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In yet another innovative way to demonstrate its commitment to positive customer experience, Nigeria’s customer-friendly network, 9mobile in partnership with football betting organisation, 70th Precinct has rewarded winners of its football bet service, Prediktor 6 Promo, with 32-year-old Taiwo Afeez Akanbi emerging the latest millionaire.

Akanbi received his one million Naira win at the prize presentation ceremony held last Friday at 9mobile office in Lagos.

The Prediktor 6 Promo is a USSD-based football bet service that enables 9mobilecustomers to win up to one million Naira by simply predicting correctly either the match outcome or goals outcome of six displayed football matches.

The game offers an exciting experience for football enthusiasts to earn handsome financial rewards when they test their knowledge of football just by accurately predicting match results.

Speaking on the promo, Head, Digital Business, 9mobile, Bolanle Afuye, said Prediktor6 Promo further underlines the telco’s commitment to continuously deliver excellent services as well as create or support innovative platforms that enable customers to enjoy more positive experience on the 9mobile network.


“9mobile is passionate about ensuring customer satisfaction at all times. The Prediktor 6 Football Promo further affirms this commitment by 9mobile to continuously add value to its customers across segments”, she stated.

Afuye added that every 9mobile subscriber is a winner and disclosed that although Akanbi was a new subscriber on the network, he was already a winner.

Giving the testimony of his journey to becoming the winner, Akanbi revealed that he became a 9mobile subscriber when his girlfriend advised him to buy a 9mobile SIM card so they could talk better when they are apart. He said that decision has paid off as he became a millionaire barely a month after joining the network.

Akanbi, who won one million Naira for correctly predicting the World Cup qualifiers, said, “As a football enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to engage in football related activities.

“I discovered 9mobile Prediktor 6 Promo and participated last week having been on the network for one month. I am surprised at winning one million Naira.


“My girlfriend and I were experiencing network issues, so, she advised me to get a 9mobile SIM card to enable us communicate seamlessly.

“For the past one month we have been really talking, plus, winning a million Naira for the first time. I don’t know who to thank more between my girlfriend and 9mobile.”

To participate in the Prediktor football promo, 9mobile subscribers should dial the USSD code *8020# and follow the instructions on the menu. There are basically two categories of the service namely ‘Match Outcome’ and ‘Goals Outcome’.

To play the match outcome, subscribers are expected to correctly predict football games from six displayed games while to play goals outcome they are expected to correctly predict the total number of goals in each of the six displayed games.

9mobile through its array of innovative solutions and platforms has been at the forefront of providing platforms that empower and support its customers to achieve more via technology.


Since its launch into the Nigerian market nine years ago, 9mobile has consistently launched innovative enterprise solutions and platforms that support individuals, businesses and communities.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Sikiru Alimi is Nigeria’s leading scorer as NPFL’24 strikers net 708 goals in 330 Games



Sikiru Alimi hits Nigeria Premier League milestone of 50 goals -

Data released by the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Competitions Unit indicate an average of +2 goals per match after Matchday 33 as a total of 708 goals were recorded in the 330 games so far played by the 20 clubs.

The data has Remo Stars Sikiru Alimi as the leading scorer with 14 goals and Rangers International as the team with the best attack with 49 goals. Bendel Insurance are listed as the side with the least conceded goals having let in 25 in 33 games while Gombe United have conceded the most goals at 61.

A total of 1268 yellow cards have been issued with 43 players sent off.

A further analysis of the records show that teams have won 251 games at home with 25 winning away from home and 79 fixtures ending in a draw. In the home wins, 512 goals were scored while teams have scored 196 goals on the road. Of these, there were 13 own goals.

The season has recorded a total of 85 penalties awarded with 65 successfully converted and 20 missed.



