jalaka

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

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Nigeria vs Libya. [PHOTO CREDIT: Goal.com]

Five features Super Eagles displayed against Libya

From the third position at the start of matchday 3, the Super Eagles have risen to the top of Group E standings with two games to go. One more win will guarantee their ticket to Cameroon 2019. The qualifiers started with a loss against South Africa in June 2017, but…

Super Eagles of Nigeria (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Libya 2-3 Nigeria (Players’ Ratings): Ighalo continues to repay Rohr’s faith

It appeared a case of too early as the Super Eagles scored two goals in the 14th and 17th minutes against their Libyan host. Odion Ighalo, who continued his good form from the first leg where he bagged a hat-trick, scored the first while Ahmed Musa showed good feet and…

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ANALYSIS: Five things Eagles must do to defeat Libya again Tuesday

It was a pleasant surprise for most Nigerian fans last Saturday when the Super Eagles achieved a 4-0 win over the Desert Knights of Libya in the third match of their Group E Nations Cup qualifier. After Libya held South Africa’s Bafana Bafana to a 0-0 result last month, most…

Odion Ighalo [Photo: Daily Post Nigeria]

Nigeria 4-0 Libya Ratings: Ighalo proves he is not just a Chinese wonder

Nigeria hit the bar but a hungry Odion Ighalo, who chased down Libya’s goalkeeper in the second minute and got the reward of a foul and penalty, which he took and scored, ultimately determined the match with his first ever hat-trick for the national team on the occasion of his 24th…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

How Super Eagles should line up to defeat Libya

There is nothing like a surety in life - but in a game of percentages, Nigeria can line up these 11 Super Eagles to ensure the Desert Knights of Libya continue to experience nightmares for the rest of the qualifiers. While stellar names like Victor Moses and Mikel Obi will…

Liverpool celebrates after scoring

Matches To Watch Weekend: Liverpool seek revenge against Chelsea, Juve host Napoli

Chelsea v Liverpool @Stamford Bridge @5:30pm on September 29 Despite the 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have won on two of their last three visits to the Bridge. The Reds have the only winning streak left in the EPL as Chelsea were held down…

NFF Chairman, Amaju Pinnick

ANALYSIS: What has Pinnick done for Nigerian football lately?

Amaju Pinnick is a history maker, an achiever, as his posters announced before the September 30 Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] that took place in Katsina last Thursday. Though many would say he has overachieved, especially with the manner in which he won his second term - the pertinent question would…

Enyimba-Kano

Four matches to watch this weekend

Enyimba vs Rayon Sports @Enyimba Stadium @2pm on Sep.23 Enyimba had more scoring chances in Rwanda in the first leg to have made the second leg more comfortable but they also had Theophilus Alefokhai to thank for preserving a clean sheet. To qualify for the semi-finals is a simple equation…

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off

Five insights from UCL Matchday 1: Messi, Ronaldo are still the headliners

The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage kicked off on September 18 with new kickoff times. Some teams like Tottenham started off at 6pm while other maintained the 8pm slot but as much as we love new things, the major headlines were dominated by the dynamic duo of Lionel Messi…

Liverpool celebrates after scoring

Liverpool 3-2 PSG: Firmino lights up matchday 1 with last-minute winner

Five-time European champions, Liverpool, kicked off their 2018/19 UEFA Champions League [UCL] season on a classical note by losing a two-goal lead but coming back to beat PSG in the 90th minute with a winner from substitute, Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian could not start the game because of impaired vision…

Klopp and Tuchel

Liverpool v PSG (LIVE UPDATES): History-laden Reds welcome Cash-rich Paris

A heavyweight contest in what will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams in Europe should be a raucous atmosphere at Anfield. Both have started their league seasons with perfect records and also have former Borussia Dortmund managers in charge. The football world will be comparing front threes in…

Anthony Ujah

Watch some Nigerian Goals: Ujah scores, Obasi returns as Kalu nets scorcher

Ujah gets second goal of the season Super Eagles striker got his second goal and it was also from the substitutes’ bench. The 27-year-old who was capped seven times for the national team without a goal to his name was introduced into the match home match against Augsburg in the…

