jalaka

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

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Four mid-week matches to watch: Pillars battle Ifeanyi Ubah, Chelsea host Tottenham

Ifeanyi Uba vs Pillars @FC Ifeanyi Uba International Stadium @4pm on February 27 There is a four-point gap between the two teams as Ifeanyi Ubah FC seek to keep their leadership position. The home team has lost once this season at the home ground while Pillars have taken only one…

Bayern vs Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. City v Chelsea @Wembley Stadium @4:30pm on Feb.24 In the first final of the season, City hold all the aces as they confront Chelsea, who they beat 6-0 just 13 days previous. There is an interesting deduction from the five previous clashes between these two sides – whichever one…

Okechukwu Azubuike

Nigerian Goalscorers: Azubuike pops up with rare goal

Okechukwu Azubuike, who returned to Turkey to join Rizespor in January, scored his first ever league goal for the 10th-placed side in a 2-0 away win over Shehu Abdullahi’s Bursaspor last Saturday. Azubuike had played for Yeni Malatyaspor from 2015 to 2018 without scoring but he finished neatly past the…

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Liverpool v Bayern Munich Preview: Will injuries hinder Klopp against familiar foes?

When the draws were made in December, Liverpool were flying from back to front, scoring goals and not letting many in. Liverpool's Tuesday opponent, Bayern Munich, were supposedly floundering; with their manager, Nico Kovac, under immense pressure to cut the gap to Dortmund on the Bundesliga table. But two months…

2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

Four matches to watch this weekend

Nigeria vs South Africa @Stade Seyni Kountche @4:30 pm on February 16 The first match was all about Flying Eagles of Nigeria attacking and the Amajita of South Africa repelling wave after wave of attacks with the South African goalkeeper and captain, Khulekani Kubheka, being very resolute in his duties.…

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The Champions League is back and United are favourites

The group stage of the most exciting and most difficult-to-win football competition is back with some mouthwatering clashes. From Manchester to Amsterdam, there will be excitement and disappointment in almost equal measures. Man. United v PSG @Old Trafford @9pm on February 12 On February 14, PSG travelled to Madrid as favourites…

Ola Aina was the winner for Torino [Torino]

Nigerians Abroad: Aina nets first goal, Iwobi equals last season’s tally

Aina gets first professional goal Ola Aina got his first professional goal for Torino against Udinese on Sunday. Aina, who plays as either a left or right wingback or as a left back got his head on a cross from Cristian Ansaldi in the 31st minute. The 22-year-old was almost…

Pep Guardiola, Maurizio Sarri {Photo: FOX Sports Asia}

Man. City v Chelsea Preview: Which Argentine striker will come tops?

Chelsea’s title credentials are all but gone but Pep Guardiola’s City are up for this encounter as they seek to successfully defend their English Premier League title from Liverpool and Tottenham. So all three points on Sunday against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues is a must. Chelsea's serial slayer, Sergio Aguero, is in good…

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Madrid derby, City battle Chelsea, other key weekend matches

Bendel Insurance v Rangers @ UNIBEN Sports Complex @4 p.m. on February 10 There will be shouts of ‘Up Bende’ when two of Nigeria’s most storied football clubs, Bendel Insurance and Rangers of Enugu, clash in Benin on Sunday. The home side’s return to the top flight has been topsy-turvy,…

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Man. City v Arsenal Preview: Can Gunners stop another City defeat

Three consecutive wins, with eight goals and none conceded, is the record Manchester City holds over Arsenal going into their 93rd clash on Sunday at the Etihad. Unai Emery is also looking for his first victory over his fellow Spaniard having played 11 times against a Guardiola-led team, losing seven…

Moses scores first goal in Turkey

Victor Moses has gotten off to the best possible start in Turkey as he scored within 10 minutes of his second appearance in Fenerbahce colours last Friday. Moses, who made a switch on loan from Chelsea to the Super Lig, came on for Andre Ayew in the 64th minute and…

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Rangers host Salitas of Burkina Faso, three other matches to watch this weekend

Rangers v Salitas @Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium @2pm on Feb.3 Rangers have been in good form in Africa and playing in the new season of the Nigeria Professional Football League should have helped the Gbenga Ogunbote-tutored team to gel better. They welcome a Burkina Faso team to Enugu on Sunday. Bright…

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Arsenal v Man. United Preview: Can Emery stop Solksjaer’s juggernaut?

