jalaka

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

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Ngolo Kante Huddersfield Chelsea [Goal.com]

Four matches to watch this weekend

Arsenal have not won at Stamford Bridge in their last seven visits and will seek to not start a season with two straight defeats for the first time in 25 years. Also, two new managers on a new stage – Maurizio Sarri will lead out Chelsea for his first competitive…

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Nigeria’s Troost-Ekong says he’s leaving Bursaspor

Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong, has informed his followers on Twitter that he will be moving on from Bursaspor in the Turkish league. Writing on Twitter, Ekong who scored for Bursaspor against Fenerbahce on the opening day of the league wrote, “I want to say a big thank you…

Nigeria's Falconet's used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria v Spain: Renewal of old acquaintances in quarterfinal clash

It took a 95th own goal for the Falconets of Nigeria to progress past China, finishing second behind Germany in Group D while their quarterfinal opponents, Spain topped Group C. The Nigerians managed only two goals in their three group matches while Spain scored seven and conceded three. The Falconets…

Kenneth Omeruo

Omeruo moves from Chelsea on sixth loan stint in six years

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is going out on loan from Chelsea to La Liga side CD Leganes for the 2018/18 season. New manager, Maurizio Sarri, has deemed the 24-year-old centre back surplus to requirements and he will thus embark on a season-loan to Spain for the sixth time since…

Ahmed Musa celebrates with team mates after scoring

Nigerian goals abroad: Musa scores on debut, Ekong, Igboun score too

Saudi Arabia It was a dream debut for Ahmed Musa as he was introduced for Al Nassr in the second half against Al Jazira in the 2018 UAFA Club Championship and then scored the winner on 75 minutes. There had been a lot of hype on the transfer from Leicester…

Aruna quadri

Sported 7: Aruna finally gets the crown, 33 is the number

Nigeria’s No.1 male Table Tennis player, Aruna Quadri finally assumed the position of the winner at the Nigeria Open after being a quarterfinalist in 2017; getting knocked out in the round of 32 in 2016; runners-up position in 2015, and a semi-final showing in 2014. Aruna was finally sported assuming…

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Nigeria v China: Falconets seek to be different from Eagles in similar situations

The U-20 female national team, the Falconets, will step out against China this afternoon in Lehon, France in their third qualifying group match needing only a draw to progress to the next round. There are some parallels to be drawn with the Super Eagles at Russia 2018. The Falconets find…

Unai Emery and Arsena, Team members. [Photo credit: Arsenal FC offical website]

Arsenal v Man. City: Emery sets sight on Pep’s squad

There couldn’t have been a harder introduction to the English Premier League [EPL] for Unai Emery than against Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City. Having taken charge of the Gunners during the transfer window, the Spaniard, who has a dismal head-to-head record against Guardiola, having never beaten his compatriot, needs his…

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Man Utd v Leicester City: Iheanacho, Ndidi storm Theatre of Dreams

Will Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi make it a bumpier and grumpier journey for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, when the new English Premier League [EPL] season kicks off at the Theatre of Dreams Friday? Will Mourinho’s third season syndrome come to play? The serial winner has already admitted it will…

Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring a second world class goal for Nigeria against Icleand #Russia2018 #FIFAWorldCup [Photo: Reuters]

Ahmed Musa moves to Saudi Arabia

Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, has concluded a transfer from English Premier League side, Leicester City, to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. The 25-year-old speedster, who scored two goals for Nigeria at Russia 2018, joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow in 2016 but found it hard to get a regular berth in…

Screenshots from a video showing a Falconet kneeling before Solomon Dalung and counting money

ANALYSIS: Dalung, kneeling Falconet show lack of proper process

There is a video of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, cross-legged and smiling, in front of a member of Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team, called the Falconets. The player, on her knees, is seen to be counting a wad of money. There have been arguments for and against this scene.…

Kelechi Iheanacho

European 2018/2019 season opens; Iheanacho, Onyekuro, Frank on target

The 2018/19 European football season has kicked off in some countries like Belgium and Denmark while the big five are preparing for the second week of August. Nigerians are already scoring goals either in league matches or in friendlies. Here are some of the goals scored in the past week.…

