jalaka

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

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Pogba celebrates (Photo Credit: Reuters)

France win 2018 World Cup

France are the 2018 FIFA World cup champions after they beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that had everything. One own goal, one penalty goal given by VAR, three sublime strikes, and one forget-me-moment saw Les Bleus win a second World Cup – their first on away soil. There had…

France vs Croatia

Croatia v France: Do the Croats have enough against Les Bleus?

The first question to be answered by Croatia will be the level of their physical preparedness after three consecutive extra time affairs and two penalty shootouts? They have the players and the experience at the highest level; but this France team cruised into the final without any major hiccup. Les…

France vs Croatia

2018 World Cup final: France should edge a tight contest

Goats, pigs and even crows have had their say on which country becomes FIFA World Cup champions on July 15, 2018 – and it is France's Les Bleus against first-timers, the Vatreni of Croatia that will contest it. I start with my prediction – France to edge Croatia. This is…

Serena Williams at Wimbledon. [Photo credit: Forefront Nigeria]

Serena Williams into her 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams is into her 10th Wimbledon final where she will face Angelique Kerber. Serena defeated Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 to book her place in Saturday’s final. In her way to winning a 24th Grand Slam title, and the opportunity to go level with Margaret Court’s record, will be Kerber,…

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke (Photo: Pulse.ng)

Why African teams are not doing well in world football — Amuneke

Former Super Eagles winger, and member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group, Emmanuel Amuneke, said on Thursday at a media parley at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow that African countries would continue to disappoint in football and be disappointed unless they embrace grassroots development. “The World Cup was a disappointment for…

Rafael Nadal (Photo Credit: SkySports)

Nadal battles past Del Potro, to meet Djokovic in semifinal

After a grueling match that lasted almost five hours, Juan Martin Del Potro lay on the grass at centre court, exhausted by his efforts while Rafael Nadal crossed over the net to help up his vanquished opponent and offer a warm embrace. This was sport at its best – a…

England lost to Croatia and will be playing third place Belgium (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Croatia defeat England to qualify for first World Cup final

Croatia are through to their first World Cup final after defeating England 2-1 on Wednesday. England took the lead as early as the fifth minute and were the better team in the first 45 minutes; but Croatia gradually wrested control from the English and scored a deserved equaliser through Ivan…

Roger Federer (Photo Credit: Tennis World USA)

Federer sent packing from Wimbledon by Anderson

Eight-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, was two sets up and with a match point in the third set but Kevin Anderson stayed grounded and took the match in five sets, 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-4 13-11. The South African, who got to the US Open last year, said in the post-match…

Sadiq Umar (Photo Credit: Goal.com)

Nigerian players in transfers: Umar joins Gerrard’s Rangers’ revolution

Former U-23 striker, Sadiq Umar, has joined Glasgow Rangers on a one-year loan from AS Roma. The gangly striker, who spent the second half of last season in the Netherlands with NAC Breda and scored six goals in 10 league games, was lured to Scotland by Rangers’ new manager, Steven…

Serena Williams at Wimbledon. [Photo credit: Forefront Nigeria]

Williams marches on to her 10th Wimbledon semifinal

Part of the All England Club etiquette is to address the ladies competing at the Grand Slam properly and Serena Williams, though married to Alex Ohanian has been addressed as Mrs. Williams. She went marching on into the semifinal on Tuesday with a comeback win over Camila Giorgi. Serena came…

Croatia Team for Russia 2018

Croatia v England: History waiting to be written or rewritten

The semifinal stage is a nervous stage as exemplified by France-Belgium – you can see the promised land but every mistake will likely cost a lot. Croatia were last here in 1996 while England last made this journey in 1990. The Vatreni have had to win two penalty shootouts while…

Belgium 0-1 France | France reach 3rd World Cup final

A very technical match was decided by a lapse in concentration and a header in the second half by Samuel Umtiti, who got ahead of Marouane Fellaini and his header flicked off the Belgian’s curls past Thibaut Courtois for the only goal that decided the match between the neighbours. The…

France National Team World Cup 2018. [Photo credit: Sports Keeda]

France v Belgium (PREVIEW): Victory will rest on finest margins

Belgium were not expected to make it this far; but France started Russia 2018 as one of the favourites, not because they are more talented but for the fact they had won the FIFA World Cup, once before. But both countries are here now, with deeply talented players and the…

