jalaka

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

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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…

Victor Osimhen (Photo Credit: @ScoutedFtbl on Twitter)

Watch some midweek goals by Nigerian players

Osimhen already on six goals Victor Osimhen showed all that he was about on Tuesday when he notched his sixth league goal in his seventh league game. The 20-year-old was gifted the ball in the Strasbourg box by the visiting captain and he immediately gobbled up the chance in the…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. [PHOTO CREDIT: Fox Sports]

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. Utd v Arsenal @Old Trafford @8pm on Sep.30 The season is not going the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have planned it, with Manchester United in eighth position six weeks into the season. They had to scrape past League One side, Rochdale, on penalties while Monday’s opponents, Arsenal, have…

super eagles

Watch Nigerian players score for European, other clubs

Azeez scores against mighty Barcelona Super Eagles 2014 World Cup midfielder helped his modest Liga side, Granada, get a famous win over mighty Barcelona on Saturday by scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win. The 26-year-old scored with a header – his second of the season as Granada went…

Chelsea FC players

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Will youth trump experience?

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his admiration for Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team. But that is where the admiration will stop as soon as referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle on Sunday. Both teams are coming off Champions League defeats with Chelsea losing at home to Valencia and Liverpool losing…

Chelsea players celebrating their win

Four matches to watch this weekend

Chelsea v Liverpool @Stamford Bridge @4:25pm on Sep.22 Both teams are coming off Champions League defeats and the only advantage Chelsea have is that they played at home while Liverpool travelled to Italy. The Blues should have Emerson back in the team with N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount doubtful. Encounters…

Super Eagles

Videos: Watch some Nigerian goals abroad

Dennis celebrates Eagles’ cap with a rasping effort Super Eagles’ newly capped forward, Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis, celebrated his call-up with a goal as Club Brugge beat Cercle Brugge in a local derby. The 21-year-old scored his team’s second goal on the hour and it was a rasping shot from…

UEFA logo [UEFA.com]

12 Nigerians in the UEFA Champions League

There are 12 Nigerian players in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage - the most lucrative and competitive football tournament [arguably] in the world. The money-spinning group stage kicks off on Tuesday with 12 [eligible] players - who have played and can still be capped by the Super Eagles.…

Manchester United team

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. Utd v Leicester @Old Trafford @3 p.m. on Sepember14 There will be no hiding place for Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on Saturday, when he leads his team against the high-flying Leicester City team, led by Brendan Rogers. And United have to deal with a raft of injuries…

super eagles

Ukraine 2-2 Nigeria: Osimhen, Aribo show great promise

In the first ever senior meeting with Ukraine, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were held 2-2 at the Dnipro Arena in Dnipropetrovs'k. The Ukrainians were grateful for the draw because of some profligate finishing from the Nigerians. Gernot Rohr would have been pleased with the players newly capped; especially Glasgow…

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

Four matches to watch this weekend

It is an international FIFA weekend, which means matches from Friday to Tuesday are on the agenda. Ukraine v Nigeria @Dnipro Arena @7:30 p.m. on Sep.10 With temperatures below 20OC and continuously dropping, the Super Eagles are in for a test at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday night. Ukraine is…

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr

Ukraine v Nigeria: Not every club player can be an Eagle

They say present form is the currency for an invitation to the national teams but that is really not the whole truth. There are players whose only criteria for an invitation are being healthy enough to play. Don’t wince, coaches have not stopped being human beings and they are continuously…

Juventus team after a pre-season friendly

Four matches to watch this weekend

Burkina Faso v Nigeria @Boubker Aamar Stadium @5 p.m. on August 30 The Burkinabe U-21 team has been the more prolific in Morocco at the All Africa Games –outscoring their Nigerian counterparts 8-5. They have also had the better defence, conceding just twice to the Flying Eagles’ four, but a…

Liverpool Sadio Mane celebrates with Mohamed Salah after scoring the fourth goal (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Four matches to watch this weekend

