jalaka

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

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Jose Mourinho on his appointment as Manchester United Manager.

Klopp may have catalysed three Mourinho sackings

It looks like Déjà vu and it has happened for the third time. Jurgen Klopp’s team beats Jose Mourinho’s with an almost identical scoreline, and then days later the Portuguese is handed his marching orders. But this is not the first time Mourinho or someone close to him will lose…

NFF Chairman, Amaju Pinnick

ANALYSIS: The NFF and the aberration called Nigeria Professional Football League

The Nigeria Football Federation, through its president, Amaju Pinnick, made a pronouncement on Monday concerning the Nigeria Professional Football League. He called for cooperation giving the current controversies surrounding the league. “I am imploring the various Club Owners and other investors, promoters and facilitators, as well as the administrators of…

Jose Mourinho on his appointment as Manchester United Manager.

Mourinho: The ‘Special One’ fast fading into a ‘Special Past’

If you buy a Bugatti Aventador, which can get to a top speed of over 300km/hr -the only way to appreciate the engine and that potential horsepower it can generate will be to drive it forward, quick and not backward. Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho, all the horsepower he can summon…

Mo Salah of Liverpool

UCL: Liverpool battle Napoli; Tottenham face Barcelona

Liverpool are where they want to be in the English Premier League (EPL) but not in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), as they are 90 minutes away from falling into the Europa League if they do not get a good result against Napoli on Tuesday night. A lapse in concentration…

Isaac Success

I ditched jollof rice, other African food for my resurgence – Isaac Success

Isaac Success had always had it easy but a move to Watford proved a daunting task, especially under Marco Silva. In an interview with Daily Mail’s Matt Barlow, the 22-year-old explained how a change of diet, which included ditching Nigeria’s beloved "jollof rice," has seen him starting to play a…

Chelsea Coach, Mauricio Sarri (Photo Credit: Marca)

Chelsea v Man. City: Three players Sarri must bench on Saturday

Manchester City are a class above the rest, so, when they strut into Stamford Bridge on Saturday, it will be the home team, led by Maurizio Sarri, that will be contemplating damage control. Already 10 points behind the league leaders and morale dropping amongst his players, Sarri cannot afford early…

Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard celebrates Chelsea's goals

Four key matches this weekend: Sarri battles Guardiola, Espanyol welcome Barca

Chelsea v Man. City @Stamford Bridge @6:30pm on Dec.8 Maurizio Sarri was, until November 24, on a Chelsea honeymoon; but two defeats in their last two away matches have brought the 59-year-old Italian tactician back to earth. One thing that is certain when he chooses his starting 11 against Pep…

Man Utd used to illustrate the story

Man. Utd vs Arsenal: Gunners can exact pound of flesh

These are not happy times for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. But the already dire situation can be made worse by Arsenal on Wednesday, a fact that will gladden the hearts of Arsenal fans. If there is one devil’s advocate that Arsenal fans have agreed to detest, it is Mourinho.…

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Five things we learned about Falcons in Ghana

It was fitting that it was the right hand of Tochukwu Oluehi that gave Nigeria’s national women’s football team, the Falcons, victory over South Africa in Ghana on Saturday. The only departments that had a pass mark from the 11th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations were the goalkeeper and the…

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Four matches to watch this weekend | Falcons seek pound of flesh as London boils over

Nigeria vs South Africa @Accra Sports Stadium @5pm on December 1 So much will be at stake on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium when Nigeria’s Falcons confront South Africa’s Banyana Banyana. While the Falcons seek a ninth title, there is the small matter of their pound of flesh while…

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AWCON 2019: Five things learnt about Nigeria’s Falcons

Nigeria’s female national team, the Falcons, have qualified for a ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup by virtue of their penalty win over Cameroon in the semi-final of the Africa Women’s Nations Cup, going on in Ghana. But on the evidence of their displays in their four matches, they will be…

Super Falcons

AWCON2018: How Falcons can prey on Three Lionesses’ weaknesses

The Falcons did not start well at the Africa Women’s Nations Cup [AWCON] in Ghana. But after 11 goals in two consecutive matches, they are ready to go again – to qualify for another FIFA World Cup, having not missed any since they attended their first in 1991. Another enabling…

Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea: Three things Sarri must do to win trophies

