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Remo Stars record Match Day 11 only away victory



Remo Stars of Ikenne recorded the only away win in the Match Day 11 of the Nigeria Professional League even as Bendel Insurance hold on tenaciously to the top of the log in Group A. The Benin City side played a 1-1 draw with the visiting Akwa United and remain unbeaten after 11 matches.

In Maiduguri, Remo Stars who slipped midway in the first stanza of the league appear to have regained their winning spirit as they led  2-0 in the regulation time before relegation threatened El Kanemi pulled a goal back in the fifth of the eight added time of the encounter.

The 2-1 win and the results of some other matches catapaulted the Ikenne domiciled club from fifth to the second place on the league table.

Lanky Andy Okpe shot Remo Stars ahead in the 56th minute. Junior Nduka doubled the lead in the 80th minute from a direct free kick before the hosts reduced the tally five minutes into the added time.

In Benin, Bendel Insurance continued their dominant form, although they played a 1-1 draw at home in their encounter with Akwa United.

They opened the game in a business-like manner as Imade Osehenkhoe scored after three minutes. Cyril Olisema however cancelled the lead in the 34th minute.


In Aba, Enyimba did  not get the full dividends of home advantage as they were forced to a 1-1 draw by visiting Nasarawa United.

They went ahead in the 14th minute through a penalty kick converted by Chukwuemeka Obioma. Nasaraw United levelled up in the 74th minute through Emanuel Ogboli.

Gombe United at home beat Kwara United 1-0. Anayor Ogbona scored the goal in the 37th minute.

Shooting Stars are gradually inching  their ways back to the top with a 3-2 defeat of Plateau United. They fought from behind after Adam Yakubu Hassan shot the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute.

Samuel Ayorinde levelled up in the 43rd minute and put the hosts ahead in the 49th minute. Ismael Faulke increased the tally to 3-1 in the 60th minute before the visitors reduced the tally in added time.


In Group B, Abia Warriors beat Enugu Rangers 2-1. while Niger Tornadous beat Wikki Tourists 2-0. Sunshine Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Doma United.

The Lobi Stars versus Rivers United match is postponed.

Week 11 Results

Group A

  • Bendel Insurance 1-1 Akwa United
  • El Kanemi Warriors 1-2 Remo Stars
  • Enyimba 1-1 Nasarawa United
  • Gombe United 1-0 Kwara United
  • Shooting Stars 3-2 Plateau United

Group B

  • Abia Warriors 2-1 Enugu Rangers
  • Dakkada 1-1 Bayelsa United
  • Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Wikki Tourists
  • Sunshine Stars 1-1 Doma United
  • Lobi Stars vs. Rivers United – postponed

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigerian women coaches conclude first module of CAF C-License course



NFF President Gusau and GS Sanusi with NFF Management and the coach educators and participants at the commencement of the course on Monday last week.

A total of 30 women coaches have concluded the first of a three-module CAF C-License program in the Federal Capital, Abuja and are expected to commence a two-week internship with different teams in a few days.

Peopled largely by former Nigerian internationals and other serving coaches, the group was taken through a full week of rigorous classroom and practical sessions by a team of coach educators and resource persons, in a baptism of what the next two modules are likely to entail,

NFF Technical Director, Coach Augustine Eguavoen, told that the first module has shown that the women coaches are actually desirous of learning.

“I am very much impressed with their attitude, mannerisms and conduct through the first module. They impressed everyone, and the coach educators also told me they were impressed, and are looking forward to having them back for the second and concluding modules.

“We are grateful for the leadership of the NFF for the support and encouragement for coach-education programmes all the time.”


The participants will return to Abuja for the second module that is scheduled for 12th – 20th August, after which they will go on another two-week internship, 23rd August – 4th September. The third module, which comes with examinations for the participants, will take place 9th – 19th September.

Dr. Terry Babatunde Eguaoje, NFF’s Head of Education, is among the coach educators’ team, which also includes Coaches Isah Ladan Bosso, Wemimo Olanrewaju and Lanrence Ndaks.

Among the 30 participants are former Super Falcons’ stars Precious Dede, Joy Jegede, Esther Michael, Maureen Eke, Otas Ogbonmwan, Vera Okolo, Cecilia Nku, Taiwo Ajobiewe, Gloria Ofoegbu and Amenze Aighewi. There are also Barr. Victoria Nlemigbo and retired FIFA referee Folusho Ajayi.   

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Osimhen’s outburst was a moment of madness, says Amaju



Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President and a  FIFA Council member, Amaju Pinnick has expressed shock at last month’s outburst by Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen against Finidi George.

“It is very unfortunate”, Amaju Pinnick remarked on an Arise Television programme. The former NFF president said he had put a call to Osimhen who was very remorseful while the telephone conversation lasted.

  “I told him he has to apologise, and I am sure he will if he has not yet done so.” Amaju remarked that he could not comprehend what went wrong as Osimhen was the most cool-headed player in the national team.

He went on to remark that Finidi George was not a personality to be disregarded like that. He has won virtually every honour available during his playing days and was a member of the Super Eagles at their peak when Nigeria ranked fifth in the world.

“I believe players should learn to respect their coaches”, said the former NFF boss.

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I prefer a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, says Amaju



Nigeria’s FIFA Council member, Amaju Pinnick has told the world that he has always been an advocate of foreign coaches for the Super Eagles. He spoke on Arise Television while fielding questions with Reuben Abati, Rufai Oseni and Ayo Mairo-Ese. 

His reason for being averse to indigenous  coaches stemmed from lack of respect for them by the players.

“Yes, the Nigerian coaches have the requisite knowledge and the technical ability, but modern football is beyond that in managing players.

“Will the national team players respect the coach? The sad thing is that they don’t”, said Amaju Pinnick.

 He however revealed that he supported the appointment of Finidi George owing to the circumstances that the NFF found itself after the exit of Jose Peseiro.


 The NFF, he revealed, had no money to hire a foreign coach. The body therefore went for the most available option, Finidi to ensure a smooth transition.

 “Finidi was part of the coaching crew of Peseiro and it was therefore logical to ask him to continue.

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