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Four matches to watch | Nigeria must beat Ghana as Spurs welcome Liverpool

Ghana v Nigeria @Stade General Seyni Kountche @7:30pm on September 15 Eaglets in a testy tie against Ghana’s Meteors Coach Manu Garba’s team has weathered losing his best players to MRI at the WAFU Zone B 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to reach the final. Garba will be…

Serena confrontation with Ramos. [PHOTO CREDIT: slate.com]

ANALYSIS: Sexism and Serena at the US Open

Serena Williams has a one-year-old daughter and has defied the odds to reach the final of the last two Grand Slam tournaments – Wimbledon and the US Open, but has unfortunately lost both. On Saturday at Flushing Meadows, she lost to one of her adoring fans, Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Seychelles Match: The five things we learned about Super Eagles

There was nothing surprising about the result because Seychelles was made up of part-timers and the evidence was clear for all to see in the portly frame of their goalkeeper, who looked like a club bouncer. The surprise was that the result was not any more emphatic but that could…

Super Eagles of Nigeria (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Seychelles 0-3 Nigeria Ratings | Kalu makes shining debut as Eagles do just enough for victory

The 2018 World Cup supposedly came too early for Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles and against Seychelles on Saturday in Victoria, they started a path of redemption to qualify for their first Nations Cup after missing out in the last two editions. Rohr gave a debut to Samuel Kalu from the…

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Seychelles vs Nigeria Live Updates: Super Eagles battle Pirates for crucial points

The Super Eagles are set for action again after their not too impressive outing at the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Eagles are playing away to the Pirates of Seychelles in one of the Matchday 2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures happening across the continent. Having been beaten by…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Seychelles v Nigeria: Eagles battle Injuries, broiling heat in must win game

This should be a no-contest, but some variables have ensured that Seychelles, ranked 188 by FIFA, will have their chance for a heavyweight knockout on Saturday when they face the Super Eagles of Nigeria [ranked 49]. The game is the second qualifying match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Four matches to watch this week

Seychelles v Nigeria @Stade Linité @1:30pm on Sep. 8 Seychelles is ranked 188 in the world so one would expect Nigeria’s third team to hold their own against the supposed minnows. The Super Eagles were at Russia 2018 but have missed the last two Africa Cup of Nations, despite winning…

Maria Sharapova (Photo Credit: SkySports)

Federer, Sharapova dumped out of US Open

Two former world No.1s, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova have been sent packing from the 2018 US Open. Federer, the current world No.2 was shocked by John Millman, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, and 7-6 in three hours and 34 minutes. Ranked 55 in the world, the 29-year-old did what he had…

Messi lost a penalty kick against Iceland

World Best: Messi misses FIFA podium for first time since 2006

Five-time FIFA Player of the year, Lionel Messi is not on the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s Best Player award for 2018. The world football governing body’s website revealed, “Reigning The Best FIFA Men’s Player Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the running, while there are two first-time nominees in FIFA World…

Onazi

Watch Nigerian goals | Nwakaeme destroys Gala as Onazi scores

Nwakaeme marks home debut with a brace Anthony Nwakaeme in just his second appearance for Trabzonspor proved what a good idea it was for the Turkish club to move for his signature. Two goals and an assist were what the 29-year-old provided as defending league champions, Galatasaray, was put to…

Mo Salah of Liverpool

Four matches to watch this weekend

Leicester v Liverpool @King Power Stadium @12:30pm on Sep.1 Matches between Leicester City and Liverpool have been close over the last three seasons and while the more storied Reds are still seeking to win the English Premier League for the first time while the Foxes surprised everyone and themselves by snagging the…

Victor Moses

Moses speaks on what his future holds

Retired Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses, is having to endure time on the substitutes’ bench after the appointment of Italian manager, Maurizio Sarri in the summer. The almost ever-present under Antonio Conte has now played just nine minutes out of the 270 already accrued in the league. But he seems…

Usain Bolt

Top Seven Sporting Events: NPFL may terminate, Bolt to make football debut

NPFL may not resume With the October 15 deadline set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for sending in the names of teams that will represent countries in the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup, the League Management Company [LMC] is looking at ingenious ways of concluding the…