NPFL Round-Up: Orok Can’t Stop Scoring, Dakkada Still Unbeaten Away, Rivers Win In Gombe

first_imgVeteran forward Akarandut Orok struck his third goal in as many games as Akwa United finally ended second-placed Lobi Stars’ eight match unbeaten run on Matchday 11 of the 2019/2020 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.Orok whose lone goal decided last week’s Qua-Iboe derby scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as Kennedy Boboye won his third straight game to lift the Promise Keepers to eighth on the log.Leaders Plateau United suffered a 3-0 humbling in Umuahia as Abia Warriors moved up to fourth on the table.Emmanuel Ugwuka put the home side ahead in the 28th minute before further strikes from Guy Kuemian in the 83rd minute and Bello Lukman four minutes later put a further gloss on the result.Rivers United moved into third position on the log following a highly impressive 2-0 victory away at Adamawa United.Junior Osaghae scored the opener for the visitors in the 25th minute before Malachy Ohawume made sure of the result with a 57th minute effort.Heartland’s poor form against FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi continued with the home side securing a 1-0 victory over the Naze Millionaires courtesy of Samuel Kalu’s 21minute winner.Two goals either side of half time saw Warri Wolves run out 2-1 winners over Kwara United in Ughelli.Sunday Williams in the 38th minute and Efe Yahere in the 52nd minute put the hosts two goals up before Alao Danbani pulled one back for the visitors on the 58th minute.Fuad Ekeleojuoti scored in the fifth minute of added time to spare Sunshine Stars’ blushes in a 1-1 stalemate against visiting Dakkada FC in Akure.Dakkada, the only team yet to lose an away game this season, looked to be heading for yet another away win after Femi Ajayi put them ahead in the 42nd minute.Ekeleojuoti, however, popped up to ensure a share of the spoils for the home side when he scrabbled home following a goalmouth melee in added time.In the day’s final game, Katsina United prevailed 3-2 against Jigawa Golden Stars at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium with striker Tasiu Lawal bagging a brace for the home side.Jigawa Golden Stars twice pegged back the home side in the first half when Mannir Ubale’s 21st minute penalty cancelled out Lawal’s 15th minute opener and Ali Maro Kallo levelled in the 40th minute after Lukman Mohammed had scored in the 27th minute before Lawal scored his second in the 70th minute.2019/2020 NPFL Matchday 11 ResultsSunshine Stars 1-1 Dakkada FC(Fuad Ekelojuoti 90+5’ – Femi Ajayi 42’)Katsina United 3-2 Jigawa Golden Stars(Tasiu Lawal 15’, 70’, Lukman Muhammed 27’ – Mannir Ubale 21’ (PEN), Ali Maro Kalla 40’)Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars(Akarandut Orok 51’)Adamawa United 0-2 Rivers United(Junior Osaghae 22’, Malachi Ohawume 86’)Warri Wolves 2-1 Kwara United(Sunday Williams 38’, Efe Yarhere 52’ – Alao Danbani 58’)Abia Warriors 3-0 Plateau United(Emmanuel Ugwuka 28’, Guy Keumian 82’, Bello Lukman 87’)FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Heartland (Samuel Kalu 21′)Relatedlast_img read more

Stars hold first training session ahead of Benin game

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars have undertaking their first training session ahead of Sunday’s crucial Group “D” 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations against Benin.Only 11 of the 22-member squad were present at the session held on Monday afternoon at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra under the instructions of head coach Milovan Rajevac.The players at training included six foreign-based ones, made up of Jonathan Quartey (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Jonathan Mensah (Free State Stars, South Africa), Samuel Yeboah (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), John Paintsil (Fulham, England),Nana Akwasi Asare (KV Mechelen, Belgium) and Moussa Narry (Auxerre, France).The local component includes Philemon MacCarthy (Hearts of Oak), Harrison Afful (Fetteh Feyenoord), Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko), Rahim Ayew (Eleven Wise) and Daniel Yeboah (Heart of Lions).The session lasted for more than 30 minutes as Coach Rajevac and his charges tried out some tactics ahead of the crucial match. A source close to the Stars technical team hinted GNA Sports Stars that captain Stephen Appiah and the rest were expected by the close of Monday.The Stars are expected to leave for Kumasi on Thursday where they will continue with their warm up training ahead of the match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the venue of the match 0n Sunday, March 29.The Stars will also play Mali and Sudan in the final round qualifiers for the first World Cup to be staged on African soil, come 2010 in South Africa.Source: GNAlast_img read more

Mourinho interested in defender only

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. PHOTO/FileLONDON, July 20- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he is only interested in signing another defender this transfer window, as any further arrivals will disrupt the balance of his squad.The Blues boss has admitted to making an offer to Everton for young defender John Stones, but the Toffees rejected the proposal and seem intent on keeping the England international. Chelsea had the tightest defence in the Premier League last season with John Terry and Gary Cahill at the centre of it, but with just Kurt Zouma as trustworthy back-up to the English pair, Mourinho thinks that centre-back is the only department in need of additions.“I am looking for a defender to finish this balance in our squad and after that we are ready to answer anything that can happen to our players,” he told Sky Sports News.“If one of our players in a specific position wants to leave, we agree a deal for a player to leave and we have to answer immediately and bring in somebody else, because at the moment we have balance in the squad and we cannot lose that.“It’s a big challenge for us to go through the season with basically the same team and squad from last season.”This transfer window has been relatively quiet for the Blues so far, with just Radamel Falcao arriving on loan and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic joining from stoke, while a number of peripheral players have left either on loan or permanently.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more