jalaka

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

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Harry Kane celebrates after scoring (Photo Credit: Reuters)

England 2-1 Tunisia: Kane breaks Eagle’s hearts in injury time

The eighth penalty call at Russia 2018 almost gave Tunisia a share of the points against England at the Volgograd Arena on Monday; but Harry Kane scored in the last minute of the encounter to give England a great beginning to their World Cup campaign. Harry Kane had given the…

Sweden beat South Korea as VAR deployed again

After a turgid and physical affair on a sweltering afternoon, Sweden edged South Korea via a second half penalty, awarded after consultation with VAR meaning the Koreans lost an opening day match for the first time since 1998. After Joel Aguilar, the match referee from El Salvador had waved play…

The 10 ‘firsts’ of Russia 2018 World Cup

First goal A Russian, appropriate for the occasion, Yuri Gazinsky, scored the first goal of Russia 2018 with a firm header past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper. The 28-year-old FK Krasnodar central midfielder got above his marker and powered a header past Abdullah Al-Mayoof on 12 minutes. The Russians would go on…

Zuber's equalizer for Switzerland against Brazil

Brazil 1-1 Switzerland: Swiss timing frustrates Brazilian Samba

It was billed as the battle between steady and precise Switzerland against the Samba and flair of Brazil – many people’s favourites for the trophy, and the game did not disappoint. A wonderful curling effort from Philippe Coutinho in the first half was cancelled out by a Steven Zubar header…

The Nigeria vs Croatia match. The Super Eagles lost the match by 2 goals to nil. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Croatia v Nigeria Ratings : How Super Eagles, Coach Rohr fared

It was cruel on the Super Eagles but the Croats were just that bit better with definitely more experience even when they did not really light up the match. For the Nigerians, there is still a chance but it just got harder but they have to cut out the mistakes.…

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: Eagles concede twice from set pieces

Two goals in either half, built from corner kicks, gave Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday night at the Kaliningrad Stadium. An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo in the first half was added to by a penalty by Luka Modric in the second. Nigeria never really created clear-cut…

Nigeria vs Congo D.R (Photo Credit: @modovictorekene on Twitter)

Nigeria vs Croatia: Five reasons Eagles stand a chance

Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren, is world-class, but can also be no-class! He is also jittery with the ball at his feet and can be pressured into making elementary mistakes. This is the main reason the Eagles have a chance to score – that is if they move the ball quickly.…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Nigeria v Croatia | Mikel-led Eagles dare Modric-led Vatreni

It is a first meeting between the two countries but Nigeria has not lost to a European country in the opening match of the World Cup while Croatia have not won their opening match in the last two World Cups. There was good news in the Nigerian camp on Friday…

Match between Portugal and Spain at the Russia 2018 World Cup

Portugal 3-3 Spain | Ronaldo sets Russia alight with hat-trick

The first heavyweight cracker of Russia 2018 was truly a cracker – a mirror of a Champions League match. First and second blood was Portugal’s but Spain, the 2010 world champions, were up for the fight and replied with a brace from Diego Costa and a stunning volley from Nacho.…

Egypt 0-1 Uruguay | Gimenez heads Uruguay past Salah-less Pharaohs

It took all of 89 minutes before Atletico Madrid defender, Jose Gimenez, rose over the Egyptian defence to head Uruguay in front of a dogged Egyptian team that was shot of Mohamed Salah. First Half The start was frenetic without the recuperating Salah, who started on the bench on his…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

The ‘organised chaos’ Super Eagles must unleash at Russia 2018

The theory of organised chaos is what the Super Eagles need to break through the ceiling at Russia 2018. Inexperienced, young, and lacking in some technical organisation would define the present set of Super Eagles under Gernot Rohr. The Collins English Dictionary defines organised chaos as “complex situation or process…

Five Atlanta lessons Nigeria can learn for 2018 World Cup

While Mystic Marcus, a supposed psychic pig, has picked the Super Eagles as one of the semi-finalists of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, August 3, 1996, still remains the biggest date in Nigeria’s football history. It was the day the U-23 team beat Argentina’s U-23 team 3-2 to win Olympic…