Total No. of Matches Played: 330

Total No. of Wins: 251

Total No. of Home wins: 226

Total No. of Away Wins: 25


Total No. of Draws: 79

Total No. of Goals Scored: 708

Average Goals/Match: 2

Total No. of Home Goals: 512

Total No. of Away Goals:196


Total No.of Penalty Awarded: 85 

Total No. of Penalties Scored: 65

Total No. of Penalties Missed: 20

Total No. of Own Goals: 13

Highest Goal Scorer: Sikiru Alimi of Remo Stars;14 goals.


Total No. of Yellow Cards:1268

Total No. of  Red Cards: 43 

Top of the Log: Enugu Rangers: 60pts, 49 goals for, 31 against 

Best Attacking Team: Enugu Rangers: 49 goals.

Best Defensive Team: Bendel Insurance 25 goals conceded.


Worst Defense:Gombe United with 61 goals against.

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We are not owing bonuses and allowances, says NFF



The Nigeria Football Federation has released a refutal that players and officials of the national team are being owed of the money released to the team before the last Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

 The NFF issued a press release that the Presidency had, late last year, and following a process supported and personally followed-through by the Minister of Sports John Owan Enoh, released monies to the NFF for payment of outstanding bonuses and allowances of players and officials of the various national teams.

The NFF in its released reported that there was a publication on Monday which a senior administrative official of the Super Eagles described as “tissues of lies” and challenged the writer to come forward with evidence of his claims.

“The report is absolutely false, in every ramification, and we challenge the owner of the website and writer to come forward with proof of the claims. We want him to name the players who spoke to him, because these are all tissues of lies.

“Players and officials of the Super Eagles have been paid for all matches played at the AFCON, yet he claimed the team was paid for only three matches. His outlandish claim of the team being owed for 25 matches is the biggest lie ever concocted by any writer.”


The writer also falsely claimed that only members of the NFF Board and staff of the Secretariat have been paid their outstanding allowances from the government money.

“This story is a shame. No player of the Super Eagles spoke to the writer. It is all pure fabrication,” a senior player told

Another senior official of the Super Eagles added: “The story is absolute bunkum. People should make an effort to verify whatever they hear from anywhere before going to the press. It is clear that this writer did not even hear anything; he simply brought forth something from his own imagination.”   

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Enugu Rangers hold on grimly at the top as Nigerian league gets to home stretch



Enugu Rangers may have broken loose from the pack following their comprehensive  3-0 victory over Bayelsa United on Sunday.

As if to aid Rangers’ hold of the top position, their closest rivals, Remo Stars who were initially just a point behind fell like  papers blown by the huricane, losing 3-2 to Kwara United. Their loss dealt a big blow on their title aspirations as they are now four points behind Enugu Rangers and had also narrowed their goal difference.

They are now third having been overtaken by Enyimba who have better goal difference even though both are with 56 points.

Shooting Stars who suddenly peaked in the second half of the season are fast pacing up, getting to the fourth position and three points behind Remo Stars.

They were dealt a blow in the added time as Katsina United’s Michael Okoro got an added time goal against to stalemate scores at 2-2.


Just as Enugu Rangers are at the cusp of the championship, the fates of Gombe United and Heartland appear already decided as the second tier Nigeria National League are already waiting to welcome them next season.

Akwa United may have navigated their ways out of relegation waters following their 2-1 away win over Lobi Stars. Akwa United are now 15th on the log. In Jos, former champions, Plateau and Niger Tornadoes played uninspiring goalless while relegation-troubled Heartland of Owerri spanked Gombe United 3-0 just as Kano Pillars dimmed Doma United 3-1.

All the results:

Sunshine Stars 0-0 Bendel Insurance

Rivers United 4-1 Sporting Lagos


Lobi Stars 1-2 Akwa United

Kwara United 3-2 Remo Stars

Katsina United 2-2 Shooting Stars

Kano Pillars 3-1 Doma United

Heartland 3-0 Gombe United


Enugu Rangers 3-0 Bayelsa United

Abia Warriors 0-1 Enyimba

Plateau United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes

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