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Official: Nigeria Professional Football League renamed to Nigeria Premier League



Official: Nigeria Professional Football League renamed to Nigeria Premier League
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The Nigeria Professional Football League, a widely recognized football competition in Nigeria, has undergone a significant rebranding and is now known as the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). Along with this exciting change, a fresh logo has been unveiled to represent the league’s new identity.

The new name and logo for 2023/2024 season was officially unveiled during the draw for the NPFL Super Six, which will determine the winner of the 2022/2023 season.

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The decision to rebrand the league was driven by the desire to enhance its overall image and elevate the standard of Nigerian football on both national and international platforms. By transitioning to the Nigeria Premier League, the organizers aim to signify a renewed focus on professionalism, competitiveness, and the development of the sport in the country.

The unveiling of the new logo marks a pivotal moment in the league’s history. The logo captures the essence of Nigerian football, incorporating elements that reflect the nation’s rich culture, passion for the game, and its vibrant footballing heritage. It features bold and dynamic typography, complemented by striking graphics that symbolize the spirit of unity, strength, and excellence.

The rebranding of the league to the Nigeria Premier League is expected to generate increased interest and engagement from fans, sponsors, and investors. This reinvigorated image aims to attract more fans to stadiums, foster partnerships with corporate entities, and secure lucrative broadcasting deals that will further propel the league’s success.

Football enthusiasts across Nigeria eagerly await the inaugural season of the Nigeria Premier League under its new name and logo. With the league’s determination to raise the bar and showcase the country’s footballing prowess, fans can anticipate thrilling matches, fierce rivalries, and the emergence of talented players who may go on to represent Nigeria on the international stage.

In conclusion, the Nigeria Professional Football League has undergone a transformative rebranding process and is now recognized as the Nigeria Premier League. The introduction of a captivating new logo symbolizes the league’s commitment to professionalism and progress. As Nigerian football looks to the future, the Nigeria Premier League aims to capture the hearts and minds of football enthusiasts nationwide while elevating the sport to new heights of excellence.

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JUST IN: Super Eagles drop one place in latest FIFA rankings



JUST IN: Super Eagles drop one place in latest FIFA rankings
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have experienced a decline in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world ranking, falling to the 40th position.

This ranking, which was officially released on Thursday, September 21st on FIFA’s website, sees Nigeria currently occupying the sixth position in Africa. The top five positions on the continent are held by Morocco (1st), Senegal (2nd), Tunisia (3rd), Algeria (4th), and Egypt (5th).

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Interestingly, Nigeria’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifying opponents have not fared much better. Lesotho, who are set to face Nigeria in the qualifiers’ opening game in November, have dropped to the 152nd position. South Africa and Benin Republic also experienced declines, slipping to the 65th and 94th places, respectively. Zimbabwe maintained their 125th spot, while Rwanda held onto the 139th position.

Furthermore, Saudi Arabia, slated to play a friendly against the Super Eagles in October, also dropped to the 57th position.

Argentina has solidified its position at the top of the ranking after securing a 1-0 victory over Ecuador and a 3-0 away win against Bolivia in the opening FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

France, in the second position, has lost some ground following a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany. Meanwhile, Brazil (3rd), England (4th), and Belgium (5th) have maintained their places in the top five rankings, which have remained unchanged since the July 2023 edition of the global ranking.

Croatia (6th), the Netherlands (7th), and Portugal (8th) follow closely behind. Italy (9th) has slipped down a spot after being held to a 1-1 draw away to North Macedonia in the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier. The top-ten lineup is rounded out by Spain.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking update is scheduled for October 26th.

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Ugochukwu: ‘I want to be as great as Mikel Obi’




Ugochukwu: 'I want to be as great as Mikel Obi'
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Lesley Ugochukwu’s intention to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea icon Mikel Obi shows his admiration for the former Chelsea midfielder and his desire to make a significant impact at the club.

Chelsea fans will likely appreciate Ugochukwu’s ambition and hope that he can contribute to the club’s success in the same way Mikel Obi did during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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Ugochukwu remarked, via Chelsea’s official website:

“Just look at all the trophies he [Mikel Obi] has won and the legends that have passed through the club.

“They say I can become a great midfielder like him if I put in the work and everything goes well. I want to be like him but it’s up to me to prove that I can have my place in the long term.

“I wanted to take this step. When a club of this stature comes in for you, it’s very difficult to refuse.

“I have great confidence in myself, in my qualities, in what I can do. I know that if I do things correctly, everything will go as planned.

“I have the trust of the club, of the staff, that’s what pushed me to say to myself: Go for it! If they came for you, it’s because you have the qualities.”

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Victor Osimhen, Lionel Messi leads nominees list for 2023 Best FIFA Football Award



Victor Osimhen, Lionel Messi leads nominees list for 2023 Best FIFA Football Award
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The nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award include Victor Osimhen, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland, among others.

Manchester City dominates the list with six of their players, including Ederson in the goalkeepers’ category.

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Pep Guardiola and Ange Postecoglou are among the nominees for the men’s coach award.

In addition to the men’s awards, there are also nominations for women’s awards.

England’s Lionesses, who reached the final of the Women’s World Cup, have several players nominated, including Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Lauren James, Keira Walsh, and Mary Earps.

Sarina Wiegman and Emma Hayes are nominated for the women’s coach award.

The awards will be based on performances from December 19, 2022, to August 2023 for the men’s categories and from August 1, 2022, to August 20, 2023, for the women’s categories.

The winners will be decided by an international jury of coaches, captains, journalists, and fans.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player Nominees

Julián Álvarez (Argentina); Marcelo Brozović (Croatia); Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium); İlkay Gündoğan (Germany); Erling Haaland (Norway); Rodri (Spain); Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia); Kylian Mbappé (France); Lionel Messi (Argentina); Victor Osimhen (Nigeria); Declan Rice (England); Bernardo Silva (Portugal).

The Best FIFA Women’s Player Nominees

Aitana Bonmatí (Spain); Linda Caicedo (Colombia); Rachel Daly (England); Kadidiatou Diani (France); Caitlin Foord (Australia); Mary Fowler (Australia); Alex Greenwood (England); Jennifer Hermoso (Spain); Lindsey Horan (USA); Amanda Ilestedt (Sweden); Lauren James (England); Sam Kerr (Australia); Mapi León (Spain); Hinata Miyazawa (Japan); Salma Paralluelo (Spain); Keira Walsh (England).

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Nominees

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden): Jonatan Giráldez (Spain); Tony Gustavsson (Sweden); Emma Hayes (England); Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Nominees

Pep Guardiola (Spain); Simone Inzaghi (Italy); Ange Postecoglou (Australia); Luciano Spalletti (Italy); Xavi (Spain).

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper Nominees

Mackenzie Arnold (Australia); Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany); Catalina Coll (Spain); Mary Earps (England); Christiane Endler (Chile); Zećira Mušović (Sweden); Sandra Paños García-Villamil (Spain).

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Nominees

Yassine Bounou (Morocco); Thibaut Courtois (Belgium); Ederson (Brazil); André Onana (Cameroon); Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany).

The FIFA Fan Award Nominees

Club Atlético Colón de Santa Fe fan (Argentina); Fran Hurndall (England); Miguel Ángel, Millonarios fan (Colombia).

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