One of Nigeria’s delegation in the CAF Confederations Cup Rivers United will return to Egypt, a Country they suffered their elimination in the continent’s higher competition, the CAF Champions League for a test of making it to the draws of the group stages of the competition.
Rivers United Suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands Al Hilal of Egypt following their 1-1 draw in Nigeria, indicating their automatic qualification to the final preliminary round of the Confederations Cup.
The Port Harcourt-based side will play host to Al Masry in the first leg before flying to Egypt for the reverse fixture.
Emyimba, Nigeria’s high flyers in the competition will have a tough test to face when they first travel to Libya to trade tackles with one of the country’s high performers Al Ittihad.
They will have a home advantage to commensurate whatever happens in Libya to find their way to the group stages.
Tunisian side CS Sfaxien who eliminated Bayelsa United will face Tusker FC of Kenya as the first leg matches will be played between 26 and 28 November 2021 while the second leg takes place on 3 to 5 December 2021.
Full draws Below
TP Mazembe vs Marumo Gallants LPRC (LIB) vs Orlando Pirates
Full Draw Below
Zanaco FC (ZAM) vs Binga FC (MLI)
Simba SC (TAN) vs Red Arrows (ZAM)
TP Mazembe (DRC) vs Marumo Gallants (RSA)
Asec Mimosas (CIV) vs GD Interclube (ANG)
FC Nouadhibou (MTN) vs Coton Sport FC (CMR)
USGN (NIG) vs DCMP (DRC)
AS Otohô (CGO) vs Gor Mahia (KEN)
APR FC (RWA) vs RS Berkane (MAR)
Tusker FC (KEN) vs CS Sfaxien (TUN)
Hearts of Oak (GHA) vs JS Saoura (ALG)
Rivers United FC (NGR) vs Al Masry (EGY)
Stade Malien (MLI) vs Ahly Tripoli (LBY) or Biashara United (TAN)
Al Ittihad (LBY) vs Enyimba FC (NGR)
AS Maniema (DRC) vs Pyramids FC (EGY)
LPRC (LIB) vs Orlando Pirates (RSA)
Royal Leopards (ESW) vs JS Kabylie (ALG)
The 16 winners of the ties will take part in the group stage.
Enyinba FC qualifies to Final preliminary stage as Bayelsa United bows out
There is still good news for Nigeria football supporters after a heartbreak following the premature elimination of Bayelsa United as Enyimba recorded an emphatic victory in Aba to move to the final stage in the preliminary phase of this season’s CAF confederations Cup.
Bayelsa United were eliminated by Cs Sfaxien of Tunisia thanks to a 4-1 aggregate scoreline. The Nigerian side recorded an encouraging 1-0 in Yenegoa last week, but lost 4-0 I’m Tunisia, bringing an end to their fairytale journey.
On Sunday, Emyimba Football Club of Aba went on with a 1-0 away win advantage to eliminate Diambars of Senegal following a 4-0 aggregate victory. Enyimba recorded a 3-0 victory in Aba thanks to goals from Tosin Omoyele who scored right in the kickoff, with former Akwa United player Victor Mboama doubling the lead in the 31 minutes before Samuel kalu rounded up with a 94th minutes strike to send them through.
With Nigeria having two participants in the competition this season, only Enyimba is on course to make it to the group phase as they are met with one huddle to reach the stage.
The Aba-based side will know their next opponents when the organisers of the competition meet as they seek to pass their last season mark when they were knocked out in the knock out stages.
Twenty-four players are heading for the exit at Akwa United after helping the club clinch their first Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title.
The 2019/2020 NPFL Champions Akwa United are making plans for the new season as preparation for their first CAF Champions League preliminary intensifies.
The Promise Keepers won their first NPFL title by virtue of highest points accumulation after seeing out a whopping 71 points in 38 games.
But they are set to have a busy transfer window as their Champions League outing edges closer.
Several names including the club’s assistant captain Ubong Friday have been mentioned in the departing list as well as several others who are either dropped, signed by other clubs or seeking to leave the club for several reasons.
WHO IS LEAVING, HOW AND WHY
CHARLES ATSHIMENE – TRANSFER
The 2019/2020 NPFL joint-top scorer Charles Atshimene is negotiating his way out of the Promise Keepers after breaking the club record to score 19 goals, the highest for any Akwa United player in a single season.
Joined with Silas Nwankwo of Nassarawa United, Charles remained top of the scoring chart as his goals helped Akwa United win their maiden league title.
