The NPFL has so many problems that are facing it but one problem that has grown to become an uncurbable disease is Insecurity and Crowd Violence ravaging the League. Many incidents of crowd violence have been witnessed in the past, and many lovers of Nigerian Football are worried and are asking questions.
For many years, players and officials have been attacked by fans, and to make matters worse, clubs administrators are now prone to get injured so more so that even an NPFL match had to be suspended for peace and tranquility to reign. The saddening part of it is that it’s either the LMC either ignore this meaningless chaos or give minimal sanctions to perpetrators of this evil.
So far this season, the NPFL has witnessed three major crowd violence and it’s unfortunate that in 2020, as other African nations are developing their football on a daily basis, Nigerians are ranting over insecurity and crowd violence at our various match centers. Truly, the Shehu Dikko led LMC and its officials should cover their faces in shame for not putting up measures to eradicate this humiliating and degrading aspect of the Nigeria Football.
Just when we thought crowd violence will not be witnessed again in the league this season after the fallout between the Fans of Kaduna United and Kano Pillars in January, crowd violence reared it’s ugly head again Abia on Sunday when the two clubs from the state were having their matchday 20 fixture.
According to reports, this brouhaha was bound to happen as the officials of Abia Warriors were denied entry into the stadium but sanity was restored after Enyimba’s chairman (Anyansi-Agu) intervened. But that sanity only lasted for a short while as the fans of the two opposing teams were seen clashing with each other. In the first instant, The referee overlooked the situation but the match was later halted on the orders of the match commissioner.
Scores of people including the Chairman of Enyimba and Emeka Iyama were left injured after the brawl. Agu who only tried to bring about peace amongst the fans was eventually stoned by unknown “fan” and was seen escorted out of the stadium.
Like I’ve once opined, this gorry scenario will continue to erupt at our match centers if some people/clubs are not used as scapegoats. The main reason this is still happening is obviously that the LMC seems to be handling it with levity. Many innocent lives have been lost due to crowd violence in NPFL matches and this does not in any way put Nigeria in a good picture in the faces of the rest of the countries in the world.
Playing matches behind closed doors, points deduction or players’ suspension will not put a lasting solution to this problem. Until a stiffer punishment is meted out to the unscrupulous beings disrupting Nigerian Football, the league will forever remain with the tag of “underdeveloped league” – Will there ever be a stop to this mess?
If There are Solutions, What are They?
Jail Term for every Perpetrator of Violence at Matchcenters.
It’s definitely not enough to slam fines on clubs that her fans have erred; jail term should be added to the punishment given to these evildoers. William Shakespeare once said, “any mercy that forgives a murderer, encourages another murder” in this case, it’s really not a case of a murderer but whatever mercy that forgives an engineer of someone’s wounds, gives room for more of the unfortunate incident to happen.
The current LMC Board Should Be Dissolved
The LMC has proven over time to be incapable of finding solutions to the utmost level of insecurity of players, officials and some fans going to the different match centers in the country. There’s no need for maintaining a failed institution. A change in the hierarchy of the LMC is needed and the time is now!
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.