Nigeria Football Federation target Eberechi Eze has been included in Whoscored.com and Sky Sports Championship Best Eleven for the month of October.
Last month, the Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder was involved in five goals (3 goals, 2 assists) in five appearances in the English second-tier, helping the London club pick up seven points from a possible fifteen.
With a rating of 7.95, Eze was named Championship Player of the Month ahead of Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown (7.64) and Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen (7.58).
Explaining the choice of Eze, Ben McAleer wrote : ”Eze is our Championship player of the month. An assist in QPRs 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Monday night meant the winger had a direct hand in a goal in all but one of QPR’s five league outings in October as he scored three and assisted two.
”No player won more WhoScored.com Man of the Match awards than Eze (two), who completed more dribbles (18) than any other Championship player.”
Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo has been selected in the Championship Team of the Week after opening his goalscoring account for Blackburn Rovers as they registered a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on November 2.
The tall central defender won a game-high nine aerial duels, made two tackles, one interception and four clearances vs Sheffield Wednesday.
Nigeria’s U23 boys have intensified final preparations for this month’s 3 Africa U23 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt with high expectations of picking the three points against their Ivorian counterparts in Saturday’s opening game of Group B.
Head Coach Imama Amapakabo is delighted with the output of his wards at training sessions, which have been holding at the training pitch of the Mercure Hotel in the city of Ismailia since the team arrived on Thursday evening.
“The players have been working very hard and that is a positive point. They are looking forward to the tournament with a lot of enthusiasm and confidence.
“We are also happy to have most of the Europe-based squad members with us already. That allows time for good planning, bonding, and team building.”
Midfield ace Kelechi Nwakali was the first overseas-based player in the team camp (he joined before the team left Nigeria), and he has since been joined by the likes of Tom Dele-Bashiru, Sincere Seth, Muyiwa Olabiran, Orji Okonkwo, Valentine Ozornwafor, Anthony Izuchukwu, Bright Enobakhare, Sunday Faleye and Aliyu Yau Adam.
Reigning champions Nigeria head Group B and will confront Cote d’Ivoire’s U23 squad at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday afternoon, before further matches against Zambia (Tuesday, 12 November) and South Africa (Friday, 15 November) at the same venue.
The Olympic Eagles are expected to depart Ismailia to their Novotel Hotel base in Cairo on Thursday.
Team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, defenders Bitok Stephen and Josiah Chukwudi and forward Taiwo Awoniyi are the only players still expected in the team camp and will arrive before the departure to Cairo.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has received a huge boost ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 qualifier against Benin Republic and Lesotho.
The German tactician will be able to count on the services of captain, Ahmed Musa after he returned from a three month lay off in Al-Nassr in their 4-0 win over Abha on Saturday.
The 27-year-old played seven minutes of the encounter having missed the last three months due to a knee injury. Musa has not played for the Super Eagles since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The former Leicester man was absent from Nigeria’s squad that played draws against Ukraine and Brazil in an international friendly encounter.
However, his return to action will serve as a major boost to Rohr’s hopes of getting the maximum points in games against Benin and Lesotho.
Having retained the lead in Group B despite a defeat to Australia in their last group game, coach Manu Garba’s boys have been pitched against the talented Europeans in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
Five-time world champions and Group B winners
Nigeria are set to face off with Netherlands , who qualified from Group D as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 4-2 in their opening match at the World Cup before seeing off Ecuador 3-2 to charge to the top of their Group. Australia knocked the winds out of the Eaglets’ sail but the defeat was not enough to push the 2015 world champions off the group’s summit.
The Netherlands however started their campaign poorly with two straight defeats, a 3-0 loss to Japan and a 3-1 defeat to Senegal, but surged into the knockout phase by soundly defeating USA 4-0 on Saturday night in their Group D finale at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™.
A mouthwatering 2019 U17 World Cup Round of 16 clash between the African starlets and their European counterpart is billed for Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania – the first time ever these two teams will meet in this competition.
The winner of the encounter will take on either Paraguay or Argentina in the quarter-final.
Round of 16 Fixtures
Angola vs South Korea Nigeria vs Netherlands Spain vs Senegal Japan vs Mexico Brazil vs Chile France vs Australia Ecuador vs Italy Paraguay vs Argentina
Nigeria Football Federation are in an advantageous position to secure the services of Jubril Okedina after the Tottenham Hotspur defender pledged his international future to the three-time African champions.
Born in London to Nigerian parents, Okedina can also represent England internationally but has no caps for the Young Lions.
The center back’s camp has opened a line of communication with the Nigeria Football Federation, Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi in particular, about the Spurs starlet playing for the Nigeria youth teams and those talks were fruitful.
