jalaka

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

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Heartland-FC [Photo Credit: Wikipedia]

Four matches to watch this weekend

trong>Heartland FC v Plateau United @Okigwe Township Stadium @3pm on Dec.8 It has been a hard and deflating Nigeria Professional Football League season for Heartland in the first six weeks. Ensconced in 17th place with just five points from six matches – the team led by former MFM gaffer, Fidelis…

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Man. Utd v Tottenham: Four duels to watch

What has always been a tasty affair between Manchester United and Tottenham over the years will even be tastier with Jose Mourinho returning to Old Trafford with Tottenham to on Wednesday. The Portuguese is returning to face the man, who took over his United seat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is…

Cyriel Dessers [PHOTO: Transfermarkt]

Nigerian Goals: Holland-based duo serve notice to Rohr

Dessers ramps up Eagles reminder Belgium-born Cyriel Dessers has a Nigerian mother and the 24-year-old has indicated he is ready to switch nationalities. His three goals last weekend would have caught Gernot Rohr’s attention. Dessers scored in the 56th, 64th and 82nd minutes to lead Heracles Almelo to a 6-1…

Sadio Mane in action against Aston Villa

Four matches to watch this weekend

Nigeria v Cote d’Ivoire @4 p.m. on November 9 Nigeria has had mixed results in under-age football tournaments in 2019 – in Africa and on the world stage. When the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt on Friday, Nigerians will be hoping the Imama Amakapabo-led side qualify for the 2020 Olympics,…

File photo of a match Chelsea played

4 UCL Matches To Watch: Can Chelsea make it a flush against Ajax?

Matchday 4 of this season’s UEFA Champions League [UCL] group stage kicks off in St. Petersburg, but the focus will be on other matches as teams seek to consolidate their positions ahead of the round of 16. Chelsea v Ajax @Stamford Bridge @9pm on Nov.5 Not many believed Frank Lampard’s…

Nigeria: Golden Eaglets-line up

U-17 World Cup: Five ways Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets can defeat Ecuador

The Golden Eaglets were not so golden with their showing last Saturday as they kicked off their quest for a sixth FIFA U-17 title. They finally crossed the finish line creditably by winning 4-2 despite trailing 1-2 initially. The Eaglets needed three goals in a six-minute blitz - 79th, 81st…

Golden Eaglets of Nigeria (Photo Credit: Ahmed Yusuf on Twitter)

Four Key Matches: Golden Eaglets start quest for 6th title as Liverpool welcome Spurs

1) Nigeria (Golden Eaglets) v Hungary @Estadio Olimpico, Goiania @9pm on Oct.26 The Golden Eaglets came into the encounter last night boasting a better pedigree, but were also cautious especially because they did not qualify for the last tournament held in India, where England became champions, though the English have…

Nigeria: Golden Eaglets-line up

FIFA U-17 World Cup: How Far can Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Go

Nigeria is the king of FIFA U-17 football. Full stop. The Golden Eaglets are eight-time finalists and five-time winners, there should be no debate on this. This is despite the age controversies or the players that never developed - Nigeria continues to produce world-class talent at this level. With the…

Video Assistant Referees (VAR). [PHOTO CREDIT: Sky Sports]

ANALYSIS: Football: VAR: Video Assistant Referee’s continuing controVARsies

Are referees lazier today than they have ever been? They must be because we are having more controVARsies instead of less. Implementing the Video Assistant Referee was to help clear up very marginal decisions and clear and obvious errors by referees, but it has surely exacerbated their faults. The referees…

Victor Osimhen (Photo Credit: @ScoutedFtbl on Twitter)

Watch some Nigerian goals in the Champions and Europa

Osimhen scores first-ever UCL goal Victor Osimhen showed on Tuesday that he is not only effective in Ligue 1 but that he is capable of cutting it in the UEFA Champions League. The 20-year-old led Lille’s fightback against Chelsea on Tuesday as he powered a header past Chelsea’s goalkeeper, to…

Victor Osimhen (Photo Credit: @ScoutedFtbl on Twitter)

Watch some midweek goals by Nigerian players

Osimhen already on six goals Victor Osimhen showed all that he was about on Tuesday when he notched his sixth league goal in his seventh league game. The 20-year-old was gifted the ball in the Strasbourg box by the visiting captain and he immediately gobbled up the chance in the…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. [PHOTO CREDIT: Fox Sports]

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. Utd v Arsenal @Old Trafford @8pm on Sep.30 The season is not going the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have planned it, with Manchester United in eighth position six weeks into the season. They had to scrape past League One side, Rochdale, on penalties while Monday’s opponents, Arsenal, have…

super eagles

Watch Nigerian players score for European, other clubs

Azeez scores against mighty Barcelona Super Eagles 2014 World Cup midfielder helped his modest Liga side, Granada, get a famous win over mighty Barcelona on Saturday by scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win. The 26-year-old scored with a header – his second of the season as Granada went…

Chelsea FC players

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Will youth trump experience?

