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Man City is being bullied out of the UCL by Mourinho, Solskjær, Dyche & co.

UEFA have taken Manchester City out of all continental competitions for the next two years. The Cityzens may still compete, pending the verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS), still the top 10 teams are joining forces to keep the Etihad team out.

All this happened because City breached the Financial Fair Play rules, long story short – maybe, their owner had too much money and it missed road somehow. According to reports from Sportsmail, all the top 10 EPL teams, minus Sheffield United, are putting pressure on the CAS to enforce the ban from next season.

Is it fair? Should City exit the UCL next season?

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26/03/2020 13:42

 

My11 pick Nigeria’s best XI for this season

The 2019-2020 season may have ended abruptly, but some Super Eagles players had a good season, and here My11 have picked the best eleven from Nigerian players abroad.

Goalkeeper | Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs) | The 33-year-old star has featured in 19 league games for this season and concedes an average of 0.8 goals in 90 minutes. He also kept 9 clean sheets with his best moment coming in the Soweto Derby.

Right Back | Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Cologne): The new Super Eagles star earns this spot ahead of Ola Aina and Chidozie Awaziem, for his impressive performances this season, making 24 appearances in all competitions for Cologne. He averages 3.1 tackles per game and has won 265 of the duel he has faced this season.

Centre Back | William Troost Ekong (Udinese) | The 23-year-old has made 23 league appearances for Udinese, with an average of one tackle per game and has made 110 clearances which is the seventh highest in the Serie A this season.

Centre Back | Semi Ajayi (West Brom) | The 26-year-old edges out Kenneth Omeruo with 35 league appearances, and he has been playing an important role in West Brom chase for promotion. He has a tackle per game, scoring five goals.

Left Back | Jamilu Collins (Paderborn) | Only 2 players have won more duels than Collins in the Bundesliga this season. He has featured 21 times for Paderborn this averaging 2.1 tackles per game and 0.8 shots per game.

Midfielder | Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City): arguably Nigeria’s best player this season. He makes the Leicester team more balanced when he plays and it was evident when he got injured. He currently has made the most interceptions in the Premier League this season, while he also has the fourth-highest number of tackles.

Midfielder | Joe Aribo (Rangers) | Aribo has made 47 appearances this season, scoring 9 goals and providing 8 assists. He has played in 6 different positions this season and he is one of Steven Gerrard’s favourite players.

Left Winger | Moses Simon (Nantes) | On loan from Levante, Simon has been a nightmare for Ligue 1 full-backs, while his work rate is impressive also. He has played 30 times for Les Canaries this season, scoring 9 goals and providing 8 assists.

Right Winger | Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge) | Dennis is one of the breakout stars of this campaign, scoring a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Striker | Cyriel Dessers (Heracles Almelo) | Like Ehizibue, Dessers just got his first callup, before it was postponed. Dessers has scored 15 goals in 26 league games (more than any Nigerian player). He is the top scorer in the Eredivisie and has a hand in 50% of the goals Heracles have scored this campaign.

Striker | Victor Osimhen (Lille) | Osimhen has been a revelation in the French top-flight in his debut season. He has 13 Ligue 1 goals and five more in other competitions, and he has had a hand in over 50% of Lille’s goals this season.

25/03/2020 16:03

 

Man United set to sign Ighalo permanently for 6.4 billion

Good news for former Super Eagles striker Odion Jude Ighalo as Manchester United are ready to sign the 30-year-old permanently after his impressive performances for the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been waxing lyrical about Ighalo, whose loan deal will end on the 31st of May 2020, Manchester United are set to sign the Nigerian permanently for 6.4 billion Naira (£15 million).

According to reports from Sportsmail, Manchester United are going to renegotiate with Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua in the summer, as there is a willingness at Old Trafford to hold on to the Nigerian.

Ighalo has featured for Manchester United 8 times, starting only 3 and he has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist.

Should Man United sign Ighalo permanently?

 

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24/03/2020 16:21

 

Super Eagles star makes top 10 best dribblers in France

A list of the top 10 African dribblers in the French Ligue 1 was compiled by OPTA Stats.

10. Our Super Eagles forward Samuel Kalu made the list. The 22-year-old Nigerian, who has featured 20 times in the league this season, is 10th on the list of the top 10 best African dribblers in the French Ligue 1 after completing 48 dribbles, 22 dribbles behind number 1.

9. Bouna Sarr, who can play for both Senegal and Guinea, has completed a total of 49 dribbles for Olympique Marseille this season.

7. The number 7 position is shared between Algeria’s Zinedine Ferhat, who plays for Nîmes, and Ivorian-born Angelo Fulgini, who plays for Angers. Both of them have successfully dribbled past their opponents 50 times.

6. Denis Bouanga of Gabon takes the number 6 spot with 58 successful dribbles for Saint-Étienne this campaign.

5. Moses Simon’s Nantes teammate Abdoul Kader Bamba of Ivorian descent is number 5 with 59 completed dribbles.

4. Another Angers player Sada Thioub, who is a Senegalese national is number 4 with 61 dribbles completed.

3. Here is another Senegalese Opa Nguette, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, and he has completed 63 dribbles for Metz this season.

2. Olympique Lyonnais attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is of Algerian descent sits at number 2 with 67 successful dribbles.

1. The best African dribbler in the French Ligue 1 is Dijon’s Mounir Chouiar, is of Moroccan and Mauritanian origin. He has completed a total of 70 dribbles this season.
23/03/2020 11:06

 

Check out the top 10 most expensive Nigerian players

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have several players who are doing well for their clubs in Europe and some of them are in the news for big-money moves. Here we take a look at the top 10 most expensive Nigerian players according to Transfermarkt.

