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Premier League review: Aston Villa

The Villans who are 19th on the table are one of the fastest teams in the Premier League this season, but they lack the ability to finish games with the same energy.

Villa have won 25 points in 28 games. They have won 7, drawn 4 and lost 17 to many. Villa have scored a total of 34 goals and conceded 56 goals. Despite signing 7 forward players, midfielder Jack Grealish is the top goalscorer with 7 goals, clear signs of an ineffective attack set.

Villa’s personal wahala this season is lacking the ginja to finish 90 minutes. They start most games well and take the lead against top oppositions, but they get tired before the end of the game, due to the pace at which they play, opponents are able to out-play them.

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08/04/2020 11:04

 

Naija Falcons captain, Oshoala, named in a Forbes - African Top 30 list

Captain of Naija’s Super Falcons, Asisat Oshoala, is named in Forbes Africa’s Top 30 Under 30 List.

 

Oshoala’s strong form this season for Barcelona Femini, where she’s scored 26 goals in 26 matches in all competitions, becoming a key member of the Catalan side.

 

There are 8 other Nigerians on the list, the 25-year-old striker has a joint record of 4 African Best Player Awards, and is the only footballer on the list.

 

The Nigerian is not a male footballer and may not be like Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane, who are also under 30, but Oshoala is definitely in the same league with these great Africans.

 

Is Oshoala the greatest female player in Africa?

07/04/2020 15:29

Review

Premier League Review: Norwich

The Canaries are 20th on the log, despite playing beautiful football, the 2018-2019 EFL champions may just end up returning to the lower division.     


Norwich won 21 points from 29 matches. That's just poor, they won 5, drew 6 and lost 18 games. Who concedes 57 goals for 2 seasons straight? The Canaries! The did score 93 goals last year, but, could barely manage scoring 25 goals this time around. Gobe!

 

They shots missed goals like it was Covid-19. Teemu Pukki scraped through with 11 goals and Todd Cantwell bareley managed 6 goals. Norwich can still make top 4 "mathematically" if they start scoring and winning immediately the league resumes. If not, Championship is waiting for them with open arms.

 

Does Norwich deserve to be in the Premiier League?

 

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07/04/2020 10:44

 

Brazilian club offer Mikel Obi ₦734m

Former Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi, might just japa to Brazil as a first division club, Botafogo, have offered him a massive ₦734m ($2m) to play with them for 18 months.

The 32-year-old midfielder left his former club Trabzonspor on mutual consent after a rift with the club President over his concerns about football activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports from ESPN, the offer is ₦146.8m ($400,000) more than his wages at Trabzonspor.

Should Mikel Obi move to Brazil?

 

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06/04/2020 13:27

 

Good news for Naija football lovers amid coronavirus pandemic

The Coronavirus has rocked the football world, but lovers of Naija football have received a piece of good news as Super eagle goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has returned to training after injury layoff.

The 21-year-old suffered a horrific injury in Nigeria’s friendly match against Brazil, after he landed awkwardly on his knee, while he was trying to save a cross. He was stretched off the pitch moments later.

Uzoho posted a video on his Instagram of himself training at home, tagging his Super Eagles teammates Henry Onyekuru, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Kelechi Iheanacho Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhen with the caption with the caption “Something way Dey body Dey body jare … the boy is back, make una no worry i go allow make una score the first day.”

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03/04/2020 16:17

 

Eberiche Eze makes the team of the season

Nigerian-born midfielder Eberiche Oluchi Eze has been named the EFL Championship U-23 Team for the 2019-2020 season.

The Naija prospect, who already met with the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) about playing for the Super Eagles, has been in great form all season, you can call this call up a reward for his impressive performance.

In 37 league matches in the Championship, the 21-year old scored 12 goals (second highest for Queens Park Rangers) and provided 8 assists (the highest for the club).

 

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02/04/2020 14:22

 

Our Jay Jay Okocha beat Kanu, Yakubu & others for EPL award

Our beloved, former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha has won the award for the best Premier League strike by a Nigerian, beating the likes of Nwankwo Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeniu.

Okocha’s solo goal for Bolton against West Ham United in 2003, where he took the ball from his half and ran towards the opposition’s goal area before unleashing a powerful strike, has been ranked the best goal in the English top-flight division.

Finidi George’s perfectly timed chip from outside the box for Ipswich Town against Sunderland 2001 is ranked second on the list. Wilfred Ndidi’s long-range strike against Stoke City last year is number 3.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s goals for Blackburn against Swansea 2011 was voted number 4. Sone Aluko’s volley for Hull City against Newcastle in 2013 is number 5. Efan Ekoku rounded Everton’s goalkeeper in 1993 to seal the number. Obafemi Martins left-footed screamer for Newcastle against Tottenham in 2007 is number 7.

