Sunday, October 21, 2018

Published in Foreign Written by August 06 2018 0

Manchester City once again proved that they are the team to beat as they eased past Chelsea to win the FA Community Shield. The Citizens won 2-0 with Sergio Aguero scoring both the goals for the defending Premier League champions.

 

Chelsea were a lot better than they were last season but just not good enough to stop Manchester City. Sarri can be proud of his team for trying hard but the end product was poor and there were a lot of misplaced passes as well.

 

There were two goals for the predatory Sergio Aguero – the first being his 200thfor City – but it was the manner of their construction, and the architects of them, that was so impressive. On both occasions City carved through Chelsea.

Phil Foden, the great young hope at still just 18, created the first and also released Aguero with the pass of the match – a wonderful wedged ball through with back-spin to bring it back to the striker – while John Stones continued his imperious form from the World Cup, just three weeks to the day after returning from Russia, and Bernardo Silva looked like a player trying to prove a point. The only disappointment was an indifferent performance from £60million signing Riyad Mahrez and the confirmation, if any were needed, that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is not going to be challenging Ederson for his place.

The three biggest Hit players of the game was:

1.     Sergio Aguero:  Easily the man of the match today. The Argentine scored his 200th and 201st goal for Manchester City today and they were enough to see his side ease past Chelsea.

 

2.     Bernado Silva: After the big summer signing from Monaco last summer, he could only show a glimpse of himself but, in this game he showed his true colours. He was running the show for City and was finding gaps out of nowhere. He gave the Chelsea side a tough time and there was nothing any Chelsea player could do to stop him.

3.      Willy Caballero: Surprised that Willy Caballero is a hit? Well, I am too. Before the game kicked off, no one would have expected him to be one of the best players on the pitch for Chelsea.

After Callum Hudson-Odoi, it was Caballero who impressed for The Blues. He made numerous saves to keep the score respectable for Chelsea today.

There was nothing he could do for both the goals as they were defensive mistakes and Aguero made the most of it.

 

 

As for the three Biggest flops, it was a no-brainer:

1.      David Luiz: Once again, David Luiz has proved that he just cannot play in a two-man defense. The Brazilian is out of position more often than not and leaves the opponent strikers unmarked all the time.

2.      Marcos Alonso:  if there is one player in the Chelsea squad who is not fit for SarriBall, it has to be Marcos Alonso. There was nothing the Spanish defender was able to do right today.

He could not defend, he could not pass, and it takes him 5 crosses to get one right. Emerson Palmieri needs to be given a chance from the next game.

3.      Alvaro Morata:  Alvaro Morata just can't catch a break. The Spanish striker was unable to do anything (again!) today and was clearly making things difficult for Pedro and Hudson-Odoi.

He was not creating chances nor was he able to link up with his teammates. There was no intent from him today to score and, if things continue like this, he might be warming the bench more often than not this season.

 

Published in Foreign Written by August 06 2018 0

Man Utd are set to complete a £60m move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in the next 48 hours, says the Sunday Mirror.

The Red Devils had previously been unwilling to meet Spurs' £75m valuation of the 29-year-old, but a breakthrough now appears to have been reached between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, United will launch a last-ditch bid to sign Willian from Chelsea, who is Jose Mourinho's top summer target according to the Sunday Mirror.

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

Bordeaux have completed the signing of Nigeria's Samuel Kalu on a five-year contract from Gent.

 

The 20-year-old winger has been tipped as a replacement for the Girondins' star Malcom who left for Barcelona in a €30 million deal this summer.

 

Kalu who had two years left on his contract with the Belgian top-flight side and reportedly had a release clause of €8 million.

 

The 20-year-old scored seven goals in 37 appearances across all competitions last term has been signed as a replacement for Malcom who left for Barcelona this month.

Published in local Written by August 03 2018 0

 

Tobi Amusan and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi wrote their names in gold for Team Nigeria on Day 2 of the 21st edition of the African Championships taking place in Asaba, Nigeria.

 

Amusan was the first athlete to win a medal for the hosts after she finished first in the women’s 100m Hurdles final in a time of 12.86s.

 

It is the 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion's first senior African Championships and she expressed delight at how successful her season has been.

 

Enekwechi dominated the men’s Shot Put event to clinch Team Nigeria’s second GOLD at the tournament.

 

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist claimed the victory with his fifth round effort of 21.08m, which broke the 14-year-old 20.04m Championship Record of South Africa's Janus Roberts.

 

Mohamed Khalifa of Egypt placed 2nd with a mark of 19.33m, while Kyle Blignaut of South Africa was 3rd with a best throw of 19.33m.

 

In the women's Hammer Throw final, Nigeria’s Temilola Ogunrinde earned a Silver medal with her fourth round effort of 67.39m. She has now broken Queen Obisesan’s National Record (NR) of 66.86m set in February.

 

South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou clinched gold in the men and women’s 100m final respectively on Day 2 of the 21st African Championships in Asaba.

 

Simbine, who finished third in Durban two years ago, won the race in a time of 10.25s while his compatriot Simon Magakwe settled for Bronze with a time of 10.35s. 

 

Let's now take a listen to Akine Simone as he spoke after winning the race. 

 

Ivory Coast's record holder Arthur Cisse took Silver with a time of 10.33s, while Nigeria's Seye Ogunlewe finished fifth with a time of 10.45s

Ogunlewe was furious after the race.

 

 

In the women's event, Ta Lou maintained her unbeaten streak in the 100m this year as she raced to GOLD in 11.15s.

 

Ghana’s Janet Amponsah claimed Silver in 11.54s as Nigeria’s Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.58s) won Bronze at her maiden outing at the African Championships.

We have reactions from Joy Udo-Gabriel

 

 

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.

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