Morocco v Nigeria @ASFAR Sports Center @5:30 p.m. on Aug.23 The football event in Group A at the 12th All Africa Games is delicately poised with no team guaranteed passage to the second round. The Nigerian team, led by Paul Aigbogun, acknowledged it will be tough against the hosts but…

Manchester City Vs Tottenham

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. City v Tottenham @Etihad Stadium @5:30 p.m. on Aug.17 City were smooth against West Ham last weekend as Spurs came from a goal behind to best Aston Villa. So in this early meeting of two candidates for Champions League places and the EPL title, there should be fireworks at…

Liverpool [Gettyimages]

UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea seek response against Liverpool

The English Premier League started last weekend with Frank Lampard and his Chelsea team immediately under pressure after a humiliating loss at Manchester United. That situation can be compounded on Wednesday when they face high-flying Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey. While Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to…

Victor Osimhen - Lille [Photo: Channels Tv]

Nigerian Goals: Osimhen announces Lille arrival with brace, Okereke continues scoring

Osimhen kicks off Lille career with a brace Victor Osimhen announced his arrival in Ligue 1 with a brace for Lille against Nantes on Sunday despite having trained for just five days with his new mates. The 20-year-old Super Eagles forward showed his control and speed in the 19th minute…

READING, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Head Coach Frank Lampard Jnr shouts from the sidelines during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Reading and Chelsea at Madejski Stadium on July 28, 2019 in Reading, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Manchester Utd v Chelsea | Old guard seek to form new legacies

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard were terrific players and served the clubs they now manage – Manchester United and Chelsea very well as players. But that was in the past. Both men now have the chance to build new legacies as managers but patience will be key for both…

Four Key Matches This Weekend: Solskjaer, Lampard demand good starts

Man. Utd v Chelsea @Old Trafford @4:30pm on August 11 In the last 10 meetings at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have won four times, drawn five and lost once to their visitors on Sunday, Chelsea. While Ole Gunnar Solkjaer has finished his internship at the Theatre of Dreams, Frank…

Manchester City beat Chelsea to retain League Cup

EPL: City look likeliest winners but top six should be shaken up

The English must still be slapping themselves on the back for an excellent football showing in the 2018/19 season. Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea won the UEFA Europa League while Manchester City won a historic four titles though the Pep Guardiola-led side faltered in their main pursuit, which…

David Okereke scored some goals too

Watch some Nigerian goals | Okereke leads the early scoring chart

Okereke sounds a note of warning Nigeria's U-23 national team striker, David Okereke, is out to grab all the headlines available as he scored his second and third league goals in Belgium’s Jupiler League last Saturday when Club Brugge routed Sint Truiden 6-0. Okereke scored the first two goals of…

Liverpool FC team. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Liverpool]

Community Shield: The City Challenge before Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool

Last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool took a point off Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the league but lost the league by just that point. When they first met in the 2018/19 English Premier League season, Liverpool were indeed lucky to escape with a point after Riyad Mahrez blasted a last-minute…

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp [Photo Credit: goal.com]

Four Matches to Watch | Klopp tests season’s readiness against Pepped-up City

Liverpool v Man. City @Wembley @3pm on August 4 The Citizens have been strengthened with Rodri’s capture from Atletico Madrid while Jurgen Klopp has moaned about his club’s inability to cope with City’s riches – an agreement quickly rebuffed by City. Sunday starts another campaign that looks likely to be…

NIGERIA: Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

Five Nigerian footballers who must make sensible transfer decisions

The most important essence of a current football transfer should not be about the current value but more about making a future market realisable. In the words of one of football’s most powerful agent, Mino Raiola, “You have to go to the club that needs you. And the player has…

Kelechi Iheanacho

Nigerian players score across Europe

The European season has kicked off in some countries like Belgium where Vincent Kompany made a return to Anderlecht, this past weekend. His tenure as player/manager did not get off on a winning note. However, this piece is about Nigerians who hit the back of the net. Iheanacho out to…