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“I Want To Play For Nigeria” – Amuneke Elvis

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By Taiwo Ibrahim

Amuneke Elvis has once again reiterated his desire to represent Nigeria at any level in an interview with Sportivation.com.ng

Elvis, who was on the books of the highly-rated Barcelona Academy, FC Bescola where he shone like a million stars scoring goals aplenty.

”I have always dreamed of playing for my beloved country and I still keep the hopes of playing for Nigeria someday and I know it won’t be long before I realise the dream by working hard and praying to be ready when the opportunity comes”.

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“I am always willing to give my best every time I have the opportunity to play football, football is my life, I work very hard to be able to make my dream come true”.

“My role model is Angel Di Maria even though we don’t play the same position, I love his style of play” Amuneke Elvis has assured his fans that he will soon announce his next club.

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Elvis Amuneke is a Nephew to former Super Eagles star Emmanuel Amuneke.

He reminds you of Former Golden Eaglets star, Taiwo Awoniyi with his ability to use his height and physique to torment opposing defenders, he is blessed with great Technical Abilities.

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Nigerian Players Scorecard: Iheanacho, Onuachu And Osimhen On Target Again

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Hope Ejairu

Nigerian players across Europe have been showing their mettle since the beginning of the 2020/2021 season and there was no exception over the weekend, Sportivatiom.com.ng reports.

The action started in the Premier League on Friday with the duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi starting for Leicester City. Iheanacho scored the Foxes’ second goal after they went four goals down. He has now amassed 11 goals in the league this season.

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Ndidi played for 63 minutes before being replaced by Ayoze Perez. Their performance was not at the optimum level as Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 4-2 to Newcastle at the King Power Stadium.

Prolific goalscorer Paul Onuachu continued in his blistering form as he opened the scoring for Genk in the 57th minutes against Club Brugge in the Belgium Jupiler League. He was subbed off for his compatriot Cyriel Dessers and the tie ended 3-0 in favour of Club Brugge.

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Victor Osimhen contributed to three goals in Napoli’s 4-1 victory over Spezia away from home. Osimhen scored a brace in the 23rd and 44th minutes respectively, and also set up Hirving Petagna for the fourth goal in the 79th minutes. He came off for Andrea Petagna in the 83rd minute. The former Lille striker has now registered 10 goals so far in the Serie A this season.

Isaac Success was in action for Watford in his first start of the season against Swansea City. Success increased his side’s tally by scoring the second goal via an assist from Marc Navarro. The game ended in a comfortable 2-0 win for Watford. Meanwhile, William Troost-Ekong was an unused substitute.

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Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel played the entire minutes for Stoke City in their game against AFC Bournemouth. Mikel was solid and contributed immensely to Stoke City’s 2-0 win away from home.

Skillful winger Moses Simon was outstanding for Nantes as they dispatched Bordeaux 3-0 at home. Simon created the assist for Randal Kolo Muani to score the third goal in the 70th minutes. He was later substituted for Marcus Regis Coco in the 81st minutes.

Terem Moffi was involved in Lorient’s 4-1 defeat to Lyon. Moffi’s attacking prowess did not yield much as he fired blank. He came off for Pierre-Yves Hamel in the 72nd minutes.

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In the Eredivisie, Tyronne Ebuehi featured all through the game for FC Twente against Heracles. Ebuehi’s defensive input coupled with his contribution going forward earned his side a point as the game ended one all.

Still, in the same championship, Maduka Okoye was in between the sticks for Sparta Rotterdam. Okoye kept a clean sheet as Sparta Rotterdam put three unreplied goals past Vitesse at home.

Chidozie Awaziem was solid in defence for Boavista in their home game against Tondela in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Awaziem held his own all through the encounter, though his team conceded a goal as the tie ended 1-1.

It was a bad day in the office for Simy Nwankwo. His team, Crotone were whitewashed 5-0 by AS Roma.

