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Moses, Abraham makes Chelsea’s 21-man squad for Arsenal friendly game

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01/08/2018

Victor Moses will get a second chance to impress new Boss, Maurizio Sarri in pre-season after the Winger was named in Chelsea’s 21-man squad for the friendly against Arsenal in Dublin on Wednesday.

Moses was a second-half substitute against Inter Milan in his first game under Sarri and clocked in 25 minutes plus a coolly converted penalty to help the Blues to a win.

On Wednesday, Chelsea published a list of players selected by Sarri for his first game against a Premier League side; albeit in pre-season.

Currently, Chelsea have three Nigeria internationals on their books, but the Manager dropped both Kenneth Omeruo and Ola Aina from the trip to Dublin.

It is believed Omeruo is back in Turkey where he’s expected to complete a loan move to Göztepe S.K.

Meanwhile, Aina, who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Hull City could be on the move as well, but to a yet to be disclosed club.

Onyekuru scores again for Galatasaray

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29/07/2018

Henry Onyekuru scored his second goal for Turkish club, Galatasaray in their 1-0 win against Club Africain at the Olympic Stadium, Rades on Saturday.

Onyekuru who replaced Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli netted the winning goal in the third minute of added time.

The 21-year-old forward has now featured in four pre-season games for Galatasaray with one start.

Onyekuru also provided an assist in Galatasary’s 3-0 win against Sakaryaspor on Thursday.

Lookman scores in final RB Leipzig game

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13/05/2018

Nigerian-born England forward Ademola Lookman ended his RB Leipzig loan spell from Everton with his fifth Bundesliga goal in 11 games, but they missed out on a Champions League spot.

Lookman has hit a wonderful patch of form lately and scored another brace as RB Leipzig easily dismissed Hertha Berlin 6-2 away.

The England Under-21 winger – on loan from Everton – cut in from the left before smashing in a low shot in a 6-2 win at Hertha Berlin.

He then assisted two Jean-Kevin Augustin goals before being replaced in the 62nd minute.

The Bundesliga-side have already reiterated that they would like to hold on to Lookman but there is no option to buy clause added to his loan deal in Germany.

Despite featuring for England at junior level, Lookman is still eligible to play for Nigeria since he has never appeared in a competitive game for England at senior level.

Kayode nominated for Shakhtar player of the month

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05/05/2018

Super Eagles striker Kayode Olanrewaju has been nominated for the Shakhtar Donetsk player of the month award for April.

Kayode was also voted man of the match after netting the only goal in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 1-0 league win against Mariupol last week Friday

The former Austria Wien of Austria player was also voted man of the match after netting the only goal in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 1-0 league win against Mariupol last week Friday and has been nominated alongside three of his teammates; Goncalves dos Santos, Taison Barcelos and Marlos Romero for the honour.

The striker who is on loan at Shakhtar from English Premier League club Manchester City has scored two goals in four outings for the club.

He will hope to win his first silverware with the club when they take on title rivals Dynamo Kiev in the final of the Ukraine Cup on May 9 at the Dnipro Arena.

Alex Iwobi to travel with squad to face Atletico Madrid

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01/05/2018

Super Eagles’ attacker, Alex Iwobi has been certified fit and ready to travel with the team to face Atletico Madrid in a Europa League semi-final second leg tie, AOIFootball.com reports.

Reports had made the rounds that the player picked up a knock in the Gunners’ 1-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, despite being on the pitch for the entire match duration.

AOIFootball.com, however, gathered that the Gunners’ attacker has been cleared fit and will resume training on Tuesday ahead of the crunch tie in Spain on Thursday.

A reliable source told AOIFootball.com that the player was assessed by the club medical staff on Monday and was certified fit for the clash, calming all nerves that the attacker was initially out of the tie.

Iwobi has scored twice for the Gunners in the Premier League, while contributing five assists, and will be gunning for his first goal in the Europa League on Thursday.

Ighalo scores brace in Changchun 2-1 win

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29/04/2018

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo scored two goals for Changchun Yatai as they beat Shanghai SIPG FC 2-1 in their Chinese Super League (CSL) fixture.

Ighalo was the match winner for Changchun Yatai scoring at both ends to give his side all three points.

The 28-year-old opened the scoring the 14th minute when he latched on to a pass by Zhe Jiang.

Lei Wu scored the equaliser for Shanghai SIPG FC in the 41st minute through an assist by Hulk, as both sides when into the break level.

