It’s an aberration to appoint, allow clubs elect league officials, Zira tells NFF 

January 30, 2023 Ikenna Okonkwo Abuja 0

An experienced Nigerian football stakeholder, Mr. Emmanuel Zira, has asked the current leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that henceforth, the various leagues are allowed to legitimately elect those who will pilot their affairs. Mr. Zira who spoke to Blueprint in an interview from Yola, Adamawa state capital, said like the State Football Associations, Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Read More

Official: Approved league venues for 20 NPFL clubs in 2022/23 football season

December 31, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The venuesKwara United – Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan. Akwa United – Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. Remo Stars – Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne. Sunshine Stars – Akure Township Stadium, Akure. Gombe United – Pantami Stadium, Gombe. Niger Tornadoes – Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna. Rivers United – Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Portharcourt. Rangers Int’l – Awka Stadium, Awka. El-Kanemi Warriors – El-Kanemi Stadium, Read More

Breaking: Another NPFL star is dead

December 24, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

Ebuka David Odenigbo, a former player with Kano Pillars of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has died. Aged 21, Ebuka reportedly passed on in the early hours of Saturday December 24, 2022. Ebuka’s sudden demise happened within three days after a former Sunshine stars, Katsina and Nasarawa United player Chinedu Udechukwu passed on in Jos, Plateau state capital after Read More

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles go on Christmas break, 2 months to 2023 U20 AFCON kick-off

December 17, 2022 Editor 0

Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles turned back NPFL side, Lobi Stars 2-0 on Saturday morning at FIFA Goal Project AstroTurf in Abuja to round off the first phase of the team’s preparations for the forthcoming Africa U20 Cup of Nations on a high note.   Haliru Sarki broke the deadlock in a closely-fought game with a well-taken free kick in the 76th minute, and 10 minutes later, prolific Olusegun Otusanya sealed the victory for the Ladan Bosso-tutored side after Read More

2022/23 football season: NPFL gets ‘resumption date’

November 25, 2022 Administrator 0

A new date for the resumption of the new NPFL has been tentatively set for December 18th. The management company in charge of overseeing the affairs of the NPFL, The LMC, was dissolved in a bid to improve the quality of the league in what is said to be a new era of league football.An Interim management committee was commissioned Read More

2022/2023 NPFL: Wikki Tourists almost ready – Team Manager

November 4, 2022 Administrator 0

The Team Manager, Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi Yakubu Yankari has said they are 75 percent ready for the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. Yankari spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the just concluded 2022 Unity Preseason Tournament in Abuja. He told NAN that preparations were ongoing to ensure that the Read More

Resuscitate NPFL, Minister tells interim management committee

October 22, 2022 Administrator 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has called on the newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the National Professional Football League (NPFL) to resuscitate the league and bring it to its past glory. The Minister made the call today in his office in Abuja when he gave audience to the members of the Committee who Read More

New NFF President inaugurates NPFL’s IMC, demands integrity in Nigeria League

October 22, 2022 Administrator 0

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau says it is incumbent on the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League to imbue the nation’s elite domestic cadre with integrity, credibility and a firm hand on management and administration in order to turn things around for the better. Speaking at the inauguration of the committee Read More

Breaking: NPFL in fresh mess as armed Policemen take over LMC office 

September 15, 2022 Victor Kanayo 0

The headquarters of the League Management Company (LMC), the body responsible for administering the country’s apex domestic league affairs – the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been overtaken by the presence of Police operatives on Thursday September 15, 2022. The head office is located in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, and Blueprint gathered that the police personnel arrived the office in trucks on the Read More

FG withdraws recognition of LMC as NPFL organisers, declares body illegal, tells NFF what to do

September 9, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

The federal government has declared the League Management Company (LMC), an independent body managing the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as illegal. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports development Ismaila Abubakar announced this in a strong worded press statement on Friday morning September 9, 2022. The statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja Nigeria’s capital reads, “In view Read More

NPFL: Iorfa sacks TM, recalls 3 other Lobi stars staff 

September 5, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Lobi Stars FC Dominic Iorfa has recalled three out of the 40 staff of the club that were dissolved. The Vice Chairman also terminated the appointment of the Team Manager, Gabriel Ogwuche for failing to attend the meeting convened by management of the club and failure to sign acceptance letter for the appointment Read More

Minister parleys NPFL club owners, harps on roadmap for Nigeria’s football masterplan