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Semi Ajayi’s impact was not enough to muster a point for West Bromwich Albion as they lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Kingsley Ehizibue tasted a bit of action for FC Koln as he was subbed on for Salih Oezcan in the 76th minutes. His late introduction into the game could not alter the scoreline as they were defeated 4-1 by Freiburg.

Henry Onyekuru had 63rd minute under his belt for Galatasary. Onyekuru dazzled through the Besiktas defence a couple of times before being replaced by Muhammed Akturkoglu. Galatasary clinched a 3-1 victory over Besiktas at home.

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Oshoala Inspired Me To Pursue A Career In Football, Says Olawale

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By Hope Ejairu

 

Ifadele Olawale has revealed that Super Falcons and Barcelona Femeni forward Asisat Oshoala inspired her to pursue a career in football, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

Olawale is a female footballer and has always been a football aficionado but her quest of becoming a footballer started when she started playing street football in 2010.

“It always used to be about me playing street football with males and females in my street but watching Asisat Oshoala play and doing so greatly inspired me a lot”, Olawale told sportivation.com.ng in an exclusive interview.

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She plays for the Bravehearts Ladies Academy, a club based in the capital city of Edo State. The right-winger joined the club a few months ago when she gained admission into the University of Benin (UNIBEN) to study Fisheries.

“So I said to myself I need to do better, that is why I decided to join a team when I gained admission into the university. That way, I can learn a lot and become better”, Olawale said.

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She is a skillful right-winger that is adamant about improving every aspect of her game with the help of the team manager, Enoma Innocent Omonuwa.

Amidst being a footballer and student, Olawale is also a fashion designer who specializes in female wear, even though she has ideas as regards male wear.

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“I make clothes on weekends, while during the week I go for lectures. I read at night, then on Sunday I go for training sessions”, Olawale said when speaking on how she combines the three activities.

She is training tirelessly and looking forward to participating in her first tournament for the Bravehearts Ladies Academy.

Olawale also disclosed that she would like to follow the footsteps of Asisat Oshoala in the near future by playing for the Super Falcons and in Europe.

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Naija Ratels Paulina Ali Reveals Key Moments On Her Path To Becoming Captain

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Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side Naija Ratels Captain Paulina Ali has shown real character as the leader of the team ever since she was made captain over two years ago, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The charismatic defender recently revealed how she started the round leather game as a kid and how her parents never supported her in the beginning.

The young player believes that she has grown as a leader and player in Naija Ratels and owes the club a lot of responsibilities, reasons why she never left the club, despite receiving offers from some of the biggest teams in the NWFL Premiership.

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“For me, Football is the only thing that makes me happy. Football is life and is glad I can do what I love doing here at Naija Ratels.

“I started out with volleyball and was very good at it, until one of my teachers at Padopads Secondary School, Makurdi convinced me to start playing soccer, probably because of my height. I fell in love with the game afterwards and never looked back.

“Just like many young women footballers, my parents never supported me playing football. My mum was always against it and punish me at times. But I was determined and wanted to achieve something great with the game and that pushed me to be where I am today, even though I know i still have a long way to go.

“I must confess that I have improved tremendously, both as a person and a player under Naija Ratels and we all have a special love for the club and President, Barrister Paul Edeh, who stands as a father figure to all of us.

“We owe the club and the President a lot and that’s why we are so dedicated and determined to always win all our games.

On being Captain of a Championship team at a very young age, Paulina said it has been tasking, but yet rewarding.

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“Being a leader means you have to be always ready to lay down good examples. It has been tasking, but yet very rewarding. It has made me grow positively as a person and see life from a different perspective. It also makes me work harder on the pitch because I always want to win games and excel in everything I do and this is the same mentality I pass on to every member of the team.”

“I have told the girls that they need to do something extraordinary when the Championship season starts. We know our aim and our ability as dedicated and hardworking players will always stand out and work for us. We are focused and only aiming at setting a great record.” She concluded.

Naija Ratels will be playing in the NWFL Championship season later this year and will be aiming at gaining promotion to the elite league at their first trial.

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