Nigerian Team of The Week (20 -23 May, 2022)

Osigwe gets the nod in goal, Awaziem & Omeruo partner in defence, Mathew remains in midfield as Nwakaeme leads the attack alongside Ejuke & Sekidika.

Nigerian Team of The Week (20 -23 May, 2022)

Osigwe gets the nod in goal, Awaziem & Omeruo partner in defence, Mathew remains in midfield as Nwakaeme leads the attack alongside Ejuke & Sekidika.

Here’s the Nigerian Team of The Week:

GK – Sebastian Osigwe – FC Lugano (Swiss Super League)

Osigwe put in a good performance in FC Lugano’s match against league giants Basel, pulling off 4 saves in the process. This performance was however unable to save the team from a 2-1 defeat.

LWB – Calvin Bassey – Glasgow Rangers FC (Scottish Cup)

Rangers won the Scottish cup final, thanks to a man of the match display from Calvin Bassey who stood firm through the course of the game. His outstanding performance earns him our Star of the week.

LCB – Chidioze Awaziem – Alanyaspor (Turkish Super Lig) 

Awaziem made a total of 7 ball recoveries in the match against Faith Karagumurk, helping Alanyaspor to a clean sheet and all 3 points as they won 0-1 away from home.

CB – Kenneth Omeruo – CD Leganes (La Liga Smartbank)

With 4 interceptions, a win and clean sheet, Omeruo makes our TOTW. He put in a good shift, commanding the defence throughout Leganes’ triumph away at Ponferradina.

RCB – Igoh Ogbu-Lillestrøm SK (Eliteserien Football league)

Igoh understood the assignment this past weekend for Lillestrom. The 22-year old made 4 interceptions, 7 ball recoveries and got on the scoresheet, helping his side to all 3 points.

RWB – Olaoluwa Aina – Torino (Serie A)

Although Torino lost 0-3 to Roma, Ola Aina was a bright light as he put in a great shift for the team. Aina completed a total of 6 tackles and made 6 interceptions. His effort was unfortunately not enough to save the team from defeat.

LCM – Ifeanyi Mathew – Lillestrøm SK (Eliteserien Football league)

Ifeanyi Mathew proved again why he’s a key player for Lillestrom in their 1-4 victory. He was present in all areas of the pitch, making in an impressive 6 ball recoveries and 4 interceptions.

RCM – Oluwatosin Kehinde – Randers FC (Danish Superliga)

Tosin Kehinde put in an effort to be commended, scoring a goal to put his team back in the game as Randers lost narrowly 2-1 against FC Midtjylland.

LW – Chidera Ejuke – CSKA Moscow (Russian Premier League)

Chidera Ejuke was in the mood in CSKA’s 4-0 victory over Rostov. The team was rampant and Ejuke was again very brilliant. The tricky winger completed 7 dribbles, creating 4 chances and bagging an assist in the process.

ST – Anthony Nwakaeme – Trabzonspor (Turkish Super Lig)

Anthony Nwakaeme rounded off his 21/22 season with a goal as Trabzonspor fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Basaksehir. The league champions had nothing to play for, but Tony still made his mark.

RW – Jesse Sekidika – Eyuspor (Turkish TFF 1. Lig)

Jesse Sedikika’s first goal of the season sealed a 0-3 victory and a promotion playoffs spot for Eyuspor. The pacy winger also completed 9 dribbles in an all-round impressive display

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Race for Calvin Bassey: Wolves join Aston Villa and two others

The Nigerian has had eventful season with the Gers, making 50 appearances across all competitions.

English Premier league club, Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in bringing Calvin Bassey to the Molenieux this summer.

According to Daily Record, a number of Premier League sides are waiting in line for the 22-year-old Super Eagles defender.

The Nigerian has had an eventful season with Rangers, making 50 appearances across all competitions. Bassey made headlines recently with his performance in Rangers’ Europa League final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In Seville, the former Leicester City youngster was undoubtedly Rangers’ best player. He was quite unfortunate to end up on the losing side.

He however swiftly put his disappointment behind him and was awarded man-of-the-match in their Scottish Cup final triumph against Hearts on Saturday.

The Daily Record scored him an 8/10 for his performance against the Jambos, describing him as “immense.”

Several clubs have expressed interest in Bassey as a result of his rise.

Alongside Wolves, Aston Villa, Fulham, and Brentford are also interested in the left-back. 

