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NNL slams fine on Smart City Football of Lagos for assault on match officials



”Smart City Football of Lagos To Face Three Points Deduction And N3.5million Fine For Assaults On Match Officials At NNL.”

The Nigeria National League (NNL) has imposed the sum of N3,500,000.00 (Three million, five hundred naira) and three points and three goals deduction on Lagos based football outfit, Smart City as fines for breaching various sections of the NNL rule book during their match day five encounter in the Southern Conference,group B2 with Gateway Football, at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode Ogun State on Sunday.

Acting on video evidences and reports from the referees and match commissioner, NNL charged Smart City and its supporters for pitch encroachment, Assaults on match Officials, bodily injuries, damaged and stolen items of the umpires.

The supporters of Smart City invaded the pitch when center referee issued a second yellow card to Tunde Adejokun  of Smart City, having had a caution earlier; he was given the matching order by the centre referee Oni Stepehen from Oyo state.

The decision did not go down well with the supportsers of Smart City,who allegedly took the law into their own hands, with the encounter at 0-0 during added time in the first half.

The Match Officials: MC-Adetula Felix(Ondo),Referee Assessor –Obire Bawo(Edo),AR1-Taiwo Mathew(Oyo),AR2-Adefabi Oluwatoyin(Oyo) and RR- Awodein Bidemi –(Ogun),scampered for safety as they were chased about.

After investigating the incident in ,NNL summary jurisdiction found Smart City of breaching sections 16:2,16:4.1 and 26.1 of the codified NNL rule book for the season and were charged as follows:

1. N1, 000,000.00 (One Million Naira), for pitch encroachment and throwing of objects which led to the discontinuation of the match.

2. N1, 000,000.00 (One Million Naira), for assaults on match officials and bodily harms by supporters of Smart City which led to the abandonment of the match.

3. According to Article 26.1 Smart City are to forfeit three points and three goals from already accrued points in the league. 

4. Supporters of Smart City are band from all NNL organized matches till the end of the season.

5. A fine of N500, 000.00(Five hundred thousand naira) for the medical bills of the match officials. 

6. N1, 000,000.00 (One Million Naira),fine to replace the lost and damaged valuables items of the match officials.

7. NNL warned Smart City that any further act of violence and assault, will lead to a complete withdrawal from the league.

8. The Match with scores at 0-0 shall be concluded on Thursday 20th April,2023 at same venue under strict closed doors.

9. NNL equally issued warnings to the Ogun State Football Association and management of Gateway Football club to ensure adequate and effective security measures are put in place before, during and after the match. 

10. NNL notes that the teams have a 48 hours right to appeal the summary jurisdiction on receipt of its correspondence.

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NPFL Super 6

Through difficulty to the height- Rangers Motor

Enugu Rangers International Football Club has qualified for this years final match of 2023 Tingo/Dozy MMobonusi sponsored Federation Cup. Rangers defeated her semi – final contenders, Plateau United Football Club of Jos by one goal to zero.




Enugu Rangers International Football Club has qualified for this years final match of 2023 Tingo/Dozy MMobonusi sponsored Federation Cup. Rangers defeated her semi – final contenders, Plateau United Football Club of Jos by one goal to zero.

As the Rangers motor suggests, “through difficulty to heights”, Rangers passed through difficulties to this height they have found themselves. With the struggles from the Tingo preseason competition which she came last, to the League competition, Rangers narrowly survived the relegation to lower division for the first time since inception but today, has qualified for the finals of the oldest and biggest football competition in Nigeria.

The semi – final match played at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State was between Plateau United of Jos and Rangers International Football Club of Enugu. A Godwin Obaje’s penalty kick at 90+2 minutes when Philip Clement was brought down in Plateau’s 18 yard box in 89th minutes, was enough to send Rangers to the final match that will be between her and Bendel Insurance who progressed through penalty shootout after ending 0 – 0 (4 – 2) with Warrior Wolves.

