jalaka

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

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ANALYSIS: Who should Oliseh give the No. 9 shirt to?

The rebuilding of the Super Eagles continues earnestly under Sunday Oliseh and over his first four matches, his team has scored five goals and conceded two. The last match, a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals, Cameroon, threw up a lot of positives but one negative aspect that stood out like a…

Emmanuel Emenike quits Super Eagles

Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has announced that he is retiring form the national team after five years. He wrote on Instagram on Monday night, “No more Eagles career! After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the…

Isaac Success

Isaac Success scores but Granada throw away sure win

Nigeria youth international, Isaac Success gave a man of the match performance for Granada on Monday night at the Estadio Municipal El Molinon but his team mates blew the chance to get off the foot of the table as they conceded two goals in the last eight minutes of the…

Seven key sporting events that caught our eyes last week

The week was all about records – Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Bayern Munich, which has been all-conquering in Germany. In Tennis, Novak Djokovic is turning the ATP Tour into Djokovic and the others with a display of tennis dominance that is daunting. We also had some drama at the…

ANALYSIS: The real cost of following football in Nigeria

The BBC this week released a study which they titled #PriceofFootball, which literally asks the football fan, what it takes to follow his passion for the game – be it fans that go to stadiums or those that watch on cable or those that watch online - there is something…

The 4 matches to watch this weekend

Club football makes a return and this weekend marks the visit of Liverpool to London under new manager, Jurgen Klop, followed by Louis Van Gaal embarking on another daunting journey to face a fast-improving Everton side. In the Bundesliga, Bayern will be hoping for history to repeat itself as they…

Odion Ighalo

Ighalo could win EPL Player of the month award for September

Super Eagles in-form striker, Odion Ighalo, is in the frame to be named the best player in the English Premier League [EPL] for the month of September. The 26-year old scored three goals for Watford in September – one against Swansea on September 12, and a brace against Newcastle on…

Amaju Pinnick , NFF chairman

ANALYSIS: Why Buhari Should Create a Ministry of Football, By Jide Alaka

The list of ministers has been sent to the Senate and the screening is ongoing, and all things been equal, the supervising ministers of the various ministries will be known next week. One ministry that is very important to millions of sports-loving Nigerians is the Sports ministry and this piece…

5 takeaways from Super Eagles friendlies in Belgium

Sunday Oliseh will be very pleased with the 3-0 result over Cameroon on Sunday as he finished the two-match tour of Belgium on a high even though his team lost 2-0 to Congo last Thursday. Oliseh, into his fourth match as coach of the national team, would have taken the…

​Enyeama resigns on social media and 7 things we saw last week

The Super Eagles under Coach Sunday Oliseh witnessed a tumultuous week with the Vincent Enyeama saga. And at FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were handed bans that saw the rise of Issa Hayatou to the pinnacle of world soccer. Enyeama retires after spat with Sunday Oliseh Long-serving Super Eagles…

Can Oliseh trust Mikel for the Super Eagles?

After the brouhaha caused by Vincent Enyeama’s sudden retirement from the Super Eagles and the naming of Ahmed Musa as the substantive captain of the national team, attention shifted to the friendly encounter against Congo, which the team subsequently lost 2-0. In the aftermath of that game, in an interview,…

Messi is a great player; Ronaldo a great goal scorer – Cryuff

There have been unending debates about who is the better football player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and the arguments for and against either player as between them, they have won the last six FIFA Ballob d’Or titles between them. Cryuff can be said to be biased in his…

​Enyeama v Oliseh | The long-serving professional and the novice manager

At 101 caps for the Super Eagles and over 250 club appearances, Vincent Enyeama cannot be labelled a novice in any form or manner but Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, can be described as a novice manager, even though that description does not evaluate whether his actions are wrong or…

​Chelsea crisis, Mourinho and the dreaded vote of confidence

May 24, 2015 was one of jubilation and exhilaration at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho led the Blues in his second season back in the saddle to win the Barclays Premier League. And in truth his team were imperious from the opening and despite some slips in February cantered across…

7 top Sports events weekend | Ronaldo reigns at the Bernebeu

It was a topsy-turvy week for Cristiano Ronaldo who witnessed goals drought in La Liga, while kudos must be given to Venus Williams who passed the 700 winning mark despite living with Sjogren's syndrome. Ronaldo is Bernebeu goals king It was another record breaking day for Cristiano Ronaldo last Wednesday…

​4 matches you must watch on Super Sunday

There are so many matches to watch this weekend but you cannot miss out on the action that is going down particularly on Sunday - which has been aptly dubbed “Super Sunday”. Here are the four that make our list. Warri Wolves vs. Sunshine Stars This is effectively a match…

ANALYSIS: Why Oliseh should shun Ibe, but get Tottenham’s Dele Alli, By Jide Alaka

The debate in recent times has been the issue of Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe and the chase of other half castes to decide for Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Ibe has since declared that he wants to play for England, thereby rebuffing the invitation to him cby Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh. His…

Olympic movement targets youth-centric sports for Tokyo2020

The International Olympic Committee has agreed in principle to add five sports categories to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. That decision, the IOC said, was based on the fact that the body is interested in getting more youths to participate in the games. Mainstream sports like surfing and skateboard…

The 7 sporting events that caught our eyes last week

It was a weekend of interesting football results and the Rugby World Cup also produced some memorable matches but here are the seven things that caught our attention. Hamilton equals Senna Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand prix to equal Ayrton Senna’s record of 41 race wins…Hamilton though is in…

Eagles Abroad | Ogbeche with a brace, Ajagun nets winner for Panathinaikos

It was not a goal-full week for most Nigerians playing in Europe. There was even a red card for a player that had only ever had one red card in his career but one name from the past grabbed a brace. England Victor Moses played for 57 minutes as West…

Four matches you must watch this weekend

The European season is getting tougher and in Nigeria, we are on the last stretch of games for the season. So here are four matches that you must dedicate time to this weekend and watch. Sharks vs. Dolphins | Sharks Stadium | Sunday | 16:00 Both Rivers State clubs have…

Blatter’s FIFA continues to unravel and the 7 things we saw last week

The only FIFA official that is left to be caught or named in any scandal is the president of the football body, Sepp Blatter. And that in itself is amazing as another of his henchmen, Jerome Valcke, was suspended for misdemeanor last week. Valcke suspended from FIFA The only person…

Eagles Abroad: Ighalo, Moses and Musa in the goals

It was another good weekend for Nigerian players playing abroad as some players recalled by the Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, celebrated their recalls with resounding performances that fetched their teams three points in supposedly difficult away matches. England Victor Moses followed up his splendid debut for West Ham in…

Enyeama gets his second European career Red Card

Vincent Enyeama kept another clean sheet against Rennes but he was shown a straight red card for the first time in his career as the goalkeeper for Lille on Friday at the newly inaugurated Roazhon Park. Rennes, on a four-game winning streak, would have gone top of the Ligue 1…

4 matches you must watch this weekend

Last weekend was all about derbies, but this weekend, the matches that you must create time for are about rivalries that are defined by the managers. Top of the billing on Saturday afternoon is the confrontation between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger at Stamford Bridge. Last season in this fixture,…