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Chelsea’s Nigerian star Moses resumes training – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Chelsea‘s Victor Moses (L) vies for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (R)

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 09:00


Nigerian international Victor Moses has resumed training with his Chelsea teammates.

The defender-cum-midfielder spent the last five weeks undergoing rehabilitation due to the hamstring problem he suffered against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed that Moses has progressed well following the team’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in an English Premier League game on Saturday.

“Today the starting 11 was the same as against United,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.

“We played well in that game and we did again today but don’t forget we have to play a lot of games in a few days, so I need all of my players.

”Victor Moses is progressing well and I hope to have him back from tomorrow, for the game after Qarabag,” he added.

“It’s important to have all the senior players in good form without injuries.”

Moses, 25, has made six league appearances for the Blues this season.



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Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr is monitoring Vincent Enyeama’s progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 13:30


Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr will not rush goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama back into the national team set up.

According to the Super Eagles communications boss, Toyin Ibitoye, the coach is aware that Enyeama is back in action for his French club Lille OSC.

Rohr has never hidden his love for the ex-Super Eagles number one and skipper who only recently returned from a six months injury absence.

Ibitoye said the coach is excited with the news, but he is monitoring the keeper’s situation at club level.

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”Rohr is aware that Enyeama is back in training, and not only that he is excited but he won’t be rushed back into the team. Rohr is monitoring his situation at Lille,“ Ibitoye said to ownGoalNigeria.

Enyeama is back in training with Lille, but is yet to play a game this season after coach Marcelo Bielsa axed him alongside 10 others from his first team upon his appointment as coach.

Bielsa brought in two new goalkeepers, but their poor form has made the coach likely to hand a reprieve to Enyeama.

The French Ligue1 outfit is struggling to win games and is languishing at number 19 in the 20-team league.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Victor Moses – Chelsea Legend: Blues miss Nigerian ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal‘s Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 10:11


Chelsea have continued to struggle without Victor Moses, with the London club falling to a 3-0 loss away to Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Moses, who is nearing a return from injury, has been massively missed by the Blues with Antonio Conte’s men to now turn their attention to their upcoming fixture against Manchester United this weekend.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard commented on Moses’ impact at Stamford Bridge and believes that the club have missed the Nigeria international.

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“Moses is a miss,” Lampard said on BT Sport when asked about the 26-year-old’s impact.

“You wouldn’t of thought that 18 months ago with what he’s given them in the right-wing back position.

“He [Conte] is covering it with Cesar Azpilicueta, he’s covering it with Davide Zappacosta but it’s affecting the whole back five.

“And I think he will want to get back to knowing what his three is and working on it through the week.

“The players are going to have to react because I don’t think Conte is a manager that will change his way. He might change players in the team but they’ll have to work,” the former Chelsea midfielder concluded.



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Gernot Rohr reveals how he dealt with Nigerian media – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:00


Nigerian senior team coach Gernot Rohr has revealed how he avoided becoming a victim of the Nigerian media.

He says media pressure is intense in the country, revealing he was crucified by the media when he first took over as the Super Eagles coach over a year ago.

Speaking to L’equipe, the Franco-German mentor revealed he initially struggled to keep up with the demands of the Nigerian media.

However, he said he was able to conquer the fear and he now has a healthy relationship with the members of the fourth estate.

”I’m the boss, I have full powers because I won straight away, so my hands became free,” he said.

”But the media pressure is immense in Nigeria. The press are ever present. At first I was careful not to fall into one of the cracks of the media but later I had no such problem.”

Rohr will lead his men to their final Group B match of the qualifiers against Algeria before facing Argentina in Russia in an international friendly next month.



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Nigerian Moses Simon nets brace in Gent’s midweek win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 17:00


Nigerian attacker Moses Simon inspired KAA Gent to a 3-0 win over AS Eupen in Belgian top flight football on Tuesday night.

The Super Eagles winger scored two penalties – in the 36th and 38th minutes – to round off the scoring for Gent at their GHELAMCO-Arena.

The hosts had earlier opened the scoring through Japan’s Yuya Kubo, who was set-up by Nigerian Samuel Kalu.

Gent also featured Ghana’s Nana Asare, Tunisian Dylan Bronn and another Nigerian, Anderson Esiti, in an African-heavy line-up.

Simon has now scored three goals in 10 league appearances, while Kalu has also hit the back of the net three times from his nine appearances.

Gent are placed 12th on the Belgian top flight table with 13 points from 12 matches.



