jalaka

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

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Player Ratings: How Eagles fared against Libya

It was not a great match to watch – especially the first half when the Eagles had just one shot on target. But in the second half, immediately Tony Okpotu was taken off, the Eagles seemed to be infused with more energy through Ibrahim Mustapha. Finally, on 79 minutes, the…

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Eagles will play the ‘mythical’ Vikings in Russia – Gudjohnsen

Apart from their surprising run to the quarter-final at the 2016 European Championship, Iceland also showcased their fanatical support and the goose pimple-inducing Viking clap that became an Internet sensation. One of the famous players from Iceland, former Chelsea and Barcelona forward, Eidur Gudjohnsen, has revealed that the national team…

Arsenal celebrates in their win against Tottenham Hotspur

Four key matches to watch this weekend

Arsenal v Crystal Palace @Emirates @4pm on Jan 20 Majority of Arsenal fans have grown thick skins as their beloved club continues to flounder. Former Liverpool forward, Stan Collymore, believes “History [and maybe nostalgia]” is the thing keeping Arsene Wenger at the Emirates – the Invincibles, and the majesty of…

CHAN 2018: Three players Nigeria must stop to beat Libya

The Knights of Libya know that a point leads them closer to the round of 16 – but a point will make Nigeria’s Super Eagles desperate in their last group match against Equatorial Guinea. The equation is thus very simple - they need to beat Libya on Friday (Coach Salisu…

Russia 2018 | Iceland not afraid of Argentina, Nigeria, or Croatia – Coach

After two routine victories in Indonesia against a selected XI and the Indonesian national team, Iceland's assistant manager, Helgi Kolvidsson, has declared they will be in Russia in June without fear of Nigeria or any other Group D opponent. “Russia will not be a holiday for us. It was hard…

Five things Nigeria, Rwanda match revealed

Nigeria has never won the African Nations Championship [CHAN] and on the evidence of the barren draw against Rwanda on Monday in Tangier, that anomaly might have years to run. The woodwork was also a Rwandan on Monday as the Eagles hit the crossbar twice and the post once but…

Nigeria 0 – 0 Rwanda (Players Ratings):  Ill-luck, woodwork deny Eagles

Three shots hit the woodwork, Eric Ndayishimiye, the Rwanda goalkeeper, made some great saves but the ball simply refused to go in for the Super Eagles as they kicked off their quest to win CAF Championship for African Nations [CHAN] for the very first time. Coach Salisu Yusuf went with…

Liverpool 4-3 Man. City: Klopp has the antidote for Pep

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost for the first time in this season's EPL on Sunday to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The whole game could be described by a moment in the 73rd minute. Andrew Robertson, who played at left back for the Reds, singularly harried Nicolas Otamendi, Ederson, and John Stones…

Australian Open Day 1: Venus highlights first day tumblings

The first day of the first Grand Slam of the year has seen some top players fall. This was highlighted by the ouster of World No.5, Venus Williams, by the unseeded Belinda Bencic in two straight sets. The 2017 finalist was gracious in defeat to the 20-year-old Swiss. “I think…

Australian Open: Injury the main talking point as young Turks seek old guards’ throne

The first Grand Slam of the year serves off in Melbourne on January 15 and the most profound questions to be answered would be whether the young guns could overhaul the ‘dinosaurs’ in both the men and women’s draws and whether injury would play a part in who emerges the…

Australian Open: Excitement rises as young Turks seek old guards’ thrones

The first Grand Slam of the year serves off in Melbourne on January 15 and the most profound questions that will be answered should be whether the young guns could overhaul the ‘dinosaurs’ in both the men and women’s draws. 2017 was the year for the over 30s as all…

Four matches to watch this weekend

Nigeria v Rwanda @ Grand Stade de Tanger @7:30pm on Jan 15 In four total meetings between the two countries, Nigeria has never lost – winning two and drawing two. They last met on August 16, 2012, a match the Super Eagles won 2-0. Ikechukwu Ezenwa will captain the team…