Nwankwo Kanu’s cheeky goal for Arsenal against London rivals Chelsea in 1999 is number 8, while and Kelechi Iheanacho’s curler for Manchester City from the edge of the box against Southampton 2016 also made the list.

Which goal is your best goal?
01/04/2020 12:53

 

Is Mikel the greater than Okocha or Kanu?

Our beloved Super Eagles legend - Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi, has sparked controversy between Naija football fans, he claims John Mikel Obi, not even ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha or Nwankwo Kanu, is the greatest Nigerian player, off all time.

We believe, Okocha is regarded as one of the most talented footballers of all time, Kanu is one of the most decorated African players, but in an interview with Brilla FM, Amokachi believes Mikel is the greatest Nigerian player.

“Mikel is the greatest player. He has won everything that a player can hope to; the Champions League, Europa, Afcon in 2013 and he also captained the national team. As a footballer, your laurels count and that will surely count for Mikel because nobody has won that much in Nigerian football.”

Mikel Obi has had a stellar career thus far, winning every major competition, including the UEFA Champions League. He represented Nigeria at two different World Cup tournaments and was part of the team that won the 2013 AFCON. He also won medals for the nation at underage tournaments.

Is Mikel the greatest Naija player?
31/03/2020 14:43

 

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Which Naija Player made it to the top of our TOP 10 highest goalscorers in EPL history

Several Super Eagles footballers – past and present – have played in the Premier League, but here we take a look at the top 10 goalscorers from Nigerians in the EPL. 

 

10. Odion Jude Ighalo, who has 16 Premier League goals. All his goals came from his time with Watford, as he is yet to score for the Red Devils in the league.

9. Kelechi Iheanacho in number nine on the list with 19 Premier League goals.12 of his goals came in his two years stint with Manchester City. He has scored 7 with his current club Leicester City.

8. Victor Moses, who has scored 20 goals. Victor Moses played for 5 different EPL teams, and he scored at least a goal with all of them. 1 goal with Liverpool and West Ham, 3 goals with Stoke City, 7 goals with Chelsea, and his best return was with Wigan Athletic where he scored 8 goals.

7. Victor Anichebe, who was part of the team that won Silver at the 2008 Olympic Games, is number 7 with 27 goals. The 31-year-old striker played for 3 different EPL teams and he scored for all. 3 goals with Sunderland, 6 goals with West Brom and 18 league goals with Everton.

6. Obafemi Martins is 6th with 28 goals. Obagoal played for 2 EPL teams. His cameo appearance with Birmingham did not yield any goal, but he scored all his Premier League goals with Newcastle United.

5. Peter Osaze Odemwingie in number 5 with 36 goals. He featured for 3 different team in the Premier League, scoring 1 goal for Cardiff City, 5 goals for Stoke City and 30 goals for West Brom.

4. Shola Ameobi in 4th with 43 goals. The 38-year-old played for 2 teams in the Premier League but he scored for only 1. He played just 4 games with Crystal Palace, but he enjoyed his career with Newcastle, where he scored all the goals.

3. Efan Ekoku is 3rd with 52 goals. Many Nigerians may not know him, but he played for the Eagles 20 times and scored 6 goals. He featured for 2 teams in in the Premier League, scoring 16 goals for Norwich City and 37 for Wimbledon.

2. Nwankwo Kanu is 3nd with 54. Papilo played for 3 teams in the EPL and he scored for all. He scored 7 for West Brom, 17 for Portsmouth and 30 league goals for Arsenal.

1. The highest scoring Nigerian in the Premier League history is Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who scored 95 EPL goals. The Yak featured for 4 teams, he scored 17 goals for Blackburn, 24 for Middlesbrough, 25 for Everton and 29 for Portsmouth.
 

31/03/2020 06:44

 

Ighalo’s club, Shanghai Shenhua, offer N178m weekly to stay

Odion Jude Ighalo, who is on loan with Manchester United, has been offered N178m weekly, by Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, to stay.

 

Shanghai Shenhua are offering to extend his contract with a two-year and £400,000 weekly. They want Ighalo to reject the permanent move to Manchester.

 

His loan will expire on the 31st of May 2020, and is hot cake at this point as we hear that the Red Devils still want him.

 

Do you think United will offer him more money that Shanghai?

 

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27/03/2020 11:14

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