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Young Nigerian duo won’t make the cut for Man United’s League Cup clash


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 17:00


The young Nigerian duo of Tosin Kehinde and Matthew Olosunde will not be included in Manchester United’s squad for their League Cup clash against Swansea City tonight.

The 19-year-old Kehinde has impressed for United’s U-23 team so far this season, but having played a full match against Liverpool on Monday night he will not be called up to Jose Mourinho’s first team.

Another set to miss the cut is American youth international Olosunde, who is still recovering from an injury he picked up against Derby County in September.

For hosts Swansea, striker Tammy Abraham is likely to lead the line because Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The match at Liberty Stadium in South Wales will kick-off at 20h45 CAT.



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Kashimawo Laloko lambastes Nigerian Football Federation – Nigeria


Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 13:00

Following the Nigerian Football Federation’s announcement of Randy Waldrum as the new Women’s Technical Adviser, the ex-technical Director of the NFF, Kashimawo Laloko, has lamented the decision.

Laloko said the appointment of a foreign adviser for the Super Falcons is a disservice to coach Florence Omagbemi.

The NFF announced the selection of American Waldrum on Thursday as the new technical adviser of the Super Falcons.

Before then, the football house had told the former coaches of the team, led by Omagbemi, to re-apply if they were still interested in their positions.

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According to the Guardian website in Nigeria, Laloko said what the NFF did to Omagbemi was unjust and added that it was punishment for her perceived role in the protest over bonuses and match allowances by the Falcons.

They protested for monies following their victory at the 10th African Women Nations Cup in Cameroon last year.

“Our people have suspicious ways of doing things. Omagbami was in the Super Falcons as a player for a very long time,” laments Laloko.

“I knew her back then with Jegede Babes.

“If you were asking people to reapply, it is the politics of the show that they want to play.

“This lady did a lot for this nation both as a player and a coach. Even after winning the trophy in Cameroun they still asked her to go.

“I think they simply wanted to find a way to eliminate her after the players’ demands.”



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Nigerian trio set for new boss in Leicester – Premier League 2017/2018


Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:00


The Nigerian trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa will welcome a new boss at the helm of Leicester City, following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday.

The news followed the club’s 1-1 draw to West Brom at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes lingering in the relegation zone following a slow start to the campaign.

Both Ndidi and Iheanacho started the draw against the Baggies, with the latter having struggled since his big money switch from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old’s struggles have resulted in constant trolling by especially West Ham United fans, who stated their apparent delight in the Hammers passing on signing the forward.

It will be interesting to see how Shakespeare’s successor uses Iheanacho with Islam Slimani emerging from the bench with great effect against West Brom on Monday. The burly Algerian teeing up Riyad Mahrez for the equalizer.



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Nigerian keeper Francis Uzoho delights in Spanish La Liga debut – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 17:30


Following his debut for Spanish giants Deportivo La Coruna, ex-Nigerian U17 goalkeeper Francis Uzohois delighted after his debut.

Uzoho played for his club and kept a clean sheet in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Eibar as he produced four crucial saves to help Deportivo claim a point.

The 18-year-old arrived at the club from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January and said the day will not fade from his memory.

“A day that will never disappear from my memory – my debut – thanks all for the support,” he said on Twitter.

Uzoho is the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga and at 18 years, 11 months and 17 days, he becomes the second youngest player in La Liga this season.

He is behind Real Madrid‘s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi who made his debut at 18 years, 10 months and 27 days earlier this month.

Uzoho follows in the footsteps of Wilfred Agbonavbare and Peter Rufai as Nigerian goalkeepers to have played in the Spanish top flight.

After regular first-choice goalkeeper Ruben had suffered a finger injury, Deportivo boss Pepe Mel opted for the Nigerian ahead of the experienced Costel Pantilimon and was impressed by the youngster.

“A coach has to act according to the things he sees in training,” Mel said.

“He is only 18 and he can barely speak Spanish but I know what he can offer this club.”



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Nigerian Success warn on conduct by Watford manager – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Watford striker Isaac Success

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Monday Oct 16, 2017. 09:00


Nigerian international Isaac Success has been warned by Watford FC coach Marco Silva about his conduct at the club.

The promising striker was detained by police last month following an incident at a hotel in Hertfordshire, England.

“He needs to be careful – everyone needs to be careful – and know the right way,” Sliva told BBC.

“Everybody at the club knows the rules and their obligations as a professional.

“What we are talking about is one situation in September,” he added.

Success, who is nursing a knee injury, is yet to make any impact at the English Premier League club since joining Watford from Spanish side Granada in 2016.

