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Scouting Report: Dele Ola Israel; A Budding Super Star

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The quest for greener pastures has seen Nigerian born players leave the shores of the Country for a better life in the round leather game across European and Scandinavia countries.

These Nigerian born and eligible players are no doubts making and flying the Country flag at a high with outstanding performances with their various clubs.

Football is arguably one of the best most followed sport in the world and it does not come as a surprise that Nigeria has exported some of the finest footballers to play the round leather game and highly rated Latvian based, Dele Ola Israel may become one of those elites.

The fast rising Nigerian born and BFC Daugavpils Utility player who functions perfectly as a winger or a supporting striker outstanding qualities has remained one of the reasons the unheralded Nigerian international has been consistent in the Latvian Virsliga in back to back seasons.

After marking his debut in the Latvian Virsliga, in 2020, Dele Ola Israel success story has been mind boggling as he has gone ahead to clinch the Latvian domestic cup gold medal with FK Liepāja.

The exciting youngster who has been further been tipped for greatness by analysts and Pundits already has a goal to his name in the current Latvian Virsliga season.

Below are some exceptional qualities which makes the fast rising youngster,Dele Ola Israel, a budding super star.

The Nigerian wing wizard, Dele Ola Israel, who can play from the wings and midfield has his strength lie mainly in his ability to comfortably play with both feets.

Dele Ola Israel shooting, dribbling, control, and ability to cross the ball with both feet makes him of a high caliber.

1 Ball Control: Regardless the weight of an pass, Dele Ola Israel, has excellent close ball control and quick feet, retaining possession well, even when tightly marked.

2. Running with the ball: The Nigerian eligible striker has this one of his exceptional qualities. Israel’s ability to cut in from the channels with lots of speeds makes him more difficult to tackle and dispossessed. His balance when running at speed is incredible.

3. Attacking Ability: Owing to his quick feets, Dele Ola Israel is very attack minded and always look to find space so that he can get at his man to always play the combination. He is very quick in giving center forwards angles of support as he’s often hugging the lines which enables him to score handful of goals.

4. Defending Ability: The exciting youngster ability to track back when his under threat ranks as one of the reasons he is often favoured in the pecking order of Coach Oleksandr Horshkov tutored BFC Daugavpils team.

When tracking back, Dele is always full of strength to win challenges.

5. Heading: He has the strength to contest with head and always releases ferocious headers when caught up aerial.

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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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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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