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

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”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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Seamoriow FC Shines Bright in Thrilling Victory Against Leads United FC.

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In a gripping showdown at the Seamoriow Sports Complex earlier today, Seamoriow FC once again showcased their prowess on the field, clinching a sensational 4-3 triumph over Leads United FC.

The match, marked by breathtaking goals and intense moments, kept fans from the neighbourhood who saw the game on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

The action-packed encounter saw Seamoriow’s Paul Salako setting the tone early with a stunning goal in the 15th minute, swiftly followed by Saka’s precise strike from a low angled shot in the 20th minute. Akinjide Johnson further fueled the team’s momentum with a good finish in the 29th minute, leaving the opposition reeling. Despite a valiant effort from Leads United FC, Adeshina Lekan’s penalty in the 62nd minute sealed the victory for Seamoriow FC.

Reacting to the exhilarating win, the Chairman/Proprietor of Seamoriow FC expressed immense pride in the team’s performance, stating, “We are thrilled by this victory, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players. Our commitment to nurturing young talent remains unwavering, and we are actively expanding our scouting network to unearth passionate individuals who embody the spirit of Seamoriow FC. Our ultimate goal is to provide promising Nigerian talents with a platform to shine and pursue successful careers in football, and we are determined to attract the best talent from across the nation.”

Seamoriow FC will next take on Breeding Professionals FA at the Legacy Practise pitch on Sunday, 25th of February in preparation for the Africa Selected All Stars Scouting Tournament the club will be participating in billed for 26th – 28th February at the practice pitch, Surulere, Lagos

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ABIA Warriors Vs Remo Stars: CEO Banana Island Offers Free Bus To Fans On Sunday

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The Banana Island CEO, Mr Francis Chilaka, will provide free bus to Abia Warriros fans, who come out en mass to support the team as they host Remo Stars Football Club at the Enyimba FC Stadium on Sunday.

Following the Umuahia township stadium ban by the League Organizers, the Umuahia based will welcome the ‘Sky Blue Stars’ in their temporary home stadium in Aba in one of the Matchday 20 fixtures billed for the weekend.

“Playing away from your traditional home ground can be difficult in football but we’re planning to make it a home away from home for the Abia Warriros with our usual support”

“The free bus will ensure the fans will be on the stands to cheer the team this will be added advantage for the team playing at its temporary home ground”

“Efforts has been made by the Club Chairman, Chief John Obuh, to return the team back to Umuahia soonest as their has been steady progress in work on the playing turf as well on the stadium environs”

“Before we return back to Umuahia, the team needs to bounce back to winning ways and that’s why the fans will be present to ginger their spirit “ he concluded.

Mr. Francis Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriors management has been in the frontline in ensuring massive support for the Umuahia warlords as he offers different kinds of moral and financial support to the Abia Warriors team.

Amongst the contingent moving from Umuahia to Aba for the crunchy fixture is Chairman Abia State House Member on Sports, Hon. Chinasa Abiola, as well as other well meaning Abians.

When the games gets underway in ABA on Sunday, Abia Warriros who lost to Remo Stars on Matchday 19 will be out to make up for the lost points when the trade tackles on Matchday 20 in the first game of the league second round.

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NPFL Youth League: The Abia Warriors Boys Were Brave Enough- Francis Chilaka

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Abia Warriors Board member and football enthusiast, Francis Chilaka, has thumbed up Abia Warrior’s Under-17 lads for their bravery following their 2-2 stalemate against city neighbors, Enyimba International Under-17, in it’s first game in the South-East, zone of the on-going NPFL youth league in Enugu State.

The popular philanthropist and business guru who has been in the Coal City with the team affirmed the boys resilience which earned the team a point in the keenly contested fixture.

“It’s a derby game and the fixture lived up to it’s billing as the two young lads displayed their football artistry”

“Kudos to the boys, Abia Warriros, for their efforts as there is more room for improvement going into the next game”

In the excited fixture which ended in a stalemate, Abia Warriors side were the side who stole the show as they came with a late goal to steal headline in the fixture watched by NPFL dignitaries.

To earn the South-East slot to the National level, Abia Warriors Under-17 in it’s subsequent games will trade tackless with Heartland, Rangers Under-17 sides

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