Last season, he scored one goal from 19 games and has yet to feature for Silva in the league in the current campaign.

“We expect six to eight weeks. It’s a knee injury, a problem he had in one session here,” he explained

“It was a normal situation and looked nothing special at that moment but after examinations, the problem is bigger and now we need to wait for him.”



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Nigerian Football Federation fined US$30,000 for pitch invasion – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 12:30


The Nigerian Football Federation has been fined over US$30,000 by FIFA and were issued with a warning after their fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on September 1.

FIFA released a number of fines and disciplinary measures taken against national teams around the world for offences committed last month.

The offences were committed during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Eight African nations have been found guilty for various offences.

Gabon fielded an ineligible player, Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended in their 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Cote d’Ivoire on September 2.

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FIFA released a statement that Egypt effectively escape with a fine as the main sanction for the offence is to forfeit the match 3-0.

The Democratic Republic of Congo were also given a warning, but forced to pay FIFA a fine of around US$20,000, for incidents during their match against Tunisia on September 5.

Looking at the Southern part of the continent, Zambia were ordered to pay US$7,000 after their fans threw objects when they played Algeria in Lusaka.

On the other hand, South Africa’s Erick Mulomowandau Mathoho had his suspension for a straight red card against Cape Verde increased from one match to two and also fined US$5,000.

Morocco was handed a punishment of US$3,000 and a warning after spectators whistled during the national anthem ahead of their match against Mali in Rabat.

Furthermore, Burkina Faso and Senegal received issued warnings for delayed kick-offs in their two matches against each other in September 2 and 5.



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Nigerian striker Success staying put at Watford FC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 13:00


Watford FC’s Nigerian international Isaac Success will not be leaving the English Premier League (EPL) despite his lack of game time this season.

The 21-year-old striker, who joined Watford from Spanish outfit Granada last year, is yet to feature in Watford’s first two league games of the season.

The English club’s head coach Marco Silva has since revealed why Success has not been getting some game time.

“This situation: He’s a young boy and boy who needs to adapt to this football and to our ideas as well,” Silva said on Own Goal Nigeria.

“We tried to put that to him as soon as possible because he’s one player we believe in as a project – as a Watford project.

“Until now I don’t have a decision. He stays with us, he works hard and tried to find his space in the team. It’s what I want him to do,” he added.

“It surprises me, this. Until now I haven’t spoken with anybody about the situation.”

Success made 19 league appearances for Watford during the 2016/17 campaign and he netted once in the process under coach Walter Mazzarri.

Prior to that season he had netted six goals in 30 Spanish La Liga matches for Granada during the 2015/16 campaign.



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English FA deny Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi his work permit – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 12:00


Latest information from England is that the English Football Association has denied handing Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi his work permit.

The Super Eagles midfielder has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City.

According to the BBC website, Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club, Trabzonspor.

However, the FA has decided against handing the player a work permit for Onazi last week and an appeal has reportedly been made.

The appeal made by the club was also rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigerian national team.

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Onazi has featured 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as qualifying and reaching the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

However, it is mentioned that Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the past two editions of the CAF African Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit to play in the English Championship.

Despite appearing in over 80% of the national team games, Onazi failed to earn a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.



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Birmingham want Ghanaian Acquah and Nigerian Onazi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Afriyie Acquah in training with Sampdoria.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 15:00


English Championship outfit Birmingham City FC are confident of signing Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi from Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.

This has been confirmed by City manager Harry Redknapp when speaking to Sky Sports News on Thursday.

The latest reports have also indicated that City have also made a bid for Italian Serie A club Torino’s Afriyie Acquah.

Ghana international Acquah and Onazi are both central midfielders. English tactician Redknapp is reportedly preferring Onazi over Acquah.

“You’ve got to see what you can get really” Redknapp said.

“If you can get them both you’ve got to make a decision, if you can only get one you take him.

“But if you can’t get any…you just pray…I don’t know where you go, but we’re trying to get them in.”

Onazi, who is 24-years-old, made 32 league appearances for Trabzonspor last season and he scored two goals in the process.

Acquah featured in 20 league matches for Torino last season and the 25-year-old found the back of the net twice.



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Nigerian striker Bazee set for an operation


Hanover’s Martin Harnik (L) celebrates with teammates Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee (C) and Oliver Sorg after scoring

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 05, 2017. 14:00


German club Hannover 96 have announced that Nigeria international Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee will undergo an operation on his injured thigh.

The promising striker has suffered a tendon rupture in the rear left thigh according to Hannover’s official website.

