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Taiwo Awoniyi joins Nottingham Forest for a record-breaking fee

Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of 24-year old Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi.

Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of 24-year old Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi.

The Nigerian joins the West Bridgeford based side following an impressive 2021-2022 season with FC Union Berlin in which he scored 20 goals and provided 5 assists in 43 games (all comps.).

In a statement on the club’s official website, Nottingham Forest confirmed that they broke their club transfer record to bring the Nigeria international to the City Ground.

A fee in the region of 20 million euros has been mooted as the figure in Awo’s release clause which was activated by Nottingham Forest.

The Ilorin-born forward now has a five-year deal that will keep him at Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2026-2027 season.

After getting a second chance to play in the Premier League, the former Liverpool man had this to say:

 “I’m very excited to be here at Nottingham Forest.

“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and having spoken to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its great history, it’s a club that I want to be part of.”

Awoniyi initally signed for Union Berlin on loan in 2020 before joining on a permanent basis the following season, and departs the Bundesliga club after scoring 25 goals in 65 appearances.

The 24-year-old went on several loan spells to clubs like FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron, Gent and Mainz 05 as a Liverpool player.

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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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Super Falcons to face Japan in October international friendly

Nadeshiko Japan are rated 13th in the world, while the Super Falcons are 39th on the FIFA Coca-Cola rankings. 

Nigeria’s Super Falcons will be facing the Senior Women’s National Team of Japan in an international friendly match at Kobe’s Noevir Stadium on October 6th, 2022.

Nadeshiko Japan are rated 13th in the world, while the Super Falcons are 39th on the FIFA Coca-Cola rankings. 

Only once have the two sides met in a competitive match, at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. On August 14, 2004, Nadeshiko defeated the Falcons 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.

Nadeshiko also won both of their back-to-back friendlies in 2013.

The Japanese have won the FIFA World Cup once and it came in the Germany 2011 tournament after defeating USA on penalties. 

The Super Falcons are expected to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the game is expected to serve as a tune up game before the tournament starts.

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RSC Anderlecht signs Ishaq Abdulrazak from IFK Norrkoping

Belgian giants, RSC Anderlecht have signed Ishaq Abdulrazak from IFK Norrkoping.

Belgian giants, RSC Anderlecht have signed Ishaq Abdulrazak from IFK Norrkoping.

The Swedish club accepted the sum of €4.5 million for the 20-year-old.

Anderlecht’s first bid for the Kaduna born was was rejected because it did not meet the valuation of the IFK Norrkoping. 

Since moving to Sweden two years back, he has played a total of 61 games with three goal contributions.

He has however played in several positions like Right Midfield, Right wing, Center Forward, Right back and most times in Center Midfield for the Norrköping based side.

Abdulrazak was part of the Golden Eaglets squad that failed to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup. 

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Sadiq Umar and Asisat Oshoala win EaglesTracker MVP of the Season awards

The 3rd Edition of The EaglesTracker Awards came to an end yesterday, with Nigerian football stars claiming well deserved honours.

The 3rd Edition of The EaglesTracker Awards came to an end yesterday, with Nigerian football stars claiming well deserved honours.

Victor Osimhen was the big winner, bagging two awards on the night. The Napoli attacker received the award for the Young Player of the Season as well as the EaglesTracker Fans’ Player Of The Season.

Victor Osimhen - EaglesTracker Young Player of the Season 2021/2022Victor Osimhen - EaglesTracker Fans' Player of the Season 2021/2022 

He found the back of the net 18 times and turned provider six times in 32 games.

Super Falcons skipper, Asisat Oshoala was also rewarded for her outstanding achievements in 2021/2022. The FC Barcelona Femeni star was crowned EaglesTracker MVP Of The Season (Female) after scoring 22 goals and assisting 6 in 28 appearances. 

She also ended the season with two domestic trophies.

Asisat Oshoala - EaglesTracker MVP 2021/2022

The last award of the night went to UD Almeria’s Umar Sadiq. The lanky forward was crowned EaglesTracker Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Season for 2021/2022.

He was instrumental for UD Almeria in their successful league campaign, as he scored 19 goals and assisted 12 in 36 games. The most goal contributions by a player in the league. He also won the most penalties, as he helped his side to the Spanish Segunda Division title and promotion to the top division for next season.

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Asisat Oshoala, Sadiq Umar, Calvin Bassey headline EaglesTracker Team Of The Season

The club football season has come to end and Nigerian footballers across the world had their defining moments.

The club football season has come to end and Nigerian footballers across the world had their defining moments.

The annual EaglesTracker award has a category for the Best XI of the season.

Goalkeeper – Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC)

The 22-year-old made a huge impression in the D1 Arkema last season. Her impressive outings earned her multiple award nominations in France. She however had nine cleansheets in 25 games.

