Yira Sor reveals ambition to emulate Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland

The 21-year-old who won EaglesTracker’s Rookie of the season award believes he can do what the world’s best youngsters are doing.

Slavia Prague youngster, Yira Sor has spoken about his ambitions for the future, mentioning Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as examples he wants to emulate. 

The 21-year-old who won EaglesTracker’s Rookie of the season award believes he can do what the world’s best youngsters are doing.

In an exclusive interview with EaglesTracker, he revealed that he believes he can compete for the FIFA World’s Best Player of the Year. 

“I am someone that dreams big, and I am always confident that I can get to the very best,” Sor said. “I believe, and I think I can get to the level of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland.

“I am so confident and I believe in myself. Whenever I get an opportunity, I try to grab it. I wish to play in the Champions League, I wish someday to represent my country, and maybe win trophies. And then, maybe compete for the best player in Africa, and the Balon d’Or.”

The former Nigerian youth International joined Banik Ostrava of Czech Republic in February 2021 from 36 Lions before signing for Slavia Prague for €1.2 million in January 2022.

Sor has subsequently established himself as a key member of their squad, scoring vital goals for the Czechs.

He was involved in 20 goals (11 goals and 9 assists) in 40 games.

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Chiamaka Nnadozie: I want to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world

21-year old Super Falcons & Paris FC goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie sat down with us to discuss her year 2021 as well as her goals for 2022.

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21-year old Super Falcons and Paris FC goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie sat down virtually with EaglesTracker to discuss her year 2021 as well as her goals for 2022.

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I was almost a beggar in Senegal before making it in professional football

In Part 1 of the Untold Stories of Nigerian Football Series, Dickson Nwakaeme speaks about his upbringing, his journey from growing up in Ajegunle, going for trials in Togo, playing football and begging on the streets of Senegal all the way to making it in professional football.

Untold Stories of Nigerian Football with Dickson Nwakaeme

Recently retired striker, Dickson Nwakaeme sat down virtually with AyoT of EaglesTracker to discuss some of the lesser known stories of his life and football journey.

In Part 1 of the Untold Stories of Nigerian Football Series, Dickson Nwakaeme speaks about his upbringing, his journey from growing up in Ajegunle, going for trials in Togo, playing football and begging on the streets of Senegal all the way to making it in professional football.

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Taiwo Awoniyi: To play for Nigeria is a privilege and honour

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with Taiwo Awoniyi, who made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying defeat against Central African Republic.

FC Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi spoke exclusively to EaglesTracker

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with 24-year old striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, who recently earned his first call up, and made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying defeat against Central African Republic.

It has always been one of my greatest dreams and to be able to have the opportunity (to play for Nigeria) is a privilege and honour which I’m happy about, and all glory to God for making it possible.”

Taiwo Awoniyi reflects on getting his first Super Eagles call up

Taiwo spoke about the depth of quality currently in the Super Eagles, and how he sees this as an opportunity not to elevate himself, but to fight for the nation.

Nigeria is a country full of talents and great players. I hope and work for victory as that is the goal of the national team. I personally don’t see it as place you have to set personal glory or achievements for yourself, but a place to represent the colour and fight for the nation, for success on every outing, and that’s my only aim.

Taiwo Awoniyi in Super Eagles training

Taiwo did not forget to thank the fans for their support, and he of course reserves all Glory for God, who he believes makes all things possible

“Thanks to all the fans for their support as it means a lot no matter how little. I am just a boy full of hope, dreams, and above all, connected to the only one who makes all things possible.

I believe there’s more to come, with God’s help, hard work and dedication.”

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Kingsley Michael: Making my Super Eagles debut was a dream come true

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with Kingsley Michael, who recently made his Super Eagles debut in the victory over Cape Verde.

Kingsley Michael reflects on making his first appearance for the Super Eagles of Nigeria

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with 22-year old midfielder, Kingsley Michael, who recently earned his first call up, and made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying victory over Cape Verde.

“First of all, I want to give thanks to God, he made it possible. I really can’t explain how I felt making my debut. It was like a dream come true, I was sooo happy, the joy was too much.

Kingsley Michael reflects on making his first appearance for the Super Eagles of Nigeria
Kingsley Michael reflects on making his Super Eagles debut

Michael expressed his surprise at even being called up for the games in the first place, “I was really surprised. I didn’t expect or believe it until I got to the Eagles camp and had my first training. Then I realized it was all real and true.

Super Eagles starting xi vs Cape Verde
Super Eagles starting xi vs Cape Verde

Looking forward to the next opportunity to put on the green and white jersey of Nigeria, Michael asks for the fans support, while promising to play from the heart always. “I want the fans to keep supporting me because there is room for improvement, and watch for the heart that I play with. I love them all, thank you.”

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INTERVIEW: Wale Musa Alli On His European Adventure

Wale Musa Alli is one of a number of promising young Nigerians that are earning their stripes all across Europe. The 19-year old left winger, who was born in Lagos, is a graduate of Greensprings School, Lekki and is currently on the books of Austrian second tier side, SKU Amstetten where he continues to impress. EaglesTracker caught up with him this week as he shared his experiences on life in Europe and his future aspirations.

