Published in Foreign Written by August 03 2018 0

 

The start of the 2018/2019 EPL campaign is almost here yet again as the rough and tumble of another league season gets underway on 10th, August 2018.


Here we take a look at the ten Nigerians who could prove to be a real success with their respective clubs in the division thus: 

 

1) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal): After an uninspiring World Cup, the Super Eagles forward will definitely be raring to go with the Gunners this term. 

 

He has shown glimpses of his qualities with the club in their pre-season activities. The 22-year-old has his eyes set on cementing a place in Unai Emery’s set-up.

 

2) Victor Moses (Chelsea): Moses is already one of the most sophisticated and influential players on the books of the Stamford Bridge club in recent years. 

 

His versatility is one every manager is always on the lookout for. Having helped Chelsea to win the league title and the FA Cup crown in the last two years, the Super Eagle will be gunning to achieve more success this period.

 

3) Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth): The former Liverpool wonder kid has finally come of age with the Cherries and 2018/2019 campaign is primed to be the season he gets to fulfill his promise. 

 

If only he can bring his pre-season goal scoring instincts to fore more often, then their opponents will be very wary of him.

 

4) Tammy Abraham (Chelsea): Abraham seems to have finally played his way into the heart of new Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri judging by his performances in the club's ongoing pre-season activities. 

 

The NFF target is set to add to his two league appearances having been backed to deputise for Alvaro Morata rather than shipped out for another loan stint. 

 

Fast, skillful and with a keen eye for goal, many EPL defenders will cringe at coming up against a striker of his quality.

 

5) Dominic Solanke (Liverpool): Solanke is so much revered by Reds manager, Jurgen Klopp who has already expressed many times that the striker remains firmly within his preferred options. 

 

When he is handed the opportunity, the 20-year-old is a deadly attacker and will surely add an extra bite to Liverpool's already burgeoning armory.

 

6) Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City): Iheanacho did not resume pre-season activities with the Foxes but has already scored in each of the two games he's participated in — that simply says so much of his potential. 

 

If Claude Puel can endeavour to hand the Nigeria international more game time this time around, watch out to see what a big hit he will be.

 

7) Nnamdi Oforboh (Bournemouth): Bournemouth has wasted little time to promote the Flying Eagle to their first team on the back of his inestimable qualities, and this could be his break out year. 

 

If Eddie Howie decides to hand the 18-year-old a senior team debut in the EPL this time, Oforboh is surely prepared enough to deal with the expectations which comes with it.

 

8) Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town): After helping Huddersfield Town retain their topflight status with his nerveless midfield displays at the tail end of last season, the 22-year-old will be hungry for more come the crack of a new campaign. 

 

He is a gritty midfielder with unique, spectacular ball-playing qualities, The Terriers would be hoping he finally fulfill his potential this season.

 

9) Leon Balogun (Brighton): Brighton bagged the experienced Nigerian just before the summer World Cup kicked off and will be hoping to benefit from his talents. 

 

The Super Eagles defender is surely a player to have in the ranks for any team and if he can be able to help David Wagner's stem the amount of goals they will let through, then there's no limit to what they can achieve.

 

10) Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City): Ndidi has proved he is already one of the best players in his position in the game today and is a player the club always cannot afford to lose. 

 

When the 21-year-old is not in action for The Foxes, their play tends to be disjointed and output usually on a downward spiral. 

 

What the club has always gotten back from Ndidi is a hundred percent performance and this season is never likely to be different. 

 

 

Published in Foreign Written by August 03 2018 0

Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar have been named as caretaker managers of the Argentina national team.

 

The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) confirmed the 40-year-old's appointment in a brief statement on Thursday.

 

Scaloni, who is Argentina's Under-20 boss and will be accompanied by his current assistant and fellow former international Aimar with the senior side, is due to take charge of the September friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

 

Those fixtures will be Argentina's first since a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, where Scaloni was a member of the backroom staff working under the subsequently dismissed Jorge Sampaoli.

 

"The AFA informs that, after the meeting of the executive committee, Lionel Scaloni will direct the next friendlies of the Argentine national team, along with his assistants Pablo Aimar and Martín Tocalli," the AFA's statement read.

 

Federation president Claudio Tapia told Ole he expects the interim team to remain in place for the rest of 2018.

