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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Crystal Palace add Ola Aina to summer shopping list

Super Eagles defender, Olaoluwa Aina is on the radar of Crystal Palace ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Super Eagles wing-back has piqued Crystal Palace’s interest in him.

Olaoluwa Aina is on the radar of London based Premier league club, Crystal Palace ahead of the summer transfer window.

He has appeared in 19 of Torino’s 34 Serie A games this season, despite not being so stable with the team.

According to torinogranata.it, Aina, who began his career at Chelsea, could be ready for a permanent return to England, with Crystal Palace apparently in pole position to sign him.

Since joining Torino from Chelsea, the Nigerian has made a total of 90 appearances for the Turin based side.

Torino and the 25-year-old are in negotiations about his departure this summer, and the club is open to any offers for the versatile defender that come in.

Aina is a Chelsea youth academy graduate who was born and raised in London, England. Before joining Torino in 2018, he had three Premier League appearances for the senior club, all as a substitute.

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Kelechi Iheanacho goal vs Tottenham

Kelechi Iheanacho scores a consolation goal in Leicester City’s 3-1 English Premier League defeat at Tottenham.

Kelechi Iheanacho goal vs Tottenham

Kelechi Iheanacho scores a consolation goal in Leicester City’s 3-1 English Premier League defeat at Tottenham.

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Leeds United line up move for Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis

The Whites could attempt to recruit Emmanuel Dennis from Watford ahead of next season.

Leeds United line up move for Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis

Leeds United are on the verge of beating the drop from the Premier League and are aiming to bolster their attack that has struggled this season.

The Whites could attempt to recruit Emmanuel Dennis from Watford ahead of next season, according to Leeds-transfer Live’s insider Dean Jones.

Leeds haven’t had a bad start to life in the English Premier League, and the Yorkshire club is certain to keep their top-flight status if they win two of their remaining six league games.

However, the Whites’ first season back in the top flight has not been a pleasant experience.

Asides having the poorest defense in the league, Leeds have a mediocre forward line that has only outscored seven other clubs in the division, with only Raphinha scoring in double figures.

When the transfer market opens, the club’s first objective will be to bolster the defense and attack, and transfer analyst Dean Jones feels Emmanuel Dennis is one player Leeds might sign to help them improve their production in the future.

The Nigerian international has had a good start in England, scoring 10 goals and providing five assists for the relegation-threatened Hornets.

Dennis can play everywhere in the offensive, he’s quick and deceptive, and was recently named the Premier League’s nutmeg king.

The Belgian league winner costs Watford just €4 million but he is already worth twice of that amount (Transfermarkt) following his brilliant showings.

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Ademola Lookman scores in Leicester City’s defeat at Newcastle

Ademola Lookman scores his sixth English Premier League goal of the season in Leicester City’s narrow defeat against Newcastle.

Ademola Lookman goal vs Newscastle

Ademola Lookman opens the scoring for Leicester City in their English Premier League matchday 33 ficture against Newcastle United.

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Emanuel Dennis scores as Watford fall to a crushing against Brentford

Emmanuel Dennis scored his tenth Premier League goal of the season.

Emmanuel Dennis goal vs Brentford

Emmanuel Dennis scored his tenth Premier League goal of the season as Watford fell to a stoppage time defeat. A crushing blow in their fight against relegation.

Oghenekaro Etebo was an unused sub for Watford. Samuel Kalu, William Troost-Ekong & Frank Onyeka were not in their respective matchday squads.

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Ademola Lookman goal vs Crystal Palace

Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for Leicester City in their 2-1 English Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Ademola Lookman goal vs Crystal Palace

Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for Leicester City in their 2-1 English Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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It is the 24-year old’s fifth goal in the league this season and his first since February.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Ademola Lookman of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at King Power Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Ademola Lookman of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at King Power Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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Kelechi Iheanacho goal vs Manchester United

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a beautiful diving header to open the scoring for Leicester City in their 1-1 league draw against Manchester United.

