jalaka

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

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Anthony Nwakaeme [Photo Credit: Jerusalem Post]

Here’s one player Rohr may need for Super Eagles, Lions showdown

The truth be told, the Super Eagles need strikers in form to cage the Indomitable Lions in the upcoming World Cup qualifier double-header in late August and early September. With the European season just kicking off, most of the players that Gernot Rohr would have penciled down for the encounter…

Carl Ikeme [Photo: Kokofeed]

Ikeme diagnosis, Lowrey death reveal football’s human face

When the Super Eagles of Nigeria lost to South Africa, some of the excuses was that Carl Ikeme was not fit to play and that before the important World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August, the 31-year-old would be fit. But Nigerian football fans were hit with a low punch…

Germany zoom into final in style [Photo: mirror.co.uk]

Germany seems next to lose the World Cup

It seems winning the FIFA Confederations Cup could be a pointer to a disastrous World Cup for Germany, even though we know Die Mannschaft like bucking the trend. They are the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winners. Joachim Loew’s side beat Chile 1-0 in the final on Sunday at the Saint…

Rivers United Football Club [Photo Credit: Africasports24]

Four matches to watch: Rivers Utd battle Club Africain as Germany dare Chile in Russia

Rivers United v Club African @YakubuGowon Stadium @4pm on July 2 Group A of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup has all four teams deadlocked on six points each as all teams have won all their home matches.  Goals difference might be the difference at the end of the group stage, which means Rivers…

Cameroon celebrating after scoring in their game with Egypt at the AFCON

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ANALYSIS: Here’s why Africa won’t win World Cup

The first round of the 2017 Confederations Cup came to a close last Sunday with African champions, Cameroon, unable to make it past Germany, Chile and Australia. And the question, “when will Africa justify its huge football talent pool and deliver on the world stage”, arose again? Without a doubt,…

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung

ANALYSIS: Sports in Nigeria is being run into the abyss

Imagine this – you purchase a 15 million Naira car and you hand it over to an uneducated roadside mechanic to check an engine fault… That is the way most of the various federations run sports in Nigeria. A multi-billion Naira venture has been handed over to the most egoistic,…

The Super Eagles squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17). Bafana Bafana won 2-0.
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How Eagles should prepare for Cameroon clash

Football today depends a lot on a team’s tactical preparation. A team with averagely-talented players but with an intelligent tactical preparation can beat a team of 11 talented players who have had no preparation at all. Another truth is you will not better understand a team and its tactics by…

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Four matches to watch | Russia needs good start as Ronaldo goes against Sanchez

Russia v New Zealand @Stadion Krestovskyi @4pm on June 17 President Vladimir Putin has stylishly told the 2018 World Cup hosts they must improve their results. That warning could be the motivation the team led by Stanislav Cherchesov need to do well in this dress rehearsal towards a better performance…

2019 AFCON Qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria (Green) and Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17).
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Why Bafana loss can be a luxury for Eagles

Three days after, what is left is a dull pain in place of the thudding heart palpitation on Saturday. The memory of the 2-0 loss in Uyo is still very present with the goals flashing through our collective consciousness. Particularly the first, by Tokelo Rantie, his third goal against Nigeria in…

Super Eagles in training

Meet the 11 Eagles ‘starting’ against Bafana Bafana

The training sessions have been intense with all 24 players present in camp giving their all to ensure a place in the team that would go against the Bafana Bafana on Saturday. As Gernot Rohr admitted at a press conference on Thursday, he is a bit confused on whom to…

Super Eagles in training

In Uyo, Eagles must ‘remarry’ Bafana Bafana

The South Africa national football team – the Bafana Bafana – are quietly confident they will get a good result against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday in Uyo. They should be confident after naming a new coach in Stuart Baxter, the man who engineered their only win against…

Dominic Solanke [Photo: The Sun]

Anglo-Nigerians driving England to U-20 World Cup glory

England qualified for the final of a major football tournament for the first time since 1966 on Thursday, June 8, 2017. They defeated Italy 3-1 in the semifinal of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World in which Dominic Solanke scored the first and third goal, while Ademola Lookman, scored the second…

Victor Moses of Chelsea [Photo: Chelsea FC]

