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Former Super Eagles iconic no.3 Taye Taiwo celebrates birthday

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, playing a sportHappy birthday to former Super Eagles iconic no.3 Taye Taiwo who turns 34 today.

He has played for nine different clubs across Europe
AC Milan 
Dynamo Kiev
HJK Helsinki
AFC Eskilstuna

A true legend 🙌🍾⚽️💪

Samuel Kalu’s Mother released by kidnappers

Image result for samuel kaluFresh news hitting Fujiipop has it that Mother of Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu has been released by kidnappers who held her captive for six days.

Ozuruonye Juliet Kalu was abducted in Abia State, South East Nigeria last week Wednesday in company of some of her children.

She was driving with some of her children along the Okpulu Umuobo area of Aba when the unidentified gunmen blocked her vehicle, ordered the children out of the car and took her away.

Super Eagles defender,Ola Aina picks up injury

Aina Doubtful For Super Eagles, Seychelles Clash Due To InjuryInformation reaching Fujiipop from Italy has it that Torino defender Ola Aina is now doubtful for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Seychelles later this month due to injury.

Aina, who was initially named in Torino ‘ s starting line-up for Sunday’s win against Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico was replaced by Cristain Ansaldi after picking up the injury during the pre-match warm up exercise.

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Interview: Winning AFCON is my target in 2019- Kenneth Omeruo

laliga-kenneth-omeruo-cd-leganes-super-eaglesSuper Eagles and CD Leganes loanee defender from Chelsea Kenneth Omeruo speaks about his stay so far at the modest LaLiga club and his next career goals. He also speaks confidently about Nigeria’s chances of winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

You have played all over Europe, England, Turkey, and Holland, just to mention a few. How would you rate the Spanish La Liga as a competition compared to the other leagues?

I will rate LaLiga as the biggest league I have played in so far. For me it’s one of the best leagues in the world and there is a lot of quality, very practical and technical as well, so for me this was definitely expected.

You play for Leganés and the club is currently facing a relegation battle, do you think that the club will survive at the end of the season?

Yeah, definitely. I have not been part of the team that got relegated and we have a good manager. We’ve been unlucky in a few games, but I think we have all it takes to stay in the league.

When you joined Leganés at the start of the season, you started from the bench, but eventually you got your chance and now you are a regular in the team. How did you achieve this?

For me it was by hard work, I have never gone to any team with the guarantee of playing time, so I have always had to work my way into the team and unfortunately someone got injured and I came on. I definitely knew I had to use that opportunity and we won that game. Ever since then I’ve been playing and trying to do better than the last game because once you lose the opportunity it’s gone.

You are on loan at Leganés in the LaLiga, are you looking to make this move permanent?

I don’t know. Left to me, if I have to choose of course I want to stay, but if not, I have to finish the season and see if I have better options and to know if the club also wants to keep me for longer time, but I am definitely starting to plan to move on to a permanent base.

Having lived in Spain for a few months now, how are you adapting to the country, the city you are living in, the culture, the people?

Yeah, it’s good, they are nice, there are really nice people here, the culture is normal like most of the developed countries, and there are nice people. I try to understand the few important Spanish words, and yeah hopefully when I stay permanent I will learn the language properly.

I’m glad you mentioned the language, are you learning the language already?

Yeah I am.

Do u love Spanish food as well?

Yes, most times I eat at home. Yeah, their food is nice and there’s other continental food as well. Other countries have their restaurants here so it’s not like I’m lagging behind, there is a lot of Nigerian restaurants here as well, so I’ve got what I need.

How is your relationship with the other Nigerian players in LaLiga like: Uzoho, Chukwueze and the rest of them – Azeez Ramon, IK Uche, and Simon Moses? How is your relationship with all these guys?

Very good, I speak to Chukwueze, Simon. Uzoho has visited me twice already, and we keep in contact. I also speak to Uche Kālu as well and I have not spoken to Ramon. Yeah, the relationships are good.

Talking about the national team now, the last time Nigeria played at the Nations Cup was 2013, you were part of that team and Nigeria won it that time. However Super Eagles dis not qualify unti the 2019 edition that is coming up in June. How would you rate the chances of the super eagles at AFCON?

Yeah, Of course, I know Egypt has an advantage now. They are a good team and also now they are hosting as well. We have got what it takes, from the one we qualified already, it’s good and the spirit in the camp is good and high. Most of our players are playing in good leagues as well, so, yeah I think we have a good chance of winning the AFCON.

And finally Kenneth, a word for your fans here in Nigeria and of course all over Africa.

I wish them a good year and I hope they keep supporting us, support the team even when we might not be doing what they want, you know others want to win though. Sometimes we drop some games, we let some games go, and we hope our fans to be behind us, to cheer us the way through.INTERVIEW – Omeruo:  LaLiga Is Biggest League I’ve Played In; Up Next – Permanent Contract, AFCON 2019 Title


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Football: Super Eagles Star, Iwobi surprises about Cech retirement

Image result for cechIt has been revealed that Super Eagles and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has expressed surprise with teammate Petr Cech’s decision to retire at the end of the 2018-19 campaign because he thinks the goalkeeper can still play for ‘another three or four years’.

“I was [surprised] because he always looks good in training and every time he plays in a match,” Iwobi told SkySports News.

“When he announced he was retiring I was like ‘wow, you could have another three or four years the way that you’re playing’. But we have to respect his decision and we’ll have to do our best to make sure he ends his career on a high.”

Cech confirmed on Tuesday that it is the right time to hang up his gloves after an illustrious career in England where he won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League trophy amongst other individual honours.

Bernd Leno’s arrival in the summer has limited the Czech international to a substitute role in recent weeks but Iwobi feels the 36-year-old is still in top form to carry on.

Iwobi and his teammates welcome London rivals Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium today for a crunch tie as they look to revive their top four hopes with a win.Image result for alex iwobi

Eagles Fly jet out via charter flight To Sfax for 2nd Leg clash vs Libya

Eagles Fly Charter Flight To Sfax  Monday  For 2nd Leg Clash Vs LibyaIt has been reported that the Super Eagles has left Nigeria for Sfax, Tunisia on Monday morning aboard a charter flight for Tuesday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match day four encounter against Libya.

The game will take place at the 18,000 capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri, the home ground of Tunisia Premier League side, CS Sfaxien.

The stadium was built in 1938 and was used for the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

The game will kick-off at 7pm Nigerian time.

The Super Eagles are also expected to depart Sfax immediately after the match and arrive in Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday, 17th October.

Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Mediterranean Knights 4-0 on Saturday at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo, with Odion Ighalo bagging a hat-trick and Samuel Kalu scoring the other goal.

The three-time AFCON winners have won their last qualifying fixtures since suffering a 2-0 home loss to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on matchday one in Uyo.

Nigeria are currently in second position in the Group E table with six points following the win against Libya, one point less than South Africa’s who beat Seychelles 6-0 in Johannesburg.

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