jalaka

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

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Welcome Oliseh! Here are 5 success tips you need

Sunday Oliseh was unveiled as the 45th manager of the Super Eagles on Wednesday, taking charge of a team that has lost more than the sobriquet on its name. The Eagles can no longer be called ‘Super’ by any standard and FIFA recently reflected that downturn in fortune by demoting…

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NFF to set record, Serena Slam and 7 sporting events that caught our eyes last week

We start from tennis where Wimbledon was the focus of attention and the ‘Serena Slam’ made it more memorable while in France, the Tour de France continues and saw its first African riders while the Nigeria Football Federation are on the way to setting a record for naming a coach…

Roger Federer

Wimbledon 2015: Djokovic denies Federer 8th Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic has won the 2015 Wimbledon Championship as he beat seven-time champion, Roger Federer, in four sets. Djokovic in the process made it his ninth Grand Slam title whilst denying Federer an 18th Grand Slam. Djokovic also denied Federer in last year’s final as he won his second Wimbledon…

Roger Federer

Wimbledon 2015 | Federer crushes Murray and faces Djokovic in final match

Roger Federer was back to his sublime best on centre court on Friday evening as he beat British hope, Andy Murray, in three straight sets of 7-6, 7-6 and 6-4. Former British No.1, Tim Henman, said afterwards that Murray tried his best and did his part but “This is the…

Wimbledon 2015: Serena thrashes Sharapova as Murray gets set for Federer

The 2015 Wimbledon continued in its unpredictability on Thursday as 20th seeded Spaniard, Gabrine Muruguza beat former Wimbledon finalist, Agnieszka Radwanska, in three sets to make it a third win over the 13th seed to make it into a Grand Slam final for the first time and there she will…

ANALYSIS: Sunday Oliseh and the Super Eagles resurrection

From all indications, the Nigeria Football Federation will name Sunday Oliseh the next Super Eagles coach. The ex-Ajax and Juventus midfielder will always be fondly remembered for that match-winning thunderbolt goal against Spain. It was at the 1998 World Cup and Andoni Zubizareta, La Furia Roja’s legendary goalkeeper will remember…

ANALYSIS: Who next for the Super Eagles after Keshi?

The Nigeria Football Federation on Saturday, July 4, announced that with the sacking of Stephen Keshi that Assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, and Head of the Technical Committee, Shuaibu Amodu, would take temporary charge of the Super Eagles for the Nations Cup qualifier against Senegal in September. That as it may…

Stephen Keshi

Keshi’s sack, Messi’s struggles and the 7 sporting moments of last week

To start off the week, we would like to ask this question – how many times has Stephen Keshi been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation? The latest installment happened on Saturday night and while that was happening, Lionel Messi was facing another final defeat with Argentina while Venus and Serena will…

NFF and Keshi | A dance of the absurd

The Nigeria Football Federation played the joker that has been up its sleeve for a long time – they sacked Stephen Keshi for a third time on Saturday night as the drama that began last year after the World Cup turned full circle. There has always been insinuation that it…

2015 Copa America | Again, Messi fails to inspire Argentina to victory

Argentina, for a second consecutive tournament failed at the final hurdle and Chile, hosts of the 2015 Copa America, won their first senior international trophy, ending 99 years of pain and anguish. And just like the World Cup final, which went into extra time before Mario Gotze’s goal won it…

Copa America Final Preview: Chile seek to break jinx as Messi chases first trophy with Argentina

There are a lot of firsts involved in the 2015 Copa America final at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos on Saturday as Chile will try to win their first Copa trophy while Argentina, 14-time Copa winners, will have Lionel Messi chasing his first international trophy with his country. These…

Again, Nigerian players set to take back seat in summer transfer window

The football transfer window swung open officially on July 1. Clubs have been going all out to improve their various squads in order to battle for titles or maintain their positions in the different leagues in which they compete. But for the third summer window running, there is nothing to…

Sepp Blatter

Blatter is not gone plus 7 sporting events that caught our eye last week

Sepp Blatter again caught the headlines last week when he said (tongue in cheek) that he is still in charge at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA. And Wimbledon begins on Monday and one of the aspirants for the ladies’ title is little-known Belinda Bencic but here are seven events that…

Copa America: Argentina hold aces against Colombia

At 28 and having played 100 matches for his country, Lionel Messi is yet to win a senior title for Argentina while Colombia have looked anything like their squad strength suggests. Early on Saturday (Nigeria time), Messi will seek to ensure that his quest for a major title continues while Colombia will…

ANALYSIS: NFF, Pinnick not leading but bossing Nigerian football

There were some muted resistance to the emergence of Amaju Pinnick as the Nigeria Football Federation last year in Warri and just months into his ‘reign’, he has shown glimpses of what some said would be an autocratic rule. On Tuesday, June 23, the NFF’s Disciplinary Committee will sit over…

7 sporting moments that caught the eye last weekend

There were so many sporting events to watch from the weekend – from Canada to Austria to Chile, where a Jamaican player showed Lionel Messi adulation and took a selfie with him even after his team crashed out of the 2015 Copa America and then record-breaking Jonathan Spieth who added…

2015 Copa America | Can Brazil win without Neymar’s influence?

The Neymar that plays for Brazil is definitely different from the one that appears next to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona. At the Nou Camp, he is part of the supporting cast but with Brazil, he is the Peacock, who cannot stop flaunting his status. So with a…

Copa America 2015: Messi‘s time to hit it big for Argentina

Lionel Messi is almost undoubtedly the most talented footballer ever seen either by this generation or the ones past. So many (older) people have mentioned Pele, Diego Maradona and even Alfredi di Stefano, who led Real Madrid to their first five Champions League triumphs, but in this millennium, Messi has…

Canada 2015: 3 ways Nigeria’s Falcons can beat the USA

Edwin Okon has the unenviable task of becoming a villain or a hero as he leads his wards against two-time world champions, the USA in the early hours of Wednesday at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. With so much talent, especially attacking-wise, the Falcons have largely underachieved in Canada…

7 surprising results from Euro, Nations Cup qualifiers

The 2016 European Championship qualifiers continued over last weekend and also the first group matches for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup also began in earnest with the Super Eagles filing out under the tutelage of returnee manager, Stephen Keshi. The Nigerian Super Eagles were comfortable winners over the…

Super Eagles: Rabiu Ibrahim gets another chance

The Super Eagles started the race to qualify for Gabon 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Chad on Saturday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, even though the team did not show any ‘chemistry’ at least in the first half. However, some of the players on parade on Saturday…