Two unnamed Serie A clubs are also interested, according to reports.

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Jamilu Collins to undergo medicals at Cardiff City

Cardiff City are set to announce the signing of Nigeria international, Jamilu Collins, from SC Paderborn on a free transfer.

English EFL Championship club, Cardiff City are set to announce the signing of Nigeria international, Jamilu Collins, from SC Paderborn on a free transfer.

Collins will become the club’s fourth signing pending the outcome of his medical (May 19th), WalesOnline reports.

Following the expiration of his contract with Bundesliga 2 club SC Paderborn, where he spent the previous five seasons, the 27-year-old is expected to join on a free transfer.

The player’s versatility is a significant positive, as he can play center-back, wing-back, and on the left side of midfield, although his favorite position is left-back.

Cardiff desperately need to strengthen this position. The Bluebirds are resigned to the idea that former loanee Ryan Giles has his sights set on a Premier League loan next season, with Joel Bagan the only recognized senior left-back.

Collins, on the other hand, was spotted by Cardiff’s recruitment squad earlier this year and has been monitored by the club ever since. He played 90 minutes for Nigeria in their 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, and Cardiff were there to see.

The Bluebirds also sought references on the player from contacts in this country. Former Cardiff defender Semi Ajayi, who is now at West Brom and was Collins’ international teammate, is said to be one of those who gave a favourable recommendation.

Cardiff were to cast their net further afield this summer, according to WalesOnline, in the hopes of finding bargains on the European market. Collins is expected to be just that, according to club insiders.

He spent five seasons with Croatian club Rijeka before joining Paderborn, where he shone like a million stars.

Collins has appeared for the Super Eagles in 25 games.

An official announcement is expected in the next 48 hours.

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Aston Villa join Crystal Palace and Brentford in race for Joe Aribo

It’s worth mentioning that Aribo’s contract with Rangers expires on July 1, 2022, and he has expressed no desire in extending it, which has piqued the interest of Premier League clubs.

Aston Villa is the latest Premier League club to reportedly express interest in signing Rangers’ Joe Aribo during the summer transfer window.

It’s worth mentioning that Aribo’s contract with Rangers expires on July 1, 2023, and he has expressed no desire in extending it, which has piqued the interest of Premier League clubs.

According to the Sun, Aston Villa have joined the hunt for Aribo, who previously worked with current Lions manager Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

Brentford and Crystal Palace, among others, have taken notice of the versatile midfielder’s performances for the Light Blues this season.

Instead of letting the 25-year-old walk away for free at the end of next season, the Gers may cash in on him this summer.

If Aribo’s move to Aston Villa goes through, he may be the ideal midfield partner for Philippe Coutinho, who just signed a permanent deal.

The Nigerian has shown his versatility by putting in strong performances as a box-to-box midfielder, right winger, and false nine.

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Terem Moffi and Innocent Bonke avoid relegation with FC Lorient

FC Lorient have avoided relegation to the French Ligue 2 after picking up a priceless point against already relegated Bordeaux.

The Super Eagles duo have successfully secured their spot in the French Ligue 1 for the 2022-2023 season.

FC Lorient have avoided relegation to the French Ligue 2 after picking up a priceless point against already relegated Bordeaux.

Moffi started the game but was replaced in the second half, while Bonke played no part at all.

In the 36 league games this season, the 22-year-old has eight goals and four assists.

Bonke who joined the club in January made 12 league appearances for the Les Merlus.

Lorient have guaranteed a place in the French top division for next season, sitting 17th with 35 points after 37 games, four points clear of the relegation zone.

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Jose Peseiro appointed as Super Eagles Head Coach

Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America.

The Nigeria Football Federation have appointed Portuguese, Jose Peseiro as the new Super Eagles Head Coach.

Peseiro was earlier reported to have accepted to take charge of the World Cup qualifiers, but nothing good came forth as a result of the clash between the Ministry of Sports and the NFF.

With this development, it means the former assistant to Jose Mourinho has been able to come to agreement with the NFF and the Minister over his contract clauses.

With this development, it means the former assistant to Jose Mourinho has been able to come to agreement with the NFF and the Minister over his contract clauses.

He is no minnow in African football as he guided Al Ahly to the Egyptian Premier League in the 2015–16 season before leading Porto to a Taça de Portugal second placed finish in the 2015–16 season.