According to Coach Abdu Maikaba, “I am very happy today having won my former club Plateau United. It was a had fought battle. We created so many scoring chances, but couldn’t convert any until we made a tactical change in second half. We were committing them in their 18 yard box and the result is what we are enjoying.”

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NPFL Super Six: Super Eagles Defender Adekunle Adeleke Eyes First League Title With Enyimba FCb



Super Eagles defender, Adekunle Adeleke has remained optimistic of landing his first Nigeria topflight league title with Enyimba International when the Nigeria Professional Football League play-off kick-start.

Adekunle and his Enyimba International side made it through the Championship play-off as they garner the needed points to emerge second position below Bencel Insurance in the just concluded Abridged League Season.

Speaking from the team camp ahead of the team first game against Remo stars tomorrow, the rock-solid defender has thrown his weight behind his team as he believes they posses all is needed to be crowned NPFL Champions.

“The team is coming into the Super 6 with a more fitter team as many injured players has returned from their injury “

“I believe we have what it takes to clinch the trophy and a win against Remo Stars tomorrow will boost the team morale” he concluded.

Known for his tenacity and bullish in the backline, the former Abia Warriors defender ranks amongst players to look out for in the Coach Findi George tutored side.

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Paul Bassey Assumes Chairmanship of NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee




… Paul Bassey Appointed Chairman of NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee

In a move set to revitalize and elevate the organization of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 6, Paul Bassey has been appointed as the Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee.

With his extensive experience and passion for the sport, Bassey’s appointment brings renewed hope for the successful execution of the highly anticipated tournament.

Paul Bassey, a prominent figure in Nigerian football, has taken up the pivotal role of Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee. This appointment comes as a strategic decision by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to enhance the structure and organization of the NPFL Super 6, one of the most prestigious tournaments in Nigerian football.

As a respected sports administrator and renowned football journalist, Bassey’s appointment is expected to inject fresh energy and expertise into the event. His deep understanding of the intricacies of football administration and his commitment to promoting the growth of the sport in Nigeria make him an ideal candidate for this crucial position.

The NPFL Super 6 is a showcase tournament that brings together the top six teams from the NPFL season, competing for the ultimate glory. It serves as a platform for showcasing talent, fostering healthy competition, and providing an entertaining spectacle for football enthusiasts across Nigeria.

With Bassey at the helm, the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee aims to ensure seamless coordination and execution of the tournament. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the event, from venue selection and match scheduling to logistics, media coverage, and fan engagement. Bassey’s vast network within the Nigerian football community will also be instrumental in securing sponsorships and partnerships to elevate the tournament’s profile.

Expressing his gratitude for the appointment, Bassey emphasized his commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, transparency, and fairness throughout the planning and execution stages. He acknowledged the significance of the NPFL Super 6 in promoting Nigerian football talent and pledged to work closely with all stakeholders to create a memorable and successful event.

The NPFL Super 6 has long been considered a launching pad for emerging football stars, providing a platform for them to catch the attention of national team selectors and international scouts. Bassey’s appointment is expected to enhance the tournament’s appeal and attract greater attention from football enthusiasts, sponsors, and media organizations.

As preparations for the NPFL Super 6 gather momentum under the guidance of Chairman Paul Bassey, football fans across Nigeria eagerly anticipate an enthralling competition that showcases the immense talent within the NPFL. The appointment of Bassey is seen as a step towards transforming the tournament into a well-organized and highly competitive event that reflects the true potential of Nigerian football.

Paul Bassey’s appointment as Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee ushers in a new era of professionalism and dedication to Nigerian football. With his expertise and vision, the tournament is poised to reach new heights, benefiting players, fans, sponsors such as Dozy Mmobuosi and the sport as a whole. The NPFL Super 6 promises to be an exciting and memorable event, showcasing the immense talent within the Nigerian Professional Football League.

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