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FC Red Bull Salzburg Nigerian Midfielder Eyes Super Eagles Recall

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FC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria Nigerian midfielder, Samson Tijani, has expressed his desire to be recalled back to the Nigeria Senior National team.

The highly rated youngster, Samson Tijani, joined Austrian topflight league giants, FC Red Bull Salzburg, after an outstanding performance with the Ñigeria U17 team during the Africa U17 Nations Cup.

In search of more playing time upon his arrival to Austria, the sensational youngster On 14 August, was loaned out to Hartberg for the season.

He (Samson Tijani) made his competitive debut for the club on 30 August against Dornbirner in the Austrian Cup. He started and played the full match as Hartberg won (7–0).

Owing to the talented midfielder Outstanding performance whilst on loan with Austrian giant’s, Hartberg, Tijani was handed an invite to the Nigeria Super Eagles were he went ahead and made his debut with the senior Nigeria national team in a friendly 1-0 loss to Algeria on 9 October 2020.

Ahead of the Austrian topflight league resumption, the fast rising midfielder has been recalled back to his parent club,FC Red Bull Salzburg.

The midfield maestro on return to his parents club,FC Red Bull Salzburg, has been made eligible to feature in the current UEFA Champions League knock out stage after been registered as one of the squad member of the, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Champions League team.

Following his impressive displays for FC Red Bull Salzburg, main team and recent feats, Tijani told Nigeriasportsnews.com he hopes he gets a call-up back to the Super Eagles ahead of the team world cup qualifiers play-off and the mundial proper if the team qualifies.

“It’s a pleasure to be enlisted in the Champions League squad for a great club like FC Red Bull Salzburg, is an honour and a privilege I shall utilize to the fullest”

“It’s every player dream to play for his fatherland, i have been with the Junior and the Senior National team and I know how it feels around there and I cannot wait to be recalled to the Super Eagles to contribute my quota in the team”

“Hardwork placed me where I am today and I wouldn’t relent because I know is not yet Uhuru, i will give in my best for the FC Red Bull Salzburg as well as for the Super Eagles team when handed a Call-Up” the 19-years-old Midfield maestro concluded.

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Joshua Akpudje: Rock-Solid Nigeria Defender Listed In Erovnuli Liga TOTW

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Highly rated Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, has been listed in the Erovnuli Liga Team Of The Week following his stellar performance in FC Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 home win over Samgurali.

Akpudje and his FC Dinamo Tbilisi side squared up against Samgurali in its first Matchday of the season hoping to start on the front foot with a victory when the two sides lock horns at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.

The keenly contested fixture had the host, FC Dinamo Tbilisi opening scoring at the 10th minute and doubled its lead at the 32nd second goal to end the first half infront and all maximum points at full time.

Rock-solid Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, who lasted for all 90mins in the fixture was a beauty to watch as he marshaled the team backline expertly to ensure a win with a clean-sheet.

Joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Joshua Akpudje heartwarming display in the fixture against Samgurali earned him a place in the team of the week alongside other players who were outstanding with their various clubs.

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Weekend Review: Nine (9) Nigerian Stars Who Found Back Of Net

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Actions resumed over the weekend across many leagues as teams continue their quest for domestic and continental glory in various Matchdays.

In over a thousand games played across top leagues at the weekend, Nigerian players were outstanding with their various clubsides and here are (9) Nigerian stars who found back of the net at the weekend.

1. Chidera Ejuke (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

The Nigerian ‘magician’ was in his usual element as he scored and bagged assists to help Royal Antwerp clinch a 3-0 win.

2. Rasheed Sodiq (Rabotinick, Macedonia)

The Nigerian defender came through with a goal to help Rabotnicki Skopje secure a win at home.

3. Terem Moffi (OG Nice, France)

The Nigeria Super Eagles star scored his side only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Tolouse.

4. Boluwatife Ogungbayi (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)

The highly rated forward fired in a brace to help Slavia Prague B clinch a 3-0 against Admira Prague.

5. Ahmed Abdullahi (Genk, Belgium)

Red-hot Ahmed Abdullahi in his scoring element scored twice to help Jong Genk down Royal Antwerp B at home.

6. Aliyu Ibrahim (Houston Dynamo, USA)

The Nigerian winger opened his goal account in the new season regardless his side 2-1 lose.

7. Effiong Nsungusi (FC Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan)

Nsungusi started off life with, FC Neftchi Fergana, on the front foot as he fired a brace to inspire the team win.

8. Olakunle Olusegun (FC Krasnodar, Russia)

The Nigerian striker opened scoring for his side to earn the team a point in their 1-1 stalemate.

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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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