Wale Musa Alli is one of a number of promising young Nigerians currently earning their stripes all across Europe. The 19-year old left winger, who was born in Lagos, is a graduate of Greensprings School, Lekki and is currently on the books of Austrian second tier side, SKU Amstetten where he continues to impress. EaglesTracker caught up with him this week as he shared his experiences on life in Europe and his career aspirations.

INTERVIEW

ET: Hello Wale, would you mind giving us a brief Introduction?

ALLI: My name is Wale Musa Alli and I’m a winger for SKU Amstetten in the Austrian 2nd division. I play on the left side but I’m also very much capable on either flank. I featured for the Ekofootball Future Stars in Lagos before heading to Estonia where I played for JK Tallinna Kalev. My 4 goals and 12 assists in 35 appearances saw me move to my current club in January of this year.

ET: How did your love for Football start?

ALLI: I’ve loved football for a long time but I made up my mind to be a professional when I watched Ronaldinho in the colours of Barcelona and AC Milan in the late 2000s’, I try as much as possible to emulate his style of play. Lionel Messi further increased my love for the game in recent times. My dream is to one day play for Barcelona and with hard-work, consistency and dedication I believe I can achieve this dream.

ET: Tell us about your time so far in Europe

ALLI: It’s been quite an experience but I guess I can say I’ve encountered a little bit of everything. I’m someone who likes a challenge and an adventure so I don’t bother myself with the negative experiences and just try to focus on my performances on the pitch and remain positive.

ET: Could you elaborate on the negative experiences?

ALLI: Racial discrimination, which I experienced both on and off the pitch during my time in Estonia. It may have been subtle but I could tell when it was happening. That being said, I just brush it off and focus on my goals.

THE FUTURE

ET: What are your plans for the future?

ALLI: My immediate plans are to keep producing good performances for my current club and hopefully in the next 3-4 years, moving to one of the top European leagues. The ultimate goal however is to play for my beloved Barcelona, feature for the Super Eagles and hopefully bag the major individual accolades (Ballon d’ Or and African player of the year).

ET: Any advice for other rising talents looking to make it in the professional game?

ALLI: Have fun, be yourself, never be afraid to dream big, stay focused and most importantly, be prepared to make a lot of sacrifices. You have to be ready to put the game first if you want to make it.

ET: Thanks for speaking with us Musa

ALLI: Always a pleasure.

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Afeez Aremu excited by the opportunity to play in Germany

The next step I am dreaming of for now, is to play in 1. Bundesliga, the English Premier league, Spanish La Liga or a big club in Belgium.
Read the Afeez Aremu exclusive interview.

Every young footballer in Nigeria dreams of playing in Europe, and Afeez Aremu was no different. Born and raised in Ibadan into a footballing family, he worked towards becoming the best player he could be. The former Awka United midfielder joined Norwegian side IK Start in 2018, and has experienced success in his two seasons in Europe so far.

The 20-year old midfielder helped the club regain promotion to the Norwegian top-flight and his impressive performances earned him a recent transfer to FC St. Pauli in the German 2. Bundesliga.

EaglesTracker spoke briefly with Aremu to get his thoughts on the transfer, and preview the upcoming 2020/2021 season.
Read the exclusive interview below.

AFEEZ AREMU INTERVIEW

Q: Congratulations on your move to FC St. Pauli Afeez, how excited are you to be moving to Germany ?

A: I’m so excited to move to Germany because it’s what I’ve been dreaming and working towards. I’m so happy that I earned it.

Q: What prompted your decision to leave IK Start after two seasons with the club ?

A: Well, I had a two wonderful seasons at IK Start. I met the good people of the city, my teammates, coaching staff and also the fans. Every footballer wants to take a good step in their career and I think this is a good step for mine. That’s why I didn’t take too much time to decide on joining FC St. Pauli.

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Afeez has already hit the ground running since joining St Pauli, featuring in two friendly matches as the side prepare for their season opener on Sunday, when they take on SV Elvsberg in the DFB Pokal.

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Chidera Ejuke Interview: Ahmed Musa left a legacy at CSKA Moscow and I hope to contribute to mine

Chidera Ejuke is one of the most exciting Nigerian players to watch since Okocha.
EaglesTracker spoke with him shortly after his CSKA Moscow debut, to get his thoughts on the club so far, and his decision to make the move to Russia.

Chidera Ejuke is one of the most exciting Nigerian players to watch since Okocha. His pace and impressive dribbling ability make him ‘One to Watch’ in the future of Nigerian football. Following an impressive first season with SC Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie, the 22-year old recently made a permanent move to Russian side CSKA Moscow on a four-year deal.

Ejuke impressed in 25 mins as he made his CSKA league debut in their 0-3 league win vs Akhmat on Saturday. EaglesTracker spoke with him shortly after the game, to get his thoughts on the club so far, and his decision to make the move to Russia.
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INTERVIEW

Q: What are your first thoughts on your transfer to CSKA Moscow. How excited are you ?

