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La Liga/NPFL U15 Tournament Set To Get Underway



Enugu State Commissioner for Youth Andre Sports, Hon. Manfred Nzekwe has assured Nigeria Football Federation/ League Management Company delegation in the State of the readiness of the State to host a hitch-free U-15 La Liga/NPFL, football tournament in the Coal City State.               
Speaking while receiving officials of Nigeria Football Federation / League Management Company, Enugu State Football Association Officials and the Local Organizing Committee members, in his office, Tuesday, Commissioner Manfred Nzekwe, commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for deeming Enugu State capable of hosting such important football tournament.           
He assured that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, by accepting to host the tournament, the state government will put everything in place to guarantee the success of the tournament adding that the tournament will be the best organized tournament in Nigeria.

He further assured that every relevant stakeholder will be brought on board to ensure a successful tournament.               

In his speech, the leader of the delegation and General Coordinator Youth League, of the Nigeria Football Federation/ League Management Company, Dr. Sunny Obaseki, informed the Commissioner that U-15 La Liga/NPFL tournament will commence from Monday, 12th April, as arrival date, while kick- off will commence on Thursday, 15th April, with the final coming up on May 2, 2021.             

He requested for accommodation of visiting teams and vehicles for the visiting Local Organizing Committee members, adding that the team will work in synergy with other stakeholders to ensure the success of the tournament.               

In his statement, the Chairman Enugu State Football Association Barrister Tony Ugwu, assured that all the necessary logistics required for the Championship will be provided by the state Football Association and the organizing committee.

The 20 teams participating in the top flight of Nigeria league, NPFL are expected to send their U-15 teams to the mid-season tourney while Katsina United U-15 team is the defending champion of the tournament.

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Nigerian Players Scorecard: Moffi, Chukwueze And Nwankwo Amongst Top Performers



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Hope Ejairu monitored how Nigerian players fared over the weekend across various European leagues.
21-year-old forward Terem Moffi displayed a terrific performance by scoring a hattrick in Lorient’s 4-1 win over Bordeaux at home. He was unplayable until he was subbed off for Pierre-Yves Hamel in the 85th minutes. Moffi has now scored 14 goals in the French Ligue 1 this season.
In the same championship, Moses Simon was involved in Nantes’ game against Strasbourg. His laudable impact in the tie saw him provide an assist for Ludovic Blas to score Nantes’ second goal. Simon was on the winning side as they defeated Strasbourg 2-1 away from home. He came off for Marcus Regis Coco in the 80th minute.
Samuel Chukwueze started on a high as he opened the scoring for Villarreal in the 26th minute by dribbling past  Ter Stegen before slotting the ball into the back of the net after receiving a pass from Pau Torres. His runs and dribbling skills were a threat to Barcelona’s backline for the most part of the game, though Villarreal lost 2-1 at home. He was replaced by Yeremi Pino in the 89th minute.
Simy Nwankwo continued his impressive run of form in the Italian Serie A in a seven-goal thriller. He scored from an open play in the 42nd minutes before converting a spot-kick in the 69th minutes. His brace was crucial to Crotone’s 4-3 win over Parma at home.
Shot-stopper Maduka Okoye was in goal for Sparta Rotterdam as they host VVV-Venlo in the Eredivisie. Okoye was commanding and also kept a clean sheet as Sparta Rotterdam defeated VVV-Venlo 2 nil at home.
Tyronne Ebuehi played for FC Twente in their game against Utrecht. Ebuehi’s input could not salvage a point for his team, hence they lost 2-1 at home to the visitors.
In the English Championship, William Troost-Ekong was instrumental and impressive in his defensive role for Watford as they defeated Millwall 1-0 at home. Ekong, alongside his fellow compatriots Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru, will be playing in the English top-flight with Watford next season after they gained promotion back to the Premier League with a win.
John Obi Mikel tasted 90 minutes of action for Stoke City against Nottingham Forest. Mikel played a pivotal role by protecting the Potters’ defence, however, the tie ended one-goal apiece.
Chidozie Awaziem featured for Boavista in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. His defensive prowess was not enough, thus they lost 1 nil at home to Maritimo. He was later substituted for Yanis Hamache in the 66 minutes.
Former Chelsea player Victor Moses was present in action for Spartak Moscow in the Russia Premier League. Moses was efficient and helped his team to secure a 1 nil win over CSKA Moscow. Chidera Ejuke was also involved for CSKA Moscow when he came on for IIya Shkurin in the 82nd minutes.
Sensational midfielder Joe Aribo dictated play for Rangers in their Scottish Cup encounter with St. Johnstone. Aribo was magnificent with his passes & dribbles and provided the assist for James Tavernier to give his side the lead in the 117th minutes. The game eventually ended 1-1 after extra time but Rangers lost 4-2 on penalties.
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Transfer Latest: Mbappe Looking For House In Madrid





PSG star Kylian Mbappe has started looking for a house in Madrid as speculation about his move to Real Madrid continues to gather pace, reports.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Paris following his mind-blowing performances for the club in the Ligue 1 and in the Uefa Champions League.

