Former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku has praised the heroic performance of Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho as the striker scored a crucial equalizing goal in the Foxes’ 2-1 over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Speaking during commentary on the Premier League world feed, 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner and former Norwich City striker Efan Ekoku admitted that he was impressed by the display of Iheanacho as the Super Eagle made way for Hamza Choudhury in the 90thinternationalu said: “He (Iheanacho) has been their best player throughout the game, Youri Tielemans I think has done well in the second half but pound for pound the Nigerian has been their star man”.
Leicester City came from behind to register a 2-1 equalized Brighton & Hove in an English Premier League clash at The American Express Community Stadium on Saturday night.
For the third game running, manager Brendan Rodgers handed starts to Nigeria internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, and the second-verified his inclusion in the starting XI with another crucial goal for the Foxes.
Brighton & Hove dominated the first half and were deservedly in front through Adam Lallana.
Iheanacho equalised just past the hour mark, taking a couple of touches before lobbing the ball over the Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
Leicester City got their winning goal from an unlikely source as Daniel Amartey headed home from a corner in the 87th minute, his second ever goal in a Foxes shirt, after a howler from the Brighton goalkeeper.
Iheanacho has scored three goals in the Premier League this season, with all the goals netted in away matches.
Rivers United host Jigawa Golden Stars in the top flight for the first time since 20th January 2020 on Sunday, with just two points and three places separating the two sides in the Nigeria Professional Football League table.
The visitors head to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium sitting 11th in the table with 17 points from 13 matches and with a game more than their hosts, who occupy the 7th position with 19 points.
The last time Rivers United welcomed Jigawa Golden Stars to Port Harcourt for a top-flight meeting was in 2012 as they overcame their visitors 2-1.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ brilliant start to the season hit a brick wall with back-to-back defeats against Warri Wolves and Akwa United but a 1-1 draw in Jos against Plateau United in their last match may have set the Port Harcourt side back on track.
Four of Rivers United’s next five league games come against teams currently below them in the table, including FC IfeanyiUbah and MFM FC in their next two after Jigawa Golden Stars, while they also have a double-header against Dakada FC coming up in April.
Rivers United team news Coach Stanley Eguma will be keen to focus on the positives, though, and there are plenty of those when you isolate Rivers United’s home form, with the’ Pride of Rivers’ unbeaten in their last six NPFL games at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, stretching back to December 2020.
Indeed, Rivers United have conceded just a goal on home turf this season, and another clean sheet this weekend would see them keep three in a row at home.
Hear him: “The spirit in camp now is high, and I believe that we are back on track and we will take it from there to forge forward to where we belong.”- Stanley Eguma
Jigawa Golden Stars team news
Jigawa Golden Stars have won five and drawn 2 of their 13 games this season, and another victory on Sunday would see them secure their second away victory.
Jigawa Golden Stars are certainly capable of pouring more misery on Rivers United, yet they are equally capable of falling to another defeat, and their inconsistency as far as results are concerned is laid out bare in the NPFL table.
The ‘Gaint Killers’ have won 5 and lost 6 of their 13 outings so far, as well as scoring 9 goals and conceding as many at the other end.
Whatever the result, Jigawa GS are rarely dull, and the chance to move a point clear of Rivers United at this stage of the campaign would be warmly welcomed for the club.
Rivers United NPFL Stats Form team: D L L W L W Last 6 Matches stats 6 Matches, 2 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses 5 Goals scored Average of 0.83 goals scored per game
Overall matches played this season 12 Matches, 6 Wins, 1 Draw, 5 Losses 13 Goals scored Average of 1.08 goals scored per game
Jigawa Golden Stars NPFL Stats Form team: D L W L W L Last 6 Matches stats 6 Matches played, 2 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses 2 Goals scored
Overall matches played this season 13 Matches played, 5 Wins, 2 Draws, 6 Losses 9 Goals scored this season Average of 0.69 goals scored per game
Head-2-Head Record: Both teams have played 3 matches against each other Rivers United FC won 1 match. Jigawa Golden Stars won 1 match. 1 match ended in a draw. On average in matches against each other, both teams have scored 3.00 goals per Match.
HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS: Jigawa GS 1-1 Rivers United (20 Jan 2020) Jigawa GS 3-1 Rivers United (2 Jun 2012) Rivers United 2-1 Jigawa GS (29 Feb 2012)
German Bundesliga defending Champions, Bayern Munich has on Saturday announced the capture of young Austrian – Nigerian midfielder, Emilian Metu.
The 202/2021 German Bundesliga table-toppers confirmed the signing of a promising young player Emilian Metu following a successful trial on their official website.
Allnigeriasoccer.com reports that the 17-year-old will be joining Bayern Munich on a four-year deal, until June 2025, when the summer transfer window opens for business.
According to Goal, Premier League club Burnley and Middlesbrough showed concrete interest in signing Metu but a deal did not materialize due to the coronavirus situation and Brexit, while he passed up the opportunity to join Italian Serie A club Udinese after impressing whilst on trial.
A left-footed central midfielder, Metu is currently on the books of Austrian Bundesliga club SKN St. Pölten, for whom he has made two appearances.
Commenting on his transfer to Bayern Munich, Metu said to the club’s official website: “For me, a dream is coming true. My entire family has been a Bayern fan for years, and now I’m going to be part of this great club. I want to assert myself in Munich”.
Born to an Austrian mother and Nigerian father, Metu will initially represent Bayern Munich’s second team.
Nigeria is on the verge of qualifying for the U19 FIVB World Championship in Iran after securing their second triumph in the ongoing U19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.
The hosts bullied West African opponents Gambia 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19) to consolidate on their opening victory 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-21) over Cameroon at the indoor sport hall of the MKO Abiola Stadium on Friday.
Team Nigeria started the first set on a bright note as the duo of Michael Abari and Oyedepo Oyewale dismantled the backline of the Gambian team. Killer spikes from Pascal Ozokoye gave Nigeria vital points to win the opening round 25-20.
The Gambia reorganized their strategies in the second set and put up stunning monster blocks which gave them vital points as they claim the second round by 25-23 points.
The presence of the home crowd inspired the Nigerian side to a roaring comeback as they fought back strongly to pick up in the dying minutes of the third set to secure 25-20 points.
The hosts never looked back as they produced a spectacular performance in the fourth set, winning by 25-19 points to send the cheering crowd into a noisy celebration.
Commenting on their triumph, Assistant Coach of Nigeria U19 Boys team, Adekalu Adeniyi attributed their victory to the huge backing of the fans against the Gambia. Adeniyi further hailed the players for their team spirit and determination put on display, stressing that anything short of a win would have been a disaster.
“I want to thank everyone that came out to support team Nigeria; their support really meant a lot to the team. When the boys were playing, the fans were cheering us to victory and I cannot thank them enough,” he said.
“The Gambia boys are good but we were better than them. We capitalized on the lapses of the team and sealed our victory in the 3rd set. If we had lost the 4th set, it would have been disastrous”.
After a back-to-back win, Adeniyi will be eager to see his Nigerian compete at the U19 World Championship for the second time in a row.
Nigeria’s foremost marathons and road races running company, Nilayo Sports Management Limited, has set July 17, 2021 as the new date for the maiden Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon after a meeting in Ijebu Ode on Friday.
Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports disclosed on Friday after a meeting with The Heritage Group in Ijebu Ode that the Ijebu Marathon will be called Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon.
Speaking after the meeting, Olopade shower encomiums on The Heritage Group. He said, “I’m so excited about the commitment of The Heritage Group towards the marathon and also proud of all Ijebus”
He concluded by thanking the Governor of Ogun State Dapo Abiodun. “We want to appreciate the continual support of Governor Dapo Abiodun for the past two years”
Also speaking at the meeting on Friday, the coordinator of the marathon representing The Heritage Group, Otunba Tunde Odulaja said the motive of the marathon is to create awareness and put Ijebuland on a global front.
He concluded by appealing to the state government to create enabling environment and facilities around Ijebuland for the marathon so that it will showcase the state to the world.
Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, visited the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, on Saturday 6th March 2021, in continuation of his tour of sporting facilities and visit team Nigeria athletes, preparing for the Olympic games.
On a visit to the Sports hostel, the Minister promised that all illegal structures in the building will be taken off while also revealing that the same thing is being done in Lagos and Abuja to return the stadia to a better shape.
He used the occasion to appeal to private investors around the country to take advantage of the situation and turn most of these hostels into hotels to generate revenue for the government.
The non-functional hostel is a thing of worry, according to the Sports Minister; “We are expecting to clear these illegal structures and turn the hostels into hotels,” he concluded
Earlier during this tour, the minister visited two Olympic-bound Athletes Lawal Rufiyat Folashade and Liadi Taiwo at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, admonishing them to do their very best in ensuring that they put up a befitting performance at the game.
Both athletes expressed gratitude to the Sports Minister and thanked him for the cash incentive which they say is a massive morale booster to their preparation.
Nigeria citizens have been enjoined to embrace dialogue and mediation in resolving disputes and community clashes whenever the need arises rather than resulting in court cases and litigation which does not always lead to peaceful endings.
This advice was given on Thursday by the Director of the Center for Peace and Strategic Studies, the University of Ilorin, Prof. (Mrs.) Oyeronke Olademo during an outreach done by a unit in the center, Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room at the palace of Alangoa of Tanke, Tipper Garage, Ilorin.
Prof. Olademo stated that CPSS was established to promote peaceful co-existence among the people of the Ilorin Emirates and its environs by creating an avenue for them to settle disputes amicably without long litigations through the Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room which is an alternative dispute resolution.
The former Dean, Faculty of Arts, further stressed that the Center have competent Staff members who are well trained in peace and mediation process that will handle community cases and prevent clashes among people. She said there is no need to engage police, lawyers and or going to court and spend huge money while they can easily have their cases settled at Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room at no cost.
The Erudite Professor however emphasise that Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room under her watch will not overlook the University’s immediate environment while also contributing its quota to the nation’s development.
In his own remark at the occasion, the Alangoa of Tanke, Alh. Umar Salahudeen appreciated the effort of the CPSS to help to sustain the existing peaceful atmosphere in the Tanke community and saying his council of Mogajis in the Tanke community are ready to support their efforts and receive the hand of assistance being extend to them by the CSPP through Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room.
Alh. Salahudeen noted that the Tanke community has twenty-two Mogajis and pledge that all of them will work hand-in-hand to collaborate with the CPSS at making their subjects subscribing to the Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room’s service. He also promised his total compliance with their decisions at end of any settlements.
Alangoa stated that his council is all about to ensuring peace and tranquility of the community. He however use the occasion to call on the University Management to always assist their community in terms of admission of their children and job opportunities to give them sense of belonging. He concluded by calling on the University Management to as part of their civic responsibility service (CRS) dig boreholes to the community which will be useful for students living there.
Also speaking at the event, senior lecturer at the Center Dr. (Mrs.) Abiola Adimula stated that Suleiman Bogoro Mediation is all out to ensure people are living together peacefully and settling their disputes through dialogue and mediation process. Dr. Adimula said Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room was established to cater for people’s cases concerning local and community disputes among other issues.
In his contribution at the event, the Mogaji of Tanke Iledu, Alh. Abdulkareem Adisa appreciated the CPSS for their good gesture and described action as laudable, a righty step in the right direction and at the appropriate time. He however advised that Alangoa should always be informed and carried along with whenever a dispute is to be settled his subjects.
In his remark, the Mogaji of Mosudo, Alh. Saliu Malomo Mohammed informed the gathering that there is a committee/forum of Mogajis in the Ilorin Emirates Council with Tanke chapter of it been advisory council to Alangoa. He also gave thump up to Prof. Olademo and her entourage for counting Tanke community worthy of enjoying the privilege as the host community of the University. He however advised that people should retrace their roots and following the footsteps of their forefathers in the way of settling dispute amicably among themselves. How decried some people’s attitude of ignoring mediations by going to court for litigation.
