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Scouting Report: Samson Tijani, A Budding Super Star



In recent times, Nigeria has turned a ‘Talent Hub’ for most clubs across European and Scandinavia countries as they often and On troop into the West African country in search of ‘Raw football talents.

Nigerian top talents who has blossomed into prominent stars in the world of football has always reassures scouts that there are many more untapped talents inherent in the West African country.

The swift development of unheralded Nigerian star, Samson Okikiola Tijani, has left many in awe as the Midfielder who is turning necks in the Austrian topflight league with FC Red Bull Salzburg, is tipped as the next Nigerian big star in the making.

Born on 17 May 2002, highly rated youngster, Samson Okikiola Tijani, after an outstanding performance with the Nigeria U17 topped the radar of top European Clubsides.

After much speculations, Samson Okikiola Tijani, later teamed up with Austrian topflight league outfit,FC Red Bull Salzburg, from his Nigerian based Academy side.

On 14 August, Tijani was loaned out to Hartberg for the season.He 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).

Following his exploits in the Austrian league, Samson Okikiola Tijani, was handed an invite to the Nigeria Super Eagles and went ahead make his debut with the senior Nigeria national team in a friendly 1-0 loss to Algeria on 9 October 2020.

The fast rising Nigerian born midfielder posse’s outstanding qualities which makes him the missing link in the Nigeria Senior National team, as the presence of a Midfielder of Tijani’s calibre to a large extent can help solve the midfield dilemma in the Nigeria Senior National team.

Below are some exceptional qualities which makes the fast rising 19-years-old, Samson Okikiola Tijani, a budding super star.

The Nigerian born midfield maestro, Samson Okikiola Tijani, strength lie mainly in his technique as the highly rated young player is a two-footed player.

Tijani’s shooting, dribbling, control, and ability to cross the ball with both feet makes him of a high caliber.

1 Ball Control: Tijani has excellent close ball control and quick feet, retaining possession well, even when tightly marked.

2. Running with the ball: The Nigerian International runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at speed is incredible.

3. Attacking Ability: He is very attack minded and always look to find space so that he can get at his man. He is very quick in supporting the forward players.

4. Defending Ability: He is very fast in responding to defensive situations and always determined when tracking back. He is 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.

6.Tackling: When competing for the ball, he is always aggression and determination to win the challenge.

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



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



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.



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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