Super Eagles defender makes Serie A Team of the week

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong has made the Seria A Team of the Week following his impact for Udinese after the round of 12 matches concluded on Sunday.

The 25-year-old earned an impressive game rating of 7.8 with two clearances, two blocked shots, one interception and 100% completed tackles.

Ekong-RonaldoEkong stood out in Udinese’s league game against Empoli despite losing 2-1 which was his 12th appearance for the club.

The Nigerian who is expected to be on duty for the Eagles against South Africa in an Afcon qualifier this Saturday was named along with Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. .

epa07074608 Udinese’s William Troost-Ekong (L) and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese Calcio and Juventus FC at the Friuli-Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, 06 October 2018. EPA-EFE/STEFANO LANCIA

His inclusion by football statistics website, WhoScored, is coming four months after joining the Italian side from Turkish club Buraspor.

Super Eagles star nets first goal but Coach resigns

Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi bagged his first goal of the season during Chievo’s 2-2 draw against Bologna in a Serie A fixture at the weekend while Orji Okwonkwo was an unused substitute.

The Yellow and Blues have struggled for form despite replacing Lorenzo D’Anna with Giampiero Ventura two months ago.

Riccardo Meggiorini’s penalty for Chievo cancelled out Federico Santander early opener before Joel Obi’s goal sent the home side into the half-time break with a 2-1 lead. The Nigerian was replaced in the 87th minute by Sergio Pellissier.

However, Riccardo Orsolini broke the hearts of home fans as he levelled scores for Bologna. The visitors had the luxury of introducing Nigerian striker Orji Okwonkwo but preferred center-back Giancarlo Gonzalez as they held out for a 2-2 draw.

The draw was Chievo’s first point in almost two months and manager, Ventura resigned following the poor result which left the club shocked.

It was a bolt from the blue,” confessed Romairone on Sky Sport Italia. We now have to take a little time and wait for cool heads to analyse the situation along with those thoughts that came out in the heat of the moment.

At the final whistle, the Coach told me he would communicate his decision to the players. I urged him to wait and count to 10 first.” Chievo director of sport Giancarlo Romairone admitted.

Obi, last played for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Eagles Coach Rohr monitors Kalu in France and German based Collins

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr was in France on Thursday as he monitored Samuel Kalu during Bordeaux’s 1-1 draw against Russian side Zenith ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

Rohr personally monitored the Europa League match and was happy with the display of the Eagles winger. “I was very happy with the Kalu’s performance in the match”, the Eagles gaffer disclosed to SportingLife.ng

The German sent former Eagles striker Victor Agali to monitor Eagles and SC Paderborn 07 left back Jamilu Collins who played for his club at home to Holstein Kiel in the German 2nd Bundesliga on Thursday night.

The Eagles handler considered Collins as a very important member of the team a reason why he mandated the Eagles Scout Agali who is currently studying a diploma course in Germany to monitor the defender’s performance for him in the match which he did.

Samuel Kalu in action for Bordeaux

Speaking about the left back, the Franco-German football tactician revealed, “Collins is okay and not injured, he will play on Friday against Holstein Kiel. Victor Agali is in Germany for his diploma and will watch the match”, Rohr stated.

The Eagles handler however arrived Lagos, Nigeria on Friday night to commence final preparations for the all important 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.

Super Eagles duo to wear special shirts in the premier league this weekend

Super Eagles duo of Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, along with fellow Leicester City teammates will wear special shirts with the name of late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s written on them when they tackle Burnley this weekend in the premier league.

It will Leicester’s first home league match since the death of Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium on October 27.

As part of activities to honour Srivaddhanaprabha who died along with four others, the club will play a special video before the game while fans have also planned a tribute march.

Scarves, pin badges, clap banners, and a special matchday programme as commemorative gifts, will also be presented to supporters.

“The Srivaddhanaprabha family and everyone at Leicester City Football Club have been deeply moved by the remarkable volume of generous and thoughtful tributes left at King Power Stadium,” the club said in a statement.

Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho wins the ball off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the area leading to his side’s first goal

“The support of our fans, our community, and the football world during this darkest of weeks will never be forgotten.”

Tribute T-shirts will be worn by the players during their warm-up and their match kit will bear Srivaddhanaprabha’s name for the first half.

During the second half, the Foxes’ shirts will bear an embroidered poppy symbol in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, with a two-minute silence to be held before kick-off. The team just returned from Thailand where they attended his funeral.

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Chinese Club confirm Mikel to miss rest the season due to injury

Chinese Super League (CSL) side, Tianjin Teda have announced that Mikel John Obi has been ruled out for the remainder of the Chinese Super League season after picking up a muscle injury in training.

The Super Eagles skipper was not part of Tuesday’s training ahead of Wednesday’s home league match against Dalian Dalian Yifang. Rather Mikel jogged on the sidelines which gave the impression that he is not fully fit.

The injury will come as a big blow for Tianjin coach Uli Stielike who will no doubt miss the services of the experienced midfielder. Tianjin are desperately seeking for a win having gone their last 11 matches without a win.

We are in a difficult situation right now. We know the importance of the remaining matches. I’m solidly behind the team and I believe the guys will do the job on the pitch and ensure we remain in the top flight,” Mikel said.

Mikel has featured in 18 league matches this season, scoring two goals and also setting up another two. He has, however, had physical and fitness issues since returning from the World Cup and has been limited to just 7 appearances compared to the 11 he featured in before the World Cup.