"The three international matches we are going to play between now and the end of the year will be led by Scaloni and Aimar," he said.

 

Published in local Written by August 03 2018 0

 

After struggling to make an impact in Leicester City, Ahmed Musa the Nigeria international has sought greener pastures in Al Nassr in the Saudi Professional League having signed a four year contract.

 

Both clubs reportedly agreed on a £14.8m fee with several add-ons, which could see the deal rise to as high as £25m.

 

The Nigeria international joins Morocco international Nordin Amrabat, who moved to the Asian country from Watford this summer, in Jose Daniel Carreno's team.

 

The Super Eagles forward arrived at the King Power Stadium for a record fee of £16 million in the summer of 2016 but struggled for playing time which resulted to his temporary return to CSKA Moscow last season. 

 

Musa managed four goals in 33 matches across two seasons for the Foxes before he returned to the Russian Premier League on loan for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

 

During his brief stint with the Red-Blues, the Super Eagles forward was in blistering form in front of goal with six goals in 10 league games.

 

Al Nassr beat several European clubs to the capture of the 25-year-old who impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with two goals in three matches.

Published in Foreign Written by July 27 2018 0

The International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, has approved for Kenya to host the 2020 Under-Twenty World Athletics Championships in Nairobi.

 

The decision was made following what the athletics governing body called outstanding Under-Eighteen championships in 2017.

 

IAAF President SEBASTIAN COE said the Under-Twenty championships would showcase the future of sports.

 

He said Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for IAAF.

Published in Foreign Written by July 23 2018 0

 German forward, Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he is retiring from international football with immediate effect following the treatment he received from the German football Federation.

 

The Arsenal attacker hit out at the treatment he received from the German football association, confirming he will no longer wear the jersey

 

The Arsenal attacker claims that the way he has been treated by the German football association makes him no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.

 

Ozil announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president RECEP ERDOGAN and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident.

Published in Foreign Written by July 17 2018 0

The 2018 FIFA World Cup champions have been given a heroes’ welcome in France.

 

Players and officials of the French national football team were greeted by fans who lined the Champs-Elysées in central Paris, chanting their praise.

 

French president Emmanuel Macron also reportedly celebrated with the team on their return.

 

You will recall that France had on Sunday defeated Croatia four-two to lift the World Cup for the second; the first time being twenty years ago.

 

Published in Foreign Written by July 17 2018 0

 

Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, had reported record revenue of nine hundred and fourteen million Euros in the 2017-2018 season.

 

Part of the proceeds came from Barcelona’s world record transfer fee of two hundred point six million pounds from French side, Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017.

 

Barcelona has since then broken its transfer record twice with the signings of Ousmane Dembele for ninety-six point eight million pounds and Philippe Coutinho for one hundred and six point four million pounds.

 

The 2018 La Liga winner has now said it was on track to achieve revenues in excess of one billion Euros by 2021.

Published in Foreign Written by July 15 2018 0

France's superstars came out to shine as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia

 

Following a tournament packed with thrills and drama, the final at  the Luzhniki Stadium lived up to what preceded it from the moment Les Bleus hit the front through an 18th-minute own goal by Mario Mandzukic – a cruel role reversal for Croatia's extra-time hero in the semi-final win over England.

 

Dalic's side had started the stronger and levelled through a fine Ivan Perisic strike before the Inter player was harshly adjudged to have handled in the box, as VAR made its first impact upon a World Cup final.

 

Griezmann converted his fourth of the tournament from 12 yards before Croatia pursued their opponents furiously once more at the start of the second half.

 

A pitch invasion from punk protest group Pussy Riot in the 52nd minute seemed a fitting precursor to the anarchy that followed, with Pogba and Mbappe arrowing in majestic strikes from outside the box.

 

An absent-minded error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to put his name on the other side of the scoreboard, but Didier Deschamps was not to be denied his piece of history as the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach. Deschamps was captain of the Les Bleus' side that previously lifted the trophy back in 1998.

Published in local Written by July 12 2018 0

With the debate between Nigerians hitting up as to who is the legitimate president of the NFF Zazi Bariza clears the air on the issue

 

 

(that's the voice of Zazi Bariza)

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