August 30, 2022 Editor 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Nigeria’s football clubs as the fulcrum of the country’s domestic leagues. Dare specifically said the clubs represent the lifewire of Nigeria’s football development. Speaking while receiving the Club Owners Association led by its chairman, Barr. Isaac Danladi, at his Moshood Abiola National stadium office, Abuja, the Minister emphasised that Read More

Breaking: Again, crisis hits Nigeria football as clubs pull out of Aitep Cup

August 8, 2022 Editor 0

Clubs currently participating at the ongoing Federation Cup also known as FA/ Aiteo Cup have threatened to pull out after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sent Kwara United to Confederation of African Federation (CAF) as the country’s remauning representative for 2022/23 Confederation Cup. The remaining clubs at the quarter-final level of the Aiteo Cup are Niger Tornadoes, Lobi Stars, Wikki Tourists, Read More

Breaking: New NPFL winners, Rivers United, Angels dump NFF ‘s FA Cup

July 30, 2022 Editor 0

Just few days after winning 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Rivers United, have abandoned round of 64 Federation Cup match versus Dakkada FC. This was disclosed by the club management on Saturday. Also, former Nigeria Women Football League champions Rivers Angels have pulled out of the 2021/2022 Federation Cup. A statement from the club’s management reads, “This decision Read More

Dare reveals how formidable domestic league structure can trigger sustainable Nigerian football development

July 9, 2022 Editor 0

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has stated that the domestic league is the fulcrum that would give vitality to Nigerian football. In a chat in Abuja, the minister made reference to the working model of a robust league as a critical component of football vitality in any country. Dare emphasised the need for enforcing club licensing, governance Read More

Again, LMC slams top NPFL club with sanctions, chairman expelled

June 26, 2022 Editor 0

Three months after being sanctioned, fined ₦9 million and deducted three points, Kano Pillars of Kano have been again hit with another ₦2.750 millon for official’s rascality and unprofessionalism in their matchday 34 encounter against Dakkada FC. Announcing the new punishments on Saturday, the League Management Company, LMC also expelled Kano Pillars Chairman, Suraj Yahaya, from the Nigerian Professional Football Read More

Breaking: Rivers United win 2021/22 NPFL title

June 25, 2022 Editor 0

Rivers United on Saturday emerged champions of 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after Plateau United succumbed to Akwa United defeat in Uyo. With three matches to the end of the current league campaign and possible nine points at stake, Rivers United are ahead with 10 points against rival Plateau United. Rivers United will face Nasarawa United away on Sunday. Read More

Breaking: New Super Eagles coach storms Ilorin, to watch NPFL game

June 18, 2022 Editor 0

New Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, on Saturday arrived Ilorin, capital of Kwara state to watch one of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches between Kwara United and Sunshine stars of Akure on Sunday. Peseiro few days ago led Super Eagles to Morocco where they thrashed Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in the day two of African Cup of Nations Read More

AFCON qualifier: Peseiro axes NPFL stars, invites Osimhen, Umar, Lookman others ahead Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe clash

June 4, 2022 Editor 0

Head Coach José Santos Peseiro has called up captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong and 25 other players to the camp of the Super Eagles for this month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe. The Portuguese tactician has also invited goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Adewale Adeyinka, defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Calvin Read More

LMC makes u-turn, clears Isha Ali for NPFL action

May 23, 2022 Administrator 0

The League Management Company (LMC) have revised its earlier decision to disqualify one of the two Remo Stars players allegedly involved in match fixing in Ghana. The news of the ban placed on Isah Ali and Andy Okpe by the LMC citing lack of “critical” information and documentation in the registration of the players for the 2021/2022 NPFL. According the Read More

Breaking: NPFL side, Lobi stars, sack coach Eddy Dombraye

March 13, 2022 Editor 0

At last, Lobi Stars have sacked coach Eddy Dombraye after not too impressive run at the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. Dombraye leaves the Makurdi club he joined in 2021. He recorded five wins, four draws and nine losses. Stars scored just 12 goals while conceding 21 in 18 games. “Aftermath of the home defeat by Abia Warriors, Read More

Breaking: NPFL club Shooting stars General Manager, Rasheed Balogun, is dead

January 21, 2022 Editor 0

The death has been announced of the General Manager of Shooting stars Rasheed Balogun. Confirming the latest development, the club also known as 3SC said Balogun died Thursday night after a protracted illness. The club via its Twitter handle wrote, “We lost our General Manager. After a long battle with an undisclosed illness for months, Rasheed Balogun finally succumbed to Read More