10. The duo of Leon Balogun, who joined Wigan on loan after failing to get game time with Brighton and Ramon Azeez, who plays for Granada, are the least valued Nigerians at #393M (€1m).

8. Number 8 is Dutch League top scorer Cyriel Dessers. The striker was valued for €1m before joining Heracles, now Dessers, who just got his first callup for the Super Eagles is valued for #1.6B (€4m).

7. Moses Simon, who is on loan from Spanish side Levante, plays for Nantes in the French Ligue 1, and he is valued for #3.2B (€8m).

6. Ola Aina, who plays for Serie A side Torino is valued for #3.9B (€10m).

5. Next is Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who seemed to have found his goalscoring form again. His value has increased from #4.7B (€12M) to #5.9B (€15M).

4. Number 4 is shared by two players, Victor Osimhen, who is having an outstanding season with Lille and Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze. Although, there were rumours that the French club value Osimhen for €100M, but since its mere rumours, we will stick with Transfermarkt’s valuation. Both players are valued for #11.8B (€30M).

2. The second most valued Nigerian player is Alex Iwobi. Since moving to Everton from Arsenal, his value has dropped, but he is still the second-highest among Super Eagles players. His value has dropped from #15.8 (€40M) to #12.6B (€32M).

1. The most valued Nigerian footballer is Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who has been outstanding for the Foxes since he joined them from Genk in 2016. The midfielder is valued for #17.7B (€45M).
20/03/2020 15:31

 

What your favourite players are doing while in isolation

The coronavirus has taken its toll on our precious game of football, forcing leagues in Nigeria and most countries around the globe to be suspended, but players have found a way to stay active, have fun and keep themselves in shape.

The Real Madrid trio of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio shared videos of themselves training at home. The captain has outrun his teammates on the treadmill while the Frenchman has put the others to shame with his gym regiment. Asensio, on the other hand, dazzled us with his passing routine.

Neymar and Robert Lewandowski shared videos of their intense workout regime, while Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain killed it with his signature dance moves.

Some Super Eagles’ players also joined in the #ToiletPaperChallenge to show their juggling skills, Watch Here

Cesc Fabregas also shared a hilarious remake of a scene from the 1988 movie, Coming to America, with Eddie Murphie. Watch Here

19/03/2020 13:34

 

Mikel Obi quits club amidst fear over the league’s safety during health crisis

Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has quit his club Trabzonspor, amidst fears from the current health crisis and, allegedly, his comments on the Turkish league.

Mikel, who commented a few days ago, criticised the Turkish football governing body for not stopping the Süper Lig, risking the health of players and fans, has now departed his club just 9 months into his contract.

On Saturday, the Nigerian hit out at the country’s decision to allow football matches to continue despite games being stopped across Europe. Mikel said he does not feel comfortable playing football during this pandemic.

The 32-year-old joined Trabzonspor in the summer of 2019 as a free agent, signing a two-year deal with the Turkish side. He and the club have now terminated the contract on mutual consent.

Was Mikel wrong, should football leagues close during this health crisis? Image source: dailymail.co.uk
18/03/2020 14:07

 

Check out why Ighalo should win Man Utd player of the month award

Former Super Eagles striker Odion Jude Ighalo has been nominated for Manchester United player of the month for March. We take a look at why the Nigerian deserves the award.

1. Ighalo scored 27% of the goals Manchester United scored in the month of March.

2. Of the 11 goals scored by Man United in March, Ighalo alone scored 3 goals, 2 more than any other player.

3. Of the players nominated, Ighalo had the least minutes – 200 minutes in March – but had the hand in most goals – 3 goals and 1 assist.

According to a post on Manchester United’s twitter handle, Ighalo is nominated along with winter signing Bruno Fernandes – winner of Premier League player of the month of February, captain Harry Maguire and Fred.

Do you think Ighalo deserves the player of the month award?

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17/03/2020 14:25

 

Ighalo to consider 2.7 billion pay cut to sign for Man United

Former Super Eagles striker Odion Jude Ighalo has had an impressive start to life with Manchester United, the 30-year-old is considering a pay cut to join the Red Devils permanently.

According to reports from The Sun Newspaper, Ighalo, who earns £240,000 monthly (₦108.4M), may be willing to lose up to 50 per cent – £6M (₦2.7 billion) – of his wages to sign a permanent deal with the club he loves.

The 30-year-old Nigerian is living his dream with Manchester United, he has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in 3 starts for the Red Devils, with a sum total of 8 caps for united so far.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also hinted that Ighalo will be at Old Trafford next season. He said: “Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself. And he will improve and get better but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season, so let’s see what we will do.”

Do you think Man United will sign Ighalo permanently?

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16/03/2020 09:58

 

Leagues suspended as Juventus and Chelsea players test positive for Coronavirus

The coronavirus has hit the football world by storm and it has led to the suspension of 3 different leagues, more worryingly some players and even a manager have tested positive for the COVID-19.

Juventus defender, Daniele Rugani became the second player to test positive to coronavirus after Hannover defender Timo Hübers was confirmed by the club. A day after Rugani was announced, Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has also been confirmed to have the virus.

North London club, Arsenal have also confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive to the virus. This caused the Premier League, the FA and other divisions, to hold an emergency meeting, and a decision has been met.

The English Premier have joined the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A in postponing the league because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The German Bundesliga, the French Ligue 1, the Dutch Eredivisie and the Portuguese Primeira have all been postponed till at least the first week in April.

Some fans are saying the leagues should be cancelled while others are saying they should name the leaders of all the leagues as champions. What do you think should be the best decision?

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13/03/2020 15:09

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