Transfer rumours are gathered that the free-scoring centre forward is negotiating a deal with a Tunisian club and should it go through, the Promise Keepers will be faced with the tough task of replacing him.
2. UBONG FRIDAY – TRANSFER
Following his sterling performance at the just concluded season, former Super Eagles invitee Ubong Friday was expected to continue his exemplary character as he showed during the NPFL season by staying put to lead the team as they appear in their first-ever CAF Champions League.
But rumours have suggested that the former Lori FC of Armenia star is leaving to another NPFL club which is much expected to be Rivers United come next season.
Friday captained Akwa United in much of their games en route to the title triumph but is now seeking to leave for professional reasons.
3. ETBOY AKPAN – TRANSFER
After playing a major role in the club’s historic season, talented wing-back, Etboy Akpan was set to make his debut in the CAF Champions League as it has always been his wish to play in the competition.
But the high-flying wingback is seeking to follow his former boss Abdul Maikaba who gave him his league debut during his time with Akwa United.
Maikaba is expected to leave his current role as head coach of Plateau United who struggled to make an impact in the league last season and is now believed to be negotiating his way to Rangers International.
Former NK Rudar of Slovenia winger, Etboy is upset with the plans of the club after making plans to bring in a new right-back, John Lazarus of Lobi Stars who was the team of Etboy at the National U17 and U23 camps.
4. ETIM MATTHEW – RELEASED
Former Rangers title-winning captain, Etim Matthew has been dropped from the team after anchoring the right-back position for the majority of their triumphant NPFL season.
Matthew who led Rangers to their 7th league title in 2016 has been found surplus to requirements following the arrival of John Lazarus and has been issued a step aside statement with an official report from the club in waiting.
5. MFON UDOH – TRANSFER
NPFL record goalscorer Mfon Udoh is believed to have his deal with Rivers United at its final stages which may soon be announced.
Udoh spent a greater part of last season on the bench but scored a wonderful goal during his last game at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Akwa’s 5-2 thumping of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries in their title-deciding match in Uyo.
6. CHARLES OKAFOR – TRANSFER
Former FC Ifeanyi Ubah captain Charles OKAFOR is on the verge of joining an unnamed club.
The centre back spent the majority of last season on the sidelines as Olisah Nda and Sampson Gbadebo were the regular pairing.
Reports suggest a fellow NPFL side will snap up the cool tackling defender who was tipped to replace Olisah Ndah.
7. KODJOVI DADZIE – RELEASED
Togolese left-back, Kodjovi Dadzie is one of the longest-serving players in the current Akwa United squad having signed from Togolese club Gomido back in 2016.
He found his playing time cut short by the emergence of David Philip who played in almost all their league games en route to their title triumph.
The 31-year old has been released by the club spared by the delay of the club’s official statement.
8. BASSEY AKPAN – RELEASED
Veteran goalkeeper Bassey Akpan is among the long list of players who have been axed by the Promise Keepers.
The 37-year old rejoined Akwa United for a second spell but has found many of his playing days reduced to a substitute role as more established Jean Efala and Adewala Adeyinka always manned the post.
The Eket-born former super Eagles goalie will be moving to a yet-to-be-decided club.
9. DAVID ESSIEN – RELEASED
Signed from Dakkada FC in the mid-season transfer window, but blessed with the fortune of winning the league title as well when Akwa United triumphed.
The Akwa Ibom born shot-stopper has been found surplus to requirements to coach Kennedy Boboye as he has been axed from the team without a chance to prove his worth.
10. MARSHALL JOHNSON – TRANSFER
One of the most experienced legs in the side, Marshall Johnson returned from Slovenia for a second spell at Akwa United after being signed by then head coach, Abdul Maikaba.
The Midfielder maestro is already looking elsewhere as his playing time was reduced by the current boss, Kennedy Boboye and at times playing the Midfielder out of position as a centre back.
11. UBONG ESSIEN (KANTE) – TRANSFER
Tough-tackling Midfielder Ubong Essien might be thought to be going back to his base, Kaduna on break, but it will only be a matter of a failed transfer before he returns to Uyo.
Ubong is expected to pen a deal with Rangers International of Enugu as soon as Maikaba take the realms and his services are always very essential to the tactician.
Ubong is an Akwa Ibom-born, based in Kaduna and has always been the saviour to Akwa United when they travel far North as he interprets and also helps raise the team when playing deep.
