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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.

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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.

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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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NWFL Premiership: Naija Ratels Embark On Pre-Season Tour Of Lagos, Osogbo, Akure And Lokoja



Newly promoted NWFL Premiership side, Naija Ratels will tour the South-West of Nigeria with matches in Lagos, Osogbo, Akure and Lokoja.

The 2021 NWFL Championship winners have confirmed 12 games as part of their preparation for the Flying Officers Pre-Season Championship and the start of the new NWFL Premiership season.

The Abuja based side will take on Dannaz Ladies on the 2nd of August at the Agege Stadium, as part of their rigorous Pre-Season schedule, then battle Eko Football Women Selected side on the 3rd of August at the same venue.

The Ratels will then split the squad in two when they move to the National Stadium, Surulere (Legacy Pitch) On the 4th of August, to play against FC Robo Queens and Oasis Ladies FC, in the morning and evening respectively.

After the matches in Lagos, the Bankole Olowookere’s Ladies will continue preparation with a trip to Osogbo, where they will face Osun Babes FC on the 5th of August at the Osogbo City Stadium, then travel to Akure on the 6th of August to keep a date with Sunshine Queens, before finally ending the tour in Lokoja on the 7th of August against Confluence Queens.

The Head Coach of the side, Bankole Olowookere highlighted the reasons behind the Pre-Season tour, noting that it was necessary for the team to play at different venues so as to quickly adapt to the system of the NWFL Premiership.

“It is important for us to go on this Pre-Season tour, so that the players can all adapt to the various footballing atmosphere. Our aim is to prepare adequately enough and continue to strengthen the squad for future challenges.

“As we speak now, the team is set and all the players are in Lagos, getting prepared for training, before we start out with some matches, starting from the 2nd of August.

Naija Ratels will be participating in the NWFL Premiership for the first time in the 2022 NWFL Premiership season and are currently the Champions of the second tier league, the NWFL Championship.

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Osetoba Reaffirms Commitment To Sports Development In Ekiti



Chairman Ekiti State Sports Council, Hon. Mrs Olusola Osetoba has restated her commitment to develop sports in Ekiti State.

Osetoba disclosed this during the week in her office at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti.

She stressed the sports remains a unifying factor in the country and big business globally.

The Emure-born astute sports administrator said building a sports culture among the people in Ekiti has been one of her objective since she came into office in April.

“Sports touches people’s live in many different ways across the globe and that is what I want to build in Ekiti,” said Osetoba.

“I will continue to encourage participation in sports by providing more opportunities for people to get involved in my own ways. “I’m trying to expand our sports projects and programed, training, coaching and other initiatives,” said Osetoba.

“Since I came into office, have been trying to work along side other government agencies, the non-governmental organization (NGO’s) and charities in order to promote sporting participation in from the grassroots (communities) and to implement government initiatives.

“I have adopted an effective partnership and networking with a wide range of community groups as a model to develop sports in Ekiti to gradually progress from the grassroots right up until elite and world class.”

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Amunike Endorses Gulf United Scholarship Showcase in Nigeria



Barely 10 days to Gulf United maiden edition of African football talent hunt in Nigeria, Super Eagles legend and former coach of Tanzanian national team Emmanuel Amunike has endorsed the scholarship showcase.

The event which is expected to kick-off in two major cities in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos from the 6th of August at the Area 3 football pitch has already enjoyed many endorsements from prominent personalities like Bitrus Bewarang, Nduka Ugbade and popular Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo.

Speaking to coach Marcellinus Anyanwu, the one time African Footballer of the year winner in 1994 Amunike said:

“What you are bringing in Nigeria is a wonderful project, I admire the confident you have built among the lads in Nigeria. I have no doubt that the scholarship program will be a huge opportunity for talented players to play and study in Canada and USA.

Your are bringing great and good things to Nigeria my brother.”

Amunike was the first Nigerian to play for Barcelona when he was signed by the club in 1996. He spent four years at the club and won the Copa del Rey in the 1996/1997 season.

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