A club statement read: “Bitter Diagnosis for Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee: The 20-year-old, who had to be replaced yesterday after an offensive in the test match against the 1. FC Germania Egestorf / Langreder, has suffered a tendon rupture in the rear left thigh.

“Injury is treated conservatively

This was the result of today’s investigations with our team doctors Dr. Axel Partenheimer and Dr. Felix Hessel. The duo could exclude a muscle injury. Sarenren Bazee will go around for an operation. The injury is to be treated conservatively. We wish Noah fast recovery and good recovery.”

As a result, Bazee could miss Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon which will take place on 31 August and 4 September 2017.

Hannover will take on Mainz 05 in their first 2017/18 Bundesliga match on 19 August 2017.



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Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho joins Leicester City – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 16:00



Latest information surrounding the future of Nigeria and Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho is that he has joined Leicester City.

Reports from England reveal that the player has completed a £25 million move from City to the Foxes after passing a medical.

According to sources close to KweseESPN, the fee makes the Super Eagles star the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January.

Meanwhile, the move is the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Egyptian international, Mohamed Salah’s £34.3m move from Italian Serie A side, AS Roma to Liverpool.

Although the move was delayed by legal issues over image rights with his former agents, sources close to the player confirmed to KweséESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.

However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24-48 hours as the club wants to tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.

It is also mentioned that the Citizens have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which is reported to be in the region of £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.



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Nigerian starlet Awoniyi leaves Liverpool on loan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 20:00


English giants Liverpool FC have sent out Nigeria youth international Taiwo Awoniyi on another season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old striker has joined Belgian First Division A side Royal Excel Mouscron ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Awoniyi spent the last two campaigns with German side FSV Frankfurt and Dutch outfit N.E.C on loan from the Reds.

Liverpool confirmed on their official website that the Nigeria Under-23 star had sealed his move to Mouscron.

A club statement read: “Taiwo Awoniyi will spend the duration of the 2017-18 season on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron.

“The striker, who signed for Liverpool in August 2015, joins up with the Belgian side following the beginning of their league campaign on Sunday.

“Awoniyi spent last term with NEC Nijmegen, for whom he scored three goals, having previously embarked on a loan stay at FSV Frankfurt in Germany.”

The marksman made 18 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for N.E.C and he netted twice in the process.



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Nigerian Football federation president says African football will grow


Embattled NFF president Amaju Pinnick

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 09:00


Nigerian Football federation’s president Amaju Pinnick says changes in the CAF African Cup of Nations will improve the game on the continent.

Speaking to the BBC website, the NFF boss reckons the game will not suffer because there are 24 teams set to participate at the tournament.

The changes in the continental showpiece were introduced by CAF last week during a football symposium held in Morocco.

Pinnick presides over CAF’s Nations Cup Organising Committee and believes African football will be ‘redefined’ as a result of the changes, citing benefits with regard to business, infrastructure and the sport itself.

Although he believes there will be setbacks, Pinnick believes the African game can only benefit even if the tournament may suffer early on.

“At the beginning, you will see some problems but later it will start building up to the quality people know it for,” the Nigerian told BBC Sport.

“Trust me – it is not going to reduce the quality. You will now starting seeing big money for African players – massive transfers because they are now in line with the footballer calendar.

“I don’t think there is any major concern. I called nine Nigeria internationals (to check) and they said it was not an issue.

“I also asked my marketing agent who called some big African names in the Premier League and they said the same thing.”

The tournament will now be staged between June and July instead of January-February as it was the norm in previous years.



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Nigerian legend urges Rohr to recall Enyeama – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations match between Zambia and Nigeria on the 25,January 2013 at Mbombela stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar/Backpagepix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 13:00


Former Nigeria international goalkeeper Andrew Aikhuomogbe reckons there is a need for the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to recall Vincent Enyeama.

Aikhuomogobe has called for Enyeama’s return into the team as replacement for Carl Ikeme ahead of Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in September.

Ikeme, who has been Super Eagles number one goalkeeper since taking over from Enyeama has been diagnosed with leukemia last month by Wolves club doctor and remains a doubt for the team.

However, the former goalkeeper of the senior national team said Enyeama remains the only capable net minder to replace Ikeme.

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“As for me, I don’t think we have any better goalkeeper that can replace Carl Ikeme than Vincent Enyeama in the Super Eagles,” Aikhuomogbe told Soccernet.com.ng

“Besides, I was really worried when I first heard the news considering the fact that the other goalkeepers such as Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Theophilus Afelokhai, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu don’t possess Ikeme’s quality.

