Akinkunmi Amoo suffers injury ahead of Super Eagles squad announcement

Super Eagles and FC Copenhagen youngster, Akinkunmi Amoo has suffered an injury while training for FC Copenhagen.

Super Eagles and FC Copenhagen youngster, Akinkunmi Amoo has suffered an injury while training for FC Copenhagen.

The Super Eagles technical crew might have to look elsewhere as the youngster may not be available for the next international friendlies with Mexico and Ecuador in the United States. 

Amoo received his first call-up to the senior national team for the March internationals against Ghana and was tipped to be called up for the games against Mexico and Ecuador.

Last week, the 19-year-old sustained an injury on the training field and has been ruled out for the foreseeable future.

In four of FC Copenhagen’s past five Danish Superliga matches, he has been left out of the starting lineup.

In all competitions, he has played only 63 minutes out of a potential 1,080 minutes since joining the capital club from Hammarby in the winter transfer market.

Amoo’s mother is presently visiting him in Copenhagen to keep him company as he heals from his injuries.

FC Copenhagen still has five games left to play until the conclusion of the season, and it’s unclear if the Nigerian will be able to recuperate in time.

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Musa, Amoo, Lookman, Bassey and 21 others make Super Eagles’ squad for Ghana clash

Augustine Eguavoen has named Musa and 31 others in his Super Eagles’ squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana.

Musa, Amoo, Lookman, Bassey and 28 make Super Eagles’ roster for Ghana clash

Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has named Captain Ahmed Musa, vice captain William Troost-Ekong and 30 others in a Super Eagles’ provisional list for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off round against the Black Stars of Ghana.

Maduka Okoye and Daniel Akpeyi, as well as defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and forwards Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo, and Samuel Chukwueze, have been called up

Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC in England, who was recently cleared by FIFA to switch international allegiance, and former U17 World Cup star Akinkunmi Amoo are both called up for the first time, while defender Calvin Bassey and forward Emmanuel Dennis make a return. 

A seven-man standby list includes 2021 AFCON forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Peter Olayinka, defender Chidozie Awaziem, and long-term absentee Ogenyi Onazi.

The camp begins on March 21st in Abuja.

Ghana and Nigeria will clash at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, March 25th at 7.30pm for the first leg.

The reverse leg is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29th at 6pm at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. 

The winner of both legs will be one of Africa’s five representatives at the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals, which will be held in Qatar from November 14th to December 18th this year.

Super Eagles squad to face Ghana
Super Eagles squad to face Ghana

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Akinkunmi Amoo (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Hilal FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)

Standby: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Ogenyi Onazi (Al-Adalah FC, Saudi Arabia)

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Rating the January Transfers involving Nigerian Footballers

Odion Ighalo to Al Hilal, Samuel Kalu to Watford, Akinkunmi Amoo to FC Copenhagen & More.

Rating the January Transfers | Ighalo to Al Hilal, Kalu to Watford, Amoo to FC Copenhagen & More

AyoT gives his ratings and short breakdown of some of the top January transfers involving Nigerian Footballers.

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Ranking the Top 10 Nigerian Footballers to Watch in 2022

Who do we expect to shine in 2022 ? Who is on the verge of a breakout year ? Here are our Top 10 Nigerian Players to Watch in 2022.

2021 was a year filled with happy memories for some Nigerian Footballers.

Samuel Chukwueze won the UEFA Europa League with Villarreal. Asisat Oshoala did the treble (UEFA Women’s Champions League, Spanish Primera Iberdrola and Spanish Copa de la Reina) with Barcelona. Wilfred Ndidi & Iheanacho won the English FA Cup with Leicester amongst many others.

Who do we expect to shine in 2022 ? Who is on the verge of a breakout year ? Here are our Top 10 Nigerian Players to Watch in 2022.

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Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs Orebro

Akinkunmi Amoo scored a brilliant header to give Hammarby the lead in their Swedish Allsvenskan encounter against Orebro SK. Watch the goal.

Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs Orebro

Akinkunmi Amoo scored a brilliant header to give Hammarby the lead in their Swedish Allsvenskan encounter against Orebro SK.

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Tom Dele-Bashiru goal vs Blackpool

Tom Dele-Bashiru scored for Reading in their EFL Championship match against Blackpool. Watch the goal.

Tom Dele-Bashiru goal vs Blackpool

Tom Dele-Bashiru scored for Reading in their EFL Championship match against Blackpool.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Oct 15-18, 2021)

It’s been a brilliant return to club football with impressive displays and amazing football. Here’s the Nigerian Team of the Week.
Here’s the Nigerian Team of the Week for Oct 15-18, 2021.

Back from the international break and It’s been an amazing return to club football with impressive displays from many Nigerian players.

Here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for Oct 15-18, 2021.