Right-back – Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow)

Moses was instrumental in the Russian giants’ wonderful campaign. He helped the Moscow based side end their 19 years wait for a domestic cup. The 31-year-old had 3 assists and scored 3 times from the right side of the defence. 

Left-back – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto)

Sanusi played an integral role for Porto in the just concluded campaign. He was ever present as the Oporto based club secured a domestic double (League and Cup titles).

Right Centre Back – Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates)

The Nigerian international had a season to remember in the colors of Orlando Pirates. Olisa was crucial for Orlando Pirates in his first season at the club, earning a Super Eagles debut along the way and reaching the final of the CAF Confederations Cup. 

Left Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers)

The Super Eagles newbie had a stellar season with the Gers. This season was his best ever as he burst onto the scene and captured the hearts of Nigerian fans around the world.

Central Midfielder – Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers)

Joe Aribo had an impressive season where he showed his versatility and strength. In the just concluded season, he played 70 matches for both club and country. 

Central Midfielder – Raphael Onyedika (FC Midjtylland)

Raphael put in a great shift for the Danish Cup champions. He anchored things for Midjtylland from the middle of the park and showed that he is a worthy replacement for Frank Onyeka. 

Right Winger – Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Femeni)

Despite having an injury laden season, the Lagos born forward showed that she’s a force to reckon with as she scored 22 goals and created six for FC Barcelona. 

Left Winger – Anthony Nwakaeme (FC Trabzonspor )

Anthony Nwakaeme was instrumental for Trabzonspor as they ended the monopoly of the Istanbul clubs. He ended the season with 13 goals and 10 assists.

Centre Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Sadiq was a standout performer in the La Liga Smartbank last term. He finished the season with double digits in goals and assists.

His 19 goals and 12 assists spurred Almeria to the league title. 

Centre Forward – Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin)

Taiwo Awoniyi made history with Union Berlin in 2021/2022, becoming the club’s record goalscorer in the Bundesliga and leading them to a UEFA Europa League spot for next season. 

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EaglesTracker Awards 2022 Day 2: Nnadozie, Bassey, Umar and Aribo emerge as winners

Super Eagles and Super Falcons stars were big winners on Thursday night as EaglesTracker rewarded their outstanding performances.

Super Eagles and Super Falcons stars were big winners on Thursday night as EaglesTracker rewarded their outstanding performances.

In bid to recognise the role of every department, EaglesTracker initiated awards for Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders and Forwards.

For the Goalkeeper of the Year, Chiamaka Nnadozie was crowned after defeating Super Eagles duo of Maduka Okoye and Adebayo Adeleye. 

There was never doubt over who would receive the award for the Defender of the Year. Just as expected, Glasgow Rangers’ youngster Calvin Bassey won the award.

The man who just got himself the nickname “IRON MAN”, Joe Aribo shrugged off competition from Alex Iwobi, Raphael Onyedika, Wilfred Ndidi and Alhassan Yusuf to be crowned Midfielder of the Year. 

And to the very last position in the beautiful game. UD Almeria’s, Umar Sadiq received the award for the Forward of the Season. 

Also on the night, EaglesTracker presented its Nigerian Team Of The Season. 

GK – Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC)

RB – Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow)

LB – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto)

CB – Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates)

CB – Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers)

CM – Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers)

CM – Raphael Onyedika (FC Midjtylland)

RW – Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Femeni)

LW – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC)

CF – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

CF – Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin)

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EaglesTracker Awards Day 1: Taiwo Awoniyi wins Most Improved Player of the Season, Ighalo and Bassey shine

On Wednesday, the virtual ceremony kicked off with the Golden Boot award. Al Hilal’s Odion Ighalo was crowned as the highest goalscoring Nigerian footballer for the 2021-2022 season. The 33-year-old scored 28 goals in 38 games for the Saudi Arabian giants.

The EaglesTracker Awards 2022 started with glitz and glamour as several Nigerian football stars picked up various awards.

On Wednesday, the virtual ceremony kicked off with the Golden Boot award. Al Hilal’s Odion Ighalo was crowned as the highest goalscoring Nigerian footballer for the 2021-2022 season. The 33-year-old scored 28 goals in 38 games for the Saudi Arabian giants.

Super Falcons and Paris FC goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie received the Golden Glove award after guiding her club to its first UWCL appearance. The youngster had nine cleansheets in 25 appearances.

No doubt some major step-ups were made by Nigerian Footballers in the 2021-2022.

FC Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi won the EaglesTracker Most Improved Player of the Season award.

In the 2020-2021 season, the Ilorin born had seven goal contributions (4 goals and 3 assists) in 21 appearances but fortunes changed as he scored 20 and assisted five in 43 outings.