The Mogaji of Mosudo informed the gathering that now referred Upper Area court was extracted from Council of Chiefs who mostly uneducated elders in community and they settle disputes among their subjects without rancor. He also stressed the need revive our culture and respect our traditions and values. In his words “in the olden days women are buried alive if found deflowered before marriage”. He concluded.
Alh. Malomo went further to state that advised the management of Suleiman Bogoro Mediation Room should carried out comparerism of experiences, cases, judgment and processes from olden days and what is obtainable today.
Among those present at the out were staff members of Center Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin were Mrs. Nnaji Elizabeth; CPSS Secretary, Mrs. Adedayo; The Director’s Secretary. Fifteen of the twenty-two Mogajis were also in attendance.
Odion Ighalo has disclosed that Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa played a key role in his decision to move to Saudi Professional Football League table-toppers Al-Shabab following his departure from Manchester United in the January transfer window.
Musa swapped the English Premier League for Saudi Arabia after putting himself in the shop window at the 2018 World Cup and the winger enjoyed success in his first season, helping Al-Nassr win the league title.
Ighalo contacted his ex-international teammate and the former Leicester City man had nice things to say about the Saudi Pro League.
In an interview with Sada Al Malaeb, Ighalo said : “Musa praised the strength of the league, and by virtue of my friendship with him, I was watching his matches, and the Saudi League is an important and strong league, and I’m happy to be here as everyone in the club works professionally and provides all means of success.
“In fact I joined Al-Shabab to give my best, make the difference and help them win the league and delight the fans.
“Al-Shabab is at the top of the standings but the five-point difference does not mean anything, so we have to continue the good work and continue winning.”
Ighalo, 31, has endeared himself to the Al-Shabab fans with his impressive performances since joining the club, scoring three goals and providing an assist in five games.
Arsenal U18s have been handed an injury boost as they approach the business end of the season, with news that Nigeria-eligible goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri has returned to training.
Jeorge Bird has informed that Ejeheri, who also qualifies to play international football for England and Uganda, is back in training after injury.
The promising goalkeeper has not featured for Arsenal youth teams since sustaining an injury in the first half of a 4-1 hammering of Tottenham Hotspur on January 23.
The 17-year-old was not been available for selection in Arsenal’s last four matches in the U18 Premier League – against Crystal Palace, West Ham, Brighton & Hove and West Brom – due to the ailment.
Ejeheri forced his way into the Gunners starting XI prior to his injury having started their last five matches including the FA Youth Cup win against Rotherham United and provided cover for either Arthur Okonkwo or James Hillson in three Premier League 2 matches.
The big question is whether he will be able to play against Aston Villa U18s next Tuesday as he is not yet up to speed and given his poor injury record in the last three seasons, he’s unlikely to be rushed back into action.
Ejeheri’s contract with the Emirates Stadium outfit runs out at the end of the season.
Wilfred Ndidi was happy to assist Kelechi Iheanacho score a sensational goal in their 1-1 draw with Burnley in a Premier League match at Turf Moor on Wednesday evening.
Eleven minutes before half-time, Iheanacho put the Foxes back on level terms with a fine finish, sending a superb first-time volley into the net after Ndidi lofted a ball over the Burnley defence.
It was the first time Ndidi set up a goal scored by Iheanacho in the Premier League and he noted the importance of the goal, saying it helped them walk away with a share of the spoils.
Speaking to Leicester City’s official website, Ndidi said : “It was a really fantastic goal. I’m happy for him.
“I’m glad I made the assist, but he finished it and it was good for the team, keeping the 1-1.”
Ndidi was initially deployed as a central defender in his last match against Burnley and has insisted that his preferred position is midfield.
The Super Eagle also played in defence against West Brom, Burnley and Everton in the first part of the season.
“I would say, for me, I want to be in the midfield, but it’s for the team. I have to do that. Whichever position the gaffer wants me to play, I will try my best for the team,” the former Racing Genk star added.
Next up for Ndidi and his Leicester City teammates, they face Brighton & Hove Albion at AMEX Stadium on Saturday.