England National Team

Russia 2018 Semifinals: A road too far or bypass to Promise Land

All four countries that made it into the 2018 World Cup semifinal – Belgium, Croatia, England, and France - are very close; not just alphabetically, but in what they offer on the pitch. It could be argued that talent-wise, the Three Lions of England are the least amongst the four,…

Halep falls leaving just one top 10 seed left standing at Wimbledon

Reigning French Open champion and world No.1, Simona Halep, joined the trend of top 10 seeds humbled out of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Halep was taken to three sets and vanquished by the unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6 6-4 7-5. Halep had led 5-2 in the third set and even had…

England 2-0 Sweden | Three Lions in first semifinal in 28 years

In what was a very cagey affair, it took two headers - one from Harry Maguire in the 30th minute and the second from Dele Alli on 59 minutes to give England a deserved passage into a first semifinal spot since 1990. The Three Lions deserved their place in the…

England squad

England v Sweden: Three Lions to continue roaring or a shock in waiting?

England have never found it easy playing Sweden but what are these set of three Lions, if not history rewriters. After winning a first ever penalty shootout in their World Cup history, they will believe there is a good chance to win the World Cup again after potential winners like…

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring (Photo Credit: La Liga, Twitter)

Ronaldo will be a Real loss but a big gain to Juventus

The rumblings had been on for some time, so it is no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking a move from Real Madrid. What is surprising is that his move is to Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. Though he had hinted this in 2017 when he said, “To me, being…

Uruguay 0-2 France | Les Bleus prove too strong for Suarez and Uruguay

Uruguay were seeking to make the semifinals for the second time in the last three World Cup tournaments while France had not gotten as far since the 2006 tournament. But two goals in either half gave France a hard-fought 2-0 win. A deft header by Raphael Varane in the first…

Brazil v Belgium | Five-time champions against Belgium’s golden generation

If Belgium can pass the Brazil test, then they can start to believe. Having scored 12 goals in their four matches in Russia, the Red Devils have shown they can score goals, but they also concede. Keven De Bruyne has not sparkled as expected – the match against Brazil might as well…

Kylian Mbappe celebrates his goal against Argentina (Photo Credit: Reuters)

France v Uruguay: Mbappe seeking to cement status against Godin-led Uruguay

France have a forward line, which includes wunderkind, Kylian Mbappe, that will test Diego Godin and his troops while Edinson Cavani's expected absence due to a thigh injury will further take something away from the Uruguay attack, even though Luis Suarez will still be a handful. Didier Deschamps will hope…

Garbine Muguruza used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Daily Express]

Muguruza, Cilic join top seeds that have fallen at Wimbledon

The No.3 seeds in the men and ladies’ draws – Marin Cilic and Garbine Muguruza were sensationally sent packing on Thursday evening. Muguruza, the defending ladies’ champion was out-fought by the gangly Alison Van Uytvanck, ranked No.47 in the world. In Van Uytvanck’s previous three Wimbledon tournaments, she had only…

Carolina Wozniacki {Photo Credit: Bodyweight}

Wozniacki, Kvitova highlight top 10 seeded ladies sent packing from Wimbledon

The 2018 Wimbledon Championships is just three days gone and the ladies draw has lost the world No.2, Caroline Wozniacki; No.4, Sloane Stephens; No.5, Elene Svitolina and No.7, Petra Kvitova. About 21 seeded ladies have been sent packing from SW19 in its first three days. Katerina Makarova edged out Wozniacki…

FIFA World Cup Trophy

Russia 2018: Eight teams remain in World Cup battle

After two weeks of action from 56 matches that have yielded 146 goals, 196 saves, 28 penalties by 19 countries, and Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the 2018 World Cup is into the quarterfinals – where the best eight countries in the world will, from Friday, jostle for a place in…

Emil Forsberg celebrates the goal (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Sweden 1-0 Switzerland: Forsberg’s deflected effort sends Sweden into quarterfinals

An own goal – a deflected effort from Emil Forsberg - decided this boring encounter; but it was always going to pan out this way with both sides not on many punters’ list to reach the quarterfinals. A penalty awarded by Damir Skomina on 93 minutes was reversed after VAR…