Tianjin is currently 15th on the 16 log table with 29 points from 28 points, level on points with Chongqing who currently occupy the 14th position on the table.

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Lokosa to receive Eunisell Boot in Lagos

Kano Pillars forward and Nigerian International, Junior Lokosa, will on Thursday, November 8, receive the inaugural Eunisell Boot Award, in Lagos.
Instituted by leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company, Eunisell, the award celebrates the Highest Goal Scorer in the Nigerian domestic top flight.
With the award, Eunisell has created a milestone in Nigerian football.
Speaking on the award, Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga said: “Eunisell is passionate about Nigerian football. We believe Nigerian players deserve to be celebrated.
“Our objective is to reward those who go beyond the ordinary to excel. We are proud of Junior Lokosa”.
Lokosa scored 19 goals to finish as topscorer during the 2017/18 season.
The Eunisell Boot, which is the biggest in the domestic league seeks to make players more competitive and boost the profile of the domestic league.
With each goal valued at N200,000 by Eunisell, Lokosa will receive the sum of N3.8million and a special trophy.
Lokosa was named in Nigeria’s provinsional squad for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup by Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr.

Every reveals how he helped Iwobi become a star and some details will surprise you

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has explained the steps he took to develop Super Eagles midfielder, Alex iwobi this season.

The 22-year-old has been in a superlative form for the Gunners this season and was voted man-of-the-match in against Leicester City two weeks ago.

He is very young and I think he played here with improving moments in his career. We need to also push him more to improve because he has the quality and the capacity.

The first thing is with the behaviour in training, finding ways to improve every day. And then, also to give him what he can improve tactically, individually.

I think a lot of it is confidence, every player needs confidence. Not only with playing but when we are together and we are here. I want every player to feel this confidence but also with a very big demand from us and on himself also to work every day.

Emery further added that he has challenged Iwobi to keep improving his game despite the accolades that he has been receiving.

It’s try, try, try and try. If you are doing a good action individually or not, continue with the confidence to try another, to try again,” Emery added.

After that, good commitment every day, good behaviour every day and feel together with your team and respect decisions and respect your teammates.

There is only one thing I know, work. You are working, you are winning this confidence every day, then your quality is there to be better in each match.”

The Spaniard also hailed the family atmosphere in the team which has been the key in the side’s impressive performance this season.

I think before I came here, Arsenal was already one family. Maybe we needed to improve or to develop some things differently with the team and with the club, but I think this club is very big and was a big family also before I came here,”he disclosed.

“We are doing more combinations to do more to be stronger with the relationship between us. The family is very important for us, for every player to feel important and enjoy.” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.

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Eagles duo travel with Leicester by road to Wales for Cardiff tie

Super Eagles duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi along with their Leicester teammates will travel by road for their Premier League match away to Cardiff and not by air after the death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

The team who are still in a state of shock believe it would be insensitive for the players and officials to travel by air after the unfortunate incident that claimed the life of the 60-year-old along with four others.

Towards this end, the management have made arrangements to convey the entire team with the official coach for the three hour journey.

Srivaddhanaprabha died after the team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, in which Ndidi scored the equaliser in the home tie.

Saturday’s match would be the first game for the Foxes with players expected to wear black armbands and a minute silence observed before kick off in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha who was adjudged the fifth richest man in his native country Thailand by Forbes magazine.

Recalled that Leicester’s midweek game against Southampton in the Carabao cup had to be postponed after Srivaddhanaprabha’s death was confirmed by the club.

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Super Eagles midfielder set to return to action

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, could be available for selection for English Championship side Stoke City in Saturday’s clash against Middlesborough.

Potters manager, Gary Rowett provided an insight on the fitness level of the Nigerian while speaking to newsmen on Thursday ahead of the match. Etebo has been on the sidelines since returning from the international break which has made him miss three matches.

“We had a couple of knocks and niggles this week, but I will be keeping my cards close to my chest until kick-off,” Rowett told reporters on Thursday.

“There are some who are close like Sam Clucas and Peter Etebo, but what we have to do is make sure we don’t bring them back too early and put them at any risk.

“There are decisions I am going to make and there are situations that I will have to monitor over the next 24, 48 hours,” disclosed Stoke manager Gary Rowett.

Etebo who has been injured has made 11 appearances for Stoke City since joining from La Liga side Las Palmas this season.

He has been named in Nigeria’s squad for its decisive fixture against South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and the friendly against the Cranes of Uganda.

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Nigerian striker eyes Cup glory in Israel

Nigerian striker, Peter Onyekachi has set his sights on helping Hapoel Kfar Saba achieve success in the Israeli Cup this season.

The former Enyimba striker grabbed his fifth goal of the season when he scored the winner in the 2-0 away victory against Maccabi Bnei Raina to power his side into the round of 16 and he is confident of a good finish at the end of the competition.

He said: “I feel greet scoring for my team and helping them qualify for the next round.

“I will be delighted if at the end, we are able to win the competition for our fans. They have received me very well and I will keep working hard to make them happy.”

Onyekachi will be expected to lead the line against Hapoel Rishon on Friday as Hapoel Kfar Saba look to go top of the Liga Leumit table.

“We are enjoying a good run so far this season and I hope it continues against (Hapoel) Rishon. Since I returned from injury, I’ve been going strong and the season is going well for the team.”

Hapoel Kfar Saba are currently placed second on the Liga Leumit table with 21points, just two adrift leaders Hapoel Katamon after 10 matches so far this season.