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2022 Review: 10 Footballers Who Retired In 2022



Just like the Holy Christian Bible rightly put that everything that has a beginning must surely come to an end and this verse in the holy bible is applicable in all human endeavour.

In the world of football, a youngster full of vigor who kicked off his career in the round leather game will have no choice than to bow out when caught up at a certain age.

There has been numerous great football stars whose career came to an end at a certain point in their career and the process will never stop as it’s deemed the certain end of any footballer.

In this piece, we would be taking a look at renowned Footballers who hung their boots and went into retirement in the year (2002) under review.

1. John Mikel Obi
The Nigerian international who is arguably one of the most decorated Nigerian and African player surprisingly announced his retirement from football in 2022.

The midfield maestro who won the prestigious champions league and AFCON cup plied his trade with Lyn, Chelsea, Tianjin TEDA, Middlesbrough, Trabzonspor, Stoke City and Kuwait SC.

2. Jack Wilshere
The highly rated English midfielder dazzled in the colours of Arsenal Footbakl Club.

The petit midfielder was a standout at Arsenal and was a major cause of the club’s success in the Premier League.

3.Jermain Defoe
The Petit striker would be greatly missed in the world of football. Sunderland fans adored him, and his performance fostered a strong bond with the community. Sunderland will remember him for the number of goals he scored in several critical games.

4. Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian International is one defender English Premier League outfit, Liverpool will be eternally grateful to. The aggressive defender held down things at the Anfield winning lots of laurels.

5. Carlos Tevez
Tevez was an absolute beast in his prime time, a deadly striker that every defender loathed. Before joining Juventus, he played for two major Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, and won the Premier League title with both. He played for several clubs and participated in 746 games throughout his career.

6. Mark Noble
West Ham icon who joined the club as a teenager in 2004 and helped the club achieve Premier League promotion. During his career, he made 550 appearances for the Hammers.

7 Aleksandar Kolarov
Kolarov and Vincent Kompany were the bedrock of Manchester City‘s defence and worked effectively together.

8.Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain’s talent may have gone unappreciated due to his failures for Argentina, but he remains one of Europe’s most prolific strikers

9. Gerard Pique
Gerrard Pique, Barcelona‘s most outstanding defender, is the most recent player to retire this year. Pique has undoubtedly entrenched himself in Europe, and was one of the best defenders in modern football

10.Fabian Delph
Delph played for a number of Premier League clubs before retiring; he also won two Premier Leagues with Manchester City

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Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau: Rating Of Nigeria Super Eagles Players



The Nigerian Super Eagles came through with a shambolic display which led to the team defeat against the ‘Wild Dogs’ of Guinea-Bissau, in one of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers fixture played earlier today at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

First half goal from Mama Balde was enough to seal all maximum points for the visitors at the expense of the Nigeria Super Eagles.

Following the team poor outing, below is a rating of the individual performances of the Nigeria Super Eagles team.

1. Francis Uzoho (6/10)

Once more Uzoho who retained his place in goal failed to keep a clean-sheet regardless coming through big the few times he was called to action.

2. Bright Samuel-Osayi (8/10)
Arguably Super Eagles man of the match, Samuel-Osayi was a beauty playing from the right back position.

Samuel lived up to expectations offensively and defensively and played a vital role which earnable Samuel Chukwueze to express himself.

3. Zaidu Sanusi (6/10)

Unlike Samuel-Osayi, Zaidu Sanusi failed to live upto expectations. The Guinea-Bissau side capitalized on his deficiency to always operate from his side often and on with many success.

Zaidu Sanusi contributed to the reason why Ademola Lookman wasn’t able to live up to his full potentials.

4. Kevin Akpoguma (6/10)

Akpoma was the weak link in the Eagles backline, many times, the defender was found napping and one of those times resulted to the visitors goal.

5. Calvin Bassey (7/10)

Adventurous Bassey was committed to cleaning up the mess in the Eagles backline.

His partnership with Kevin Akpoguma was below par as the lacked the needed cohesion,little wonder they were found napping in the build up of Guinea-Bissau goal.

6. Ndidi Wilfred (7/10)

Tho below par but a decent display from Ndidi Wilfred, the Leicester City winger won much tackles but had his rating reduced failing to convert a begging chance.

7. Alex Iwobi (8/10)

Iwobi came to the party and gave in his all. The Everton man was virtually everyone and strived to make things happen for the Eagles from the middle of the park.

8. Samuel Chukwueze (7/10)

A decent one from Samuel Chukwueze, his cohesion with Samuel-Osayi made their wing lively but had his rating reduced as he failed to make key moments count.

9. Ademola Lookman (5/10)

A total bad day in office it was for Ademola Lookman, the Atalanta winger was a shadow of himself in the game as basically nothing worked for him in the game.

10. Kelechi Iheanacho (5/10)

Iheanacho was more like a passenger in the game, Kelechi was a shadow of himself but had a decent rating following one scoring opportunity provided.

11. Victor Osimhen (7/10)

Napel striker, Osimhen arguably had a bad day in office. The little fed striker made things work for him but unfortunate not to score.

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Paris 2024: Abiodun Ogunniyi Optimistic Olympics Eagles Will Overrun Guinea In Morroco To Qualify



Futbola klubs Auda and Olympic Eagles winger, Oluwatimilehin Abiodun Ogunniyi, has described Nigeria U-23 stalemate against Guinea U-23 as unfortunate but remained optimistic of the team causing an upset in the second leg of the fixture slayed for 28th March in Morroco.

In a post-match reaction, visibly gutted Oluwatimilehin Abiodun Ogunniyi expressed high optimism of him and the team getting the job done in Morocco.

“The first leg of the fixture is done and dusted and we have shifted our focus to the next fixture in Morroco”

“We played and gave in our best but we were unfortunate not to get a goal but it’s not the end of the road for us”

“We can possibly seal an U-23 AF ON ticket in Morroco and the whole team is resolute to make it happen”

“We have the quality and it’s now left for us to show quality by matching our opponent’s toe to toe in the second league”

After a disappointing draw at home, the Nigeria U-23 will have their fate in their hands as a win in Morroco will see the team through.

The winner on aggregate will qualify for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco later this year, at which Africa’s flag bearers at next year’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will emerge

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Official: FK Haugesund Unveils Promising Nigerian Youngster Segun Otusanya



Norwegian based side FK Haugesund have completed the signing of highly rated Nigerian striker, Segun Otusanya.

The highly promising striker started his professional football career with Nigerian based outfit, Stars Builders Academy.

Following his exciting development in his Nigerian based Academy,Segun Otusanya, caught the eyes of Nigeria Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso, as he was handed invitation to the Nigerian U-20 camp.

Whilst in the colours of the Nigeria National team, Segun Otusanya. was outstanding but failed to make the final list for the just concluded U-20 AFCON held in Egypt.

After signing the dotted lines, FK Haugesund’s Sporting Director, Eirik Opedal, praised the talent of the youngster

“FK Haugesund is very happy to sign Segun Otusanya. He is a good boy with a lot of talent. We are looking forward to exploring his talent and hopefully develop him to a successfull footballer,”

Otusanya who is renowned for his huge sense of positioning and incredible finishing instincts will join a long list of Nigerian footballers to have donned the colours of Haugesund; a list which includes Super Eagles assistant captain William Troost-Ekong.

FK Haugesund will open their campaign in the new Eliteserien League season on Monday April 10 with a trip to newly promoted side SK Brann.

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