12. JEAN EFALA – RELEASED
Ghanian-born goalkeeper Jean Efala has been one of the key performers in the club’s title-winning season.
Efala deputised Adewale Adeyinka to the fullest when the former was out injured.
He is expected not to return for the new season as preparations for the club’s CAF Champions League intensifies.
13. OLISAH NDAH – TRANSFER
The best centre-half of the season and fans favourite Olisah Ndah will be departing to finalize his deal in South Africa in a matter of days.
The tall, composed defender who can also fill in as a midfielder owing to his style of passing game was tipped to depart the NPFL as he plays at a quality needed in Europe.
His next destination is likely to be the Orlando Pirates of South Africa, but official confirmation is yet to be received.
14. SETH MAYI – TRANSFER
One of the three players invited to the Super Eagles in their friendly against Mexico in June, Seth is expected to travel alongside Olisah to the South Africa league.
His contribution towards the success of Akwa United in his first season at the club is expectedly not overlooked as he caught the eye of scouts who watch the league from other countries of the world.
“Seth is a fantastic player. I’m proud I signed him.” – Club chairman Paul Bassey while introducing him to the commissioner for Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko heaped praises on the Chairman of Akwa United, Sir Paul Bassey who is on the verge of leading the Promise Keepers to a historic finish.
The Commissioner who visited the team on Monday before their travel to FC Ifeanyi Ubah for one of their last three remaining games referred to Paul as a humble man.
While addressing the entire team at the training pitch of the Godswil Akpabio International Stadium, Mr Uko said “I’ve never seen a man as humble as Paul.”
“Even when he works under you as an elderly person to you and you make suggestions that doesn’t go well, Paul will listen to you first before making his corrections, that’s how humble he is.”
Paul Bassey is set to lead Akwa United to a historic maiden league championship in the club’s history.
And the Commissioner placed him third on the success story of the club after God and the sitting Governor, His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
Mr Uko also noted the effort of Mr Emmanuel as one of the key supporters of the club both financially, materially, and in prayers.
The Commissioner assured the team of his full support to the team when they play Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi as he redeemed his two million Naira vow to motivate the boys, commending the efforts of everyone at the club who worked in swift cohesion for the success the club is about to achieve.
Commissioner for Sports Akwa Ibom State, Sir Monday Ebong Uko has promised a cash prize of two million Naira to Akwa United Players should they defeat FC Ifeanyi Ubah on matchday 36 in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The Commissioner popularly known as ‘Monty’ made the declaration at the team’s training ground at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo ahead of the crucial fixture against relegation-threatened Ifeanyi Ubah.
The Promise Keepers arrived at Rivers State on Tuesday in a match that can see them become the 2021 NPFL champions-elect.
A win for Kennedy Boboye’s men will place them in a perfect position for a trophy parade on Sunday at the Nest of Champions.
Mr. Uko also redeemed his two million Naira vow accruing from their draw against Rivers United, assuring the team of his full support as they prepare to leave the state.
The AKS Sports Boss promised a huge celebration for the team when the trophy arrives in Uyo. Uko believes that through the determination of the players and God’s help, the Trophy will “come home.”
A prayer of victory was rendered by the commissioner for the boys who, according to him, will remain in the history books of the state.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Alluded to the Holy Bible.
On June 5, 2010, English Premier League club Manchester City confirmed the arrival of Jerome Boateng for a reported £10.4 million on a five-year deal following a stellar performance by the teenager with the German National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa but spent just one season with the Citizens as he was snapped up by Bayern Munich for just £11.7 million.
The teenager made just 16 appearances for City’s first team after joining from Harmburg before he returned to Germany, his country of birth when he signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich.
Few weeks ago, Boateng announced he will be leaving the Alianz Arena come the end of the 2020/2021 season after a 10-year stay at the club.
Boateng, a Germany international made the left back spot his own during his Country’s participation in the largest football event in the FIFA calender.
He excelled in this position as Germany where eliminated in the semifinals by the eventual winners Spain, thanks to a Carlos Puyol lone goal.
The German machines took a consolation prize of a second consecutive bronze medal after a defeat to Uruguay in the third place match.
Boateng, a 21-year old arrived England seeking to establish himself in one of the most difficult leagues in the World.
But made just 16 appearances under coach Roberto Mancini before making a switch to his country of birth.
