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Top Clubs Jostle For Junior Ajayi

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It appears that the five-year marriage between Junior Ajayi and Al Ahly has come to an end after he was deemed surplus to requirement by coach Pitso Mosimane.

The ex Shooting Stars striker is contracted to Shot until June 2022.

Ahly and forward’s management haven’t come to agreement on his compensation fee with the case gradually getting messy.

A media outlet reportedly stated that: “Ajayi asked for the value of his entire contract, which is estimated at $850,000, after Pitso Mosimane’s decision to dispense with him.”


“The club’s management is ready for all scenarios in dealing with the Ajayi crisis, whether if he complains to FIFA or agrees to an amicable solution and termination of the contract Al-Ahly’s administration offered him $400,000 in installments, but he refused and contacted a lawyer to obtain the full value of his contract from FIFA.

“This last offer is not for fear of filing a complaint against the club because the club’s position is sound, especially since the waiting list was drawn up by the Egyptian Football Association.”

A close confidant of Ajayi denied the rumours going around and stated that Junior wasn’t well respected by the Egyptian Premier League giants.

According to him, nothing has been offered by the reigning CAF Champions League winners to Ajayi’s management.


“Ahly already have their plan without Junior Ajayi for the 2021/22 season,” the source told the Media on Thursday.

“The problem is that the boy wasn’t well respected. In football, player and club is one of those beautiful marriages that doesn’t last for long.

“The whole process should be open and not shrouded in secrecy. This is a player well loved by the fans. He deserves better,” he continued.

“It has been five great years of joy and trophies for Junior and Ahly. Junior was a wonderful boy who metamorphosed to a responsible husband and great father of two boys.

“I can categorically inform you that nothing has been offered to Junior by Ahly. Lawyers are handling the case and you should get an update in a couple of days,” he added.

After Al Ahly signed African duo Percy Tau (South Africa) and Luis Miquissone (Mozambique), they needed to release two of their foreign players to respect the EFA’s regulations, which allows only five foreign players per team.

The Red Devils therefore put Junior Ajayi on their list of players surplus to requirement after Pitso Mosimane signed his boys.

Ajayi signed for Al Ahly in 2016 from Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien, after having won the Olympic bronze medal with Nigeria.

The 25-year-old hit the ground running in his first season with the Reds, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in 39 games across all competitions.

He kept his form for the majority of his stay in Cairo, making a total of 161 appearances and lifting 11 trophies along the way. These titles include four Egyptian Premier Leagues, two Egypt Cups, two Egyptian Super Cups, two CAF Champions Leagues and the CAF Super Cup.

Highly rated Ajayi won’t be short of offers as he has been recently linked with Zamalek and Pyramids.

A couple of clubs in Europe and Asia are also interested in the 36 Lion product.

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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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