jalaka

Former footballer, passionate football enthusiast and analyst and a proud Nigerian.

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Nadal wins record 10th Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal took all of 80 minutes to become a record setter in Monte Carlo on Sunday. The World No. 7 beat Albert Ramos-Vilonas 6-1 6-3 to claim a record 10th title in Monte Carlo. His first was in 2005. Sunday’s title means that the Spaniard claimed his 50th clay…

Bomb explosion forces postponement of Dortmund, Monaco clash [Photo: sun.co.uk]

Dortmund bomber is a shareholder

The police in Germany have arrested the alleged mastermind behind the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund bus last week Tuesday on their way to Signal-Iduna-Park for the first leg quarterfinal UEFA Champions League clash with Monaco. German newspaper, Bild, reported on Friday that a 28-year-old Russian, Sergei W., lodged at…

FC Barcelona [Photo: Goal.com]

Four matches to watch: Barcelona must win Clasico, Spurs have London edge

MFM v Akwa United @Agege Stadium @3pm on Apr.23 The second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League kicks off this weekend and MFM have the chance to take on Akwa United. Akwa United are the league’s most in-form team and won their last away encounter, against Kano Pillars at…

FC Barcelona [Photo: Goal.com]

UCL: It can be another Barcelona miracle

How hard can it be to score four goals against Juventus without conceding? Barcelona’s manager, Luis Enrique, would answer like this, “We scored three in seven minutes against PSG in the last round when everyone had apparently given up.” Barcelona on Wednesday at the Camp Nou would be in search…

Leicester City are through to the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League [Photo Credit: espnfc.us]

Champions League: Can Leicester continue the fairytale?

When Leicester City file out unto the King Power Stadium pitch on Tuesday evening, they will be battling odds greater than the 5000-1, which they surmounted to win the English Premier League last season. To win the Champions League would be at 20000-1 odds. But first, they have to overhaul…

Rangers

Seven things we saw last week: Rangers crash, Ronaldo sets record

Rangers bicker, lose out to Zesco It was predictable, it was expected and no one was really surprised that Enugu Rangers crashed out of the CAF Confederations Cup 5-2 on aggregate to Zesco United of Zambia. The players insisted on collecting their estacode before travelling to Ndola and they got…

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UEFA Champions League | Five things we saw at the quarterfinals

The UEFA Champions League continues to live up to its expectation as the premier football tournament. In the four quarterfinal matches, we saw 12 goals – an average of three per match, and we saw records set whilst also witnessing the unsavoury correlation with the politics of ISIS. Here are…

Rangers

Four matches to watch | Rangers need miracle as Mourinho plans to get over Chelsea

Zesco Utd v Rangers @Levy Mwanawasa Stadium @2pm on Apr.15 The Zambian team need just a scoreless draw to go through while embattled Enugu Rangers need an outright win, a scenario that is hard to imagine given the chaos within the team. It is not yet known whether the team…

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The ‘Ranierisation’ of Enugu Rangers’ Amakapabo

Enugu Rangers were feted to heaven and beyond after ending 32 years of hurt in the league last season and so much praise was lavished on the coach who led them to that triumph, Imama Amakapabo. But four months into a new campaign, Amakapabo has been sacked, gone with the…

FC Barcelona [Photo: Goal.com]

UCL Quarter Final: Barcelona face uphill task against Juventus

The red card at the weekend against Malaga should spur Neymar to be at his very best on Tuesday when Barcelona face heavy odds to get a good result against Juventus at the Juventus Stadium. It is the quarter final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League with Juventus in good…

Finally, Garcia wins first Masters title [Photo: www.cbc.ca]

Seven things we saw last week | NPFL faced hooliganism threat as couple won Paris marathon

Football hooliganism rears its head in the NPFL In two separate matches last weekend, violence was foisted on visiting teams that led to injuries. Kano Pillars’ fans were irate that their darling team lost 1-0 to Akwa United while in Borno, El Kanemi fans, despite a 2-1 win over Enyimba,…

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Moses in line to return against Bournemouth

Victor Moses could be recalled for Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. The 25-year-old winger turned wing back missed Chelsea’s last two matches, but Antonio Conte revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the Nigerian could be available after training for two days. “Victor…

Real Madrid [Photo: The Morung Express]

Four matches to watch: Rangers need African revival as Real dare Atletico at Bernabeu

Enugu Rangers v Zesco United @Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium @Apr.9 The three-match ultimatum has expired but Coach Imama Amakapabo is still holding the reins at Enugu Rangers. His reign could be shortened if his side loses to Zesco United in the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday. The NPFL defending champions have…

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Chelsea defeat Man City, hold on to seven-point gap without injured Moses

Chelsea held on to their seven-point gap to second-placed Tottenham on Wednesday when the league leaders beat Manchester City 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Eden Hazard. With the injured Victor Moses watching from the stands, Antonio Conte had to draft in Kurt Zouma into the right side of his…

Victor Moses. Photo: mtnfootball.com

Can Chelsea beat Manchester City without Moses?