January transfer rumours involving Super Eagles players

After Gernot Rohr delivered his bombshell to Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa, the Foxes’ manager, Claude Puel has told the Daily Mail that barring any unforeseen circumstances, Iheanacho will not be sold – at least in the January window. “We don't know about what the national trainer said.…

Why football referees’ decision will no longer be final

Football has always depended on the humanness of the centre referee and his assistants. And just like all of us, they make mistakes though the difference is that more eyes are trained on their mistakes with numerous playbacks from different angles possible options. As the money in the game has…

Iceland national team

Nigeria’s World Cup challenger, Iceland, to play Indonesia

The Iceland national football team will play two friendly matches in Indonesia on Thursday and Sunday to intensify preparations towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The smallest nation to ever qualify for the Mundial, Iceland will play a selected side on Thursday and the main Indonesian national team on Sunday.…

CHAN 2018 | How Eagles are preparing for football title Nigeria has never won

The home-based Super Eagles team is in Morocco to take part in the 2018 African Nations Championship [CHAN] hoping to win it for the first time. With a majority of the squad professing their love of music and dancing, Nigerian football fans should be right to expect their play to…

Argentina confirm two high profile friendlies for March

As the Super Eagles take on Poland in a friendly in March in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group D opponents, Argentina, have also confirmed friendly matches with European giants, Italy and Spain. The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia, revealed the fixtures on Tuesday.…

CHAN: Rohr to monitor home-based Eagles

The CAF CHAN tournament kicks off in Morocco on January 13 with Nigeria’s homes-based Super Eagles a part of the 16 teams that will be jostling for the title. Nigeria’s team will be led by Salisu Yusuf, though Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, will be conspicuously present to assess some…

Transfers: Super Eagles defender set for England, another for Germany

One-cap Super Eagles defender, Tyronne Ebuehi, is close to a switch to Norwich in England’s Championship. Sky Sports reports that the 22-year-old ADO Den Haag defender was at Carrow Road Stadium last Saturday when Norwich held Chelsea to a goalless draw in an FA Cup third round match. Ebuehi made…

Four matches to watch this weekend

Liverpool v Everton @Anfield @8:55pm on Jan 5 The pick of matches in the third round of the FA Cup is the Merseyside derby going down on Friday at Anfield. Just 25 days ago, Sam Allardyce waltzed into Anfield and despite just 23% of ball possession picked a share of…

Salah can be the only winner of the CAF Award

The bigwigs of African football will come together in Accra, Ghana on Thursday to crown the best African footballer of 2017, and there can be no other winner than the Egyptian, Mohammed Salah. Salah, 25, had a blazing 2017, which were highlighted by his form with Roma, Liverpool and the…

Nigeria vs Argentina

2018 World Cup: Argentina Coach begins world tour to prepare for Super Eagles, others

One of the pundits’ pick to win the 2018 World Cup is Lionel Messi’s Argentina – runners-up to Germany in 2014. Despite having to qualify on the last day of qualifiers, the coach of the team, Jorge Sampaoli, is starting a tour of clubs of his probable players for the…

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Wenger seems to have Conte’s ‘key’

Since Antonio Conte was named Chelsea manager at the beginning of the 2016/17 EPL season, his team has clashed five times with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal with just one win to show. In that time, Arsenal have beaten Chelsea to the FA Cup and the Community Shield. So does Wenger have…

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. Utd v Southampton @Old Trafford @6:30pm on Dec 30 What excuse would it be this time if Jose Mourinho’s United does not get a good result at Old Trafford? Two points from six is not the stuff of champions and Southampton should offer canon fodder to bounce back. Mourinho…

PROFILE: George Weah: First Ever World Footballer Of The Year To Be Elected President

George Manneh Weah could dribble, sprint and shoot. He also possessed a good leap to power headers past goalkeepers. But he has scored his best ever goal by winning the Liberian presidential election following results announced Thursday evening. Weah is not your ordinary African footballer, who just wanted to play…