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NPFL champions to get N40m

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The champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League season are to get N40m from the Merit Award of the League Management Company.

Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money from a total of N200 million set aside by the LMC.

The winner between the two contenders for the final position on the league table at the end of the season on Sunday gets the N40 million cash prize.

The LMC said in a statement by its official, Harry Iwuala, that last season, the highest payout of N30 million from the Merit Award went to Enyimba International from a pool of N150 million.

The statement said that this year’s figure of N200 million represented an increase of 25 per cent.

It said, “The Merit Award pool has been witnessing an annual progression from N50 million in 2012/13 to N75 million in 2013/14 season and now N200 million.

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“The top three clubs on the final table usually received the chunk of the Merit Award which supports them financially in their preparation for the CAF Club competitions the next season.”
According to figures released by the LMC, the champions would have received a minimum of N90 million in all direct payments for the 2016 season.

It said, “This will include the Basic Award which comprises of pool of funds shared equally among all the 20 participating clubs and the Merit award paid to clubs based on their final position on the table.

“The Football Development and the Bonus award which is paid to clubs based on performances including incentives for improving match attendance, away wins/draw, fielding players under 18 years and hosting live broadcast matches.

“The lowest placed team in the NPFL this season would have received up to N55 million in direct payments from the LMC from all payment centres.”

It explained that in addition to the direct payments, clubs also benefitted from other indirect payments such as free registration of players and officials and free insurance.

Other benefits, it added, were payment of match officials’ indemnities and hotel accommodation as well as sponsored seminars and other engagements funded by the LMC.

Rangers are three points ahead of Rivers United with the Flying Antelopes hosting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium now called “The Cathedral’’ by Enugu fans.

They need a point to guarantee the title, while Rivers United must secure three points in Uyo against Akwa United.

The Port Harcourt side will seek to win big while hoping that Rangers will falter against their visitors.

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Durban Court Convicts Nine for public violence in South Africa.

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Following the chaotic scenes that occurred after the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, South African Police Services (SAPS) have confirmed that nine people have been convicted of public violence.



Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-0 to eventual champions Free State Stars, which prompted scores of angry fans to storm the pitch, causing damage worth R2.6 million.

The SAPS issued out a statement on Thursday, revealing that nine of the 11 suspects who appeared in the Durban Regional Court in connection with the incident were successfully convicted.

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The incident left 18 people injured, with six admitted to hospital, and the match result prompted Steve Komphela – who coached Kaizer Chiefs at the time – to resign from his post after a tumultuous tenure where the club failed to secure silverware in three years.

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The club was fined by the PSL, and was forced to stage two home matches at the venue – against Polokwane City and Chippa United -behind closed doors.

Should a similar incident occur in the next 24 months, Amakhosi will have to play another home fixture without any crowd support, according to PSL sanction.

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Deontay Wilder warns ‘nervous’ Tyson Fury ahead of December 1.

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WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has warned he will be Tyson Fury’s “worst nightmare” and show he is a “gift from God” on 1 December.




The American, 33, says he is “over prepared” for the Los Angeles bout and feels Fury has shown nerves in adding trainer Freddie Roach to his team.

Roach has said he will be Fury’s cut man and work under trainer Ben Davison.

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“They can instruct him, motivate him but there’s only one man in the ring,” said Wilder. “It ain’t no team thing.”

“When you get multiples of trainers, for me that is nervous behaviour.”

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