Ighalo, however, took matters into his own hand as he scored the game's winner, when he put in a through ball by Marinho in the 69th minute.

Ighalo's brace comes just one week after he scored four goals in one match for Changchun Yatai against Guizhou Hengfeng.

The result takes Ighalo and his teammates to eighth in the CSL with 11 points from eight matches.

Ighalo and his teammates return to action when they take on Jiangsu Suning FC in their next fixture on Sunday, May 6.

Ighalo score 4 in Changchun win, makes record 🌟

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22/04/2018

It was a big day for Nigerian Striker, Odion Ighalo, as he scored four goals to equal the record of the most goals scored in a single game in the Chinese Super League.

Ighalo gave his side, Changchun Yatai the lead in the 24 minute after he converted a penalty.

Wei Du equalised for Guizhou Hengfeng in the 33rd minute but Long Tan restored Changchun's lead in the 35th minute.

Ighalo sent his side 3-1 up going into the break when he scored his second of the game in the 38th minute.

Fan Wang scored for Guizhou Hengfeng in the 60th minute to reduce the lead but Ighalo went on to scored two more goals to give his side all three points.

Ighalo completed his hat-trick when he scored the fourth goal for his side in the 86th minute and still went on to score his fifth in the 90th minute which was the final goal of the game.

The win places Changchun Yatai 10th in the CSL with eight points from seven matches.

Rohr shouldn't ignore Joel Obi - Dosu

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17/04/2018

Ex-international, Dosu Joseph has called on the technical crew of the Super Eagles led by Gernot Rohr not to drop the services of Torino midfielder, Joel Obi from the team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Joel made his comeback to the Super Eagles fold in the team's 1-0 win over Poland and 2-0 lose to Serbia in an international friendly match that was played last month (April).

Having displayed a good performance for Torino this season, the Atlanta Olympic Gold medalist in the men's football told soccernet.com.ng that Joel still remains a valuable asset for the team at the World Cup.

"I really don't think it's a bad idea to have Joel Obi in the Super Eagles fold in preparation for the World Cup based on his performance for Torino," Dosu told Soccernet.com.ng

"Besides, going by his performance against Poland and Serbia, it is left for the technical crew to decide on his future with the senior national team.

"However, I am sure that he would be a great asset for the team at the World Cup considering the fact that we can't be depending on Mikel Obi always."

Joel got is Super Eagles debut under Samson Siasia in Nigeria's  2-1 win over Sierra Leone at the National Stadium in Lagos in February 2011.

Ahmed Musa scores in CSKA Moscow draw

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15/04/2018

Ahmed Musa was on target as CSKA forced Ufa to a 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League game played on Sunday at the Stadion Neftyanik.

Sunday's outing was the fifth in the League for Musa who made a loan switch from Leicester City to CSKA Moscow during the last transfer window.

The fleet-footed Super Eagles forward was on target in the 78th minute after Dimitry Sysuev had given the host the lead four minutes before halftime.

Before opening his account in the League, Musa had scored in some preseason games and also in the Europa League where the Red Armies have been knocked out by Arsenal.

With the away point secured on Sunday, CSKA Moscow are fifth on the log with 44 points from 25 games and they are three points adrift of Zenith who are presently occupying the third place for the last Champions League playoff spot.

Lokomotiv Moscow are the table toppers; nine points ahead of CSKA Moscow.

Nwakali returns from injury

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08/04/2018

Chidiebere Nwakali has returned to training and will be in contention for today’s Scottish Premier League game at Hearts.

The midfielder, on loan from Manchester City, trained with the rest of the Aberdeen squad on Friday and came out unscathed and has now been included in this weekend’s Scottish Premier League match.

He had returned to his parent club Manchester City for the doctors to have a look at the pelvic injury.

The 21-year-old midfielder has made five appearances for second-placed Aberdeen – starting three of those games – since he joined up in the winter window.

Ndidi out of Newcastle clash as Iheanacho's in line for selection

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07/04/2018

By Augustine Akhilomen

Super Eagles combative midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is expected to miss today's Premier League tie against Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium due to card offence.

The Nigerian international was shown a red card after receiving this second yellow in their 2-0 win over Brighton last weekend.

Ndidi who has been a top performer for Leicester City this season will return to the starting line up next weekend.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho would be targeting a return to the first team of the Fixes after missing out last weekend due to a slight hand injury.

Iheanacho copped the injury during Nigeria's 1-0 win over Poland in an international friendly a fortnight ago and he's poised to impress if selected against Newcastle United today.

