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Delay Not Denial: LMC Announces 2019/20 NPFL Kick Off, Set For November 3rd

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The Nigeria Professional Football League has been off for over 130 days since the last match in the league was played three months ago in the Championship play-offs. The LMC has announced November 3, 2019, as the kick-off date of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with match slated at all ten venues.

That was Enyimba‘s victory over Akwa United which delivered the Aba Elephants’ 8th league title in their history, one more than Enugu Rangers. In the past three months after the last game in the league was played in Agege in June, a whole lot has happened to underline the need to start the League in earnest.

If not for anything, at least the abysmal showing of the home-based Eagles in two different competitions, the West African Football Union Cup in Senegal and the CHAN qualifiers against the same opponents, Togo was an evidence of the local players match rustiness.

The team lost in the first leg of the CHAN qualifiers by 4-1 and also in the WAFU Cup by 2-1. It is no doubt that the players were competitive match rusty after playing only pre-season games all through.

Furthermore, the NPFL club representatives in the CAF club championships, the CAF Confederations Cup and the CAF Champions League left a lot to be desired. Kano Pillars and Niger tornadoes crashed out of their respective competition at the first stage while Enyimba dropped from the CAF Champions League to the CAF Confederations Cup.

Even though some of the teams they competed against also didn’t have their League on, the Ghanaian League where Kumasi Asante Kotoko play is still yet to start as well, the fact that no Nigerian club made the Champions League group stage this season compared to the fact that Lobi Star and Enugu Rangers made the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup last year, when the league was still active, underlines the importance of the league.

Nevertheless, the attitude and effort of the League Management Company in restarting the league was close to nothing as the leadership made several decisions on dates. First, an August date was picked but with no tangible step made, start to the league was moved to September.

After it was certain that September was not feasible due to claims by the leadership of the LMC that there was no fund to run the league, the minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare directed that the league should start on October 20.

Instead, the LMC conducted a consultative meeting on October 14 where the participants of the meeting were divided on the start date for the new league season with many shying off from the October 20 date set by the Sports Minister to pick October 27 which circulated hours after the meeting.

Once again the date was crushed by Officials of the LMC claiming the League was feasible only for September 3 creating a big confusion among the followers of the League with the decision making becoming as shambolic as the setting of the meeting on Monday evening at the LMC corporate office in Maitama, Abuja.

Nevertheless, fixtures were also picked on Monday and the new season starts with Champions Enyimba hosting Nasarawa United while two Former champions Plateau United and Lobi Stars will face off too.

Fidelis Ilechukwu will have the opportunity to entertain the former side on his very first competitive duty at Heartland as Mountain of Fire Football Club travel to Okigwe to face Heartland.

Other Matchday 1 Fixtures include:

Wikki Tourist vs Jigawa Golden Stars, Delta Force vs Akwa Starlets, Kano Pillars vs Rivers United, Ifeanyi Ubah vs Adamawa United, Rangers vs Sunshine Stars, Warri Wolves vs Akwa United, Abia Warriors vs Kastina United

Be it as it may, the planning of the League for a new season may have been done in a shamble but one thing is certain, the several delays to the start of the league may have been annoying and frustrating for fans but slowly and gradually the league is waking from its comatose.

 

 

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Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality

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The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League

President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.

“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.

“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”

The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:

“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”

“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”

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“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.

With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”

 

 

 

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2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

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Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.

Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.

The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.

The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.

Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.

“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.

“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.

“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”

He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.

“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.

“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”

It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.

Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.

  • Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.

It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.

With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.

However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.

READ ALSO: 10 Managers Currently Managing Former Clubs

  • Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.

Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.

Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.

Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.

 

Conclusion:

At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.

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