jalaka

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

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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…

Troost-Ekong

Nigeria’s Troost-Ekong says he’s leaving Bursaspor

Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong, has informed his followers on Twitter that he will be moving on from Bursaspor in the Turkish league. Writing on Twitter, Ekong who scored for Bursaspor against Fenerbahce on the opening day of the league wrote, “I want to say a big thank you…

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Nigeria v Spain: Renewal of old acquaintances in quarterfinal clash

It took a 95th own goal for the Falconets of Nigeria to progress past China, finishing second behind Germany in Group D while their quarterfinal opponents, Spain topped Group C. The Nigerians managed only two goals in their three group matches while Spain scored seven and conceded three. The Falconets…

Kenneth Omeruo

Omeruo moves from Chelsea on sixth loan stint in six years

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is going out on loan from Chelsea to La Liga side CD Leganes for the 2018/18 season. New manager, Maurizio Sarri, has deemed the 24-year-old centre back surplus to requirements and he will thus embark on a season-loan to Spain for the sixth time since…

Ahmed Musa celebrates with team mates after scoring

Nigerian goals abroad: Musa scores on debut, Ekong, Igboun score too

Saudi Arabia It was a dream debut for Ahmed Musa as he was introduced for Al Nassr in the second half against Al Jazira in the 2018 UAFA Club Championship and then scored the winner on 75 minutes. There had been a lot of hype on the transfer from Leicester…

Aruna quadri

Sported 7: Aruna finally gets the crown, 33 is the number

Nigeria’s No.1 male Table Tennis player, Aruna Quadri finally assumed the position of the winner at the Nigeria Open after being a quarterfinalist in 2017; getting knocked out in the round of 32 in 2016; runners-up position in 2015, and a semi-final showing in 2014. Aruna was finally sported assuming…

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Nigeria v China: Falconets seek to be different from Eagles in similar situations

The U-20 female national team, the Falconets, will step out against China this afternoon in Lehon, France in their third qualifying group match needing only a draw to progress to the next round. There are some parallels to be drawn with the Super Eagles at Russia 2018. The Falconets find…

Unai Emery and Arsena, Team members. [Photo credit: Arsenal FC offical website]

Arsenal v Man. City: Emery sets sight on Pep’s squad

There couldn’t have been a harder introduction to the English Premier League [EPL] for Unai Emery than against Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City. Having taken charge of the Gunners during the transfer window, the Spaniard, who has a dismal head-to-head record against Guardiola, having never beaten his compatriot, needs his…

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Man Utd v Leicester City: Iheanacho, Ndidi storm Theatre of Dreams

Will Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi make it a bumpier and grumpier journey for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, when the new English Premier League [EPL] season kicks off at the Theatre of Dreams Friday? Will Mourinho’s third season syndrome come to play? The serial winner has already admitted it will…

Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring a second world class goal for Nigeria against Icleand #Russia2018 #FIFAWorldCup [Photo: Reuters]

Ahmed Musa moves to Saudi Arabia

Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, has concluded a transfer from English Premier League side, Leicester City, to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. The 25-year-old speedster, who scored two goals for Nigeria at Russia 2018, joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow in 2016 but found it hard to get a regular berth in…

Screenshots from a video showing a Falconet kneeling before Solomon Dalung and counting money

ANALYSIS: Dalung, kneeling Falconet show lack of proper process

There is a video of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, cross-legged and smiling, in front of a member of Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team, called the Falconets. The player, on her knees, is seen to be counting a wad of money. There have been arguments for and against this scene.…

Kelechi Iheanacho

European 2018/2019 season opens; Iheanacho, Onyekuro, Frank on target

The 2018/19 European football season has kicked off in some countries like Belgium and Denmark while the big five are preparing for the second week of August. Nigerians are already scoring goals either in league matches or in friendlies. Here are some of the goals scored in the past week.…

Carl Ikeme

Carl Ikeme retires from football

Super Eagles goal keeper, Carl Ikeme, has revealed he is retiring from football. The goalkeeper, who started the journey to Russia 2018 with the Super Eagles, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017. He has decided to drop his gloves at 32 according to a statement on his club,…

Junior Lokosa

Lokosa’s Brann miss an example of football management gone awry

Junior Lokosa is supposedly the next big thing from the Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] but the 19-goal striker, who almost made it to Russia 2018, is currently jet hopping in search for a foreign contract. In a search that took him on trial to Denmark, the striker failed tellingly,…

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

Serena Williams alleges drug testing discrimination

Serena Williams is the most dominant form on the women’s tennis tour and has been for a while and she might also be the most tested athlete in world sport – having been tested five times already by June 2018 alludes to that. “…and it’s that time of the day…