GOALKKEEPER – CHIAMAKA NNADOZIE

In goal, 20-year-old Chiamaka Nnadozie proved why she’s the number one shot-stopper for Paris FC in the French Division 1 Féminine.

Nnadozie has been particularly impressive this season, with performances reminiscent of her title winning NWPL campaign with Rivers Angels.

Her brilliance in goal over the weekend was capped with a clean sheet as Paris FC demolished placed Soyaux-Charente 4-0.

Nnadozie’s superb form has helped Paris FC to occupy third spot on the league table. They sit only three points behind joint leaders, Lyon and Paris Saint Germain.

LEFT BACK – JAMILU COLLINS

Jamilu Collins makes the cut as our left-back of the week. His German Bundesliga 2 team, SC Paderborn played out a 1-1 draw against Jahn Regensburg.

Collins played all 90 minutes of the match. He completed three tackles, and constantly made it difficult for the opposition attacker.

CENTRE BACK – GODSWILL EKPOLO

On the right side of centre back, Godswill Ekpolo deputises. He put in a fantastic display in BK Hacken’s 4-0 victory on Monday, making 4 clearances and 4 tackles.

CENTRE BACK – SEMI AJAYI

West Brom’s Semi Ajayi partners with Ekpolo to complete our pairing at the heart of defence.

Ajayi was part of a three-man Baggies defence that earned a ha-fought 1-0 victory over Birmingham in the EFL Championship. The win sees West Brom maintain second spot on the table, as they chase immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

RIGHT BACK – VICTOR MOSES
Victor Moses
Victor Moses

The industrious Victor Moses was in good form for Spartak Moscow this past weekend. He played all 90 minutes as his side came from behind to earn a late draw against Dynamo Moscow.

Seventh place Spartak have been struggling for form, but Moses has remained largely impressive so far this season.

CENTRE MIDFIELD – SAMSON TIJANI

19-year-old Samson Tijani makes our pick for the left side of centre midfield. His first Team of the Week appearance in 2021/2022.

Tijani did the dirty job in Liefering’s midfield, making 6 tackles and 3 interceptions as they beat LASK Juniors 2-0.

CENTRE MIDFIELD – AYOTOMIWA DELE-BASHIRU

Tom Dele-Bashiru takes our second midfield spot for his heroics in the English EFL Championship with Reading FC. Reading survived a narrow 1-0 win over Barnsley, which moved them to 7th on the league table. He made 2 key passes during the 90 mins.

LEFT FORWARD – CHIDERA EJUKE (STAR)

This could only have gone to Chidera Ejuke, a man already poised to become one of Nigeria’s biggest footballing exports.

The 23-year-old has been consistent throughout the season. Dazzling in the Russian Premier League with his quick feet and twinkle toes, Ejuke is simply a joy to watch.

He completed 9 out of 12 dribbles, and scored the lone goal in CSKA Moscow’s victory over FK Ural. He was also recently named as CSKA Moscow’s Player of the Month for August and September.

Chidera Ejuke goal vs FK Ural
Chidera Ejuke vs FK Ural
RIGHT FORWARD – AKINKUNMI AMOO

On the other flank is “little man”, Akinkunmi Amoo.
His 80th minute goal for Hammarby IF sealed an impressive 1-0 victory over AIK and earned him a spot in our Team of the Week.

CENTRE FORWARD – SIMEON NWANKWO

Although Salernitana lost to Spezia in the Italian Serie A, on-loan player Simy Nwankwo finally got off the mark. He scored his first Serie A goal for Salernitana in their 2-1 defeat. He also created two chances for his side who currently sit at the bottom of the league table.

Naturally, we’ll expect more goals to come from the Crotone loanee.

CENTRE FORWARD – VICTOR OSIMHEN

Victor… Osimhen!!! was the chant at the Diego Maradona stadium after the 22-year-old Nigeria international fired Napoli back to the top of the Italian Serie A table.

Victor Osimhen celebrates his goal for Napoli against Torino

Osimhen is growing into a crowd favourite in Naples, and once again proved why they spent so much money to sign him. He rose highest in the 81st minute to head Elif Elmas’ cross past Torino’s goalkeeper and hand Napoli the win with only nine minutes to go.

Osimhen has scored five goals in seven league appearances so far this season and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.

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Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs AIK

Akinkunmi Amoo scored for the third consecutive home game to lead Hammarby to an impreesive 1-0 victory over AIK. Watch the goal.

Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs AIK

Akinkunmi Amoo scored for the third consecutive home game to lead Hammarby to an impreesive 1-0 victory over AIK.

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Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs Varbergs Bois

Akinkumi Amoo opened the scoring for Hammarby in their Swedish Allsevenskan match against Varberg Bois

Akinkunmi Amoo goal vs Varberg Bois

Akinkumi Amoo opened the scoring for Hammarby in their Swedish Allsevenskan match against Varbergs Bois.

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