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NNL Returns After One Month As Bayelsa United Face J, Atete



By Hananeel Jackson

Action resumes this weekend in the second tier Nigeria National League, NNL, across different centers in the Southern and Northern Conferences after a one month break.

Top of the fixture in group B2 of the Southern conference is the encounter between J,Atete Fc and 2009 Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Bayelsa United at the Otujeremi stadium, Ughelli, on Saturday with the return of some key players.

The Yenagoa based side spanked J, Atete by three goals to one at the Samson Siasia Stadium last month in the final game of the first round in group B2 of the NNL with goals from Victory Beniangba, Okardi Inikurogha as well as an own goal from the visitors that ensured that they returned to Otujeremi with nothing.

Bayelsa United will be aiming for a win away having amassed twenty points in the first round, four points adrift leaders, Remo Stars as Fc One Rocket surprisingly finished second at the end of the first stanza.

In 2017, Sunday Owoyemi 37 minutes strike helped the Yenagoa side to beat J, Atete Fc one nil at the Otujeremi stadium in an intense encounter.

Elsewhere, third placed Bendel Insurance will welcome Gateway United, group leaders Remo Stars will be at home to Fc One Rocket of Abat, Crown Fc of Ogomosho will entertain Abia Comets of Umuahia.

Bottom side, Holy Arrows travel to Lagos to face Joy Cometh, while it would be battle of survival in Agbor as Apex Krane welcome Goddosky of Nnewi as Ibom Youth are on standby.

Speaking on the importance of the game, technical adviser of Bayelsa United, Diepreye Teibowei said he expects a tough showdown against J, Atete Fc despite the outcome of their last meeting in the group.

He explained that with the acquisition of some new players into the squad, he was optimistic of getting the first away victory of the season, stating that Bayelsa United would return to the Nigeria Professional Football League at the end of the NNL campaign.

Also, midfielder, Favour Martins noted that the injection of new players into the squad has strengthened the team ahead of the tie this weekend.

Apparently satisfied with the spirit of the players, chairman of Bayelsa United Mr. Ebiki Timitimi said they would approach the game like a cup final, pointing out that players match bonuses would be given to them before they depart.

He pointed out that with his track record while in Bayelsa Queens as chairman, he was sure of returning Bayelsa United to the NPFL.

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NNL: Bayelsa United Wallop Goddosky FC To Maintain Second Place



Hananeel Jackson

Bayelsa United continued their impressive home record with a 5-1 thumping of visitors Goddosky Fc of Nnewi in a match day twenty two of group B2 encounter in the southern conference of the Nigeria National League NNL played at the Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa.

The game which was moved from Sunday to midweek due to the Aiteo Cup final witnessed five different goal scorers on the score sheet with Tarabina Biweribo registering his first goal for the Yenagoa based side.

Stephen Wisdom gave the hosts the lead on 9 minutes after missing a sitter that could have been the fastest goal of the season, 50 seconds into the tie.

Experienced midfielder Benard Okorowanta doubled the lead for Bayelsa United when he curled the ball past Goddosky Fc Obi Ugochukwu on 26 minutes.

Making a return in the absence of injured Robert Mizo, Emo James compounded the woes of Goddosky Fc in a beautiful build up from Victory Beniangba and Philip Bob to condemn the visitors hope of getting any point in Yenagoa.

However, Charles Nwafor almost reduced the deficit for Goddosky Fc but fired blank.

In what could be described as the highlight of the game, Victory Beniangba dribbled Goddosky FC defenders and left them on the floor but while trying to dink it over the defence,the defender used his hands to put it over the bar as Endurance Ebedibiri stepped forward take the spot kick to complete his birthday celebration.

After an unimpressive first half, Goddosky FC returned in the second half with some promises despite the numerical disadvantage as they managed to pull one back from a controversial spot kick on 75 minutes.

Substitute Tarabina Biweribo five minutes after introduction registered his goal for Bayelsa United on 82 minutes to seal the victory for Bayelsa United.

Bayelsa United will next travel to Uyo face FC One Rocket of Akwa Ibom at the Nest of champions training pitch.

Head of coach Goddosky FC Ismalia Ibrahim in a post match interview attributed the defeat to the rain before the game but promised a better outing in the season.

With five games left to complete to the season, coach Diepreye Teibowei said Bayelsa United would leave nothing to chance in their quest to return to the elite division, pointing out that the reinforcement of the mid season has galvanized the team.

He noted he was pleased with the performance of lads having scored six against Holy Arrows in the penultimate fixture .

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Bayelsa United Management Directs Fans To Stay At Home



The management of Bayelsa United FC, has  appealed to supporters of the club to stay at home in the remaining matches of the league, in accordance with  directives from  the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.

The club in a statement in Yenagoa, notes that the decision to restrict fans from  the stadium became imperative following the latest circular sent to  various clubs in the Nigeria National League, NNL.

According to the statement, henceforth spectators will not be allowed into the Stadium to watch matches pending when the football authorities lift the ban on fans to return to match venues.

The club also urges all stakeholders and football enthusiasts to accept the present reality,pointing out that the move for fans not to watch the team was not intentional but to avoid NFF harmer.

It explains that failure for fans to stay at home is a clear violation of COVID 19 protocol as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID 19 and Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The management of the club also appeals to fans to follow the team  at home via the club’s social media platforms to avoid banishment from the Samson Siasia stadium,in order not to impede the chances of the team gaining promotion to the elite Nigeria Professional Football League.

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Football Enthusiasts condemn Attack On Bendel Insurance Players During League Game



Hananeel Jackson

Football enthusiasts in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital have condemned the unruly behavior exhibited by fans of Remo Stars Football club against players and officials of  Bendel Insurance FC in a matchday twenty one  group B2 game of the Southern conference of the Nigeria National League, NNL played at Ikenne Ogun state on Sunday.

Remo Stars who were at home allowed their supporters to beat up two Bendel Insurance players and secretary Charles Ihimekpan with other players seen escaping the stadium through the fence in a video that went viral on Sunday night.

Reacting to the development, the Zonal Vice President Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria YSFON Mr. Kali Gwegwe said the display was unwarranted and barbaric especially in modern day football where the game has gone digital.

He called on the Nigeria Football Federation and organizers of the league to sanction Remo stars FC and perpetrators of such violence in order to curtail the acts of hooliganism and  insecurity in match venues across the country.

Another football enthusiast, Alaowei Mieseigha called on the league body to banish Remo Stars from Ikenne as well as place a fine on the team to serve as deterrent to others.

Also, Raphael Okolai noted that if strong measures were not taken against Remo stars, fans would continue to molest visiting teams whenever the home team fails to win a match on their ground.

Mr. Okolai also frowned at the nonchalant attitude of security personnel deployed at the venue as they watched helplessly while the fans took laws in their hands.

In February this year the Nigeria Women Premier League banished Bayelsa Queens from Yenagoa to Owerri for pitch encroachment, fining the club 2.4million naira while last month the Nigeria National League  banished Holy Arrows of Oleh to Enugu State when their fans invaded the pitch during a home game.

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