Five things Victor Moses must improve to impress European pundits

A bad day in the office in the FA Cup final has given armchair analysts and pundits the leeway to judge Victor Moses’ season. But the numbers would never lie and a player that performed so admirably over a season [9 months] does not become a bad player overnight. In…

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The quality Super Eagles need against South Africa

The journey to the Africa Cup of Nations Cup tournament starts again this Saturday, and after missing two consecutive editions, the Super Eagles must make this edition or the failure could become the albatross that finally sinks Amaju Pinnick and his Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board. Eagles definitely progressing under Rohr As…

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time. [Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk]

‎UCL Final: Ronaldo leads Real Madrid’s quest for glory, history

In the 2014 and 2016 Uefa Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo was not the most outstanding player on the pitch, but he contributed the last goals - both from the penalty spot. This season, Zinedine Zidane was able to get the World Player of the year to rest properly during…

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Four matches to watch: Madrid chase history in UCL

Real Madrid v Juventus @Cardiff Stadium @7:45pm on June 3 Matches between these two teams are always tight affairs with their head-to-head clashes confirming this. In their last five encounters, Juventus have won twice [with 2-1 results] while Madrid have won once – with a 2-1 result. In assessing the two sides in…

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UCL Final: Where it will be won and lost

Juventus are Serie A champions while Real Madrid are also champions of Spain. In UEFA coefficient, this should not have been the final - it should have been the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester City joining Real Madrid in this final - but clearly, the Old Lady have…

‎The French coach has signed the highly rated Nigerian striker, Henry Onyekuru [Photo: Ducor Sports]

Arsene Wenger intent on resurrecting ‘Henry’ for Arsenal’s future

Henry Onyekuru is a new name in the consciousness of the average Nigerian football fan, though Arsenal is a well-supported team in the country. So when news broke on Tuesday evening that the 19-year-old had been signed by Arsenal from KAS Eupen for about £6.8million – many did not understand…

Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger[Photo Credit: Carlow Nationalist]

Four matches to watch | More misery for Pillars as Wenger seeks redemption

FC Ifeanyi Ubah v Kano Pillars @ FCIU International Stadium @4pm on May 28 There could be no greater contrast in the form of these two teams than to compare their last five matches. Whilst Ifeanyi Ubah have been in splendid form with four wins and a draw, all that Pillars can muster…

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford shoots to score his side’s first goal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Europa Final | Shootout between two 19-year-old strikers

While all the talks about Jose Mourinho and Manchester United focus on the team winning the only trophy absent from their cabinet, many have forgotten that the final against Ajax FC would see both teams led in attack by 19-year-olds. Ajax have Kasper Dolberg to thank for reaching the finals…

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Score and Reaction from 2016 El Clasico | (Credit: Bleacher Report)

Winners, losers in top 5 European leagues

The top five leagues have decided the winners and the losers. There were no surprises in Germany and Italy, but in France, England, there were upheavals, while in Spain, it took until the last day to determine the league winner. We also saw new talent coming through and the old…

The Real Madrid players celebrate in front of their fans. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Four matches to watch | Real can’t afford Malaga slip; MFM seek revenge

MFM FC v Akwa United @Agege Stadium @4pm on May 21 Towards the end of the first stanza, MFM FC actually lost some momentum as they lost three away matches consecutively, which is why they are second on the table with 33 points, two off the league leaders, Plateau United.…

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Nadal suffers first clay loss in Rome

Dominic Thiem made a statement on Friday as he beat Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 in the quarter-final of the Rome Masters. Thiem, whom Nadal defeated last Sunday to win a fifth Madrid title had supposedly learned his lesson, as he became the first man to beat Nadal on clay in…

FILE PHOTO: Rafael Nadal
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Nadal beats Djokovic to make Madrid Open final

For almost three years, Rafael Nadal suffered at the hands of Novak Djokovic, but on Saturday, the Spaniard got the better of the Serb in two straight sets of 6-2 6-4 to qualify for the Madrid Open final – which he has won four times. Nadal began the opening set…

Victor Moses and Antonio Conte

Moses reaches Chelsea promised land, but has challenges

Finally, on Friday, Victor Moses became champion of the English Premier League – with Chelsea. And he was not just part of the team, but an important member. When Chelsea won the 2014/15 EPL title, Moses was on loan at Stoke City. How he would have loved to be part…