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his admiration for Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team. But that is where the admiration will stop as soon as referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle on Sunday. Both teams are coming off Champions League defeats with Chelsea losing at home to Valencia and Liverpool losing…

Chelsea players celebrating their win

Four matches to watch this weekend

Chelsea v Liverpool @Stamford Bridge @4:25pm on Sep.22 Both teams are coming off Champions League defeats and the only advantage Chelsea have is that they played at home while Liverpool travelled to Italy. The Blues should have Emerson back in the team with N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount doubtful. Encounters…

Super Eagles

Videos: Watch some Nigerian goals abroad

Dennis celebrates Eagles’ cap with a rasping effort Super Eagles’ newly capped forward, Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis, celebrated his call-up with a goal as Club Brugge beat Cercle Brugge in a local derby. The 21-year-old scored his team’s second goal on the hour and it was a rasping shot from…

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12 Nigerians in the UEFA Champions League

There are 12 Nigerian players in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage - the most lucrative and competitive football tournament [arguably] in the world. The money-spinning group stage kicks off on Tuesday with 12 [eligible] players - who have played and can still be capped by the Super Eagles.…

Manchester United team

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. Utd v Leicester @Old Trafford @3 p.m. on Sepember14 There will be no hiding place for Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on Saturday, when he leads his team against the high-flying Leicester City team, led by Brendan Rogers. And United have to deal with a raft of injuries…

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Ukraine 2-2 Nigeria: Osimhen, Aribo show great promise

In the first ever senior meeting with Ukraine, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were held 2-2 at the Dnipro Arena in Dnipropetrovs'k. The Ukrainians were grateful for the draw because of some profligate finishing from the Nigerians. Gernot Rohr would have been pleased with the players newly capped; especially Glasgow…

AFCON: Super Eagles training alongside its head coach, Gernot Rohr. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles.]

Four matches to watch this weekend

It is an international FIFA weekend, which means matches from Friday to Tuesday are on the agenda. Ukraine v Nigeria @Dnipro Arena @7:30 p.m. on Sep.10 With temperatures below 20OC and continuously dropping, the Super Eagles are in for a test at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday night. Ukraine is…

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr

Ukraine v Nigeria: Not every club player can be an Eagle

They say present form is the currency for an invitation to the national teams but that is really not the whole truth. There are players whose only criteria for an invitation are being healthy enough to play. Don’t wince, coaches have not stopped being human beings and they are continuously…

Juventus team after a pre-season friendly

Four matches to watch this weekend

Burkina Faso v Nigeria @Boubker Aamar Stadium @5 p.m. on August 30 The Burkinabe U-21 team has been the more prolific in Morocco at the All Africa Games –outscoring their Nigerian counterparts 8-5. They have also had the better defence, conceding just twice to the Flying Eagles’ four, but a…

Liverpool Sadio Mane celebrates with Mohamed Salah after scoring the fourth goal (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Four matches to watch this weekend

Morocco v Nigeria @ASFAR Sports Center @5:30 p.m. on Aug.23 The football event in Group A at the 12th All Africa Games is delicately poised with no team guaranteed passage to the second round. The Nigerian team, led by Paul Aigbogun, acknowledged it will be tough against the hosts but…

Manchester City Vs Tottenham

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. City v Tottenham @Etihad Stadium @5:30 p.m. on Aug.17 City were smooth against West Ham last weekend as Spurs came from a goal behind to best Aston Villa. So in this early meeting of two candidates for Champions League places and the EPL title, there should be fireworks at…

Liverpool [Gettyimages]

UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea seek response against Liverpool

The English Premier League started last weekend with Frank Lampard and his Chelsea team immediately under pressure after a humiliating loss at Manchester United. That situation can be compounded on Wednesday when they face high-flying Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey. While Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to…