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5 Things Rohr Must Get Right If Nigeria Are To Beat Liberia And Cape Verde

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The Nigeria Super Eagles will continue it’s quest to book a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup as the team file out on Saturday to trade tackles with the ‘Lone Stars’ of Liberia in Morroco and return fixture against Cape Verde in Nigeria.

Prior to the current International break, the Super Eagles were stunned in Lagos as Little known Central Africa Republic caused an upset in the current CAF World Cup Qualifiers series as the team clipped the wings of Stars studded Super Eagles side right infront of their home fans in Nigeria.

Determined Super Eagles dusted themselves and reclaimed the lost point in Cameroon against the Central Africa Republic side Courtesy of Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen goals.

The Super Eagles who are already in Morroco where they will trade tackles with the Liberian senior national team will look forward to claim a win away from home and return back at home and finish the business which will brighten the team chances of qualifying for the ‘Mundial’ in Qatar next year.

All eyes will be on Rohr and his Super Eagles team on Saturday when they square up against the ‘Lone Stars’ of Liberia in Morroco, these are five (5) key things Coach Gernot Rohr must do right if the team wishes to seal it’s qualification with a game to spare.

1. 4-4-2 Formation over 4-5-2


Gernot Rohr since been in charge of the Countries senior National team has failed to establish a ‘trademark’ pattern of play for the team.

The Franco-German coach changes formation at will, depending on the opponents and the personnel’s at his disposal

With the return of Odion Jude Ighalo back to the fold of the Super Eagles, a 4-4-2 Diamond formation will yield much desired result as they formation entails an attacking brand of football.

The return of Wilfred Ndidi makes the formation more desirable with the trio of Iwobi, Aribo and Ndidi bossing the middle of the park, Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze down the channels whilst experienced Odion Jude and Osimhen Victor leading the line.

2. Overhaul The Midfield Options.


Following the absence of Wilfred Ndidi and Iwobi in the Eagles previous qualifiers fixtures, the Super Eagles midfield has been less productive with the team lacking creativity.

The return of Ndidi and Iwobi into the Super Eagles gives the German-Franco gaffer the desired personnel’s who can excute the 4-4-2 formation.

3. Victor Osimhen x Ighalo Pair


The pairing of Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo has been one attacking partnership that everyone longed to see in the Super Eagles but never happened till Ighahlo announced his retirement form National team duties after the last AFCON in Egypt.

The dream of every Nigeria Super Eagles fan is on the verge of coming through following the Suprise return of the former Manchester United tailsman.

As the team trade tackles with Liberia and subsequently against, Cape Verde the pair of Osimhen and Ighahlo is inevitable in a 4-4-2 formation.

With their unique attacking assest, Rohr should be able to utilize the two combination of youthfulness and experience in attack if he wish to see the Eagles fly in Morroco and Nigeria.

4. Zaidu Sanusi Over Jamilu Collins.


Jamilu Collins arguably had his worst game in the colours of the national team in his previous outing with the Super Eagles in recent times.

The Paderborn defender, Collins never contributed meaningful to the progression of the team either defensively or offensively, in the past games, the Super Eagles left wing has totally been ineffective with no exciting movement’s down the channels.

Jamilu’s constant back passes plays out every winger down the Channel as he automatically cuts them out and thus make them ineffective.

Gernot Rohr should take the bull by the horn and return FC Porto left full-back, Zaidu Sanusi, as he has more to offer from the left flank than Jamilu Collins.

5. Steady and Good Deliveries


Gernot Rohr should endeavor to condition his wingers to always bring in deliveries once the approach the Opponents offensive third.

With the return of Samuel Chukwueze, with Chidera Ejuke and Moses Simon in the team, Rohr should endeavor to condition the wingers to bring in deliveries as to be able to explore the aerial ability of Osimhen, Onuachu and Ighahlo.

The game on Saturday is winnable if only the Super Eagles tactician is able to implement the needful.

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Nigeria Striker, Leke James Bags Degree In Business Management

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Nigeria forward, Leke Samson James, has completed his Business and Sports Management course at the, University of Hertfordshire in United Kingdom.