Peseiro’s last job was being the head coach of the Venezuela men’s national team but parted ways with the South-American country In August 2021.

His first task will be to lead Nigeria to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and then possibly win it.

Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America.

The 61-year-old has previously coached in Saudi Arabia and was between 2003 and 2004 assistant coach of Real Madrid.

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Samuel Chukwueze nominated for La Liga African MVP award

In the race for the finest African player in the Spanish top flight, the Nigerian attacker is up against stiff competitors.

Super Eagles and Villarreal CF forward, Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for the inaugural African MVP award, which honors the best African player in the La Liga Santander. 

In the race for the finest African player in the Spanish top flight, the Nigerian attacker is up against stiff competitors.

Ivory Coast fullback Serge Aurier, Senegalese forward Boulaye Dia, and Algerian defender Aissa Mandi are among Chukwueze’s Villarreal teammates nominated.

Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ez Abde, as well as Sevilla’s Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine “Bono” Bounou and striker Youssef En-Nesyri, are amongst Chukwueze’s opponents.

Other nominees include Atletico Madrid’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, Valencia’s Illaix Moriba, and Real Betis’ Youssouf Sabaly.

After earning the majority of the fans’ votes in January, Bono edged Chukwueze to the mid-season edition of the award.

Chukwueze has impressed many La Liga fans with dribbles, flicks, and nutmegs due to his speed and superb left foot. In 25 league games for Villarreal this season he, has three goals and three assists.

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Kingsley Michael resumes light training after four months out with ankle injury

Super Eagles midfielder, Kingsley Michael, has returned to training, after being out of action with an ankle injury for four months.

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Super Eagles midfielder, Kingsley Michael, has returned to training, after being out of action with an ankle injury for four months.

Michael suffered a broken leg injury that made him miss AFCON 2021 and most part of the 2021-2022 season. 

The 22-year-old suffered the horrific blow during Bologna’s 1-1 draw at Udinese on the 17th of October 2021.

Kingsley went through surgery immediately after he got injured and has now returned to light training.

Before his injury, Michael had featured two times for the Serie A side with both coming as a substitute. 

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Okocha and Martins make Frank Onyeka’s Ultimate African PL Team

Onyeka’s team included Nigeria icons Obafemi Martins (ex-Newcastle United striker) and Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers hero)

Premier League Uncut asked Brentford midfielder Frank Onyeka to create his ultimate squad based on the traits of African players who have played in the English Premier League in the past and present.

Onyeka’s team included Nigeria icons Obafemi Martins (ex-Newcastle United striker) and Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers hero), as well as African players who had played for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

Onyeka chose Martins for quickness and former Manchester City player Yaya Toure over Algerian star Riyad Mahrez for passing.

“Mahrez can pass, Yaya Toure also can pass, I think I will go with Yaya, ” the Nigerian said.

“Yaya is fast, he is a box-to-box midfielder, can dribble and shoot, all-round midfielder. I want to add to that game as well.”

For dribbling, shooting, and physicality, he chose Okocha, Martins, and Chelsea great Didier Drogba, respectively.

Onyeka commented on Drogba. : “He scores so many goals, strong, defender’s nightmare.”

The Super Eagles midfielder joined the Bees for a then-club-record cost of 10 million euros last summer and made 20 Premier League games before his injury.

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Moses Simon stars as FC Nantes wins French Cup

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

FC Nantes have won the French Cup for the first time in 22 years on Saturday, defeating Nice 1-0 in the final at the Stade de France.

Ludovic Blas’s early second half goal was enough to earn Nantes the club’s first major trophy since 2001.

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

Alban Lafont, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois, Pedro Chirivella, Ludovic Blas, Marcus Coco, Samuel Moutoussamy, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Randal Kolo Muani, Moses Simon, Quentin Merlin, Fabio, Roli Pereira de Sa, Kalifa Coulibaly, Wylan Cyprien, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Sebastien Corchia, and Osman Bukari of FC Nantes celebrating the win of the cup during the Coupe de France match between OGC Nice and FC Nantes at Stade de France on May 7, 2022 in Saint-Denis, France.

He had ten crosses, 28 touches, and three chances created. In the 73rd minute, he was substituted for Ghanaian international Osman Bukari.

Some days ago, the Nigerian was also named FC Nantes’ April player of the month for his blistering performances.

Nantes have now won the French Cup four times and have also qualified for Europe for the first time in two decades, earning a spot in the Europa League.

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