NIGERIA U17 side, Golden Eaglets on Wednesday grinned with joy yet again after a 4-0 win against Super Lions of Suleja at the NFF\FIFA Goal Project Pitch in Abuja, in continuation of their preparation towards next week’s Madagascar 2017 AFCON qualifier against Niger Republic. Goal scorers for Eaglets were Ishaq Abdulrasak, Musa Usman (Babalolo), Nasifi Yahaya and Success Makanjuola in what was the team’s fifth win in six practice matches. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed as well as NFF assistant directors (technical), Siji Lagunju and Abdulrafiu Yusuf were part of the crowd that watched the evening encounter described by coach Manu Garba as an improvement on previous matches. Abdulrasak gave Eaglets the lead as early as the second minute when he nutmegged his shadows in the Super Lions’ box before curling ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Emma Ita for the
in breach of Rule B13.52 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that on Saturday, 23rd July 2016, after your Match Day 28 fixture – Heartland vs FC Ifeanyiubah, you failed to ensure adequate security and crowd control particularly in the manner in which match officials and members of the visiting team were exposed to aggression and crowd violence perpetrated by your supporters.” For this breach, the club was fined another N750, 000. On the third count of the supporters encroachment on to the field of play and throwing objects towards the field of play immediately after the match in breach of Rule B13.18, Heartland were fined N1,000,000.00 On the fourth count, the LMC charged Heartland for breach of Rule B6.23 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL stating, “that on Saturday, 23rd July 2016, in the course of your Match Day 28 fixture – Heartland vs FC Ifeanyiubah, your supporters hindered the complete video-coverage of the match, particularly the post-match scenes.” The penalty for this offence read, “a fine of N1,000,000.00 and a two- point deduction for hindering the complete video-coverage of the match, in breach of Rule B6.23, provided that the execution of the two-point deduction shall be suspended subject to a probationary period of the remainder of the season”.
HEARTLAND have been slammed with heavy fines totalling N4, 750,000 and an order to play three home matches behind closed door as well as suspended points deduction. The league body, LMC said the punishments were sequel to crowd incidence in the NPFL matchday 28 clash against oriental neighbours, FC IfeanyiUbah on Saturday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. Aside the club’s supporters chairman, Iyke Jacob was banned from all Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches for the rest of the 2015/16 season. The LMC also recommended to the Imo state FA and NFF to reconsider the role of the ISFA Security Committee chairman, Mr Teddy Isiadinso who also serves as a Match Commissioner for the NFF. The recommendation was based on the Match Commissioner’s report which cited Isiadinso as pledging to accept responsibility for any breach of the peace before, during and after the match. The Owerri-based club were slammed six count violations of the NPFL Framework and Rules by the LMC after reviewing reports and video evidence provided by the match commissioner and delegates to the match. Heartland was fined of N750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) for failing to ensure restriction of access to restricted areas by unauthorised persons in the course of the match, in breach of Rule B13.52. The second count read, “you are
only goal of the first half. Umar Musa (Babalolo) came off the bench in the second half to rev up the Eaglets midfield and he beat the offside trap to ram home the second goal in the 88th minute of the two- hour long encounter. Some 10 minutes later, Yahaya Nasifi was at the end of a fine pull out by Aminu Abubakar and he simply guided the ball into the net for the third goal of the match. Another second half substitute, Makanjuola playing from the wing, lobbed the ball straight over goalkeeper Ita yet again for the fourth goal of the evening barely four minutes to the end of the match. “This is a good improvement from our previous matches and we want to commend you for another job well done,” Garba, 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach told the youngsters. “We like the way you played in the second half but we can always improve on our best performance and it’s important you listen to our instructions because