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Weekend Review: 7 Outstanding Super Eagles Stars



By Freedom Ekawu

As the break for the world cup beckons many Nigerians starred and performed for their various sides in Europe last weekend.

So how did various super eagles stars perform? Let’s jump right into it.

The 25 year old scored a brilliant goal as his Italian side Cremonese wrestled to a 2-2 draw against Salernitana in Serie A action on Saturday. The Nigerian latched onto a pass on the far edge of the penalty area and fired first time into the bottom corner.

However, his side couldn’t get maximum points as Lassina Coulibaly and Michele Castagnetti ensured the game remained at a stalemate.

The 23 year old Cross Riverian was on target in a very difficult game against the French Champions in Ligue 1. The deadlock was broken by Brazilian Neymar jnr, but the Nigerian levelled, with his 9th goal of the campaign. Moffi was later denied a potential winner by the cross bar, as Pereira would go on to score the winning goal for the side from Paris in the 81st minute.

The Super eagles talisman once again showing his goal scoring capabilities once again in his sides 2-1 win at Atalanta in Serie A.

This was after the 23 year old conceded a penalty in which his fellow compatriot, Lookman would go on to convert in the 19th minute.

Osimhen also set up Eljif Elmas for the winning goal to provide a response after their midweek defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

This was Napoli’s 9th consecutive win in the Italian league as they sit pretty at the league summit.

The Nigerian fullback played the entirety of the game as Ajax were condemned to only their second loss of the season to PSV 2-1, who sit on top of the dutch league.

The 22 year old started off in the center of defense, as the Ajax backline struggled to stop PSV from scoring, as the young Nigerian has come under fire with certain criticism, most recently from former Ajax midfielder Vink.

The loss puts Ajax two points behind league leaders, PSV Eindhoven on 30 points.

The Nigerian has proved unstoppable for Belgium side Genk this season, as he scored four goals en route to a 4-1 defeat to Sporting Charleroi.

He is now the leading goal scorer with 12 from 13 matches this season in the Belgian pro league.

The Winger has continued with his rich vein of form in Serie A this season, with his 6th goal of the season with Atalanta.

He converted a penalty early on in the game, but was not enough to snatch the three points from a rampaging Osimhen’s Napoli.

The Super Eagles No.10 was placed on the bench ahead of the outing against a red hot Newcastle side, as his team succumbed to a 4-1 throbbing.

Even when introduced in the 64th minute, the versatile attacker could do little to salvage the situation of his club.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has since been sacked as Luton Town Head Coach Nathan Jones is the leading candidate to get the job in the dug out. Aribo will be looking to get more consistency at ST. Mary’s, having only scored twice in 14 Premier league games under the Austrian. Southampton presently occupies 18th position on the table with three wins, three draws and eight losses from 14 league games.

All in all, not a bad time at the office for Nigerians abroad.

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Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau: Rating Of Nigeria Super Eagles Players



The Nigerian Super Eagles came through with a shambolic display which led to the team defeat against the ‘Wild Dogs’ of Guinea-Bissau, in one of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers fixture played earlier today at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

First half goal from Mama Balde was enough to seal all maximum points for the visitors at the expense of the Nigeria Super Eagles.

Following the team poor outing, below is a rating of the individual performances of the Nigeria Super Eagles team.

1. Francis Uzoho (6/10)

Once more Uzoho who retained his place in goal failed to keep a clean-sheet regardless coming through big the few times he was called to action.

2. Bright Samuel-Osayi (8/10)
Arguably Super Eagles man of the match, Samuel-Osayi was a beauty playing from the right back position.

Samuel lived up to expectations offensively and defensively and played a vital role which earnable Samuel Chukwueze to express himself.

3. Zaidu Sanusi (6/10)

Unlike Samuel-Osayi, Zaidu Sanusi failed to live upto expectations. The Guinea-Bissau side capitalized on his deficiency to always operate from his side often and on with many success.