James follows in the footstep of former Nigeria International, Seyi Olofinjana, Nigeria Super Eagles midfielder, Ndidi Wilfred as well as Nigeria Super Falcons duo of Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu. who bagged degrees in same discipline.

He started out his career in his native homeland playing for Bridge Boys.

He transferred to Aalesund on 6 January 2012,

On 26 July 2012 he made his first appearance for Aalesund coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half of the game versus Tirana in Europe League scoring twice in Aalesund’s 5–0 win. On 29 July 2012 he made his debut in Tippeligaen and also started his first match, against Stabæk.

Between 2016 and 2017 he played for Chinese club Beijing Enterprises Group in China League One.

On 30 April 2018, Molde FK announced the signing of James on a three-year contract.[2] He got his Molde debut on 26 July 2018 when he came on as a 67th minute substitute in Molde’s 3–0 win against Laçi in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. James scored Molde’s third goal in the game

On June 2019, James scored a perfect hat-trick in the first half in Molde’s 4–0 away win against Strømsgodset.[3]He scored with his right foot, left foot and his head and completed his hat-trick in 13 minutes and 45 seconds. On 11 July 2019.

After a short spell in the Saudi Pro League, James joined Süper Lig club Sivasspor on a two-year on 14 July 2021.[6]

On 30 December 2021, James scored two goals in Sivasspor’s 2–1 win over MKE Ankaragücü in the fifth round of the Turkish Cup.[7] Sivasspor would eventually defeat Kayserispor in the final to secure the club its first major honour.[8]

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Bulgarian Cup: Ukaki Success Shines In Botev Plovdiv Quarter-Finals Win.

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Promising Nigerian youngster, Success Ukaki came through with another top performance in the colors of Bulgarian outfit, Botev Plovdiv, as he shone like a million stars in the keenly contested quarter-finals fixture between Botev Plovdiv and Spartak Varna in the Bulgarian cup.

Arriving from FDC Vista, Ukaki within a short term has continued to garner minutes of action under his belt as he delivered excellently haven started against Spartak Varna in the Bulgarian Cup quarterfinals.

Playing from Right-wing back position, Ukaki was a menace down the channels as he was a major threat offensively and still kept it solid defensively.

Ukaki and his Botev Plovdiv side squared up for a tricky clash in the quarter finals of the Bulgarian cup haven been drawn to trade tackles with Spartak Varna.

Spartak Varna has their quest for glory put to a litmus test haven been drawn to face top ranking Botev Plovdiv side away from home in the quarterfinals.

First half of the exciting fixture had Botev Plovdiv establishing a 1-0 lead at half time courtesy of Nigerian striker, Samuel Akere 22nd minute goal.

On return for the second half, Akere continued from where he stopped and this time provided assist for Popov.I 72nd minute goal which doubled Botev Plovdiv lead.

Spartak Varna fought back only to get a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to cause upset for Botev Plovdiv

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Bulgarian Cup: Red-hot Samuel Akere Scores, Bags Assist As Botev Plovdiv Edge Spartak Varna

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Highly rated Nigerian winger, Samuel Akere, was the hero for Bulgarian outfit, Botev Plovdiv, as he scored and recorded assist to inspire Botev Plovdiv to a 2-1 win against Spartak Varna in quarter-finals played today in the Bulgarian cup.

Unarguably one of Botev Plovdiv best players, Akere has continued to evolve rapidly as he his exciting performances week in, week out has earned him a starting place in the stars studded Botev Plovdiv team.

Akere and his Botev Plovdiv side squared up for a tricky clash in the quarter finals of the Bulgarian cup haven been drawn to trade tackles with Spartak Varna.

Spartak Varna has their quest for glory put to a litmus test haven been drawn to face top ranking Botev Plovdiv side away from home in the quarterfinals.

First half of the exciting fixture had Botev Plovdiv establishing a 1-0 lead at half time courtesy of Nigerian striker, Samuel Akere 22nd minute goal.

On return for the second half, Akere continued from where he stopped and this time provided assist for Popov.I 72nd minute goal which doubled Botev Plovdiv lead.

Spartak Varna fought back only to get a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to cause upset for Botev Plovdiv

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