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Why We Are In Financial Mess – NPL

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The Nigerian Premier League Board (NPL) has given reasons why it is in financial crisis which led to the sealing of its corporate headquarters by the Abuja Environmental Protection Agency (AEPB). NPL Head of Media, Isaac Ibhafidon said yesterday that the reason was because of the problem it had with some of its investments, one of which was the N200 million properties for its permanent office at Garki area of Abuja.

He denied that there was any form of reckless spending by the board, which also led to the delay of salaries of its staff. Ibhafidon admitted that though the staff were being owed, all arrears would be cleared.

Ibhafidon also said that he closure of the NPL office by AEPB was based on a “minor misunderstanding. They made a mistake but we have settled it and the amount we owed has been settled.” He however, refused to mention how much was paid to vacate the sealing up of the premises order.

On the allegations that some of the cheques isused on its Equatorial Trust Bank account had bounced and returned, Ibhafidon said “None of the cheques issued bounced. How can we issue cheques when there is no money in the account? When there is crisis, people just cook up stories and this is just another lie,” observed the NPL head of media.

The AEPB had sealed off NPL office located at the highbrow Asokoro district of the Federal capital city due to non-payment of mere sanitation fees.

The NPL appeared in an Abuja magistrate court yesterday on the matter. It explained why it failed to comply with the earlier directives. The AEPB had hinged its power to seal up the property based on its 1997 Act.

The agency disclosed on the warrant to seal the premises that, “upon hearing counsel to the prosecution, and after being satisfied that the bill of charges was served on the accused person but remain unpaid and summons to appear before this court was served twice (June 23 and May 7th, 2009), respectively but the accused neglected or failed to answer the summons.

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Finidi George Begins  Tenure On A Winning Note

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Super Eagles legend Finidi George began his tenure as the coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba on a winning note.
The former Nigerian international was appointed as the coach of Nigeria’s most successful club, Enyimna FC last month, and he could not have hoped for a better start.
Finidi had revealed in his press conference that he was at the club to win, and that was what he did in his first match in charge.
The former Real Betis winger led his boys to a 1-0 win over ASC Diambars in the first leg of their second round qualifying match of the CAF Confederations Cup in Senegal.
It was not an easy victory, though, as Enyimba had their goalkeeper to thank for making vital saves to keep the away side in the game.
Substitute Cyril Olisema’s late penalty ensures the Peoples Elephants go into the second leg in Aba with a slight advantage.
It was Enyimba’s first game in the competition after they were drawn in the first qualifying round. Finidi will now hope his side can finish the job at home and seal a place in the playoff round.

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‘I Remain One Of Africa’s Best Strikers’

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Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes he ranks among the best strikers out of Africa.
Tidesports source reports that Aiyegbeni sits fifth on the list of all-time African goalscorers in the Premier League with 95 goals, just behind Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor’s 97 for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian featured for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers over a nine-year period, and believes his record stacks up favourably considering his club’s comparatively lower standings.
“I’ll still remain one of the top strikers from Africa, no matter if those guys score more than 100 goals,” he said. “Don’t forget they played for some of the biggest clubs in England.
“To score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton and Blackburn is big as well. If you can get 15 goals in a season as a striker in England, it’s a great season for you.
“For me, it’s an honour to score that many goals. I got injured and didn’t play for one year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. I had chances to do it, but the time was right for me to leave, so I went to China.”
As for current players, Manchester City’s Algeria international, Riyad Mahrez (67), sixth on the list, and Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (66), seventh, still have some way to go to trouble the top five.

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Whyte Ogbonda Satisfied With Team’s Performance

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Manager of Osun Babes Whyte Ogbonda has commended his players’ performance at the on going 2021 edition of the Flying Officers Cup Tour name ng and tasked them to be more determined when they face Royal Queens in their next encounter.
Ogbonda made the commendation during a telephone chat with Tidesports at the weekend.
The Ogbonda led side played a goalless draw against Bayelsa Queens on Fridau to book a place in the quarters finale of the major Women Football preseason Championship in Africa.
According to the former Ibom Angels manager, rhe game against Bayelsa Queens was a great test and it really helped them(Osun Babes FC), as they continue to build a team for the new season.
“Truly, our preparation was not ideal before now, but I told my players before the match that it is very important that we go past the first round and qualify for the next round.
‘It was very tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times we were pushed beyond limits.
‘We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament and with more hard work, I believe we will get better as a team.”
Osun Babes will play in the quarter-finals against Royal Queens Today at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja.

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