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Seven (7) Super Eagles Stars Who Failed To Shine Under Rohr

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Since the reign of the current Nigerian Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr, it has been all rosey for a set of Super Eagles players whilst another set are yet to find their feet under the Franco-German tactician.

In recent times, the Franco-German tactician has been sited on a keg of gun powder with many uncertainties regards to his position as the Coach of the ‘Giant Of Africa’ Senior National team.

Diverse opinions sprung up following the Nigeria Super Eagles awful display during the Qatar 2022 qualifiers fixture against, Cape Verde, last month.

In this piece, we will take a look at some Nigerian Stars who has failed to flourish and live to expectations with the Nigerian Super Eagles team under Gernot Rohr.

1. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain)
Rohr’s take over as the Nigerian Super Eagles gaffer birthed the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ duo of Leon Balogun and Troost-Ekong, thereby sidelining rock solid, Kenneth Omeruo, who before Rohr’s appointment commanded first team shirt in the Eagles backline.

The Spanish based defender, Kenneth Omeruo, hardly sees matches under the Franco-German Coach regardless being invited to camp every now and then.

2. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)
The French based wing wizard has lost hiss Mojo since Gernot Rohr take over as the Nigeria Super Eagles gaffer.

The Dashing winger who had been ahead in the pecking order in the National team is rarely featured in matches, little wonder he declined the November World Cup qualifiers invitation.

3. Shehu Abdullahi (Cyprus)
The Utility player who had been ever present on Matchdays before Rohr’s arrival seemed to be handed a regular place on the Bench.

Shehu Abdullahi’s ability to play in more than one position always had him feature for the Eagles but seems to be relegated under Rohr’s regime.

4. Dennis Bonaventure (Watford, England)
The Watford striker since Rohr’s regime is hardly seen in the Green-White-Green colours, an oversight which many has blamed the tactician.

6. Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland, Nigeria)
The Nigerian home based Goalkeeper who was ever present in the Eagles squad before Rohr’s arrival seems to be blacklisted as he is rarely seen with the Eagles team in recent times.

7. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)
The exciting winger who before Rohr’s arrival was a Super Regular seems to been blacklisted from National team duties regardless his form with his Greek side.

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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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