Zaidu Sanusi contributed to the reason why Ademola Lookman wasn’t able to live up to his full potentials.

4. Kevin Akpoguma (6/10)

Akpoma was the weak link in the Eagles backline, many times, the defender was found napping and one of those times resulted to the visitors goal.

5. Calvin Bassey (7/10)

Adventurous Bassey was committed to cleaning up the mess in the Eagles backline.

His partnership with Kevin Akpoguma was below par as the lacked the needed cohesion,little wonder they were found napping in the build up of Guinea-Bissau goal.

6. Ndidi Wilfred (7/10)

Tho below par but a decent display from Ndidi Wilfred, the Leicester City winger won much tackles but had his rating reduced failing to convert a begging chance.

7. Alex Iwobi (8/10)

Iwobi came to the party and gave in his all. The Everton man was virtually everyone and strived to make things happen for the Eagles from the middle of the park.

8. Samuel Chukwueze (7/10)

A decent one from Samuel Chukwueze, his cohesion with Samuel-Osayi made their wing lively but had his rating reduced as he failed to make key moments count.

9. Ademola Lookman (5/10)

A total bad day in office it was for Ademola Lookman, the Atalanta winger was a shadow of himself in the game as basically nothing worked for him in the game.

10. Kelechi Iheanacho (5/10)

Iheanacho was more like a passenger in the game, Kelechi was a shadow of himself but had a decent rating following one scoring opportunity provided.

11. Victor Osimhen (7/10)

Napel striker, Osimhen arguably had a bad day in office. The little fed striker made things work for him but unfortunate not to score.

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Paris 2024: Abiodun Ogunniyi Optimistic Olympics Eagles Will Overrun Guinea In Morroco To Qualify



Futbola klubs Auda and Olympic Eagles winger, Oluwatimilehin Abiodun Ogunniyi, has described Nigeria U-23 stalemate against Guinea U-23 as unfortunate but remained optimistic of the team causing an upset in the second leg of the fixture slayed for 28th March in Morroco.

In a post-match reaction, visibly gutted Oluwatimilehin Abiodun Ogunniyi expressed high optimism of him and the team getting the job done in Morocco.

“The first leg of the fixture is done and dusted and we have shifted our focus to the next fixture in Morroco”

“We played and gave in our best but we were unfortunate not to get a goal but it’s not the end of the road for us”

“We can possibly seal an U-23 AF ON ticket in Morroco and the whole team is resolute to make it happen”

“We have the quality and it’s now left for us to show quality by matching our opponent’s toe to toe in the second league”

After a disappointing draw at home, the Nigeria U-23 will have their fate in their hands as a win in Morroco will see the team through.

The winner on aggregate will qualify for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco later this year, at which Africa’s flag bearers at next year’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will emerge

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Official: FK Haugesund Unveils Promising Nigerian Youngster Segun Otusanya



Norwegian based side FK Haugesund have completed the signing of highly rated Nigerian striker, Segun Otusanya.

The highly promising striker started his professional football career with Nigerian based outfit, Stars Builders Academy.

Following his exciting development in his Nigerian based Academy,Segun Otusanya, caught the eyes of Nigeria Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso, as he was handed invitation to the Nigerian U-20 camp.

Whilst in the colours of the Nigeria National team, Segun Otusanya. was outstanding but failed to make the final list for the just concluded U-20 AFCON held in Egypt.

After signing the dotted lines, FK Haugesund’s Sporting Director, Eirik Opedal, praised the talent of the youngster

“FK Haugesund is very happy to sign Segun Otusanya. He is a good boy with a lot of talent. We are looking forward to exploring his talent and hopefully develop him to a successfull footballer,”

Otusanya who is renowned for his huge sense of positioning and incredible finishing instincts will join a long list of Nigerian footballers to have donned the colours of Haugesund; a list which includes Super Eagles assistant captain William Troost-Ekong.

FK Haugesund will open their campaign in the new Eliteserien League season on Monday April 10 with a trip to newly promoted side SK Brann.

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