“At least I have watched them in goal for the team and they don’t seem to impress me.

“There is nothing wrong if we recall Enyeama considering the fact that he’s experienced and he knows the terrain very well. I believe he will be so important for us against Cameroon if Rohr invites him.”



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Nigerian striker Obiozor targets 15 goals in SA


Christian Obiozor is challenged by Davies Ukeme during the 2013 Nigeria Professional Football League Match between Rangers and Akwa United on September 18, 2013 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu ©Norbert Okolie/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 10:00


Nigeria international Christian Obiozor hopes to impress in his first season with Orlando Pirates as he targets 15 goals during the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

The tall striker recently joined the South African giants from Nigerian side Enyimba on a long-term deal.

“Pirates are like Real Madrid. It’s a club that wants to win trophies all the time. In order for you to do that, you have to give 100%,” Obiozor told the Sunday Times.

“My agent and I met with the chairman (Irvin Khoza) last week. He has a good relationship with the chairman of Enyimba (Felix Anyasi-Agwu).

“Chairman Khoza told me a lot about the club and made me aware that an Enyimba player [Onyekachi Okonkwo] once came here and played for Pirates,” he added.

The 22-year-old centre forward stated that he is aware of the expectations at Pirates, who have won the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title four times.

“A season without a trophy is sad for the players. By the grace of God this is going to be a good season for Pirates. The coach [Kjell Jonevret] gave me a word of encouragement. He talked to me as his son, saying ‘this season we need to push’ and I said ‘Ok Sir’,” he revealed.

Obiozor is eager to emulate his countryman Raphael Chukwu, who was a prolific striker for South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

“What Chukwu did for Sundowns motivates me. If I can get 15 goals this season I will be very happy for myself. By the grace of God, it will happen,” he explained.

“As a striker, when you come to a club you have to set targets. Otherwise what is the point?.”



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Orlando Pirates sign Nigerian striker Obiozor – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 10:00


South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) have beefed up their squad with the signing of Nigerian centre forward Christain Obiozor

The towering striker has been on the books of Nigerian Professsional Football League (NPFL) giants Enyimba FC and has since secured a move to South Africa.

The Buccaneers announcement his signing on their official website as they prepared for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

A club statement read: “Orlando Pirates Football Club would like to confirm the signing of Christian Obiozor.

“22-year-old joins to bolster the Buccaneers frontline ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season.

“Obiozor who hails from Emene in Nigeria played for the likes of Kano Pillars and more recently, two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba.

“Standing at 1.9m tall, Obiozor is well built for his primary role as striker but is also capable of playing on the flanks.

“He was part of the Super Eagles team that finished third at the African Nations Championship held in South Africa in 2014.

“He scored the winning goal in the third-fourth playoff against Zimbabwe in the competition.”

Obiozor, who was linked with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, has joined his countrymen James Okwuosa and Emmanuel Daniel at Pirates.

However, Okwuosa is known to be on the radar of his former club, Chippa United, who have already confirmed that they want to re-sign him from Bucs.



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Nigerian star Emenike reflects on his Olympiakos move – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 11:00


Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike has discussed his move to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus.

The Greek giants confirmed Emenike’s transfer from Turkish side Fenerbahce through a statement on their official website.

The well-travelled striker, who has played in South Africa, Turkey, Russia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and England, discussed his move on All Nigerian Soccer.

“I want to let our fans know that I am here to play and give my best for the club,” Emenike said.

”I will always give my best when I am on the pitch; for the club and its fans.”

The 30-year-old scored four goals in 16 Turkish Super Lig matches for Fenerbahce during the 2016/17 campaign.

Prior to that Emenike had spent the 2015/16 season out on loan at UAE side Al Ain and English club West Ham United from Fenerbahce.



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Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq returns to AS Roma – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 15, 2017. 17:00


Nigeria youth international Umar Sadiq has announced his return to Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

The 20-year-old striker spent the 2016/17 season out on loan at Serie A club Bologna.

During his spell at Bologna, Sadiq made only seven league appearances without netting a single goal.

“My loan spell with Bologna didn’t go too well. Injuries slowed me down,” Sadiq told Liberty Radio.

“I’m fully fit now and back at Roma. Hopefully I will travel to team up with them for pre season,” he said.

“There’s a new coach at Roma and that means a fresh start for everybody,” he added.

“I’m eager, fully fit and rearing to prove my worth to him if given the chance in pre season.”

Roma reportedly paid £2 million when they signed Sadiq from Italian Serie B side Spezia at the end of the 2015/16 season.



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