jalaka

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

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Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Genort Rohr.

AFCON 2019 Super Eagles Review: Goalkeeping problems and Rohr’s rocking tenure

The Super Eagles were not clear favourites for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup. But Gernot Rohr, who has to answer queries on his suitability for the future of the team, got the Eagles to the semifinal (football federation’s target), despite some unconvincing performances, especially from his chosen goalkeeper.…

Mane and Mahrez. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA.com]

Algeria v Senegal: Foxes and Lions tango to be AFCON

FIFA ranks Senegal as the best footballing nation in Africa and they have proved their ranking by making their first final since 2002. Algeria, ranked 12th, have played the best football in Egypt and look like champions in waiting. Both countries are coached by former national team captains – a…

Super Eagles of Nigeria after win against Tunisia to get the Bronze medal

Nigeria 1 – 0 Tunisia (Player Ratings): Eagles win eighth AFCON bronze

Gernot Rohr again started the 11 he picked for the match against Algeria except the ineligible Chidozie Awaziem. Awaziem was replaced by Ola Aina, who played down his preferred right-back position. Eight third place finishes and three titles in 15 appearances looks like a reasonable record for Nigeria’s Super Eagles…

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

Nigeria vs Tunisia: Eagles need a 3rd place consolation

The Super Eagles have been involved in seven third-place matches at the Africa Cup of Nations and they have won all. But there are doubts about Gernot Rohr’s Eagles and their ability to maintain the record. A last-minute knockout was what the Foxes of Algeria delivered unto the Eagles’ chin…

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

Algeria 2 – 1 Nigeria (Player Ratings): Poor performances from key players

Gernot Rohr kept the 11 that were comfortable against the South Africans in the quarterfinal but the hurdle posed by the Foxes of Algeria proved to be a higher one. Rohr admitted at the post-match press conference that his team was actually waiting for extra time; believing the Algerians would get…

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

AFCON 2019: Algeria vs Nigeria: Five key battles that will determine the winner

The Desert Foxes [Fenecs] of Algeria are most pundits’ pick for being African champions in Egypt. But the Foxes have not celebrated against the Super Eagles of Nigeria since 1990. In the ensuing nine confrontations, the Eagles have been triumphant on seven occasions, though the Eagles forfeited the last match…

Samuel Chukwueze [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of the SUper Eagles]

Nigeria 2 – 1 South Africa (Player Ratings): Chukwueze shines brightest

In the 14th meeting between Nigeria and South Africa, the three-time champions showed just why the team is called the Super Eagles. The final score, 2-1, flattered Bafana Bafana as the Nigerians were so superior, especially in the first half. Gernot Rohr made two changes to the Eagles’ starting lineup…

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

AFCON 2019: Where Nigeria vs South Africa will be won and lost

On Thursday, the Super Eagles will face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa for a semifinal ticket in the ongoing African Cup of Nations. Speaking on radio, sports journalist Deji Omotoyinbo said Nigeria and South Africa may not be referred to as rivals – he would be right to have…

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr and other staffs.

Nigeria v South Africa: Five lessons Eagles must have learned against Cameroon

The rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa on the football pitch enters the 14th episode at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday. The Super Eagles have had no victory over Bafana Bafana in almost five years with the South Africans in a confident mood after knocking out the hosts, Egypt.…

Super eagles training ahead of clash with Guinea.

AFCON 2019: How the Super Eagles can dominate Indomitable Lions

The defending champions of the African Nations Cup, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, and the Super Eagles, their opponents in the AFCON round of 16, boast of eight titles in Africa’s elite football tournament between them. While the Cameroon team has five titles, Nigeria has three. These eight triumphs have been achieved…

Super Eagles starting XI - PREMIUM TIMES

AFCON 2019: Eagles cannot allow the Lions to score first

Gernot Rohr was appointed as the Super Eagles manager in August 2016. Since the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] president, Amaju Pinnick, unveiled the former Bayern Munich defender to Nigerians, Rohr has masterminded 31 matches – both recognised by FIFA and unsanctioned. He has won 16, drawn seven, and lost eight…

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

4 Matches to Watch | Eagles seek flight against Lions as Peru hope to upset Brazil

Cameroon v Nigeria @Alexandria Stadium @5pm on July 6 The Indomitable Lions and the Super Eagles of Nigeria are yet to show their pedigree of a combined eight titles in Egypt. Their round of 16 clash on Saturday could be the spark needed to go on a winning run for…

Lionel Messi [Photo: @FCBarcelona]

Copa America 2019: Has the sun set on Messi’s Argentina career?

