Wikki Tourists, FC IfeanyiUbah open Super 4 in Enugu

When both sides clashed last season, Jimoh Oni of FCIU plays through Abdullahi Musa and Festus of Wikki 
The 2016/ 17 edition of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL Super 4 tournament kicks off on Wednesday in Enugu.

Wikki Tourists who finished 3rd on the table last season will take on FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Federation Cup winners in the opening game at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, also known as the Cathedral.

According to fixtures released by the League Management Company (LMC), the game will be played at 5pm while the second fixture between League champions, Rangers International and runners-up, Rivers United will start at 7pm.

Both sides, Wikki and FC Ifeanyi Ubah made managerial changes in the off season with Baba Ganaru replacing Abdu Maikaba at Wikki while Japanese Kenichi Yatsuhashi will continue from where Brazilian born Rafael Everton stopped at the end of last season.

Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salihu Abubakar said “on Match Day 2, Rangers International will play Wikki Tourists in the first match starting at 5pm while Rivers United and FC IfeanyiUbah will take to the pitch for the second game of the day.”

Elaigwu, Quadri headlines list of Referees for NPFL Super4

Meanwhile, Hannah Elaigwu from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is the only woman Referee that  made the list of six Referees and six Assistant Referees listed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super4.

Also listed is the youngest FIFA badged Nigerian Referee, Adebimpe Quadri of Lagos State who officiated the 2016 Federation Cup final between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Nasarawa United

The list shows that in all there are six match Referees, six Assistant Referees, three Match Commissioners, two Referees’ Assessors, a Referees' Physical Instructor, a Technical Instructor for post-match reviews and two post match assessment coordinators.

Other Referees listed include, Ago Abubakar of Yobe State, Bashir Salihu from Kano State, Abdullahi Shuaibu from Katsina and Joseph Ogabor from Cross River State.

The Assistant Referees include Abel Baba, from Kogi, Samuel Pwagutakan from Adamawa, Peter Ogwu Friday from Bauchi, Usman Abdulmajeed from Oyo, Igudia Osifo from Edo and Iyorhe Mimisen from Benue State.


The Referees’ Assessors are Linus Mba of Lagos and Prince Elube from Niger State while the Match Commissioners are Ogungbemide Dele of Ondo State, Umar Isah of Kogi and Golly Emmanuel from Delta State.
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