Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday won a place on the CAF Executive Committee for the 2017 to 2021 cycle.

Nigeria and Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses on Wednesday signed a two-year contract extension to commit himself to Stamford Bridge until 2021.

Moses, 26, who spent the previous three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham respectively, has become a regular under manager Antonio Conte.

Gbenga Ogunbote, Chief Coach of Enyimba International Football Club of Aba, says his team’s performance against hosts Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi was excellent, in spite of a 1-2 loss in their MatchDay 10 clash.

Ogunbote however told newsmen after the match played at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi that his team’s performance was “excellent’’.

Coach Baba Ganaru of Wikki Tourists Football Club says fatigue was responsible for his Bauchi-based side’s 0-1 loss to hosts ABS FC of Ilorin in their Match Day 10 fixture at the Kwara State Sports Stadium in Ilorin.

Abdulrahman Bashir

The 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) recorded its fastest goal on Sunday as Nasarawa United’s Abdulrahman Bashir  scored in the 15th second of the fixture against Abia Warriors FC.

Chidiebere Ajoku

Bala Mohammed, the team doctor of Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna, says the club’s leading goal scorer Chidiebere Ajoku is fit to play on Sunday in Lokoja.

Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Friday that Ajoku has recovered from his injury sustained midweek against Remo Stars in a league game in Sagamu.

NAN reports that Tornadoes are billed to face Enyimba International FC of Aba on Sunday in a Match Day 8 fixture in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

“Ajoku is fit to play the next match, if the coach wants to use him as the injury he sustained was a minor one.

“So, there is nothing to worry about because we have taken care of it and certified him fit to play,’’ the doctor said.

He however said the team’s medical crew had advised on his substitution against Remo Stars as a matter of precaution.

“We needed to take precaution, and we therefore advised the technical crew to substitute Ajoku considering that we have crucial encounters ahead.

“We are meeting Enyimba in week eight and league leaders Plateau United in week nine, and these are serious matches,’’ Mohammed said.

He described Ajoku as a player very useful to the team. “As such, we don’t want to risk him and get him injured in the early stage of the league.

“Therefore all necessary precaution will be employed to ensure that all our players are protected from sustaining injuries.’’

The club doctor also said the team has no player on its injury list, saying every player was in good shape.

Similarly, Abubakar Bala, the club’s coach confirmed that Ajoku was fit for the next game.

Bala said Ajoku was substituted in the second half after receiving a knock from Remo Stars’ defenders in their 1-0 win in week 7 at the Gateway International Stadium in Sagamu.

NAN reports that this was after the player had scored his fourth league goal this season to give Tornadoes the needed win over hosts Remo Stars.

Ajoku who is the highest goal scorer in Tornadoes with four goals is also the second highest goal scorer in the ongoing league.

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles Coach

The Super Eagles have moved up in FIFA’s monthly world ranking, in spite of Nigeria’s inability to qualify for the just-ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.

In the ranking table the world football governing body released on Thursday, Nigeria moved up nine spots to place 41st from its 50th place in January.

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