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He is yet to commit his long-term future to the club his contract is set to run out in the summer of 2022.

According to Goal, The World Cup winner has started house hunting in the Spanish capital even though there is no suggestion that he has made up his mind about moving to Real Madrid.

He has mandated a member of his entourage to get a suitable residence.

READ MORE: Messi Excited To Win First Copa Del Rey As Captain

Florentino Perez showered praises on Kylian Mbappe when he was asked about Real Madrid interest in the young star.

“My answer? I say: don’t worry… the truth is that he is a good player, yes.

“I’ve never talked to Mbappe. At least up to now… I don’t know what’s going to happen to his contract with PSG.”

READ MORE: Ndidi Asks Iheanacho To ‘Cut Soap’ For Him After Scoring Against Southampton (Video)

Mbappe played a pivotal role as PSG eliminated European powerhouses, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Uefa Champions League to book a semi-final place with Manchester City.

He has scored 35 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for PSG this season.



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Nigerian Players Scorecard: Onuachu, Nwankwo And Iheanacho Paint Europe With Goals



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By Hope Ejairu


The matches played across Europe over the weekend saw Nigerian players up the ante for their club side, reports.

In the Spanish LaLiga, Samuel Chukwueze produced a scintillating performance for the yellow submarines by scoring a brace as they humiliated Levante 5-1 away from home. He was substituted for Yeremi Pino in the 81st minute.

Terem Moffi was outstanding in Lorient’s tie against Marseille. He scored two goals which came in the 19th and 70th minute respectively though, it was not enough as his side lost 3-2 at home to Marseille in the French Ligue 1. He was replaced by Adrian Grbic in the 83rd minutes.

READ MORE: Ndidi Asks Iheanacho To ‘Cut Soap’ For Him After Scoring Against Southampton (Video)

Red-hot Paul Onuachu opened the scoring for Genk in the 22nd minutes and scored his second via penalty in the 64th minutes to give his side a 2 nil lead but was overturned by Royal Antwerp FC as they won 3-2 at home. Onuachu has now scored 30 goals in 35 games for Genk this season.

Simy Nwankwo converted a spot kick for Crotone in the 68th minutes, however it couldn’t earn his side a good result as they lost 2-1 to Udinese at home in the Serie A. He has now registered 17 goals for Crotone in the league this season.

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Kelechi Iheanacho, popularly called ‘Seniorman Kelz’ continued in his blistering form. He scored the only goal in the FA Cup Semi-final tie against Southampton to send Leicester City into the final for the first time in 50 years. Iheanacho has amassed 10 goals in his last 7 games. His compatriot, Wilfried Ndidi was also involved in the entire minutes, shielding the Foxes’ backline with quality tackles and interceptions.

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22 year-old striker, Josh Maja scored from the penalty spot for Fulham in the 59th minutes, after a foul on Mario Lemina by Gabriel Megalhaes. Edward Nketiah’s goal in the 90th minutes secured a point for the gunners.

Victor Osimhen featured for Napoli in the tough tie against Inter Milan. His efforts to score did not come to fruition, and was substituted for Dries Mertens in the 74th minutes. The game ended 1-1.

In the Scottish Cup, Joe Aribo took part in the entire game. His presence in the midfield, coupled with his dribbling skills and key passes was instrumental to Rangers’ 2 nil win over Celtic.

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Zaidu Sanusi also played for 80 minutes in Porto’s 1 nil slim victory over Nacional away from home in the Primeira Liga in Portugal. He was solid defensively and helped in the team’s build-up on the left-wing of the attack whenever they bumped forward.

Moses Simon tasted 66 minutes of action for Nantes, but his contribution was not enough as they lost 2-1 at home to Lyon.

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The duo of Emmanuel Dennis and Kingsley Ehizibue played for FC Koln against Bayern Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga. The former was involved in the entire 90 minutes, while the latter played for 70 minutes before being substituted for Benno Schmitz. Though their performances could not muster a point for their side as they lost 3 nil to Bayern Leverkusen.

Far away in Russia, Victor Moses featured all through the game for Spartak Moscow against FC Ufa. His attacking prowess didn’t yield anything as his side lost 3 nil at home.

READ MORE: Why I Turned Down Mourinho To Join Manchester United – Ighalo

In the English Championship, the duo of William Troost-Ekong and Isaac Success were involved in Watford’s game against Luton Town. Ekong saw the entire action, while Success came in for Philip Zinckernagel in the 46th minutes. Though, Luton Town got the better of Watford in a 1-0 win.

Midfield Maestro, John Obi Mikel was available in the heart of Stoke City’s midfield against Preston North End. He protected his side’s defence as the tie ended in a stalemate.

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