jalaka

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

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Rafael Nadal

Nadal, Djokovic into the third round in Monte Carlo

It took Rafael Nadal 77 minutes on his return to singles tennis to breeze past Aljaz Bedene 6-1 6-3. But it took a former No.1, Novak Djokovic, more time before dispatching Borna Coric. Djokovic prevailed 7-6, 7-5 in two hours and 16 minutes. After helping Spain qualify for the Davis…

Women race at the Commonwealth Games used to illustrate the story.

2018 Commonwealth Games Review: Nigerian women saved our marbles

The first batch of Nigerian athletes to the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games – the Gold Coast Games - is due back on Wednesday. Of the nine gold medals won, the women won six; and of the total 24 medals won, the women won 14! With a 90 member-strong contingent,…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Countdown Russia 2018: Update on Nigeria’s Group D opponents

Croatia to play Brazil at Anfield to prepare for Nigeria The Croatia national football team will play five-time World Cup winners, Brazil on June 3 at Anfield as they continue their preparations for their World cup opener against Nigeria at Kaliningrad on June 16. The match will be played at Anfield a day…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Young, united Super Eagles can surprise the world in Russia

It is exactly 60 days to the Super Eagles first match at Russia 2018, a clash against an exciting Croatia team,loaded with experience and quality from back to front. FIFA, on its World Cup page wrote concerning Nigeria’s Group D, “Group D looks likely to be one of the most…

Watch some Nigerian goals last weekend

Mikel Obi opens CSL account A quick turn and some guile were on display as Mikel Obi scored his first league goal for Tianjin Teda in their 2-1 over Guangzhou R&F last Sunday. The Super Eagles captain, given the license to make runs into opponent’s boxes turned his marker to…

EPL: No more blue moon rising over Guardiola’s Manchester City

One line out of Manchester City’s anthem – ‘Blue Moon’ reads, “You saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart…” – a refrain true until the Abu Dhabi United Group took a liking and splurged on the team in 2008. The acquisition of Pep Guardiola in 2016 could…

Manchester City

Four matches to watch this weekend

El Kanemi Warriors v Heartland @El Kanemi Stadium @4pm on April 15 These two relegation battlers should be up for the fight when they face off in Maiduguri on Sunday. After 16 matches, Heartland are 18th on the table with 17 points while El Kanemi are 19th with 16 points,…

Commonwealth Games: Quadri through to final as Adeniyi wins another wrestling gold

Nigeria’s No.1 table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has qualified for the final of the event after defeating India's Sharath Achanta 4-0 - 12-10, 11-9, 11-9, and 11-7. He will face Singapore’s Ning Pao in the final on Sunday Also, at the Carrara Sports Arena wrestling pavilion, Aminat Adeniyi snagged the…

UPDATED: Commonwealth Games: Nigeria wins first athletics gold

It was a second gold medal for Team Nigeria athletics on Friday as Oluwatobiloba Amusan won the women’s 100m Hurdles ahead of Jamaica’s Danielle Williams and Yanique Thomas. The 21-year-old won in 12.68s, just 0.03s shy of the Games record of 12.65s set by Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton in 2006. Suwaibidu…

UCL Semi-final draws | Bayern to face Real Madrid

After the drama and extreme emotional heights of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, the draws for the semi-finals have been made with Bayern Munich, five-time winners, against the defending champions and 12-time winners, Real Madrid. The other semi-final will see five-time winners, Liverpool, at home in the first leg against…

Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus: Over the hill emotions and a ref witch hunt

Real Madrid got the scare of their lives from Juventus in their UEFA Champions quarter-final second leg on Wednesday, but there is no truth to insinuations they were saved by a soft penalty from English referee, Michael Oliver. The truth was glaring – Mehdi Benatia got caught on the wrong…

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria begins ‘medal harvest’ in wrestling

Nigerian wrestlers at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, have begun to rake in medals as widely expected. Already, there are two bronze medals in the kitty and the coast is looking good for more to come. The first medal came from Bose Samuel who defeated Sri Lanka's…

