Waddle penalty miss, to Gary Lineker’s vital goals, there are so many memories attached to this England shirt.

Man Utd 1990

Man Utd have had some great shirts over the years but this one is truly unique. The Aztec-style graphic on the away shirt was a fans’ favourite and remains popular today.

West Germany 1990

The shirt worn by the Germans as they beat Argentina to win the 1990 World Cup. The slick design has become a retro classic and is still as popular today as it was 30 years ago.

Arsenal 1991

Arsenal’s ‘bruised banana’ has to be one of the most legendary top-flight kits of the 1990s – if not ever. So popular, the Gunners used it as inspiration for their 2019-20 away shirt.

Barcelona 1997

It’s hard to find a bad Barca shirt from over the years but this away kit is a gem, and synonymous with Ronaldo, as this was the only season he spent with the Catalan giants. Worn in the 1997 Cup Winners’ Cup final where the Brazilian’s penalty was enough to beat Paris St-Germain in Rotterdam.

Cameroon 2002

One-of-a-kind, but Cameroon’s controversial sleeveless shirt didn’t go down well with everyone. It was banned by Fifa for the 2002 World Cup in Japan because ‘they’re not shirts… they’re vests’.

Nigeria 2018

Nigeria took the world by storm with this release for the 2018 World Cup. Fans queued for hours outside Nike’s flagship store in London to get their hands on one, and with three million pre-orders of the replica shirts, they sold out almost immediately after they were released.

England women 2019

There was a lot of hype around this release before the 2019 Women’s World Cup. It was the first time the Lionesses had their own exclusive kit, and the rose detail on the crimson shirts made it truly unique.

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Nasarawa United player Chineme Martins dies in NPFL clash

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A player of Nasarawa United, Chineme Martins, lost his life during a Nigeria premier league match today against Katsina United.

“It’s terrible. We’re all in shock,” said Nasarawa United spokesman Eche Amos.

“He was hale and hearty, hence his selection for the match.

“His body is now in the mortuary.”

Martins collided with an opponent in the center of the pitch and fell awkwardly in the first half.

“He died before he could be taken to hospital,” said one eye witness at the Lafia Stadium, northcentral Nigeria.

The medical response to the emergency was slow, another eye witness added.

Nasarawa United won the game 3-0, but the players of the home team were inconsolable soon after they learnt their teammate had passed away.

Martins previously featured for another premier league side, FC Ifeanyiubah.

The Nigeria league has continued to suffer from inadequate security, contract breaches and poor medical standards.

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Akwa united,Dakkada and ors on LMC Hammer!

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Four Clubs and two Club Leaders have been sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC) for conducts that undermined the security of Match Referees at their home games.

Rangers International, Warri Wolves, Dakkada FC and Akwa United and the General Managers of Rangers and Warri Wolves were cited in recent disciplinary rulings of the LMC aimed at maintaining decorum at Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches.

The decisions were reached after the LMC considered reports of the Match Commissioners at the fixtures of MatchDay 20 and 21 involving the four clubs.

Warri Wolves were sanctioned on a two count charge of failure to submit team list for the matchday 20 in breach of Rule B13.37 and also for the act of throwing of objects to the field of play by their supporters in breach of Rule 13.18.

Moses Etu, the Chairman of Warri Wolves was charged for inciting supporters to harass and intimidate the visiting team and match officials in contravention of Rule C1.3 and specifically for inciting a supporter, Isiah Ughojor to assault Media Official of the visiting team and a Journalist covering the game in breach of Rule C1.3.

Warri Wolves were fined N200,000 for failure to submit team list and N750, 000 for the throwing of objects on to the field of play by its supporters.

The Club General Manager, Etu was issued a reprimand and caution to desist from further such behavior failing which the full weight of the rules will be enforced on his further participation in NPFL activities.

Rangers International was sanctioned on two counts of breach of Rule 8.21 during and after their match with Akwa United in Enugu. Supporters of Rangers were found to have gained authorized access to the dressing room and also for physical assault, beating up and preventing match officials after the match.

