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Saturday Preview: 15 Nigerian Stars To Watch Out For Today

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After an explosive and Mouth watering fixtures across European and Scandinavia leagues on Friday, teams will be filing out on Saturday as they continue their quest for domestic and continental glory.

Nigerian stars will not be left out as in the (1429) fixtures to been played on Saturday across top leagues.

Below are the top Nigerian stars to look out for today .

1. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)


The Super Eagles striker who is currently suffering from goal drought will look forward to put up a sublime performance just like fellow Compatriot, Maduka Okoye, in the Dutch topflight league when his side trade tackles with, Groningen, today.

2. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)


The Super Eagles left footed defender who got his second National team call up for the Nigeria Super Eagles and his team will have their handsful when they file out against, Aberdeen, in one of the Matchdays in the Scottish league lined up for today.

3. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)


The left footed Super Eagles midfielder will be looked upon to help pilot the affairs in the middle of the pack when his side faces, Aberdeen, later today.

4. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)


The Super Eagles big centre back who got a recall back to the Nigeria Super Eagles fold is expected to lead the backline and ensure a clean sheet when they go toe to toe with Stars studded Aberdeen team.

5. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)


Chukwueze and his Villareal team who defeated Espanyol on a (5-1) final score will be up to continue their winning streak when they face, Osasuna, later today at home.

6. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)


The lanky striker who made th standby list of the Nigeria Super Eagles team will look forward to add to his goal tally when his side face, Cercle Brugge, later today in th Belgian topflight league.

7. Kelechi Iheanacho x Ndidi Wilfred x Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)


The three Nigerian compatriots will be expected to play a pivotal role to help their inconsistent team regain their mojo when they face, Leeds United, at the Kings Power Stadiums, later today.

8. Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany)


The Nigerian Super Eagles star who made the Nigeria Super Eagles standby list will hope to add to his goal numbers when his side faces, Wolfsburg, on Saturday afternoon.

9. Ugochukwu Iwu (FC Urartu Yerevan, Armenia)


The highly rated Midfielder will look forward to aid his side to another win away from home when they face, Ararat Yerevan, on Saturday afternoon.

10. Samson Okikiola Tijani (Salzburg, Austria)


The Nigerian international who came off the bench in his side barren draw in the Austrian cup at the midweek will be hoping for a start when his side faces, Altach, at home.

11. Jose Maja (Stoke City, England)


The Nigerian international who suffered a big defeat in the English cup game against Crystal Palace will hope to aid his side bounce back to winning ways when they face, Blackpool, on Saturday afternoon.

13. Tolu Arokodare (Amiens, France)


The tall striker who bagged a brace last weekend will hope to continue his impressive form when they face, Pau, at home on Saturday night

14.Olisah Ndah (Orlando Pirate, South Africa)


The Super Eagles player would be hoping to add to his clean sheet when his side take on Kazier Chiefs at home on Saturday.

15. Daniel Akpeyi (Kazier Chiefs, South Africa)
The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper will be up against his fellow Compatriot, Olisah Ndah, when their two clashes in the ‘Soweto Derby’ today.

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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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