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Kelechi Iheanacho: ‘Seniorman Kelz’ On Target In Leicester City Win Over Wolves



Iheanacho’s penalty cancelled out Matheus Cunha’s opener in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge of the Foxes since replacing Brendan Rodgers

Iheanacho’s penalty cancelled out Matheus Cunha’s opener in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge of the Foxes since replacing Brendan Rodgers

Kelechi Iheanacho’s penalty cancelled out Matheus Cunha’s opener in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge of the Foxes since replacing Brendan Rodgers.

Defeat denied Wolves a victory which would have put them on the brink of survival and left them with work still to do, sitting six points clear of the bottom three.

Robbed of James Maddison, out with illness, Smith had thrown caution to the wind with Tete, Iheanacho and Patson Daka joining Jamie Vardy going forward.

Smith was adamant Vardy could recapture some old glory, however fleeting, to save Leicester and within three minutes the striker rolled back the years.

The new boss felt the 36-year-old could still trust his legs and, when Iheanacho slipped him through, Vardy darted past Craig Dawson to cross for Tete, only for Toti Gomes to block.

Yet, despite a positive start, the hosts shot themselves in the foot with Youri Tielemans gifting Wolves a 13th-minute opener.

There was little threat when he collected Wout Faes’ pass 30 yards out but, with the aid of a heavy touch, Mario Lemina quickly hunted the midfielder down.

The ball ran to Cunha to advance and drill a clinical finish low beyond Daniel Iversen from the edge of the box.

It rocked Leicester, their early zip disappeared and the Foxes started creaking at the back, their defensive fragility all too clear.

Vardy was withdrawn at half-time and replacement Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall wasted a good chance 11 minutes into the second half, blazing over after Sa denied Daka.

Wolves had lost what momentum they had and again needed Sa to thwart Caglar Soyuncu as Leicester looked for a precious winner.

That finally came with 14 minutes left after an incisive moved which left Wolves chasing shadows.

Boubakary Soumare swapped passes with Daka and threaded a neat ball to the advancing Victor Kristiansen.

His first-time cross found the onrushing Castagne to sweep in from 12 yards for his first goal since August.

Iversen still needed to turn over Ruben Neves’ late free kick but the Foxes held on to give themselves hope.

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UEFA Conference League: Nigeria’s Abiodun Ogunniyi Scores To Inspire FK Auda 1-2 Win Over Cliftonville



Nigeria Under-23 ace, Abiodun Ogunniyi, was pivotal and inspirational for Latvian side, FK Auda, as he came through with the much sorted after goal which inspired his team 2-0 win away from home in one of the UEFA Conference league qualifiers fixture played today against Irish side, Cliftonville.

The Nigerian wing wizard outstanding performance in the first qualifiers fixture earned him a starting place in the all important fixture against Irish top flight league giants, Cliftonville.

After it’s triumph against, B36 Tórshavn, in the first qualifiers tie, FK Auda, shifted focus to the second qualifiers tie hoping to amass winnings when they face off with Nothern Ireland side, Cliftonville in a double leg clash.

Hoping to make it to the Conference league group stage, Northern Ireland league side, Cliftonville were faced with an uphill task in its second round qualifiers fixture haven been drawn to face Latvian side, FK Auda in a double header.

First half of the keenly contested fixture lived up to its billing with the visitors, FK Auda, bossing the half and rewarded with a lead off the boot of its Nigerian wing-wizard, Abiodun Ogunniyi, who broke the deadlock at the 32nd minute.

Host, Cliftonville fought back before the half time break and leveled up at the 39th minute to end the first half on stalemate.

A tough battle for the leading goal in the second half felled to the part of the visitors, FK Auda, as they restored lead off the boot of another of its Nigerian import, Abdulrahman Taiwo, at the 77th minute, a goal which separated the two sides at full time.

On a 2-1 scoreline aggregate, Latvian side, FK Auda, will hope to finish up the work when they face Cliftonville at home in a fortnight.

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Official: Nigerian Forward Ikwuemesi Joins Belgium Pro League Club, Leuven



Belgium Pro League club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, have announced the signing of forward Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi from
Serie A club, Salernitan.

The former Flying Eagles striker joined the Belgian outfit from Serie A side, Salernitan, after a year stint with the club before relegation.

After passing club routine medicals and completed paper works, the Nigerian striker has been unveiled by his new employees, arriving his arrival.

Last campaign in the Italian Serie A with Salernitan, Ikwuemesi who joined from Slovenia side NK Celje enjoyed a good run of form which made him handful for the club.

Ikwuemesi will add to the increasing numbers of Nigeria stars playing in the Belgian Pro League when the new 2024/2025 season gets underway.

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Transfer: Armenian Club FC Van Snaps Up Promising Nigerian Youngster



Ambitious Armenian topflight league side, Football Club Van, has completed the transfer of highly rated Nigerian youngster, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, from Bulgarian club, Botev Plovdiv.

Started his football career with Nigerian based side, Izuchukwu was scouted by topmost Nigerian Super Agent, Paul Ojo Omamomo, and shipped off to Russia to continue his development with the Russian based outfit, FDC Vista, combining his football career with formal Education.

Golden Fish has no hiding place, top talented Izuchukwu enjoyed a rapid development owing to his hardwork, a rapid development which made his stood out in back to back games with Russian team, FDC Vista.

Upon his maturity, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, attracted lots of offers but inked a deal with Bulgarian giants, Botev Plovdiv to take his development to the next level.

In search of quality playing time, the sensational player has penned a year deal with  Armenian side, Football Club Van, where he will feature for the team in the 2024/2025 Armenia topflight league season.

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