jalaka

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

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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…

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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…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

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…

Mikel Obi

Super Eagles do not need another Mikel for No.10 jersey

Is it good riddance or thank you? That is the big question from Super Eagles’ fans when they talk about John Mikel Obi. But the greater angst is against his preference for the No.10 jersey and role when he plays for the national team. The "Special One" Jose Mourinho opined…

Odion Ighalo

Nigerian Players Abroad: Ighalo scores 16th league goal, Onyekuru scores again

Ighalo scores again in China Odion Ighalo can’t stop scoring – at least in the Chinese Super League. The Russia 2018 striker scored in the 89th minute to rescue a point for Changchun Yatai, who were playing at home against Hebei CFFC. The match ended 2-2 and it was the…

Simona Halep sent packing on Day 1 of US Open

The top women's seed at the 2018 US Open, Simona Halep, has been knocked out of the US Open. Halep was left reeling after she was defeated by Kaia Kanepi on Day 1 of the last tennis Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows. Kanepi beat Halep 6-2 6-4…

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Man. United v Tottenham: Three things to expect at Old Trafford

The fact is that Tottenham’s record at Old Trafford is dismal but Mauricio Pochettino will know this is a very good opportunity to get one over the Red Devils. Spurs have won just twice in their last 10 visits to Old Trafford. More often than not, their dreams turn into…

Four matches to watch this weekend

Man. United v Tottenham @Old Trafford @8pm on Aug.26 Spurs have won just twice in their last 10 visits to Old Trafford. More often than not, their dreams turn into nightmares at the Theatre of Dreams but right now they hold a cudgel with which to beat this version of…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Three players Rohr needs to exclude from Super Eagles

The Super Eagles are set to go again as the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations resumes. The Eagles are already on the back foot after losing to South Africa 2-0 in Uyo last June. After two losses at the World Cup, the team needs to pick up…

File photo of Samuel Eto’o (Photo Credit: Express.co.uk)

Top Sports Stories : Eto’o moves for the 13th time as Nouri wakes up from a coma

Djokovic is the master of all Novak Djokovic has battled back from a loss of form and various injuries to claim the Wimbledon title and then beat Roger Federer for a first-ever Masters 1000 title at the Cincinnati Masters. With that win, the Serb completed the full set of the…

Henry Onyekuru

Watch Nigerian goals as Onyekuru gets his first with Galatasaray

Henry Onyekuru scored the only goal last Sunday as Galatasaray overcame Goztepe 1-0 in their second match of the 2018/19 season. The 21-year-old Nigerian forward is on loan from Everton for a season and has looked a livewire since joining the 21-time league champions. The goal, which came in the…

Ngolo Kante Huddersfield Chelsea [Goal.com]

Four matches to watch this weekend

Arsenal have not won at Stamford Bridge in their last seven visits and will seek to not start a season with two straight defeats for the first time in 25 years. Also, two new managers on a new stage – Maurizio Sarri will lead out Chelsea for his first competitive…