NPFL: MFM FC’s Teenage Striker, Waheed, Puts Pillars to the Sword…

first_imgRESULTSRangers                1-1 TornadoesPlateau Utd           2-1 Abia WarriorsEnyimba               2-1 NasarawaWikki                    3-1 IfeanyiUbahKatsina Utd           1-1 Akwa UtdGombe Utd            2-0 SunshineMFM FC                 1-0 Kano PillarsRemo                    2-0 El KanemiRivers Utd             0-0 LobiABS FC                  2-0 Shooting A sublime header from teenage striker Adebayo Waheed was just enough for Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club to secure their third home win of the season against Kano Pillars in one of yesterday’s fixtures of Match-day 5 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Agege Township Stadium.It was indeed a tough encounter for Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men. The visitors dominated possession in the early stage of the exchange but MFM defenders gave good account of themselves with great level of composure.MFM FC mounted pressure on the visitors’ defence in the 8th minute with Onuwa Chukwuka, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey troubling the Sai Masu Gida defenders.The Olukoya Boys had a chance to register the first goal of the game in the 16th minute of the encounter when Adekunle Adegboyega low shot beat Pillars goalkeeper but Chinedu Udoji stopped the forward from scoring his second goal of the season with a timely goalline clearance.Former Ikorodu United attacker Kabir Balogun tested MFM FC goalkeeper Ospino Egbe in the 36th minute of the game with a ferocious shot but the former Bayelsa United goaltender pulled a lovely save. First half ended goalless for both teams.Ilechukwu’s men came out like a house on fire in the second half of the game. Onuwa set Odey up with a beautiful pass the latter dribbled past his markers but his last attempt on the ball went inches wide.Four minutes after Odey’s attempt at goal, MFM FC boss made his first substitution of the game replacing Adekunle with 18-year-old striker Adebayo Waheed.The teenager made his impact felt five minutes after his introduction scoring his side’s only goal of the game in his first NPFL appearance with a brilliant header after connecting a cross from Stanley Okorom. The game ended with the Lagos-based team claiming another home victory.The Olukoya Boys who moved from 3rd position to 2nd on the NPFL log with 10 points from a possible 15 will travel to Akure for a date with Sunshine Stars on Sunday in an encounter tagged ‘South-west Derby.’At the Gateway International Stadium in Sagamu, Remo Stars FC shook off the tensions of a newcomer to spank old war horse, El Kanemi Warriors, 2-0 to harvest maximum points in the NPFL match day five clash.The hosts left no room for guesses as they drew first blood with an early goal that left the visitors from Maiduguri in shock when Onuoha Chukwujekwu blasted in from close range a rebound from goal rush in two minutes of the whistle.All efforts by the Ladan Bosso boys to level up in the first half were effectively voided by the determined defence of the hosts to keep their lead into the break.Thunder however struck a second time as Remo scored again just three minutes into the second half when Oche Salefu curled in a free kick from the edge of the box to double the lead.Disappointed El Kanemi coach, Ladan Bosso, has been left to wonder how his boys couldn’t manage the critical times of the game.For Remo Stars coach, Nduka Ugbade, it is all coming together gradually for the team and he believes they will surely stabilise into a force in the elite league.“Analysis have shown that we are about the only team that has scored in every match, home or away, win or lose. That is good. It means we have some element and we will continue to sharpen our form.”In Port Harcourt, Rivers United fired blanks against a spirited Lobi Stars side in a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw. Rivers United slipped from second to fifth with nine points from five matches as a result of the draw while Lobi Stars now occupies tenth spot on the NPFL log with seven points from their opening five fixtures.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NBA preview: Our guide to the 2017-18 season

first_imgCan Russell Westbrook, George and Anthony share the ball effectively with the Thunder? If so, is that team the real threat to the Warriors? And how are ball-dominant guards Chris Paul and James Harden going to function in the same backcourt in Houston?Los Angeles gets the All-Star Game again this season (with a new format no less), but will any Lakers or Clippers be on the Staples Center court for the main event?With Paul gone, oft-injured Blake Griffin is now the Clippers’ unquestioned leader, while the Lakers are handing their keys to rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and telling him to drive a young roster well enough to impress all those elite free agents-to-be that the future is bright.Danny Ainge put the Celtics back in contention last season, then spent the offseason remaking their roster. Coach Brad Stevens now has Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and rookie Jayson Tatum at his disposal but little else he will recognize from a year ago. Gone are Isaiah Thomas, rugged defender Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder and eight other players from a team that won an East-leading 53 games.Are the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers ready to end their playoff droughts? Can the Knicks or Nets begin building a winner in hoops-hungry New York? Do Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have enough left to help Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs reach another NBA Finals? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are links to some content to get you ready for the season ahead, with an emphasis on the Lakers and Clippers.LAKERSLakers hope ‘little things’ will land them big stars next summerHeisler: Hope returns for Lakers, however brieflyBrook Lopez, one of few veterans on a young team, might be biggest kid of allMiller: Like you, Lakers weren’t sure what “Wish” on their jerseys meant, eitherLakers believe their defense is on the upswingLakers still getting comfortable with versatile Brook LopezJulius Randle faces uncertain future with the LakersBrandon Ingram ready to take lead, even if Lonzo Ball is the starMiller: Lonzo Ball Era begins and Laker Nation braces with anticipationBrook Lopez, one of few veterans on a young team, might be biggest kid of all‘One of the guys,’ Lonzo has Lakers teammates believing in him, futureLakers 2017-18 roster breakdownKey Lakers games to watch this seasonLakers 2017-18 regular-season scheduleCLIPPERSQ&A with Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operationsBlake Griffin says Clippers are deeper, more versatile teamClippers coach Doc Rivers doesn’t care about your preseason predictionsClippers guard Austin Rivers: ‘We will be a playoff team this year’Why the Clippers want Blake Griffin to change his gameClippers know Milos Teodosic can pass, but they want him hitting shots, tooBlake Griffin says Clippers’ goal is simply to qualify for playoffsClippers looking to run and run and run some more this seasonClippers’ Wesley Johnson benefits from an offseason confidence boostClippers won’t have a guard controversy this season, Doc Rivers saysWhicker: Milos Teodosic could be a unique visitor for ClippersHow Clippers, Bowen came to tie the knot on TV dealClippers 2017-18 roster breakdownKey Clippers games to watch this seasonClippers 2017-18 regular-season scheduleAROUND THE LEAGUEWarriors’ run – improbable, absurd, revolutionary – deserves reflectionAdam Silver and MJ: 1 man’s NBA garbage is another man’s beautyLeBron James vs. Kyrie Irving the latest entry in NBA rivalries‘Truth’ be told, retired Clipper Paul Pierce wants transition from NBA to ESPN to be authenticNBA tries a new format for 2018 All-Star Game at Staples CenterWestern Conference team previews and projected finishEastern Conference team previews and projected finishcenter_img From the high-profile players who changed zip codes to a fleet of promising rookies, there are new faces in new places going into the 2017-18 NBA season.Despite all those remade rosters and new constellations of stars joining forces, the possibility of an unprecedented fourth consecutive NBA Finals rematch looms large, even likely.Whether or not we get Golden State vs. Cleveland again in June, the league doesn’t lack for storylines that will entertain us along the way.The Western Conference has been stronger and deeper than the East for years, yet somehow that became more pronounced this summer. Paul George (Indiana to Oklahoma City), Carmelo Anthony (New York to OKC), Jimmy Butler (Chicago to Minnesota) and Paul Millsap (Atlanta to Denver) all relocated to the stacked side of the league.last_img read more

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