In their last home game against Crystal Palace, Chelsea lost 2-1 – a match Victor Moses missed due to a toe injury. The Nigerian would be given a late fitness test to see whether he would be able to play against Manchester City on Wednesday. But Moses has great influence…

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7 things we saw last week | Moses helps Gent over Brugge, Federer reigns again as Westbrook sets NBA record

Moses scores a brace in Belgium Super Eagles’ forward, Moses Simon, scored a brace for his Belgian club, KAA Gent, in a 2-1 victory over Club Brugge. The diminutive winger scored the equalizer in the 25th with a neat half-volley, and then scored from the penalty spot in the 45th…

Rangers

Four matches to watch: Rangers need their luck to turn as Anfield turns red and blue

Enyimba v Enugu Rangers @UJ Esuene Stadium @4pm on Apr.2 The clock seems to be counting down for Imama Amakapabo at Rangers as results continue to go against the record breaker. On Wednesday, Remo Stars had the effrontery to pick a point in Enugu. Now away to Calabar and the expiration of the three-match…

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Photo Credit; Golf Digest)

Federer meets Nadal for 47th time in Miami final

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal passed their Miami Masters semi-final tests to set up a 47th meeting between the pair come Sunday morning. While Nadal beat Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5; Federer had to call on all his experience to outlast tennis enfant terrible, Nick Kyrgios, 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a…

Anthony Joshua [Photo Credit: BBC]

World Boxing champion says Nigerian boarding house helped him succeed

Jim Rohn says discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment and that is something IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, agrees totally with. Joshua, who will be fighting Vladimir Klitschko on April 29, has a Nigerian mother, and he spent six months in Nigeria in 1999, when he was 11.…

Tobi Amusan

Seven things we saw last week | Amusan leads the world, Buffon gets to 1000 as Vettel outlasts Hamilton

Amusan runs world-leading time in 100m hurdles Tobi Amusan raced to the fastest time in the world in 2017 in the 100m hurdles as she smashed her Personal Best (PB) when she recorded 12.63s in the 100m Hurdles. Amusan thus eclipsed the world’s fastest time of 12.78s set by USA’s…

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Four matches to watch | Plateau Utd seek to reclaim top spot as Rohr continues Eagles experiment

Plateau United v ABS @Rwang Pam Stadium @3pm on Mar.26 A narrow 2-1 loss in Lagos saw the Highlanders lose top spot in the NPFL to their conquerors, MFM. But they can reclaim that position this weekend when they host ABS – though it would not be easy against an…

International friendly between Nigeria vs Senegal [Photo: Naij.com]

The continual ‘Hiving’ of Nigeria’s Super Eagles

There is a new word in marketing called ‘Hiving’. It is the continuous debasement of a good brand by its owners in what can be termed self-sabotage. Though this statement is debatable – the Super Eagles are the only Nigerian football brand that continue to boast intrinsic value – and…

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NPFL U-18 All-Stars beat Sundowns to Future Champions final ticket

NPFL U-18 All-Stars team beat South African team, Mamelodi Sundowns, 3-0 in the first semi-final of the 2017 edition of the Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament holding in South Africa. Nasifi Yahaya scored two goals in the first half for NPFL U-18 All-Stars team – the first after just two…

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Four things Rohr will look out for in match against Senegal

The continuation of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is still six months away, but Nigeria’s senior national team manager, Gernot Rohr has friendly matches planned to determine the readiness of players he intends to use against Cameroon in August. There has been some hoopla at home because only one…

Referee Lamptey Joseph Odarte during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Ghanaian referee banned for life

The world football governing body, FIFA, have given a life ban to Ghanaian centre referee, Joseph Odartei Lamptey. He was found guilty of breaching FIFA's disciplinary code during a 2018 World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal, which South Africa won 2-1. A release on the official FIFA…