Carl Ikeme

Carl Ikeme retires from football

Super Eagles goal keeper, Carl Ikeme, has revealed he is retiring from football. The goalkeeper, who started the journey to Russia 2018 with the Super Eagles, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017. He has decided to drop his gloves at 32 according to a statement on his club,…

Junior Lokosa

Lokosa’s Brann miss an example of football management gone awry

Junior Lokosa is supposedly the next big thing from the Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] but the 19-goal striker, who almost made it to Russia 2018, is currently jet hopping in search for a foreign contract. In a search that took him on trial to Denmark, the striker failed tellingly,…

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

Serena Williams alleges drug testing discrimination

Serena Williams is the most dominant form on the women’s tennis tour and has been for a while and she might also be the most tested athlete in world sport – having been tested five times already by June 2018 alludes to that. “…and it’s that time of the day…

FIFA Headquarters

These five will not win FIFA’s best player award?

The 10-man shortlist for FIFA’s best player award was released on Tuesday with the normal contestants in tow. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the list for an 11th consecutive year. But there are new entrants – Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, Antoine…

Enyimba FC

Nigeria loses ranking, to present less clubs in CAF competitions

Nigeria will, henceforth, send fewer clubs to continental club competitions, African football governing body, CAF, has ruled. A communiqué released July 17 by the Confederation of Africa Football [CAF] and signed by Anthony Baffoe, the Deputy General Secretary, shows that the Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] will henceforth – from…

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil: Why racism will persist

What Mesut Ozil highlighted in his ‘resignation’ letter from Germany’s national football team is not peculiar. “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” said Ozil, in a very verbose statement on Sunday. Similar sentiments were echoed when Romelu Lukaku granted an interview to…

Hazard

To sell or not, a big question for Chelsea

One player whose value increased at the 2018 FIFA World Cup was Chelsea’s Eden Hazard; and one manager who showed his worth last season was former Napoli gaffer, Maurizio Sarri. Sarri was unveiled at Stamford Bridge last week after they let Antonio Conte go; but Hazard is pining for a…

Nigeria's player Oghenekaro Etebo (8) celebrates the team's third goal against Japan during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s First Round Group B football match Nigeria vs Japan, at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus on August 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / RAPHAEL ALVES

ANALYSIS: The dynamics, economics of Nigeria players’ transfers

Why do Brazilian players command hefty transfer fees and their Nigerian counterparts go for peanuts? The answer -- proper management and education -- is one that continues to elude the football scene in Nigeria. When the blind leads the blind, the destination is more likely to be a ditch, and…

France wins 2018 FIFA World Cup Final beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow, Russia 2

Top seven sports events last week: NPFL postponed, France win World Cup

LMC postpones NPFL resumption indefinitely The League Management Company [LMC] suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League because of the 2018 World Cup but due to another crisis engulfing the Nigeria Football Federation, the body was sported saying, in a release on July 17, “The decision is based on the current…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Russia 2018: Five takeaways for Super Eagles

We all thought – albeit sentimentally, that the Super Eagles could go past the group stage but they dashed our expectations. Not because the players were not good enough or lacked adequate technical direction but because Nigerian football did not cover the basics. We built on the wrong foundations and…

Novak Djokovic (Photo Credit: NDTV Sports)

Djokovic beats Anderson at Wimbledon for 13th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic is back. The Serb is the new Wimbledon champion after he got the better of South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6 in two hours and 19 minutes. The former world No.1 also had the pleasure of his son watching courtside and joining in the celebrations afterward. That…

Pogba celebrates (Photo Credit: Reuters)

France win 2018 World Cup

France are the 2018 FIFA World cup champions after they beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that had everything. One own goal, one penalty goal given by VAR, three sublime strikes, and one forget-me-moment saw Les Bleus win a second World Cup – their first on away soil. There had…

France vs Croatia

Croatia v France: Do the Croats have enough against Les Bleus?

The first question to be answered by Croatia will be the level of their physical preparedness after three consecutive extra time affairs and two penalty shootouts? They have the players and the experience at the highest level; but this France team cruised into the final without any major hiccup. Les…