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LMC’s Director, Matori Evasive On NPFL’s Revised Schedule

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A director of the League Management Company, Isa Matori is evasive regarding the purported league’s revised schedule on the social media but enjoined the media to wait for the official pronouncement from the league’s body.
Sources disclosed that the Nigeria Professional Football League 2017/18 season will now end on October 28 after over two months hiatus brought about by the leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation.
It was also stated by the same sources that the season is to continue from September second with Matchday 25 games and the amended dates in the revised schedule for the 2018 season indicates that matches will be played both weekends and mid-weeks to ensure that the season ends by the last week in October.
There will be six mid-week matchday fixtures for Matchdays 26, 28, 30, 31, 33 and 35 while the 2018 Federation Cup games are to come along the way also.
In an interview with Isa Matori who is a League Management Company director, he did not deny nor approve of the date in the revised schedule for the season but admitted that Club Owners and LMC directors had a discussion regarding that in one of their social media platforms.
He said the date in circulation in the social media is not sacrosanct yet and that everyone should be patient for the league organizers to make a pronouncement on it.
“I will not like to make any comment on it because pronouncement of such magnitude must come from the right channel which is through the LMC. Tidesports source.
“What I can say on it is that Club Owners and some LMC directors had some deliberations and certain date but it has not been rubber-stamped because it has not been approved by all. I will advise the media hold on a little while the LMC makes a statement on it.
“I know that with the advent of social media there is nothing hidden for long but what I have told you is the true fact. The LMC and the Club Owners must come to a roundtable and agree on the date,” Tidesports source.
“I know that with the league being on recess for over two months all clubs are eager for it to continue. Things must be done the right way.”
The last league fixtures were decided on June 10 before the league proceeded on break for the 2018 World Cup and to resume on July 18 but upheaval in the leadership of the NFF has forced the league resumption to be postponed.
With the adjustment in the programmes of Confederation of African Football for the 2018-19 season which will now run from August to May next year the NPFL season must be concluded before the start of November when the preliminary rounds will be held to prevent Nigerian teams’ disqualification.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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