It is the 230th meeting between the Gunners and the Red Devils and the occasion is the quest for the 2019 FA Cup. Arsenals have won this famous trophy 13 times while both teams have the record of most appearances in the final – 20. Both are also tied on…

Rangers secure dramatic victory over Kano Pillars to win 2018 Aiteo Cup

Four key matches to watch this weekend

Rangers v Enyimba @Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium @4pm on Jan.27 Rangers have been good on the continent, having won five of their six matches. But on return to the domestic scene last Wednesday, they were humbled 1-0 in Lagos by MFM. Enyimba have no continental assignment and they are yet to…

Henry Onyekuru

Nigerian Goals: Onyekuru gets milestone, Awoniyi ends goal drought

Henry Onyekuru was sent by Everton to Galatasaray to grow and he is doing just that as he accomplished a milestone in his young career last Saturday with his first professional hat trick. Gala went on to beat Ankaragucu 6-0 but the hero of the day was the 21-year-old forward.…

Rangers secure dramatic victory over Kano Pillars to win 2018 Aiteo Cup

Four matches to watch this weekend

Rangers v Bantu FC @Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium @4pm on Jan.20 With a 2-1 advantage, Rangers of Enugu know that a 0-0 scoreline takes them into the next stage, and even a 1-0 loss is not overtly disastrous. In the first leg, the Enugu side led 2-0 into additional time and…

Jose Mourinho. [Photo credit: Skysports]

So how different is Ole from Jose?

Manchester United are no more the butt of jokes from anyone - a fact consolidated by a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday. Now, every team above them on the English Premier League table is casting backward glances as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s United are on the march. Many…

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Tottenham vs Man. United: Pochettino, Solksjaer set to prove credentials

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is Manchester United’s interim manager while Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s manager, is widely expected to become United boss in the summer. When the two face off for the first time on Sunday at Wembley, more proof will be laid bare on which of these two managers truly merits…

Serena Williams at Wimbledon. [Photo credit: Forefront Nigeria]

2019 Australian Open: The old versus new wine

The first tennis Grand Slam of 2019 kicks off on January 14 in Australia with a familiar storyline – the old guard seeking to keep the status quo while the young Turks are looking for the opportunity to disrupt that status quo. The Men’s Draw | The top three still hold the…

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Four matches to watch this weekend

Bantu United v Enugu Rangers @Setsoto Stadium @3pm on Jan.13 With the Nigeria Professional Football League set to resume this weekend after a seven-month hiatus, Rangers International of Enugu will be in Lesotho to confront Bantu United in a first leg round of 16 tie in the CAF Confederations Cup.…

Rafael Nadal

Nadal to unveil more potent serve in Australia

After 1107 matches since he turned professional in 2001, world No.2, Rafael Nadal has tweaked his service game in time for the start of the 2019 Australian Open, which serves off on Monday. The 32-year-old is gunning for an 18th Grand Slam title and his coach, Carlos Moya revealed on…

Andy Murray

Murray reveals pains, plans to retire after Wimbledon

Former world No.1, Andy Murray has revealed that 2019 Australian Open may be his last time competing in the year’s first Grand Slam tournament. The 32-year-old has been off the tour since January 2018, when he underwent surgery for a hip problem. On Thursday at a press conference after practising…

Liverpool celebrates after scoring

Four matches to watch this weekend

Wolves v Liverpool @Molineux Stadium @8:45pm on Jan.7 There is no crisis at Liverpool because of their first league defeat of the season but away at Wolves in the FA Cup, they have to be doubly wary of a team that likes beating the big boys. Wolves already boast of…

Transfer Update: Mikel club-less as Ambrose nears EPL move

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, is currently without a club after cancelling his contract with Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Teda. In an interview with Tianjin TV Sports New Vision program, the 31-year-old said: ''I broke the contract with the club, which means I will leave Teda. “As for my…

Jorge Luiz Frello Filho - Jorginho during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Getty Images

Jorginho: Chelsea’s unlikely £57 million ‘scapegoat’

When Mauricio Sarri made a late entrance into Stamford Bridge last summer, it was in tow with his midfield brain from Napoli, Jorge Luiz Frello Filho - Jorginho - for a princely £57 million. After 20 matches in the English Premier League and 1,737 minutes, the Brazilian turned Italian had…