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LMC Adjusts Four League Fixtures

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Some fixtures of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were yesterday adjusted by the League Management Company (LMC).
Tidesports source reports that the fixtures’ adjustment is in lieu of the involvement of some of the clubs in continental club competitions which begin this weekend.
In a memo, LMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar, informed the clubs that the matches originally scheduled for Sunday and February 18 have been moved to new dates.
Specifically, the Match Day 8 fixture between Wikki Tourists and Lobi Stars will now hold on Monday as against the previous date of Sunday.
Another affected Match Day 8 fixture is that involving Enyimba International and champions Plateau United which was shifted to Wednesday from Monday.
The fixture between MFM FC and Akwa United in Agege will now hold on February 15.
Some Match Day 9 fixtures scheduled for February 18 were also affected as Akwa United will now visit Lobi Stars on February 28.
Plateau United will host Rangers International, while Sunshine Stars will host MFM FC in Akure on the same midweek of February 28.
“ All other fixtures remain as scheduled,’’ Abubakar stated on behalf of LMC.
Tidesports source reports that Plateau United and MFM FC are involved in the CAF Champions League, while Enyimba International and Akwa United are competing in the CAF Confederation Cup first round matches.
However, former CAF Champions League winners Enyimba was drawn bye.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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