Kelechi Iheanacho goal vs Manchester United

Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a beautiful diving header to open the scoring for Leicester City in their 1-1 English Premier League draw against Manchester United.

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It is the 25-year old’s third league goal, and his fifth in all competitions so far this 2021/2022 season.

Iheanacho was an unused sub during the Super Eagles’ 1-1 World Cup Qualifying playoffs second leg draw against Ghana on Tuesday.

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Premier League blocks Burnley from signing former Super Eagles forward

The Premier League has reportedly vetoed Burnley’s bid to save Moses from the agony of being stuck in limbo in Russia.

Premier League blocks Burnley from signing former Super Eagles forward

According to various reports in the English media, the English Premier League has barred former Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, from joining Burnley.

The Premier League has reportedly vetoed Burnley’s bid to save Moses from the agony of being stuck in limbo in Russia, according to Sky Sports.

Following the outbreak of conflict between the Russia and Ukraine, UEFA and FIFA confirmed that teams could register footballers from the Russian and Ukrainian leagues.

Foreign players with contracts in both countries were able to put their contracts on hold until June and play for another team.

Burnley wanted to add Moses to their roster to help them avoid relegation, but the Premier League refused to allow it because “it would compromise the competition’s sporting integrity.”

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Following a successful loan term with Spartak Moscow in 2020-2021, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner ended a nine-year affiliation with Chelsea last summer by signing a permanent agreement with the Russian Premier League team.

Moses, who won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, also played for Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Stoke City, and West Ham United, scoring 20 goals in 220 appearances.

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 17, 2022)

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UECL. Iwobi scores in Everton’s Premier League victory over Newcastle. Read the report.

Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 13, 2022)

Nigerian footballers in the diaspora did not disappoint on Thursday evening.

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Alex Iwobi scored his second English Premier League goal of the season in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Super Eagles left back, Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

The Portuguese league leaders unfortunately lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate, and bow out of this year’s competition.

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Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Super Eagles newboy, Ademola Lookman came off the bench to provide the assist for Wesley Fofana’s goal, from a corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho played all 90 mins and Wilfred Ndidi hobbled off with a knee ligament injury in the 60th minute of Leicester City’s 2-1 UEFA Europa Conference League defeat against Rennes.

The English Premier League side won the tie 2-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of the competition’s inaguaral season.

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Victor Bonfiace (FK Bodo/Glimt, Norway)

21-year old striker, Victor Boniface played the entirety of extra time as FK Bodo/Glimt earned a hard-fought 2-2 UEFA Europa Conference League draw at AZ Alkmaar.

The Norwegian champions won the tie 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.

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Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey & Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland)

The Super Eagles trio of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were all in action for Rangers during their 2-1 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Leon Balogun played all 90 mins, making one tackle and seven clearances. Calvin Bassey also played the entire duration of the game at left back, with the 22-year old making one tackle and completing an interception. Joe Aribo played 68 mins.

The Scottish champions won the tie 2-4 on aggregate however, and secured their place in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.

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Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord, The Netherlands)

Cyriel Dessers scored his fourth goal in four consecutive games to help the Dutch Eredivisie side to a 3-1 UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg victory over FK Partizan Belgrade.

They won the tie 8-3 on aggregate, advancing comfortably to the quarterfinals.

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Peter Olayinka & Yira Sor (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka captained the Czech champions in their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg defeat vs LASK. The 26-year old opened the scoring on the night with an easy finish from inside the penalty area.

21-year old striker, Yira Sor was also in action. He scored one goal and assisted another as 9-man Slavia Prague advanced with a 5-7 aggregate victory.

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Alex Iwobi (Everton, England)

Big 17, Alex Iwobi scored a 99th minute winner to help Everton clinch a hard-fought 1-0 English Premier League victory over the Magpies.

The 25-year old played a beautiful one-two with Dominic Calver-Lewin in the Toffees’ attack, before finishing calmly past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

It is only Iwobi’s second league goal of the season, and it comes at a crucial time for Everton. This win helps them go three points clear of Watford in the relegation zone with two games in hand.

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