Ejuke: I’m excited to make this move and I’m looking forward to contribute my skills to the team, either by scoring or by creating chances for my team mates. Hopefully we can fight to win the league, and have good progress as well in the Europa league.

Q: What prompted your decision to leave SC Heerenveen ? You previously suggested that you would stay.

Ejuke: It was tough to make the decision, but I’m happy to be here now. That’s what I’m going to focus on.

Q: What do you think of the Russian Premier League ?

Ejuke: I think it’s a great step for me and I’m hoping to win a lot with this great club and keep developing as a player. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully make my mark in the league.

Chidera Ejuke CSKA Moscow debut
Chidera Ejuke makes his CSKA Moscow debut

Q: No pressure, but what are your goals for the season ? Theres been some hype around you after last season with SC Heerenveen.

Ejuke: Just to keep doing what I’m doing. Keep the focus and try to score as much as I can, and assist as well. Hopefully the end of season crowns every effort with a trophy.

IS Chidera Ejuke CHASING MUSA’S SHADOW ?

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Q: Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was the last Nigerian player to feature for CSKA Moscow before you. Did you speak with him before joining and did the club mention him to you ?

Ejuke: I don’t know him [Musa] in person actually, but I heard a lot about him when I arrived in Moscow. It’s satisfying knowing that a big Nigerian player left a legacy at a club like this. I’m hoping by God’s grace that I can contribute to mine during my period with the club. 

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Patricia George joins SC Sand: Time to Shine ?

Patricia George finally completed a move to SC Sand in July 2020. She spoke exclusively with EaglesTracker ahead of the upcoming season.

Raised in an athletic family, 23-year old American-born forward, Patricia George always dreamt of playing football professionally. She signed her first professional contract in January 2020, with BV Cloppenburg, and scored twice on her debut. It would seem like the perfect start to life as a pro, until the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the season with Patricia having only made two appearances and out of contract. Back to square one.

Patricia finally completed a move to SC Sand in July 2020, and has now been unveiled as a member of the German Bundesliga 1 club. She spoke exclusively with EaglesTracker ahead of the upcoming season.

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I think I should have left Mainz in January – Taiwo Awoniyi

22-year old striker, Taiwo Awoniyi spent the 2019/2020 season with German Bundesliga club, FSV Mainz, on loan from newly-crowned English Premier League champions, Liverpool. In Part 1 of his exclusive with Ayotunde Ogala for EaglesTracker, he discussed some of the challenges he faced while out on loan.

“Same energy, same intensity, same passion every week, and imagine from August till March before the Covid19 pandemic and we had to stop playing, I did not even get a chance. You don’t play during the weekend, and you have to come back again with the same mentality the following week. It’s really crazy but the joy is it later pays off with your hard work.”

Every story has its highs and lows, and Taiwo expressed that his best spell at the club came following the resumption of the Bundesliga season after the break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think that two-week training session we had when we were asked to resume after the COVID-19 was my best period. The training sessions were the same for me, but to the team, it felt like I was a different person when we got back together. Everyone was like, “Taiwo, what’s happening that you are making life difficult for your teammates ?”. I had been working hard for all those months but they saw it more in that two-week resumption period, because the trainings were more of competitive sessions.”

With opportunities few and far in-between, many wondered why Taiwo Awoniyi remained with FSV Mainz through the January transfer window, and the 22-year old admits he maybe made the wrong decision.

“All the circumstances are difficult to explain, so I just focus on the next step ahead.
But I must say this, in January after the training camp in Spain, I think I should have left because I got serious options to go, and even in March as well. I just decided not to leave, and the best you can do for yourself is fight and fight in every training.”

Regarding the teams interest in signing him, he said

I can’t disclose the names, but there were offers from France, another Bundesliga team, from Portugal and a team in the MLS as well. I decided not to leave because football is a competitive game and you know if you can compete.
In January then, I felt that with a more clear chance, I will be seen more and that’s what made me to stay.
And secondly, I already had such an experience in Ghent. Same situation and I also chose not to leave because I knew it was my level, not until we resumed in January for training camp and they left me behind telling me, “even if you work more than a machine, you will not be given the chance.”
That was when I decided to return back to Mouscron and at last everyone saw what happened.

He scored 11 goals in 16 appearances after returning to Mouscron in January 2019.

“For me the most important is my belief towards my faith and my personal convictions when it comes to issues of life.

The greatest lesson I learnt at Mainz is, my faith has told me that even in bad situations there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, just keep on believing and working hard.
Even when you put your all and it’s not working, never let go. Work on and leave the rest to God to decide.
But know in your mind…I did my best, it just didn’t work out.

It is better than regretting you didn’t do enough.”

Taiwo concluded the interview by revealing that he was ready for his well-deserved holiday and was putting discussions about the future on hold for now.
“It’s been a long season for every football player here and some are even still playing. The plan is just to enjoy the holidays for the time being and like always, I have to go to my parent club Liverpool and have a chat with my agent as well.
We will see what the future holds.

Thank you.”

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