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NPFL Table : Know The 20 NPFL Teams Competing In The 2017/18 Season

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As the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League season approaches and with just 4 days to the opening matches we bring you closer to the 20 teams. Plateau United are the defending champions, while FC Go Round, Kwara United, Heartland  FC and Yobe Deserts Stars have entered as the promoted teams from the 2016/17 NNL season.

 

■ Abia Warriors

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Nick: Ochendo Babes
Established: 2005
Home Ground: Umuahia Township Stadium
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Rafael Everton
Captain: Austin Obaroakpo
Players To Watch: Sunday Adetunji, Anthony Okemiri

■ Akwa United

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Nick: Promise Keepers
Established: 1996
Home Ground: Nest Of Champions, Uyo
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Abdu Maikaba
Captain: Ottobong Effiong
Players To Watch: Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Victor Mbaoma

■ El Kanemi Warriors

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Nick: Borno Army
Established: 1986
Home Ground: El Kanemi Stadium, Maiduguri
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Imama Amapakabo
Captain: George Michael
Players To Watch: Nura Muhammed

■ Enugu Rangers

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Nick: Flying Antelopes
Established: 1970
Home Ground: Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu
No of Pl Titles: 7, (Most recent 2016)
Coach: Gbenga Ogunbote
Captain: Chibuzor Madu
Players To Watch: Itodo Ako, Daniel Etor

■ Enyimba

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Nick: The People’s Elephants
Established: 1976
Home Ground: U.J Eusene Stadium, Calabar (Temporary)
No of Pl Titles: 7 (Most recent 2015)
Coach: Paul Aigbogun
Captain: Mfon Udoh
Players To Watch: Mfon Udoh, Ikechukwu Ezenwa

■ FC Go Round

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Nick: –
Established: unknown
Home Ground: Krisdera Stadium Omoku, Rivers State
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Ngozi Elechi
Captain: Nelson Esor
Players To Watch: Dominic Junior

■ Heartland FC

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Nick: Naze Millionaires
Established: 1976
Home Ground: Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri
No of Pl Titles: 5 (Most Recent 1993)
Coach: Ramson Madu
Captain: Julius Ubido
Players To Watch: Ebele Obi

Ifeanyi Ubah

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Nick: Anambra Warriors
Established: 2015
Home Ground: Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Anambra
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Ladan Bosso
Captain: Wilson Elu
Players To Watch: Godwin Obaje

Kano Pillars

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Nick: Masu Gida
Established: 1990
Home Ground: Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kano
No of Pl Titles: 4 (Most Recent 2014)
Coach: Ibrahim Musa
Captain: Rabiu Ali
Players To Watch: Rabiu Ali

■ Katsina United

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Nick: Changi Boys
Established: 1994
Home Ground: Karkanda Stadium, Kastina
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Abdullahi Biffo
Captain: Nasiru Sani
Players To Watch: Tasiu Lawal,Musa Suleiman, Destiny Ashadi

■ Kwara United

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Nick: Harmony Boys
Established: 1997
Home Ground: Kwara State Stadium
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: John Obuh
Captain: Dare Ojo
Players To Watch: Micheal Ohanu

■ Lobi Stars

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Nick: Ortom Boys
Established: 1981
Home Ground: Aper Aku Stadium, Markurdu
No of Pl Titles: 1 (1999)
Coach: Solomon Ogbeide
Captain: Anthony Agbaji
Players To Watch: Anthony Okpotu

Mountain Of Fire Ministries Fc

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Nick: Olukoya Boys
Established: 2007
Home Ground: Agege Stadium, Lagos
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Fidelis Ilechukwu
Captain: Austin Opara
Players To Watch: Chukwuka Onuwa, Sikiru Olatunbosun

Nasarawa United

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Nick: Solid Minners
Established: 2003
Home Ground: Lafia Township Stadium
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Kabiru Dogo
Captain: Emmanuel Makama
Players To Watch: Suraj Ayeleso

Niger Tornadoes

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Nick: Ikon Allah Boys
Established: 1977
Home Ground: Confluence Stadium, Lokoja (Temporary )
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Erasmus Onu
Captain: Aliko Mustapha
Players To Watch: Felix Mokum,Hussaini Ibrahim,Yakubu Alfa

Plateau United

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Nick: The Peace Boys
Established: 1975
Home Ground: Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos
No of Pl Titles: 1 (2017)
Coach: Kennedy Boboye
Captain: Elisa Golbe
Players To Watch: Moses Eneji, Tosin Omoyele

Rivers United

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Nick: Pride of Rivers
Established: 2016
Home Ground: Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Stanley Eguma
Captain: Festus Austin
Players To Watch: Emeka Ogbugh

Sunshine Stars

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Nick: Owena Waves
Established: 1995
Home Ground: Akure Township Stadium, Ondo State
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Duke Udi
Captain: Alaba Adeniyi
Players To Watch: Ezekiel Thompson

Wikki Tourist

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Nick: Bauchi Elephants
Established:
Home Ground: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Bala Nkiyu
Captain: Ibrahim Mustapha
Players To Watch: Zaharadeen Bello

■ Yobe Stars

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Nick:
Established: 1991
Home Ground: Damaturu Township Stadium
No of Pl Titles: NIL
Coach: Muhammed Baba Ganaru
Captain:
Players To Watch: Mohammed Rabiu.

According to LMC, the 2017/18 season will start at all centers on January 14 and in the first stanza, there will be three midweek matches on match days 2, 4 and 5 while the midseason break will be from April 30- May 5 and a longer break for the 2018 World Cup from June 14-July 15.

Until then, sit back and enjoy the sight of your teams among the top 20 sides in the country…

NPFL Table | League teams for 2017/18 season

Rank Team Pl W D L Pts SF SA +/-
1 same (1) Abia Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Akwa United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) El-Kanemi Warriors FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Enyimba International FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) FC IfeanyiUbah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) GO Round F.C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Heartland F,C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Kano Pillars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Katsina United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Kwara United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Lobi Stars FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) MFM FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Nasarawa United F.C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Niger Tornadoes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Plateau United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Rangers International FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Rivers United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Sunshine Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Wikki Tourists 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
same (1) Yobe Stars F.C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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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.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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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.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

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.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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.

 

 

 

 

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