jalaka

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

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NPFL Week 23 Preview | Shooting Stars visit Kano Pillars seeking an upset

Kano Pillars are on an impressive run after the return of Baba Ganaru to their dugout and this return has seen an upturn in form with seven points in their last three matches but their opponents, also under a new manager, won their first away match in five years on…

English Premier League:Everton produce three star performance at Southampton

With Manchester United up on the summit with six points out of six, the Saturday fixtures continued the trend of away wins with Leicester taking that unlikely position after a 2-1 win away to West Ham, who had sparkled on opening day win away to Arsenal. Everton started off with…

Barcelona thrashed 4-0 by Bilbao

In driving rain at San Mames, Barcelona were brought crashing to earth as they conceded four goals after the four against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup last Tuesday. But this time, in a pulsating battle for the Spanish Super Cup, they could not score five as they did to…

Ighalo and 4 other Nigerian players to watch this weekend

The Barclay's English Premier League, EPL, is in the second week, with other major European leagues also just starting or set to commence this weekend. Nigerian players, especially the strikers, hope to perform well to catch Sunday Oliseh’s attention as he prepares his first Super Eagles list for the Nations…

Nigerian footballers losing first team opportunities in Europe

Clubs in the various European leagues still have more than fourteen days to strengthen their squads. However, this strengthening will be at the expense of some players. We look at four Nigerian players who have may have lost their places to new acquisitions.   Efe Ambrose at Celtic The Super…

Musa rescues CSKA in Europe and the best five Nigerian players for last week

The European football season has officially kicked off and Nigeria is represented in many leagues across Europe. Also the Nigeria Football Premier League has entered the very crucial second stanza and every week, we will give you our pick of the players that caught the eye with their respective performances.…

UEFA Super Cup: Messi magic hands Barca 5th title

It was an evening of goals in Tbilisi as Barcelona and Sevilla shared nine goals in 120 minutes of the match. It was 4-4 after 90 minutes but finally, after 120 minutes, the brilliance of Lionel Messi led Barcelona to beat Sevilla 5-4 on Tuesday at the Boris Paichadze Stadium…

UEFA Super Cup: Messi magic hands Barca 5th title

It was an evening of goals in Tbilisi as Barcelona and Sevilla shared nine goals in 120 minutes of the match. It was 4-4 after 90 minutes but finally, after 120 minutes, the brilliance of Lionel Messi led Barcelona to beat Sevilla 5-4 on Tuesday at the Boris Paichadze Stadium…

Ighalo scores but Watford held at Everton

Odion Ighalo scored his first ever premiership goal for newly-promoted Watford but his goal was not enough for all three points as the Hornets were held at Goodison Park by Everton on the first day of the 2015/16 EPL season. Ighalo, who scored 20 goals to help Watford to promotion,…

Lille and Enyeama fall at home to PSG

The opening match of the 2015/16 Ligue 1 season kicked off on Friday at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy as Lille welcomed and lost 1-0 to defending champions, PSG. Super Eagles No.1, Vincent Enyeama, kept goal for Lille and he did not have any chance when the Parisians took the lead in…

United face early Spurs test as EPL kicks off

Louis van Gaal told a press conference on Friday that he believes his team is at a better position than they were at the beginning of last season and then dropped David de Gea from the starting XI. Van Gaal has always been a decisive coach but that decision to…

Sourcing players for the Supers Eagles from the Diaspora

There is strength in numbers so new Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, is going all out to get players [with a Nigerian tinge] in any guise as long as they have a Nigerian connection to represent the national team. Oliseh met with Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe on Wednesday and the discussion was centered on the…

Nigerian players to watch this weekend

The European football season officially kicks off this weekend [for most Nigerians] with the English Premier League even though some other leagues have already started their campaigns. Here are five Nigerian players that would be in the spotlight this weekend. Vincent Enyeama - Lille v PSG Ligue 1 | Friday,…

​​​​Nigerian boxer ​who survived sessions with Klitschko becomes famous on YouTube

A Nigerian-born boxer, Izu Ugonoh, has become a YouTube sensation with a devastating knockout on opponent, Will Quarrie​,​ last Saturday in New Zealand. The 28-year-old, born in Poland​,​ has been on the fringes of stardom for a long time but he seems to have finally broken that barrier with a…

Doreen Amata seeks a jump into the history books

It is less than 18 days to the 2015 world Athletics Championships in Beijing and 22 Nigerian athletes, including Doreen Amata, for the high jump event, have been named for the championship. The 27-year-old first came into the consciousness of Nigerians in Beijing in 2008 and this year she returns…

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7 top sports events of the week

It was an interesting week as the EPL had its curtain raiser and the Nigeria Football Premier League continued to reel out good figures and performances. Here are some sporting events that you might have missed. Wenger breaks Mourinho’s jinx The bad blood between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho would…

Five things we learnt from today’s Community Shield match Arsenal won

Jose Mourinho walked down the Wembley tunnel, throwing his runners-up medal into the crowd, probably thinking of the next game against Arsenal on September 19 at Stamford Bridge. The 1-0 loss to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal would have rankled a lot as it was the first time Wenger was getting one…

For Siasia, tough away encounters have always been the norm

A 2-1 result in a first leg does not give the utmost confidence but for the Nigerian U-23 team and their coach, Samson Siasia, it is a road well worn. Most people remember that Siasia led the team that won silver at the Beijing 2008 football tournament but what most…

Eagles job: Why I changed my mind – Oliseh

Super Eagles' new coach, Sunday Oliseh,  has told fifa.com that Nigerians made up his mind on taking on the responsibility of becoming the coach to replace Stephen Keshi. Oliseh had said at various fora that he did not want to coach the national team despite his qualifications, but later changed his mind.…

Olympic Qualifier: Write your name in gold, Siasia tells U-23 players

The coach of the Nigeria U-23 national team, Samson Siasia, is confident that his boys will soldier through in Point Noire against Congo on Sunday to qualify for the Rio 2016 qualifying tournament in Senegal. The team, who will leave Nigeria on Thursday for their crucial second leg encounter, stayed…

Moses scores against PSG

The Champions Cup, the America version, continued on Saturday night as Chelsea came from a goal down to defeat PSG on penalties. The Blues finish up on their American excursion with a tie against Barcelona on Tuesday. Victor Moses got Chelsea’s equalizer in the second half against PSG and played…

Second Division goalkeepers, “exceptional players” welcomed to Super Eagles — Oliseh

New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Olisey, has amended his earlier stance that only Nigerians who play in first division clubs will be welcomed to the team. Lower division goalkeepers will be allowed to play for Nigeria, Oliseh said Monday. The coach's remarks at his unveiling that “first division players are…

7 top sporting events of the week: Bolt’s blistering return, FIFA World Cup draws and others

Bolt returns with sub 10s in 100m Usain Bolt returned to the tracks on Friday and showed that he will be among the medal favourites at the World Athletics Championship coming up in Beijing in August. Bolt was at his bolting best in his first outing after recovering from a…

2018 World Cup: Super Eagles seeded, drawn with Djibouti or Swaziland

The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw is taking place in St Petersburg, Russia, and three-time Africa champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn with the winner of the game between Djibouti and Swaziland. Nigeria is one of the African teams that have been seeded so they are safely…

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Racism, football and the 2018 Russian World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draws will be made in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, July 25 (today). And in the draw, 141 nations will know the route to take to secure a place in the 32-nation final tournament. Perhaps an imminent taint to the draws will be the…