In the present and for ‘short terminists’, Chelsea’s 1-3 loss to Tottenham last Saturday must have grated, but it bodes well for the future for Maurizio Sarri and this Chelsea, only if they take the lessons to heart. Purists will always applaud Sarri’s football philosophy because it is aesthetic; but…

Falcons-awcon

Four key matches to watch this weekend

Equatorial Guinea v Nigeria @Cape Coast Stadium @5pm on November 24 The swagger is not back yet for the Falcons but their last result must have buoyed the Thomas Dennerby-led team. For Equatorial Guinea, the main aim would be to keep the score down, having already conceded 12 goals in…

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Five insights gleaned from Falcons’ 4-0 win over Zambia

Eight-time African champions, the Falcons, started their redemption journey on Wednesday with a well-deserved 4-0 win over Zambia. Though it was not a vintage performance, the players were properly attuned for the task and got the job done. But that was it – they got the job done. And with…

Nigeria vs Uganda

Player Rating: How Nigerian players fared against Uganda

The Ugandans were resolute though they failed to threaten the Eagles with Daniel Akpeyi virtually on holiday throughout the encounter. For Gernot Rohr, the encounter showed the Eagles had a home option at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, which was unbelievably filled to capacity for a mere friendly. The…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Nigeria v Uganda | Three things to expect in Asaba

The Super Eagles are super again after qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a game to spare. Gernot Rohr led a team, shod of some regulars, to high-altitude Johannesburg and snagged the point needed off the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Basically, the team did just enough…

Falcons

ANALYSIS: Nigeria caused Falcons poor start at AWCON

Anyone attuned to the workings of a computer understands ‘GIGO’ - Garbage in, garbage out – it is in the proportion of what you invest that you can harvest. Just as the Super Eagles will continue to thrive, the stock of the Falcons will continue to depreciate because the focus…

Africa Cup of Nations match between South AFrica and Nigeria's Super Eagles.

Player Rating: How Nigerian players fared against South Africa

The referee on Saturday, Bakary Gassama from the Gambia, arguably Africa’s best, was the major talking point after denying the Super Eagles two clear goals – one in the first half from Kelechi Iheanacho and another in the second half from Ahmed Musa. At the end of the match, the…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

South Africa v Nigeria: Five duels that will determine result

Both countries are missing some key players for this encounter but there are still enough talents on both sides to influence the result for both sides. PREMIUM TIMES looks at five duels that will determine the outcome on Saturday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. One of the missing Bafana…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Four matches to watch | Falcons and Eagles take flight again

South Africa v Nigeria @FNB Stadium @2pm on November 17 It is with the mind of redressing the ignominy of losing to South Africa in Uyo last year that the Super Eagles will file out against their opponents on Saturday, but, it would have been easier for the Bafana Bafana…

Spain national team

Spain lose back-to-back matches first time in three years

It took all of 92 minutes but World Cup finalists, Croatia exacted their revenge on Spain with a last minute winner from the debutant, Tin Jedvaj, and inflicted on Luis Enrique’s Spain their first back-to-back loss in nearly three years. Spain may thus lose out on the leadership of Group…

Cleveland Cavaliers talisman and an NBA finalist for eight consecutive years, LeBron James. [Photo credit: Official Facebook page of Lebron James]

Lebron James goes fifth on NBA scoring list

It was another great night for LeBron James in the NBA on Wednesday as he went past NBA legend, Wilt Chamberlain, in the scoring charts. With 44 points on the board, the three-time NBA champion passed Chamberlain [31,419 points] to move into the fifth position on the all-time scoring NBA…

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Genort Rohr.

Four positions Rohr has to fill against South Africa

Victor Moses is retired, Mikel Obi is on an unending sabbatical, and both Odion Ighalo and Francis Uzoho are injured - these four positions are thus crying out to be adequately filled by Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr. "They say as one door closes, another one opens. Probably if Victor…

Ahmed Musa. [Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria]

AFCON 2019: Choosing between Musa, Iheanacho, Success, Onyekuru to replace Ighalo

The Super Eagles scored seven goals in their last two matches and Odion Ighalo scored five of those goals. But on a revenge mission to South Africa – after losing the first match of the qualification series in June 2017 - the Eagles now need to pick up at least…