Davidson Owumi, the club General Manager was charged with exposing the match officials to verbal abuse by club supporters at his residence after they were rescued from the physical assault at the stadium and for personally verbally abusing the match officials at his residence in a language unbecoming of a club official.

Rangers were fined N1,500,000 for failure to provide adequate security pursuant to Rule 8.21 and N1,000,000 as compensation for the assault on the match officials pursuant to Rule C12 and to be paid within ten working days. Owumi was cautioned to desist from such conduct or face further disciplinary measures in line with Rule C19.

Akwa United were cited for breach of Rule B8.21 in their match against Warri Wolves on Matchday 21 when they failed to provide adequate security which led to assault on match officials after the game in Uyo.

The LMC in a summary jurisdiction exercise fined the club N1000,000 for failure to provide adequate security in breach of Rule B8.21, another N1000,000 as compensation to the match officials and an order to play their next three home matches behind closed doors. The fines must be paid within 10 working days.

Another Uyo based club, Dakkada FC also came under the LMC disciplinary hammer for breaches of Rules B13.18 and B8.21 on their MatchDay 21 game against Kwara United. The club was charged for their supporters throwing objects including bottled waters at Match Officials at half time and for failure to provide adequate security which led to attack on the Match Officials in the dressing room.

Dakkada FC are to pay N1,000,000 for throwing of objects at Match Officials, N1000,000 for failure to provide adequate security and N1000,000 as compensation to the assaulted Match Officials. The club has also been ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors to fans.

The clubs and the cited club officials are to respond in writing to the LMC within 48 hours accepting the rulings or electing to appeal0

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Udoh Becomes First Footballer To Be Infected with Corona Virus

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King Paul Akpan Udoh, Italian-Nigerian player, has become the first footballer to be infected with coronavirus .

King Paul currently plies his trade with Pianese, an Italian Serie C side.

The Pianese forward was diagnosed of the disease on February 27, and he has been quarantined.

The 22-year-old started his career with Reggiana before moving to Juventus in 2011 where he was loaned back for a year.

After progressing through the youth ranks of Juventus, Udoh secured a loan move to Virtus Lanciano, a Serie B side in 2016 with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Failing to impress, he was returned to Juve, and then loaned to Lega Pro side Pontedera later the same year.

He had a loan stint with Pontedera, Fernana, Fano and Viareggio before joining Pianese on July 14, 2019.

Coronavirus has spread from China to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa.

Italy is the country in Europe with the highest number of reported cases. Some Italian Serie A matches were postponed last weekend as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

On Friday, the Lagos state government and the federal ministry of health confirmed the
first case of coronavirus in Nigeria. The index patient is an Italian who arrived in the country on February 25.

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Ededem Edem Essien signs deals with FC Van, Armenia

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Edemdem Edem Essien popularly known as Papi has just signed a professional deal with FC Vans a second division club in Armenia.

Edemdem Essien who was formerly a player of Hills FC, Uyo, Akwa Ibom and transferred to FC Vans through FIFA licensed agent and NFF intermediary Ojo Paul Omamomo before landing a professional contract with the Armenia First league club FC Vans will be playing the AFL team that is currently ranked 3rd on the table.

Essien is an indigene of Ikono in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and plays Defensive Midfield. The 22 year old defensive midfielder was based in Akwa Ibom and has played in several clubs and academies before he landed his professional deal.

The Ikono born defensive midfielder is reported to have signed a two year contract with the AFL side.

Essien who is famously known in Akwa Ibom as Papi is expected to make his debut in the club’s first match for the season on the 28th of February.

The Akwa Ibom born player has also play for Sempe FC, Abak, and trained with Blessed Stars Football Academy, an Akwa Ibom based football academy known for training and producing exceptional talents in Nigeria.

While speaking to Ojo Paul Omamomo who is the players agent, he stated that the club was a good start for Ededem and hopes for more deals in the near future.

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