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UEFA Europa League: Nigerian Stars To Watch Out

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The Prestigious UEFA organised competition, Europa League, will be heading into its final group stage matches today as teams struggle for top spot finish whilst others strives to avoid exit.

Below is a preview of Nigerian stars to be on the watch out for as they would be in action with their clubs in the Europa league and in the conference league.

1. Uche Agbo (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)
The highly experienced Midfielder will be expected to shoulder the middle of the park affairs for his side when they come up against Dannish outfit, FC Copenhagen

2. Leon Balogun (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles of Nigeria rock solid defender remained sidelined and out for selection as his side faces French side, Lyon..

3. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed Super Eagles midfield maestro who featured all 90min in Rangers win against, Dundee FC at the weeknd in the Scottish league is expected to be included in the starting line up on Thursday when his Scottish side face, Lyon, away from home.

4. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left full back who was in action at the weeknd in his side convincing win against, Dundee FC, is expected to retain his place in the line up when his side square up against, Lyon, in france.

5. Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany)
The inform Super Eagles Striker will look forward to hurt it’s Czech Republic opponents, Slavia Prague when the two sides clashes at the, Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

6. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles Striker who celebrated his 27th year birthday yesterday as well crowned Feyenoord’s November player of the month will look forward to add to his goals when they trade tackles with, Maccabi Haifa,on Thursday night.

7. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The Super Eagles talisman, Paul Onuachu, will be all out on Thursday to help his side avoid been sent parking from the competition when they come toe to toe with Austrian giant’s, Rapid Vienna, on Thursday.

8. Stephen Odey (Randers, Denmark)
The Nigeria professional football league ‘Goal King’ will look forward to propel his side to a win with his goal on Thursday when they face Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar.

10. Esiti Anderson (PAOK Thessaloniki, Greece)
The former Super Eagles midfielder who played all 90mins at the weeknd will look forward to help his side bag a win when they face Gibraltar topflight league giants, Lincoln Red Imps.

11. Raphael Onyedika (Midtjylland, Denmark)
The box to box midfield maestro will be relied on by his side for pocket passes and assists when they come up against Bulgarian giants, Ludogorets, on Thursday night.

12. Ezikiel Henty (Slovan Bratislava)
The Slovakian league highest goal scorer will be out to hurt it’s Dannish opponents when Slovan Bratislava welcomes, FC Copenhagen, on Thursday night.

13. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)
The Super Eagles striker will be missing in action haven be left behind from the trip to Italy.

14. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City, England)
The box to box Super Eagles midfielder who just made as return to the Rodgers Brendan team is expected to be on parade for his side when they face Italian Seria A outfit, Napoli on Thursday night.

15. Alhassan Yusuf(Royal Antwerp)
The Midfielder will be on parade with his Belgian side, Royal Antwerp, when they host Greek giant’s, Olympiacos Piraeus.

16. Rabiu Ibrahim (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)
The left footed midfield maestro will be relied upon for the killer passes and setting up fellow Compatriot, Ezikiel Henty, when they faced Dannish side, FC Copenhagen, on Thursday night.

17. Ubong Ekpai (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)
The lethal striker is expected to wear his scoring boots to help his side when they face, Union Berlin away from home.

18. Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)
Just like his fellow compatriot, Olayinka will be expected to be in his usual beast mode when his side faces Union Berlin on Thursday night.

19. Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, striker)
The petit winger will not be showing up with his side haven been left out from the team to face Napoli owing to illness.

20. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos Piraeus, Grecce)
The Super Eagles winger who was instrumental to his Greek side win at the weeknd in the league is expected to line up with his side on Thursday night when they welcome Belgian side, Royal Antwerp, away from home.

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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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