Etebo returns for Las Palmas

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Oghenekaro Etebo looks set to return for Spanish club Las Palmas after he was named in the 24-man squad for Sunday’s La Liga clash against Levante after his injury lay-off.

The 22-year-old midfielder who returned to training on Tuesday has been included in Las Palmas’ 24-man squad for the game, as well as Ezekiel Imoh.

Etebo got injured in Las Palmas’ 2-0 league defeat to Villarreal last month and was forced to sit out key league fixtures against Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna.

He also missed Nigeria’s international friendlies against Poland and Serbia in Wroclaw and London last month due to the injury.

Former Warri Wolves star Etebo has made seven league appearances for Las Palmas since joining the club on loan from Portuguese club Feirense in January

Iwobi, Okocha behind my decision to play for Nigeria - Kehinde

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05/04/2018

By Augustine Akhilomen

Manchester United youth team player, Tosin Kehinde has revealed that his decision to play for Nigeria was inspired by the duo of Alex Iwobi and Austine 'Jay Jay' Okocha.

Kehinde who has played for the under age teams of the Red Devils hasn't featured for Jose Mourinho's senior team in the Premier League.

Having met with the some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the young forward stated that he would love to be part of the national team settings and if possible play in the Super Eagles.

“Nigeria has always been a part of me,” he said . “I was born there. My whole family are
Nigerian. I come from a very strong Nigerian background so the influence has always been
around me.

“When you are growing up, when you see players like Jay Jay Okocha, how good he was
and the current crop of players such as Alex Iwobi and Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, the
desire to get the opportunity to play for Nigeria has always been there really.”

Ndidi sent off in Leicester's win over Brighton

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01/04/2018

By Augustine Akhilomen

Super Eagles combative midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi received a red card in Leicester City's 2-0 away win over Brighton in Saturday's Premier League tie at the Falmer Stadium.

The Nigerian international who has become an integral part of the Foxes since joining the team from Genk was first shown a yellow card in the 24th minutes before receiving this marching order in the 87th minutes.

However, goals from Vicente Iborra in the 83rd minutes and Jamie Vardy in the 96th minutes was enough to silence the home crowd and ensure City walks away with all three points.

Ndidi would miss the team next match against Newcastle next Saturday.

Etebo to miss Madrid match

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31/03/2018

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has not recovered from a muscle injury that kept him out of Nigeria’s recent friendlies and will not play in today’s La Liga clash between Las Palmas and Real Madrid at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.

Manager of the Canary Islands based team, Paco Jémez, has omitted Etebo from the list of 18 players called up for the match day 30 fixture.

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Emenike is still on the sidelines, and also misses out, while Imoh Ezekiel is in line to play his third game for the club, as he has been included in the matchday squad.

Etebo was prevented from travelling to Wrocław last week to link up with his Super Eagles teammates for the friendly against Poland after Las Palmas medics recommended that he should stop all sporting activities. And he was left out of the matchday squad versus Serbia three days ago after failing a fitness test on his arrival in the English capital.

Prior to the midfielder’s spell on the sidelines, he had started all the matches played by Las Palmas in the Spanish top-flight since completing a loan move from Portuguese setup CD Feirense.

Allnigeriasoccer.com reports that Etebo will earn wages of 120,000 euros net (approximately N52.8 million) for the five months he is at Las Palmas and that amount does not include performance-related bonuses.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has admitted that he was facing a selection dilemma but has welcomed it nonetheless, as he has three quality players to pick from for the left-back position.

The coach has stressed that he’s not confused about his first-choice of left-back ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Amkar Perm defender Brian Idowu appears to be ahead of Elderson Echiejile (Monaco) and Ola Aina (Chelsea) in Rohr’s pecking order of left backs, with the Russian-based star starting the last two games played by the Super Eagles in March.

Liverpool loanee banned in Belgium

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06/03/2018

Taiwo Awoniyi who was sent off playing for Mouscron at the weekend has been slammed with a three-match ban by the football body in Belgium.

Video footages showed that the Nigerian striker was held for some time by Lokeren's Arno Monsecour and while Awoniyi swung his arm back - his elbow caught the nose of the defender who was left with a bleeding nose.

According to Belgian Football, the Nigeria U23 star has been banned for three match days by the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB), of which two are effective, and fined 800 euros.

It thus means that the 20-year-old will miss Royal Excel Mouscron's last game of the regular season against AS Eupen plus their first game in the playoffs if the decision is not appealed against.