The 19-year-old would have been considered for Nigeria’s U23 National Team that headed to Egypt on Thursday but coach Imama Amapakabo had already finalized his roster.
Okedina, who can also slot in at right-back, inked a one-year professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and the North London club have the option to extend his deal for an additional season.
This season, he has been involved in all but one of the matches contested by Tottenham in the Premier League 2.
Samuel Chukwueze’s breakthrough came at a time Villarreal regressed. He was a silver lining behind the dark cloud in Castellon. Exactly one year on, both may have swapped destinies. The Nigerian lags behind while the Yellow Submarines crest La Liga’s waves.
Chukwueze could be classified as a wager birthed by necessity. Javier Calleja’s job was the stake. Villarreal picked up only two victories in a dozen matches. Five points from the drop in 16th, any sort of revival were welcomed. Wherever or however it came didn’t matter. Jackpot.
The 20-year-old proved a masterstroke. He made his senior debut against Rangers in the Europa League in September and by December, he almost became indispensable. Castella’s dismissal and subsequent reappointment in January didn’t halt the flow.
The results didn’t improve much. Chukwueze did. During a bonkers 4-4 draw with Barcelona, he demolished Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti with relentless running and dazzling rapid footwork. Alba ended up with a cramp on the night as he tried, in vain, to contain the Nigerian who bagged a goal and an assist.
Chukwueze finished the campaign with 10 goal contributions. He buried five himself in La Liga and on each of those occasions, Villarreal didn’t lose. They racked up a dozen points from a possible 15. He was the potent catalyst that lifted the Yellow Submarines to safety. The usual buzz followed.
Comparison was drawn with Arjen Robben and for the right reasons. Like the retired Dutchman, he is naturally left-footed and prefers to play on the right side of a front three. His powerful touch leaves defenders trailing in his wake with an incredible knack for hitting the target.
Such only translated into more work for Chukwueze. He was expected to take his game to another level this season. The Super Eagle did, at least in the opening stages. He started and scored in Villarreal’s first game against Granada. Chukwueze retained his place in the next fixture but slowly metamorphosed into a bit-part player. Impact sub if you will.
Arsenal fans have called for the signing of Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi following Granit Xhaka’s performance in last Sunday’s controversial 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace.
Ndidi has been one of the stars of the season so far, becoming an underrated star in Brendan Rodgers’ successful Foxes team.
Xhaka left Arsenal fans furious once again after his performance on Sunday and these fans on social media have seen enough.
Ndidi has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he were to be linked with some big moves away from Leicester City in the coming months.
He’s a player that would foot the bill for the profile of midfielder that Arsenal currently lack.
A true defensive option in the middle of the park is what the Gunners are calling out for.
Whether or not Arsenal could convince Leicester into selling remain to be seen. The Foxes have started the season fantastically and are even for a top-four finish.
Spanish giants, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have sent their scouts to monitor Golden Eaglets captain, Samson Tijani, at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. Scouts from the three clubs, according to Spanish news hub, as.comz were in attendance during Nigeria’s first Group B match against Hungary on Saturday which the Eaglets won 4-2. Tijani was on target twice in the game, the first a well taken penalty and the fourth, a sublime free-kick five minutes from time. Real Madrid, according to the report, had two of their scouts in attendance during the game, while Atletico Madrid and Barcelona had one scout each at the venue in Goiania. Tijani is one of the seven players Real Madrid are keeping a close tab on in the competition. The other six are; Brazil’s Talles Magno, France youngster Adil Aouchiche , Fernando Ovelar of Paraguay, Holland’s Naci Unuvar and Ecuador starlet Johan Mona. Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will face Ecuador in their second Group game on Tuesday night.
Former Golden Eaglets handler John Obuh has been unveiled as the new head coach of Akwa United. The Former Kwara United tactician was unveiled by the promise keepers on Monday morning in Uyo alongside his assistant Duke Udi. He will be in charge for the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season as the Akwa Ibom state owned club set sight on returning to the continent. Obuh led Nigeria to a second place finish when the country hosted the FIFA U- 17 World Cup in 2009. He has also managed the country’s U-20 side, the Golden Eaglets Former Golden Eaglets handler John Obuh has been unveiled as the new head coach of Akwa United. The Former Kwara United tactician was unveiled by the promise keepers this Monday alongside his assistant Duke Udi. He will be in charge for the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season as the Akwa Ibom state owned club set sight on returning to the continent. Obuh led Nigeria to a second place finish when the country hosted the FIFA U- 17 World Cup in 2009. He has also managed the country’s U-20 side, the Flying Eagles in the past. The Promise Keepers will look to win their first NPFL title in the 2019/2020 campaign.