Having had a fantastic outing in his first full season as a professional footballer, Yira Sor was crowned EaglesTracker Rookie Of The Season. 

The former Nigerian youth International scored 11 goals and assisted nine for Czech Republic champions, Slavia Prague. 

The last award for the night went to Ranger’s Calvin Bassey. He received the award for the Revelation of the Season after having a bitter-sweet campaign with the Gers. 

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Osimhen stars as Super Eagles run riot over Sao Tome & Principe

Victor Osimhen was a threat all through the game as he scored four goals and provided two assists.

Osimhen stars as Super Eagles run riot over Sao Tome & Principe

In their second Group A encounter of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, the Super Eagles ran riot over a feeble Sao Tome and Principe team, winning by ten unanswered goals.

The result of the game now makes it Nigeria’s biggest ever football victory, and it is the second time the country has scored ten goals in a game, following a 10-1 win over Dahomey (modern day Benin Republic) on November 28, 1959.

Victor Osimhen was a threat all through the game as he scored four goals and provided two assists.

Terem Moffi bagged a brace, as he opened his Super Eagles goalscoring account. Ademola Lookman also scored his first goal for the Super Eagles.

Head coach, Jose Peseiro made four changes for the game, starting Ademola Lookman, Zaidu Sanusi, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Terem Moffi.

Simon scored once and assisted once, while wearing the captain’s armband following the injury to William Troost-Ekong in the game against Sierra Leone in Abuja on Thursday.

Late in the game, Emmanuel Dennis scored from the spot after being brought down in the penalty box.

The win propelled the Eagles to the top of Group A, and they will be back in action in the qualifiers in September when they play Guinea-Bissau for their third match.

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EaglesTracker Awards 2022: Awoniyi, Oshoala and Osimhen earn multiple nominations

 On Thursday, the nominees for the 2021-2022 Eagles Tracker Awards was revealed on our social media platforms. 

ETAwards 2022: Awoniyi, Oshoala and Osimhen earn multiple nominations

 On Thursday, the nominees for the 2021-2022 Eagles Tracker Awards was revealed on our social media platforms. 

The EaglesTracker Awards is an exclusive annual event that honours Nigerian footballers’ outstanding achievements throughout the season under review.

The 2021-2022 edition will feature 14 categories in total, compared to the 13 awards handed out in 2020-2021. 

The Young Player of the Year award is making its debut this year and it’s a star studded one that has the likes of Rasheedat Ajibade, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Calvin Bassey and Victor Osimhen. 

FC Union Berlin Forward, Tawio Awoniyi leads the way with four nominations apiece across various categories.

Anthony Nwakaeme’s eye-catching performances in Turkey for recently-crowned Trabzonspor have earned him a nomination for the ‘Forward of the Year’ award, while young guns like Christy Ucheibe, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, and Uchenna Kanu will compete with four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala for the ‘MVP of the Year – Female’ award.

The award ceremony is a three days event and will be kicking off on the 15th of June, 2022 and will end on the 17th of June, 2022.

The EaglesTracker Awards Nominees – Full List.

1. Goalkeeper of the Season – Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam), Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem) and Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC)

2. Defender of the Season – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto), Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates), Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers), Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow) and Semilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion)

3. Midfielder of the Season – Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers),Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp), Alex Iwobi (Everton FC) and Raphael Onyedika (FC Midjtylland).

4. Forward of the Season – Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Femeni), Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli), Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin), Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC) and Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria).

5. Fans Player of the Season – Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Femeni), Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli), Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin), Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC), Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria), Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers), Moses Simon (FC Nantes), Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Christy Ucheibe and Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk).

6. Men’s MVP – Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Saviour Godwin (Casa Pia), Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC), Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin) and Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria).

7. Women’s MVP – Christy Ucheibe (Benfica), Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC), Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid Femeni), Uchenna Kanu (Tigres UNAL) and  Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona)

8. Revelation of the Season – Awarded to the footballer (male or female) who had the best breakout season in 2021/2022.

9. Rookie of the Season – Awarded to the footballer (male or female) aged U21 who had the best first full season in the first team of their club, in 2021/2022.

10. Most Improved Player of the Season – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC), Saviour Godwin (Casa Pia), Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin) and Alex Iwobi (Everton FC).

11. Young Player of the Season – Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC), Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid Femeni), Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers) and Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli).

12. Golden Boot – Awarded to the player (male or female) who scored the most goals for their club in the 2021/2022 season.

13. Golden Glove – Awarded to the goalkeeper (male or female) who kept the most clean sheets for their club in the 2021/2022 season.

14. Team of the Season – A team of the best 11 performers throughout the 2021/2022 season.

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