jalaka

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

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Home based Super Eagles Team. [Photo credit: Goal.com]

Four great matches to watch this weekend

Nigeria v Ghana @Cape Coast Sports Stadium @3 p.m ‎September 24 The 67-year-old rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana continues on Sunday at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and it is the WAFU Cup final. In a testament to the strength of the Nigeria Professional Football League, the home-based Super Eagles have gone all the way…

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers face very tough Senegal in Afrobasket semis

Nigeria’s D’Tigers are the defending champions while Friday opponents, Senegal are trying to reach the final for the first time since 2005. The Senegalese are undefeated in Tunisia and have amassed 316 points over four victories, while D’Tigers have posted 351 points for three victories and a defeat. And they…

Borussia Dortmund team. [Photo credit: Fear The Wall]

Nine major things we saw on return of UCL Group stage

The group stage of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League kicked off on Tuesday and as is common with the world’s premier football competition - there were highlights and show reels; not forgetting Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here are nine things you may have missed. Record goals haul on Matchday…

Rafael Nadal

Hard work pays as Nadal wins 2017 U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal is the new champion at Flushing Meadows, after claiming a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over final debutant, Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament. Anderson was completely out of his element as Nadal showed full court intelligence to subdue the big serving…

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Nigeria vs Cameroon: Five things that will assure another Super Eagles victory

The thought is still euphoric – 4-0 against the Indomitable Lions and a victory the Super Eagles thoroughly merited. But they have to go again on Monday in Yaounde where any win for the Gernot Rohr team would see them become the seventh team to qualify for the 2018 Russia…

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Five duels that will determine Nigeria vs Cameroon outcome

History is fierce between Nigeria and Cameroon and the stakes could not be higher than the one on Friday when the countries meet for the 12th time for a 2018 World Cup qualifying match. Nigeria’s Super Eagles lead Group B with six points followed by Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions on two…

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Four matches to watch | MFM face desperate Warriors as the Gunners hope to douse the Reds

Abia Warriors v MFM FC @Umuahia Township Stadium @4pm on Aug.27 Should MFM lose to Abia Warriors at Umuahia on Sunday then chasing Plateau United for the NPFL title comes to a grinding end. Abia Warriors are just a point above the relegation zone and any mishaps in the last…

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Four matches to watch | Eagles seek Benin payback while Spurs await Chelsea at Wembley

Tottenham v Chelsea @Wembley Stadium @4pm on Aug.20 Tottenham player must be licking their lips at meeting a disjointed Chelsea side, which beat them to the EPL title last season. Though they did not play too well against Newcastle, they won 2-0 and would love an early marker, especially a…

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Four matches to watch: Top 2 NPFL teams battle as Chicarito returns to Old Trafford

Plateau Utd v MFM @Rwang Pam Stadium @4pm on Aug.13 The numbers three [3] and five [5] are the most important numbers when table toppers, Plateau United host second placed MFM at the Rwang Pam Stadium. Three points separate the two teams with five games to go in the season.…

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MFM host Enyimba, Bayern face Dortmund, other top matches to watch this weekend

MFM v Enyimba @Agege Stadium @4pm on Aug.6 MFM boast the current leading goal scorer in Stephen Odey with 18 goals while Enyimba have the all-time record goal scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Mfom Udoh [he scored 23 goals in the 2015 season], and he has seen…

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…