Lionel Messi is the best player in the world – we can argue that till kingdom come, but that is not the subject of this piece. With the 2-0 defeat suffered to Brazil in the semi-final of the Copa America 2019 on Wednesday morning, it looks like Messi’s chance to…

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

Ratings: How Super Eagles players fared against Madagascar

Separated by 63 places in FIFA’s latest ranking, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were knocked off their exalted perch by the Barea of Madagascar on Sunday. The victors have taken over the leadership of Group B heading into the round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup.…

Super eagles training ahead of clash with Guinea.

Five things Super Eagles must do to defeat Madagascar

The Super Eagles won their first two games at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations without conceding a goal. So far, the national team boss, Gernot Rohr, has called on 17 players out of the 23-man squad. This means only four outfield players are yet to see action – John…

Kenneth Omeruo scores goal for super eagles

Nigeria 1 – 0 Guinea (Player Ratings): Omeruo heads Eagles into Round of 16

The Super Eagles on Wednesday became the first team to reach the Round of 16 in Egypt. They have played two matches, won both, scored two goals and obtained the maximum six points. In truly hot conditions at the Alexandria Stadium, Kenneth Omeruo capped a man of the match performance…

Super eagles training ahead of clash with Guinea.

AFCON 2019: Rohr drops Mikel, makes five changes in Eagles to face Guinea

Gernot Rohr has dropped his captain, Mikel Obi, for the second group game against Guinea at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt. Many Nigerians had asked that Mikel be dropped to the bench after his below-par performance against Burundi. Other changes made to the starting 11…

Nigerian Midfielder, Mikel Obi.

Nigeria v Guinea Preview: A case for, against Mikel Obi

It was the general consensus amongst many Nigerian football fans that Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, did not deliver against Burundi. It attests to the fact that the Eagles played better and were more offensive after Ahmed Musa came on for Mikel in the second half. As the Eagles get…

Super Eagles players in their last training session for the game against Seychelles Photo Credit PREMIUM TIMES

Nigeria v Burundi: Eagles begin quest in Egypt

The Super Eagles of Nigeria - third-ranked team in Africa and three-time African champions - start their quest for a fourth AFCON title on Saturday against the Swallows of Burundi, debutants and the 37th–ranked team in Africa. With all respect, this should be a banker for three points but the…

Super Falcons

Women’s World Cup: Five things Super Falcons need do to beat Germany

It took until the last moments of the group stages of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the Falcons to take up flight and qualify for the second round of the tournament, where they will face Germany on Saturday. With all anxiety following Chile versus Thailand encounter and the…

Super Eagles starting XI - PREMIUM TIMES

Rivalries, veterans and group matches to watch as AFCON kicks off

The countdown to the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations Cup (AFCON) has quickened as 24 teams jostle for the title of African kings. From Egypt, hosts and seven-time winners, to first-timers Madagascar, Mauritania, and Burundi, the continent and indeed the world will catch African football fever starting…

Nigeria vs France in the Women World Cup

France 2019: VAR takes and gives at Women’s World Cup

By the 90th minute of the Scotland versus Argentina match on Thursday, the Super Falcons were on the brink of being knocked out of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on account of the VAR-awarded penalty and retake in their 1-0 loss to France. But up stepped VAR again, and…

Warriors

NBA Finals | The Warriors have been dethroned by the Raptors

The Golden State Warriors stayed alive last Monday but when Klay Thompson tore his ACL in the third quarter, it became a road too far for the defending champions as Toronto Raptors won 114-110 to win the franchise’s first ever NBA title. The Raptors had key performers in Kawhi Leonard,…

FIFA Women's World Cup, Nigeria - South Korea

Nigeria 2 – 0 South Korea Ratings | How Falcons played

The Falcons needed to win at all costs and despite being under the cush for most of the match, the Thomas Dennerby-led side held on for their first goal and points in France to enhance their chances of qualifying for the round of 16. Dennerby made one great call as…

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Four matches to watch this weekend

Norway v Nigeria @ Stade Auguste-Delaune II @8 p.m. on June 8 Before the start, it already looks very tough for the Falcons (38) as they prepare to battle Norway (12), South Korea (14), and France (4) in Group A. The Nigerians are the least ranked in the group and…