MFM 2-1 Rangers: Odey Shows Reignng Champions Class

Two eye-catching goals by MFM FC and champions Rangers International at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Friday plus a gift for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer Stephen Odey helped MFM claim a 2-1 win.

Before the game, the news was about a starry-eyed 16-year-old attacking midfielder Akanni Elijah lined up to make his debut for MFM but ended up watching the 90 minutes from the bench as his coach Fidelis Ilechukwu was more concerned with taking the full points.

MFM vs Rangers: Our Priority Is To Defeat The Champions Says Fidelis Ilechukwu

MFM FC head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has said his side's priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers when they meet at the Agege Stadium on Friday night.

The Nnewi-born tactician during a pre-match press conference on Thursday spoke about how important it is for his team to claim the maximum points at their home ground they have now nicknamed the Soccer Temple.

NPFL: Match Day 7 Results ( Rescheduled Fixtures)

Rivers 1-1 Pillars
Wikki 1-0 3SC

Rangers 2-1 Lobi
Katsina 1-0 FCIU

Rangers Players, Coaches In Dollar Rain After Champions League Progress

Nigeria champions Rangers have received a cash boost after they advanced to the first round of this year’s CAF Champions League at the expense of Algeria’s JS Saoura.

Officials announced that instead of a proposed $190 per player as travel allowance to Algeria, each player will now be paid $730, while officials and coaches will be paid $1,000 each.

The players will also each receive 50,000 Naira as match bonus for the Champions League tie.

Results Of Nigerian Teams in CAF Champions League & Confederation Cup

Rivers utd 4-0 Real Bamako (Agg 4-0)
Rangers 0-0 JS Saoura (Agg 1-1)

Wikki 1-0 RSLAF (1-2)
AL Masry 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah (Agg 1-1, penalties 3-0)
CAF CL Results

The results above implies that Nigeria's two teams in the Champions League have qualified for the next round while the two teams in the Confederation cup have been knocked out.

Chukwu Hails Rangers For Holding JS Saoura in CAF Champions League

New chief executive of Rangers FC,  Christian Chukwu has praised the team after they pulled off a 1-1 draw at Algeria’s JS Saoura in a CAF Champions League clash at the weekend.

He commended his players for standing resolutely against the antics of the North African side.

Chukwu praised the players for overcoming what he described as provocation, intimidation and adverse weather at the Bechir Stadium.

CAF Champions League: Rangers Hold JS Saoura In Algeria

Rangers had a good start in the CAF Champions League on Friday night as they forced Algerian side JS Saoura to a 1-1 draw.

Rangers highest goal scorer last season Bobby Clement got the vital away goal for the Flying Antelopes who had actually stated that they would have love to win away from home.

The Flying Antelopes have been shaky on the domestic scene and would be happy with how things have started for them on the continent.

Despite reports about payment that recently rocked their camp Imama's boys rose up to the occassion.

Christian Chukwu Appointed As New Boss Of Rangers

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi held a meeting with the board, management, players, supporters club and other stakeholders of Rangers on Monday.

The Gov. has confirmed the appointment of former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu as the new manager and CEO of Rangers.

The change has taken effect with immediate other as Paul Ozor Chibuzor vacates the sit after leading the team for about 10 years.

The change of structure can be properly traced to financial management and a need for the club to do well in Africa.

Rangers Home Ground Not Ready For CAF Competition - NFF

Director of Competitions, Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Bola Oyeyode, says the current state of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is below standard for Africa Football Confederation competitions.

Oyeyode, who made the assertion on Thursday in Enugu while speaking with newsmen, said the deplorable condition of facilities at the stadium was nothing to write home about.

“With the current condition of the stadium, I doubt if CAF will consider the stadium as a venue for its matches,’’ he said.

Charity Cup: Ifeanyi Ubah Splash N1m on Victorious Team

Owner of embattled club Ifeanyi Ubah FC has reportedly splashed N1m on his team after the millionaire boys defeated the Rangers who are the NPFL Champions in the Charity Cup.

Ubah keeps motivating his team with cash prices, huge salaries and innovations. His team is currently the richest club in Nigeria as the Billionaire keeps moving the club forward.

Most fans will probably believe that the N1m splash is small but it might be down to the debt the club owes.


Nigerian News

Lagos Beach Olympic: Ten Teams To Compete In Maiden Edition   

Each of the 10 teams that will compete at the maiden edition of the Beach Olympics will be named after a Nigerian hero, organisers of the event, which is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Atlantic City, Lagos, have said.