Mohamed Salah

Egypt v Uruguay | Salah fit, in need of birthday present

Egypt’s talisman, Mohamed Salah, has been declared fit to face Uruguay today, coincidentally his 26th birthday. Apart from getting the Liverpool star fit for the opening match, Hector Cuper has to tweak his system to get a first win after no wins in their last encounters. And their work is…

Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia | Cheryshev off the bench to score a brace

Five goals - two in the first half and another three in the second half ensured the hosts made a flying and historic start they desired with a 5-0 whitewash of Saudi Arabia as FIFA’s 2018 World Cup kicked off with the biggest opening day scoreline in a World Cup.…

Russia v Saudi Arabia Preview: Hosts need morale-boosting start

The enthusiasm in Russia is not about the national team – more about the hosting of the most glamorous football event. The hosts, managed by Stanislav Cherchesov, are under intense pressure to pour cold water on the fact they are the lowest ranked team, 70, at the World Cup. When…

Nizhny novgorod Stadium, Russia

Three key things as World Cup kicks off in Russia

The 2018 World Cup starts today (Thursday) in Russia – a feast of 64 matches unfolds between June 14 and July 15 as the world’s eyes will be glued to the ensuing drama that will involve 736 players from 32 countries. Will one of the former winners, again, snag the…

Officials celebrate after the announcement that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

2026 World Cup: How Nigeria, other countries voted – FIFA

More details have emerged about how countries voted for the host of the 2026 football World Cup. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how Morocco on Wednesday at the Expocentre in Moscow lost out 65-134 to the joint bid of the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. In a bid process…

FIFA Headquarters

Morocco loses out as FIFA announces host of 2026 World Cup

The 68th FIFA Congress on Wednesday decided that the joint bid of the USA, Canada, and Mexico got the needed votes to host the 2026 World Cup. The congress was held at the Expocentre in Moscow. The president of the football governing body, Gianni Infantino, announced the result after an…

Spain national team

Spain sack coach Julen Lopetegui two days before first World Cup game

Just two days to its opening match against Portugal, Spain’s football federation has sacked their coach, Julen Lopetegui. The former Porto manager was announced as the new manager of Real Madrid on Tuesday. A statement released by the president of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, said, “We have to decided…

The real ‘Oyibo Wall’

Croatia v Nigeria: The real ‘Oyibo Wall’ is loading

When the Super Eagles of Nigeria file out on Saturday to do battle against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium, it is possible all four defenders chosen by Gernot Rohr would have been born outside Nigeria. At right-back could be Tyronne Ebuehi; at left back, Bryan Idowu, and in central defensive…

FIFA Headquarters

Morocco, Trump’s coalition in final battle to host 2026 World Cup

They say football should not be mixed with politics, but U.S. President; Donald Trump has since April, thrown both in a blender for a good mix. A decision will be made today in Moscow on which country/countries will host the 2026 World Cup. Trump’s pronouncement on cutting support to countries…

The boys with their fathers (Photo courtesy: NNPC)

NNPC/Shell Cup’s most valuable player wins UK scholarship

The 2017 most outstanding player at the inter-school football competition, the NNPC/Shell Cup, Ernest Ojelum, has been awarded an International Summer School Scholarship to the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. This announcement was made coincides with the return of Ojelum and the second Most Valuable Player for the…

USA 1994 Eagles

Nigeria’s five best, five worst World Cup moments

It took an age for the most populous country in Africa to appear at the gathering of football kings. Prior to 1994, it was so much heartache for Nigerian football fans after near misses in 1978 - a misdirected header from Godwin Odiye at the National Stadium in Surulere; the…

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal wins French Open title

Rafael Nadal is an 11t-time French Open winner. He achieved that feat on Sunday afternoon in Paris when he beat Austrian, Dominic Thiem, in three straight sets of 6-4 6-3 6-2. During the two week Grand Slam, Nadal had to call on the elements to survive the dogged resistance of…

World Cup 2018 group D. [Photo credit: Evening Standard]

X-raying 2018 FIFA World Cup teams – Group D

This is Nigeria’s group and it is difficult, with three different kinds of opposition. Argentina have the genius of Lionel Messi; Croatia are blessed with midfield wizardry while Iceland have the steadiest set of players in Russia. Nigeria will field the youngest set of players, inspired by hunger and sense…