Before his departure, Boateng won the FA cup with City and also helped them finish 3rd on the log behind Champions Manchester United and Chelsea who were the runners up.
Boateng arrived Alianz Arena to fight for a starting spot with the likes of Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm and Daniel Van Buyten who have already established themselves in the then Luis Van Gaal squad.
Over the last ten years he has helped to establish an era at FC Bayern. Jérôme Boateng was involved in numerous titles over that decade. As a tough ball-winner and with the technical ability to build from the back, the central defender is also an absolute favourite with the fans.
Invincible defender: Boateng played 56 Bundesliga matches in succession without defeat between November 2012 and December 2014 – a longer run than any other player in the history of the league.
Ball snatcher: Boateng won an impressive 62% of his challenges in the Bundesliga at Bayern – of all the players who have made at least 100 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern since the start of the 2011/12 season, only Javi Martínez has a better record in challenges over that timescale (64%).
The wall of resilience: Boateng is one of the five players who have succeeded in winning the treble with FC Bayern twice. The other four are Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Thomas Müller and Martínez. Across Europe that has only otherwise been achieved by Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro, Lionel Messi (in 2009 and 2015 with Barcelona) plus Samuel Eto’o (2009 with Barcelona and 2010 with Inter Milan).
The rocket launcher : Boateng set up the winner in the 2013 Champions League final with a pinpoint long ball to Frank Ribéry. Since making his Bundesliga debut for Bayern, the 2014 World Cup winner has played 2,477 long balls – that is only bettered in the Bundesliga by Mats Hummels (2,672) over the same period.
Touch of greatness: Of all the Bundesliga players who have played at least 1,500 long balls over that timescale, only Kevin Vogt (68%) has a better return of completed passes than Boateng (62% along with Naldo).
After eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups, two UEFA Champions League titles – including two treble-winning seasons – and, of course, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there is little remaining that he is yet to win. So perhaps it therefore makes sense that he is just as focused on his main off-field passions – fashion and music – as he is on it.
The body regulating the second tier of Nigeria League, Nigeria National League (NNL) on Friday released a statement conceding a reverse on their initial position as regards Live Broadcast of its league games.
The release signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the NNL, Emmanuel Adesanya, states that teams with the financial capability of streaming its games within the jurisdiction of the NNL should go ahead without obstruction from any party.
“That clubs that have the capacity irrespective of the number of Cameras are permitted in the 2020/2021 league season to broadcast their matches either at their home or away matches unhindered. ” The release stated.
It however indicated sanctions on teams trying to hinder the broadcast of games as regards the NNL.
“Any club that hinders, prohibit or causes any delay in the live streaming of its home matches may be liable to a fine of up to five hundred thousand Naira (#500,000) with addition to any further applicable sanctions. ” Added the release.
Vandresser Football club (VFC) in mid April indicated that dissatisfaction in the treatment of other clubs as regards live streaming of games away from home.
The Lagos-based club issued a long statement stating how they were maltreated in some of the league venues when they attempted to stream their away games which they stated was as a result of the agreement earlier had with the NNL body.
Following series of meetings and understandable deliberations, the league management have made it public to protect the interest of its member clubs who wish to market the NNL by streaming it’s matches.
This however is all Vandrezzer FC needed and may enhance their return to the league when the second phase begins after the mid-season break.
Super Eagles Captain and Kano Pillars new addition Ahmed Musa has revealed that four European club sides are seeking his signature in the coming European summer window.
The former Leicester City man who joined Pillars for the rest of the season made the revelation through Kuli Kuli Football Nigeria’s Twitter page.
The 28-year old who had been without a club for months is seeking to regain his fitness before making his second move abroad.
“I want to get fitness from Kano Pillars before I go back to Europe, if I stay at home, my fitness is going to be low. ” Musa revealed.
“I have four club’s on hand in Europe that have interest in signing me next season.
Coming back to Kano Pillars doesn’t mean that my career in football end, that is my style of football that God chooses for me.
With Interest of some club’s on me from Europe presently, that is why I have confirmed and considered that I have confidence for the future I can tell that my footballer career can shine again by the grace of God. ” Added the former CSKA Moscow man.
Musa was careful not to mention any club at the moment as nothing is concrete but a big announcement concerning the Kano-born star is expected during the Summer.
Ahmed Musa began his football journey in Kano and has played at VV-Venlo, CSKA Moscow, Leicester City, Al Nassr and boyhood club, Kano Pillars.