jalaka

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

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Chelsea vs. ayern Munchen [Photo: Medium.com]

UCL: Five duels to watch as Chelsea host Bayern

The fifth-ever meeting between Chelsea and Bayern Munich is a UEFA Champions League round of 16 meeting that looks lopsided in Bayern’s favour. The Bavarians are five-time UCL winners and are top of the Bundesliga, having discovered imperious form since Hans-Dieter Flick assumed the reins after Bayern sacked Niko Kovac…

RB Leipzig vs Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter account of Tottenham]

Three takeaways from UEFA Champions League Round of 16

The premier club football tournament in the world, the UEFA Champions League, is a class for the discerning, entertainment for the football junkie and a graveyard for yesterday’s men. The first four knockout matches in this season’s competition were played on Tuesday and Wednesday and they produced spectacles laced with…

Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring for Chelsea (Photo Credit: Reuters on Google)

Chelsea v Man. United: Five duels that could determine Monday’s result

Manchester United have won four of their last seven matches against Chelsea. The overall score in the last seven matches is 13-6 in favour of United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows his reign as United boss will be further dented with another defeat while Frank Lampard is keen to hold on…

Manchester United

Four matches to watch this weekend

Plateau Utd v Dakkada FC @Jos International Stadium @4pm on Feb.16 The surprise of the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season must be Dakkada FC, formerly Akwa Starlets, as they sit in fifth place with 30 points from 20 matches and are undefeated in their last five matches. Plateau United…

Enyimba FC

Four matches to watch this weekend

San Pedro v Enyimba @Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny @5pm on February 2 Enyimba missed the chance to seal the qualification for the next round in the CAF Confederations Cup with the 1-1 result against Hassania Agadir last weekend and must then pick at least a point away in Abidjan against San…

Chelsea vs Arsenal [Photo: Twitter @chelseafc]

Four midweek matches to watch

Chelsea v Arsenal @Stamford Bridge @8:15pm on Jan.21 These two teams met three weeks ago and for 75 minutes, Arsenal were the better side. But one refereeing indecision, a goal-keeping gaffe, and the normal Arsenal defensive malaise conspired to give Chelsea a 2-1 win. It also took a change of…

Enyimba FC

Four matches to watch this weekend

Ifeanyi Uba v Enyimba @FC Ifeanyi Uba International @4pm on Jan.19 Enyimba have won none of their last five NPFL matches - a run that looks to continue when they travel to face FC Ifeanyi Uba in Nnewi on Sunday. There has been a change in the coach, but successfully…

Plateau United

Four matches to watch this weekend

Plateau United v Enyimba @New Jos Stadium @4pm on Jan.5 Six points separate Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] leaders, Plateau United and Enyimba, who sit in 10th place, though the Aba side have two games in hand because of their involvement in the CAF Confederations Cup. Plateau United have won…

Arsenal v Manchester United: Former EPL giants to measure regression, progression

Arsenal ended the last decade on a low – losing four consecutive matches at home and languishing in 12th place on the English Premier League table while traditional rivals, Manchester United, are seeking a third consecutive league win that will take them closer to the Champions League places. Mikel Arteta…

Chelsea Vs Arsenal

Arsenal vs Chelsea: London will either turn red or blue

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have not enjoyed the best of seasons though Chelsea currently sit in fourth place with 32 points while their hosts on Sunday, Arsenal, languish in 11th place with 24 points. One ambition from new Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will be to cut the gap between both…

Ndidi celebrates after scoring for Leicester City against Newcastle (Photo Credit: Reuters on Twitter)

EPL: Three duels to watch as Leicester battle Liverpool

Effectively, the second half of the 2019/20 English Premier League season kicks off on Boxing Day with second-placed Leicester City trying their best to be the team to at least halt runaway leaders, Liverpool, in their tracks for the first time this season. It is first against second in the…

Victor Osimhen (Photo Credit: @ScoutedFtbl on Twitter)

Watch some Nigerian goals from last weekend

Osimhen gets to 10 in France Victor Osimhen continued his good goal scoring form as he scored Lille’s only goal in a 5-1 bashing away at Monaco. This goal followed a hospital visit after scoring the first goal in a 3-0 win over the same Monaco team last Tuesday in…

JOSE MOURINHO [PHOTO: GettyImages]

Tottenham v Chelsea: Three duels to watch as Mourinho tries to outsmart Lampard

When Jose Mourinho took over as Tottenham manager on November 20, 2019, the difference between his new team and their London rivals, Chelsea, was 12 points. By the time they file out at the Tottenham Stadium today, the gap would be three points and any win for Spurs will take…

Weekend Matches: Liverpool, Chelsea, Totthenham

Four must-watch matches this weekend

Kano Pillars v Ifeanyi Uba @Sani Abacha Stadium @4 p.m. on December 22 After changing their coach, Kano Pillars have found form, looking more like their old selves. With no loss in their last five matches and having decimated their last opponents, Kwara United formerly Delta Force, 6-1, at the…

Inter Milan squad

Four UEFA Champions League matches to watch

Inter Milan v Barcelona @San Siro @9pm on Dec.10 Inter Milan have their destiny in the Champions League completely in their hands, but they must beat Barcelona on Tuesday. Tied on seven points with Borussia Dortmund, Antonio Conte’s team lead the German club on goal difference and hold the aces…

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…