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Nigeria Football League to Nigeria Professional Football League , Nothing has changed. (Part 1)



Nigeria Football League to Nigeria Professional Football League , Nothing has changed. (Part 1)

I can’t believe there will be a time under League Management Company that our league will be in a mess that reminds us of our horrible past .

From IMC through LMC , nothing worthwhile has changed .

It was the short dispensation of Nduka Irabor as the boss of LMC that brought hope but the hope is now in darkness .

From the Galadima led NFA to Chief Obaseki ,who adminster the league for five years , nothing changed .

Even as the Obaseki led board includes members like Aisha Falode , Ade Ojeikere , Amanze Ucheagbulam , Sani Lulu and Mr Kasali , nothing changed.

There was certainly no obvious improvement in the league during the tenures of Oyuiki Obaseki.

After internal crisis kicked David Owumi out as the chairman and Nduka Irabor became the LMC chairman in 2013 then we began to hope .

But what we have now under Shehu Dikko is a drifting hope and the only succour is that we are better than the past .

This year will mark 47 years of league football , 29 years of professional football and 16 years since the domestic league football underwent radical change with the introduction of premier league under the Galadima led NFA board , it is still very impossible for two clubs to do a simple player transfer.

Even with the introduction of the Domestic Transfer Matching System in 2015, it has not being able erase the issue of Ownership tussles , contract disputes and financial transparency – The three major plagues of Nigerian football League.

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Players Welfarism has only improved on papers , The framework and guidelines of NPFL is a dead robot .

The Club Owners Association , who League Management Company declared as one of the problems of the league are now Siaseme Twins .

Who will bail Nigeria Football League , who will make Nigeria Football League professional ? , it has never been professional .

No single initiative of the League Management Company has lasted more than one season – some of them comes on and off .

Instability and lack of trust in the Nigerian League Referees is bane of the league .

Just few weeks ago , it was reported that Former Kano Pillars’ goal keeper , David Obiozor was involved in match fixing in the final of the 2018 aiteo cup and the League Management Company has been informed .

Where is iProsport , am yet to see a single bottle of Isotonic Pro Sport , what is the benefit of FBT partnership ?

We are yet to see NPFL berth on Sky TV , Ben TV , etc .

Who are the two service provider that is deployed to engage , monetize content and expand the fan base.

What of Kari Xchange and VDL.

What are the benefit of the partnership of the company aforementioned.

What of NASD ?

To be continued.

Mudashiru Shittu

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FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, the title sponsor of one of polo’s most prestigious trophy, the Georgian Cup is grabbing all the headlines and attention as the 102nd edition of the competition gets underway in Kaduna. 



The competition, scheduled to hold 23rd – 30th October 2021 at the Kaduna Polo Club, will feature High Goal teams drawn from across the country who are already on the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running sponsorship in sports and Kaduna El-Amin as the defending Champion.

Expectedly, this year’s edition of the famous Georgian Cup is generating lots of excitement within Kaduna and beyond as combatants storm Kaduna is quest for honour and fame on the turf. Led by the son of former Military Head of State, Mohammed Babangida, the team overpowered the then defending champions, Abuja Rubicon by 9-7 to emerge winner. The victory was the 15th for El-Amin in the competition. Sporting Nigeria’s best player, Bello Buba (19 times winner of Georgian Cup), Argentine imports; Raul and Martin Sowedo, as well as hard hitting Mohammed Babangida (15 times winner), the victory was a soothing balm sort of for their defeat in 2018 and 2019 to Abuja Rubicon.

FirstBank has since maintained the sponsorship of the prestigious cup since 1919 and has remained a key support to the Kaduna Polo Club. This year marks the 102nd year of sponsoring the Georgian Cup Tournament and the sponsorship is reportedly the longest standing sports sponsorship association in the world, a reflection of a long-lasting association that aligns with heritage, values, performance and quality, all worthy of celebration. This year’s also coincides with the unveiling the Remodeled Murtala Square.

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Speaking on the Bank’s contribution to sports development in Nigeria, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications of FirstBank, Ms. Folake Ani-Mumuney said “we are always delighted to continue our sponsorship of various sporting events. In line with our nation-building goal, sports have a huge role to play with regards to nation-building which is evident in different elevating qualities such as discipline, determination, teamwork a passion for fitness in the psyche of a nation as well as economic development. And this is in line with our nation-building goal which also involves deliberate long-term support. FirstBank sponsored events include the Georgian Cup of Kaduna Polo Club, for over 100 years; the Dala Tennis Hard Court in Kano Club for over 30 years; the FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship in Ikoyi Club which will be in its 60th year this November and the Obasanjo Pro-Amateur tournament of Abeokuta Club now in its 5th year. The Bank’s influence in the development of sport in Nigeria is under its First@Sport initiative”.

The Georgian Cup, donated by FirstBank in 1918 is the oldest and most respected Polo trophy in West Africa. The Kaduna Polo Club was founded in 1918 by the British Army and is one of the most prestigious clubs in Nigeria.

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 127 years.

With over 750 business locations and over 130,620 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 30 million customers. The Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

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The Bank has been handy at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such a milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 10million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 4.5 million people on FirstMobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of the first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is always to deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.


Folake Ani-Mumuney 

Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications

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Barcelona SACKS Koeman After Defeat By Rayo Vallecano



Ronald Koeman has been sacked by Barcelona after overseeing their worst start to a season since the 1987-88 campaign.

They finished sixth that year – a similar season would leave them outside the Champions League and have catastrophic consequences on the club’s already fragile finances.

They are currently floundering in ninth almost closer to the relegation zone than to the top of the table.

Koeman was fired on the flight back from a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

The Catalans will now look to replace the Dutchman as soon as possible, with club legend Xavi Hernandez, currently with Al Sadd in Qatar, the favourite to take over.

Despite Koeman being a club legend himself during his playing days, a disappointing end to the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander campaign, coupled with an even worse start to the current season – where Barcelona find themselves ninth in the table – convinced the board that the Dutchman would not be able to turn the tide.

On October 2, ahead of the league meeting with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona president Joan Laporta had stated Koeman would continue as coach regardless of the result in an apparent vote of confidence for the under-pressure boss, yet with the situation having taken a turn for the worse over the course of the month, that position has drastically changed.

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Nigerian Coach Gets FIFA Ban For Attempted Match-Fixing




The Coach of Confine FC Uyo, Remi Amadi, has been handed a global ban of two years from all football related activities by FIFA, the world football governing body, after he was found guilty of attempted match manipulation.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee conveyed this decision to the Nigeria Football Federation, and it is a consequence of a similar ban imposed on the gaffer by the NFF Disciplinary Committee at its meeting of 16th August 2021.

The NFF Integrity Unit forwarded the said decision of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and all the relevant documentations to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee via a letter dated 25th August 2021, requesting the Committee to extend the sanction to have a worldwide effect, in accordance with Article 66, FIFA Disciplinary Code.

During the meeting in August, Amadi admitted before the NFF committee that he attempted to manipulate the outcome or result of the match between Cofine FC vs Bussdor FC played March 15th, 2021 at the University of Calabar Stadium as documented in an audio conversation between them.

He also admitted that if the attempted manipulation had pulled through, the Club, Cofine FC would have benefited from such manipulation.

His accomplice, coach Emeka Okoronkwo was fined N500,000, while the result of the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC played on 15th March, 2021 at University of Calabar Stadium, Cross Rivers State was cancelled.

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