For Awoniyi, this ban will be a sour point in what has been an outstanding season for him at Mouscron.

The former Golden Eaglets forward is their joint-leading scorer in the Belgian First Division A with seven goals from 27 appearances.

Ola Aina makes Championship team of the week

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27/02/2018

The sterling performance by Super Eagles defender Ola Aina over the weekend for strugglers Hull City has earned him a spot in the English Championship Team of the Week.

The 21-year-old was voted Man of the Match after he helped Hull City to their first win in three league outings, with a 1-0 triumph over Sheffield United on Friday night.

Aina had a game rating of 8.2, made 50 passes completing 77% of them, won 2 aerial duels, made 3 dribbles and 3 tackles.

The club tweeted afterward, congratulating the player for making the team of the week.
“Another well-deserved selection in @WhoScored’s @SkyBetChamp Team of the Week for @Aina2Ola. Congratulations, Ola!”

Full Championship team of the week:

Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa)
Ola Aina (Hull City)
Adam Webster (Ipswich)
Cooper (Millwall)
Friend (Middlesbrough)
Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Clare (Sheffield Wednesday)
Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)
Lolley (Nottingham Forest)
Moore (Barnsley)
Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest)

Nigeria goalkeeper trainer in Spain to monitor Uzoho

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26/02/2018

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has dispatched one of the team’s goalkeeper trainers, Pionetti Enrico to Spain to do some work with young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

 Enrico, who came into the Nigeria senior team’s mix ahead of the B squad’s 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Benin Republic six months ago, arrived in Spain penultimate weekend.

Uzoho was reserve goalkeeper as Nigeria’s U17 boys won the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, and won his first senior cap in a friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar in November last year. He obviously impressed Coach Rohr.

Ball fans are a bit concerned about Super Eagles’ goalkeeping duties at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, with Carl Ikeme (who was between the pipes for the qualifying matches against Swaziland, Zambia and Algeria at the beginning of the race) still undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

 Uzoho has kept 10 clean sheets out of 14 matches for the Deportivo La Coruna B squad this term and showed tremendous confidence and agility in the Eagles’ come-from-behind defeat of reigning world vice champions Argentina.

Obafemi Martins scores in Asian Champions League

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22/02/2018

Forgotten Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins was on target in the Asian Champions League for Shanghai Shenhua on Tuesday against Sydney FC at Hongkou Football Stadium in China.

The 33-year-old forward took the lead on the 26th minutes of the encounter as he bundled home at the front post from Li Yunqiu's low cross, but within eight minutes Sydney had turned it around.

Luke Wilkshire converted the rebound after Li Shuai saved Bobo's header and Milos Ninkovic showed fine footwork to step up Alex Brosque, who smashed high into the roof of the net to make 2-1 for the visitors in the 34th minutes.

Shanghai Shenhua were level before the break, however, as Andrew Redmayne punched Bai Jiajun's cross to the edge of the area, where Colombia international Fredy Guarin cushioned a calm volley beyond the despairing dive of the scrambling goalkeeper.

Elsewhere in Group H, Kashima Antlers took top spot as Mu Kanazaki's brace earned his side a 2-1 win at Suwon Bluewings.

The Japanese side are with four points closely followed by Suwon Bluewings with three points while Shanghai Shenhua are third.

Sydney occupy bottom place with one point.

Shanghai Shenhua tackle South Korea side in next fixture Suwon Bluewings away on the 7th March.

Ademola Lookman scores on RB Leipzig debut

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04/02/2018

Nigerian youngster Ademola Lookman struck the winner on his debut against Borussia Moenchengladbach, 72 hours after completing a transfer deadline day move away from Everton to RB Leipzig.

After being on the pitch 11 minutes, the London-born striker collected the ball around 30 yards from goal and with plenty of space in front of him. Showing confidence and desire beyond his years and experience in the league, Lookman raced past as many as three defenders across the box before firing a perfect shot across Gladbach goalkeeper Tobias Sippel and into the bottom corner in the 89th minute.

The 20-year-old moved on deadline day despite Everton manager Sam Allardyce urging him to move on loan in England.

Allardyce said Lookman's move to Leipzig was "one of the most unusual situations I've been in", adding the deal was a "big challenge" for the player's development.

The former England manager said he hoped Lookman "proves us all wrong" and in finding the net on debut, his goal delivered Leipzig's first win in three matches, moving them third in the table.

England Under-21 international Lookman joined the Toffees from Charlton for £11m in January 2017 and has made seven Premier League appearances this season, starting one game.
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