Real Madrid v Juventus: Another Ronaldo performance a step towards Ballon d’Or

After Barcelona and Lionel Messi wilted at the Olimpico on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo will be primed to take centre stage once again with a Ballon d’Or-winning performance on Wednesday against Juventus having instigated a comfortable 3-0 first leg lead. After his out-of-this-world goal against Juventus last week, Ronaldo knows another…

City, Barcelona UCL defeats show unpredictability, power of football

Many thought Manchester City would beat Liverpool in the second leg, likewise many thought Barcelona had done enough to hold off Roma in the second leg. But football proved to be the winner with tears in show of the surprises. First, City scored in the second minute and many thought,…

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria wins three gold medals

Nigeria has won her first gold medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games taking place in Australia. It was through her team of Para Weightlifters. Roland Ezuruike took the gold in the Men’s Lightweight with 224.3 points while his compatriot, Paul Kehinde, took the silver medal with 219.9 points. In the…

Manchester City

Manchester City can emulate three great UCL comebacks

As Manchester City prepare to stage a minor miracle by clawing back a three-goal deficit to Liverpool on Tuesday at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola would have used the example of some great comebacks in the UEFA Champions League to further motivate his players. Barcelona 6 -1 PSG [First leg: PSG…

UCL Quarter Final: Not over until Liverpool score at Etihad

Anyone who thinks that Liverpool already have a leg in the UEFA Champions League semi-final because of that 3-0 first leg win does not know football. This tie will effectively be over when Liverpool score at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. And to back that up, Virgil van Dijk said…

Commonwealth Games: D’Tigers lose third consecutive game

After a third consecutive loss, to Australia, on Monday at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, will make their way from Australia thoroughly beaten in Pool A. The hosts proved too strong across all four quarters. They won the first 23-17; the second 25-10; the third…

Nigeria wins first medal at Commonwealth Games

Nigeria has won its first medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. Nigeria's men's table tennis team won silver on Monday, defeated by India. India triumphed 3-0 in the final of the men’s Table Tennis team event at the 2018 Gold Coast Games on Monday. Sharath Achanta beat Bode Abiodun 3-1…

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria defeat England, to face India for Table Tennis gold

It was tense, it was close but finally Bode Abiodun got the better of England’s Samuel Walker to guide Nigeria’s men’s Table Tennis team to the gold medal match against India on Monday. The England team, 2016 World Championships Bronze medallists and 2018 World Team Cup Bronze medallists put up…

Man. City 2-3 Man. United | Mourinho delays Guardiola’s EPL coronation

Two goals in the first half seemed to have lit the celebration candles but Paul Pogba dragged United back with two goals in the space of two minutes with Chris Smalling getting the winner with 21 minutes on the clock. Kompany wrestled off Chris Smalling to score the first with…

Man. City v Man. United (LIVE UPDATES): Guardiola seeks EPL glory

The best feeling Pep Guardiola can get from winning the English Premier League would be winning it by beating Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Manchester City will surely win the league – that had been clear since the end of January, but beating Mourinho to claim the trophy would leave a…

Four matches to watch: Plateau need good result against USM, Mourinho plots escape from Etihad

Plateau United v USM Alger @Agege Stadium @4pm on April 7 Plateau United are not in very good form at the moment but so are their opponents, USM Alger, as both teams seek a place in the CAF Confederations Cup group stage. Playing away from Jos could throw them off…

France thrash Nigeria‎ 8-0

The work before newly installed Falcons’ head coach, Thomas Dennerby, is now very clear after he oversaw the 8-0 thrashing handed out on Friday night by France’s women’s national team. And praise must be given to the goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, who made save after save, especially in the second half.…

Ebuehi believes Super Eagles can get out of Group D

Super Eagles player, Tyrone Ebuehi, has predicted a successful group stage outing for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. “I think we will certainly qualify for the next round, but then everything has to be right,” Ebuehi told his club’s official website. The ADO Den Haag right back won his…