jalaka

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

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Super Eagles

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…

Mamelodi Sundowns

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…

Pique and Messi [Photo: Mirror,co.uk]

Seven things we saw last week | Nigerian clubs crash, Essien’s wife buys Italian club and Federer marches on

No Nigerian representative in CAF Champions League Both Rivers United and Enugu Rangers were knocked out of Africa’s premier club tournament last weekend. Rivers United, with a 3-0 first leg advantage, were taken to the cleaners by Sudanese side,  Al Merreikh, who beat them 4-0 in the second leg. Rangers,…

Ahmad Ahmad [Photo: BBC]

What African football needs under Ahmad, Pinnick

Issa Hayatou was a behemoth as he led African football for almost 30 years. On Thursday, in Addis Ababa, Ahmad Ahmad, a 57-year-old Madagascan, toppled the septuagenarian in a “bloody” coup. The scenes of victory recorded were like that of a General who had triumphed on the war front. Ahmad…

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UEFA Champions league: After goals fest, quarter finals promises more of the same

The quarterfinal draw for the 2016/17 season of the UEFA Champions League was conducted on Friday in Nyon with some interesting fixtures in view. But what all fans would be asking for like Oliver Twist would be more of the same as in the round of 16 – goals galore!…

Rangers

Four matches to watch | Guardiola needs a reaction as Rangers chase 3-0 win against Zamalek

Rangers v Zamalek @Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium @4pm on Mar. 19 We have witnessed the miracle of Nou Camp, which means we can expect Rangers to beat Zamalek 3-0 and get to the group stage. Well, that is the general belief in Enugu as the Flying Antelopes under Coach Imama Amakapabo…

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CAF Champions League: Rangers protest eligibility of Zamalek goal scorer

Enugu Rangers are trailing Zamalek SC 4-1 from their first leg qualifier for the 2017 CAF Champions League group stages but have now raised an official complaint on the encounter. A release on Wednesday indicates that the Nigerian side has sent a formal protest to CAF, which indicated that the…

Federer

Federer dismisses Nadal as Djokovic is blown away by Kyrgios

Roger Federer has said he is going to play tennis for at least three more years; but on his showing on Thursday morning at Indian Wells tournament, it could be much longer as he showed aggression against his greatest opponent. Federer, 36, beat a younger Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3 to…

Jose Mourinho [Photo: Standard.co.uk]

Three ways Mourinho’s Manchester United can defeat Chelsea

This used to be a love affair for the ages but after a tepid divorce in 2015, Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the second time on Monday after being named as Manchester United manager with bad memories of his last trip. The United manager has been up to…

Barcelona celebrates after the match [Photo: ESPN]

Seven things we saw last week | Fasasi improved, Barca petitioned for winning

Fasasi races to the world’s third best time Adekunle Fasasi raced to an indoor Personal Best of 45.57s to finish second in one of the 400m heats at the ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Indoor Championships. The 20-year-old is now ranked number 3 in the world after…

Gernot Rohr

What is Rohr actually looking for in potential Eagles’ players?

I read an interesting article by Colin Udoh on the current invitation of players for the two friendly matches slated for March 23 and 27 against Senegal and Burkina Faso. Udoh made an insinuation on why Gernot Rohr left out players from the Nigeria Professional Football League; the German manager…

Rangers

Four matches to watch: Rangers need confidence against Zamalek as Mourinho plots Chelsea revenge

Zamalek v Enugu Rangers @ Al Salam Stadium @5pm on Mar.12 The continental quest has made Enugu Rangers lose a bit of focus in the NPFL, where they languish in 17th place; and they will be without one of their strongest defenders in Etim Matthew. Zamalek in Egypt will not…

Barcelona celebrates after the match [Photo: ESPN]

Barcelona’s recovery is why the world loves football

On 87 minutes, Barcelona needed three goals to beat PSG to the quarterfinals of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League; and they achieved it. That spectacle is the major reason why football is the world’s game because it continues to amaze, excite and surprise. It was meant to be another bad…

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto celebrating after scoring [Photo: The Telegraph]

Champions League: Barcelona beat PSG 6-1

It was supposed to be an impossible task but substitute Sergi Roberto who had not scored in 18 months proved to be the winner for Barcelona as he scored the sixth goal in the fourth minute of added time to take Barcelona through 6-5 on aggregate. Two goals in the…

PSG vs Barcelona [Photo credit: Twitter - Squawka Football]

Barcelona need historic miracle to overturn 4-0 deficit against PSG

It has not happened before, but it can start tonight at the Nou Camp when Barcelona host PSG in the UEFA Champions League second round second leg hoping to overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit. It was both humbling and humiliating, but if there is a team that can score…

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Frankie Fredericks steps down amid IAAF investigations

A former Namibian sprinter, Frankie Fredericks, has stepped down from his role as Chair of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024 on account of an investigation by French Judicial Authorities against former IAAF President, Lamine Diack, and his son, Papa Massata Diack. Fredericks is said to have received…

Real Madrid's Sergio celebrates after the scoring first goal. [Photo: Reuters]

UEFA Champions League | Real Madrid, Bayern Munich through to quarter-finals

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are through to the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter finals after they repeated their first leg triumphs over Napoli and Arsenal respectively. In both matches, the home teams scored first to raise hopes, but those hopes were extinguished in the second half as the visitors…

Liverpoo Vs Arsenal Premier League [Photo credit: mirror.co.uk]

UEFA Champions League | Arsenal in search of miracle

It seems Arsenal’s season is over. In recent past, it took till the end of match to come to that conclusion. With a 1-5 deficit from the first leg and the sickening 1-3 loss to Liverpool last weekend, Arsene Wenger just needs a reaction from his players as they face…

Kazuyoshi Miura

Japanese footballer becomes oldest professional player

Many footballers retire before 40, and although some goalkeepers keep past that age, it is rare to see a footballer still playing at 50. That is exactly what Japanese footballer, Kazuyoshi Miura, has done by running out for J-League second division club Yokohama at 50 years and seven days, to…

7 things we saw last week: Lobi make it 70 matches unbeaten

Lobi Stars make it 70 unbeaten in Makurdi They may not win the league but no team has been able to beat Lobi Stars at their Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi for almost three years. At the weekend they saw off the challenge of Gombe United to extend their unbeaten run…

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

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Wenger now grasping at straws

Two great clubs, two wonderful managers and a future that looked bleak and bland as the London weather – that was before the start of the encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal on Saturday evening at Anfield. After 90 minutes, the Reds continued their season’s trend of doing very well against…

IFAB

Powerful football board meets to consider giving referees urgently needed help

Football’s most powerful board, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will be meeting today, its 131st Annual General Meeting, at Wembley Stadium, London to deliberate on issues to move the game forward. This body is the only one accredited to change the law in the game. On the agenda include:…