Sunshine Stars Troop Out On Akure Streets To Protest Unpaid Salaries    

It's so glearing that football in Nigeria will still face protests of unpaid allowances and wages. Recently the Falcons took to the streets of Abuja to protest unpaid allowances after conquering Africa for the 7th time.


Rangers FC Not Begging For Money - Ndukwe   

Recently news broke ot that the players refused to collect the money issued out to them for continental football then another news broke out that the team has been begging for money to help them pursue continental success.


Lagos City Marathon: Six Things You Should Know   

Twenty Nigerians will win cash prizes from the Lagos City Marathon from the female & male categories. The star prize for the wining Nigerians ranges from N1M to N20,000.

The winner in the competition will win a whopping $50,000


Rohr To Call Up Five New Players For Senegal Friendly   

Five players who have never been called up to the Super Eagles will be in the squad for the friendly game against Senegal and possibly Ghana. 


What! Abandoned Nigerian Stadium Turned To Trailer Park   

The Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State—once the home of Abiola Babes in the 80s, when it was known as Asero Stadium – has been converted to a park for heavy duty vehicles.


Sad! Former Super Eagles Coach Paul Hamilton's Leg Amputated   

Former Super Eagles coach Paul Hamilton’s leg has been amputated, The PUNCH has learnt.

The 75-year-old former international has been bedridden for months before his left leg was amputated from the knee, Hamilton’s wife, Durdy, said.


CAF Appoints Two Nigerian Referees For Continental Duties   

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has appointed two Nigerian referees to officiate in the First Round , Second Leg matches of continental club competitions.


World Cup Qualifier: Cameroon Aiming Four Points Against Nigeria    

AFCON 2017 Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are hoping they can pick at least four points off Nigeria’s Super Eagles when both teams clash in crunch 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in August.


Nigeria will defeat Sout Africa & Cameroon Says Rohr   

Prior to AFCON 2017 Nigeria appeared like a better team than Cameroon but their victorious outingg in Gabon has raised eyebrows ahead of their World cup qualifier with Nigeria.


Yakubu Aiyegbeni Joins English League One Side   

Former Everton & Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has completed his return to English football after signing a short-term deal with Coventry City a team which features in League One.

Aiyegbeni, 34, has been without a club since he left Turkish side Kayserispor in 2016.


Basketball: Kano Pillars Star, Abubakar Usman Set To Fight For D' Tigers Shirt   

With a terrific display at FIBA Africa Champions Cup (ACC) last December in Cairo, Abubakar Usman reminded everyone how he is preparing to regain a place in the senior men’s national team, the D’Tigers. 



Granada vs Real Betis: Match Preview, Facts & Stats   

Granada have not lost in their last eight Andalusian derbies at home in La Liga (W4 D4); last losing in May 2014 (0-2 vs Almeria).


Competition At Manchester City Will Help Iheanacho - Mikel Obi   

Nigeria's Super Eagles captain and legend John Mikel Obi who spent 10 and half years at English Premier League giants Chelsea has advised Kelechi Iheanacho on his future at Manchester City. 


Bournemouth 0-2 Man City: Sterling Reduces Chelsea's Lead To Eight Points    

Guariola's men climbed into second in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, although the triumph was soured by Gabriel Jesus’ early injury.


Lazio vs AC Milan: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

C Milan have only lost three of their last 37 Serie A games against Lazio, winning 16 and sharing 18 draws.


Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.


Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Musa, Ndidi Continues Free Fall   

Musa, Vardy, Mahrez, Ndidi and others have not scored a premier league goal in year 2017 which as accounted for their free fall in the league.


Burnley 1-1 Chelsea: Robbie Brady's Goal Holds Blues   

Conte's men missed the opportunity to open up a 12-point gap at the Premier League summit as Burnley fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.


Ferdinard: Iwobi, Others Don't Have Premier League wining Mentality    

Ferdinard's opinion on Arsenal will certainly make Alex Iwobi and his colleagues have a re-think as the former United defender believes they can't win the title yet.


Swansea vs Leicester: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.


Burnley vs Chelsea: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Burnley have never won a Premier League encounter against Chelsea, losing four of five previous attempts (D1).


EPL Round Up: Mane Nets Brace, Gunners, United Win   

Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.


Fiorentina vs Udinese: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

16 of the last 19 Serie A games between Fiorentina and Udinese have seen at least three goals scored - an average of 3.6 goals per game.