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Onyekuru wins 2017 Most Promising Player In Belgium

Onyekuru Voted 2017 Most Promising Player In BelgiumSuper Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru has been named the Most Promising Player of the Year at the 2017 Soulier d’Or awards in Belgium, reports.

The Soulier d’Or or Belgian Golden Shoe is an award given in Belgium at the beginning of each year to the best footballer of the Belgian First Division for the past year. The trophy is sponsored by the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

Onyekuru who is currently recuperating from a knee injury he sustained in December won the award ahead of Mechelen’s Hassan Bandé and Landry Dimata.

The former Aspire Academy player polled 219 votes while Bande and Dimata recorded 162 and 128 votes respectively.

The Nigerian international, 20, was a revelation playing for KAS Eupen in the Belgian top flight before he was signed by Everton and loaned out to Anderlecht immediately last summer.

He scored 22 goals for Eupen last season and has added nine goals in 19 Belgian top flight appearances for Anderlecht until his injury.



Photo: See Super Eagles Jersey to wear at Russia World Cup

Details about NigeriaIt has been reported that on Wednesday that the Nigeria Football Federation unleashed the home and away kits which the Super Eagles squad will wear at the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

The Super Eagles paid homage to their USA 1994 World Cup outing with the home shirt which features a bright green-and-white zig-zag pattern jersey.Details about NigeriaDetails about NigeriaThe jerseys were launched with the help of Premier League trio Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, as well as ex-Chelsea midfielder and Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel. Nigeria placed in Group D are to face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Musa quits Leicester City , rejoins CSKA ahead Belgrade clash

Related imageSuper Eagles ace Ahmed Musa says CSKA Moscow is a club with unique fighting spirit, describing the VEB Arena as a home.

Musa who has been handed No. 7 jersey was warmly welcomed by club management who wished him fruitful return.

The pacy forward who transferred to English premiership side Leicester in August 2016 for £16million, further said he is happy to be back to the Red and Blue Family.

“I am happy and proud to be back.  This is truly my home, Champion team that fights for top awards and occupy highest places.  I am back to the Red and Blue Family,” he enthused

Musa has only mustered one Leicester appearance this term however, when he found the net in a Carabao Cup clash at Sheffield United

Prior to his transfer to Leicester City, Musa spent five seasons with the Russian side scoring 50 goals in all competitions

CSKA are fifth in the Russian Premier League, with the division currently on a winter break until March.

Musa will be eligible to feature in next month’s Europa League round of 32 tie with Red Star Belgrade.

It will be recalled that the former Kano Pillars forward wore No. 18 jersey during his first stay with CSKA Moscow.

Football: Ezenwa excites for winning Man of the Match Award Vs Angola

CHAN 2018: Ezenwa Happy To Win MOTM Award Vs AngolaSuper Eagles Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is delighted at the moment.
The talented keeper was happy to have scooped the Man Of The Match (MOTM) award in the Home Eagles’ 2-1 quarter-final win against Angola at the 18 African Nations Championship (CHAN)  on Sunday.
The home-based Super Eagles captain believes that his sterling  performance in the game has put him in a good stead to claim a spot in Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ezenwa dazzled in front of Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, who was in attendance at the Stade Adrar, Agadir, with a number of key saves to help his side win the game.
He was duly named the best player of the game that needed an extra time for the winner to emerge.
“I have to thank the team, especially the coach, who was very calm in the technical area pushing the team and believing that we will get the win.” the Enyimba goalkeeper stated after the game.
“The performance was great because we continued to push and tried to get the goal after going down and we did just that in the last minute.
“I’m happy with my performance and having Gernot Rohr here watching, I believe that will help me with the senior national team.”
The Home Eagles will face Sudan in the semi-final on Wednesday in Marrakech

NFF abandon home Eagles players ahead CHAN preparation

Home Eagles Players Unhappy With CHAN PreparationHome-based Super Eagles players are unhappy with the handling of their preparation for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, Completesportsnigeria. com reports.

The team was expected to jet out to Rabat , Morocco this Wednesday for the final lap of their preparation for the biennial competition designed for players plying their trade in their countries’ domestic leagues but are still in the country and are now unaware of the new travel date.

Two of Nigeria’s Group C opponents, Rwanda and Libya, have set up camp in Tunisia ahead of the competition.

Rwanda will play tune-up games against Sudan, Namibia and Algeria before their opening group game against Nigeria on January 15 in Tangier.

Libya, who won the competition in 2014, drew 1-1 with Jordan in Amman in a pre-CHAN friendly game last December and are looking to play at least one more tune-up game before leaving for Morocco.

Rwanda and Libya also participated in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup last November as part of their preparation for CHAN 2018.

Salisu Yusuf’s charges only began camping early December ahead of the Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament in Kano and have engaged lower league and amateur clubs in friendly games.

“We don’t know when we will be travelling to Morocco for the training tour anymore. I doubt it if our coaches are aware too,” one of the players disclosed to on the condition of anonymity.

“Other countries in our group are playing top quality friendlies and are training outside their country to get acclimatized with the weather in Morocco but we are not doing the same.”

Another player who spoke to Completesportsnigeria. com also expressed his concern over the team’s preparation.

“Our job is to play and give our all on the pitch but when things don’t go right in terms of preparation, it’s not good for us. If we look at what the countries in our group are doing, one won’t feel happy,” the player said.

“Whatever the situation, we will do our best in Morocco, but we must learn to do things right.”

CHAN will start on January 13 and end on February 4.

Mikel, Moses, Iwobi will be Super Eagles deadly players at World Cup 2018

Benjani: Mikel, Moses, Iwobi Will Be Nigeria’s Key Players At Russia 2018Former Zimbabwe striker Benjani Nwaruwari believes getting the best out of the trio of Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses will play a key role in Nigeria’s aspiration of having a good outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports.

The three players were instrumental in the Super Eagles’ qualification for Russia 2018.

Captain Mikel led by example and scored crucial goals against African giants Algeria and Cameroon.

Chelsea wing-back Moses netted four times in four qualifying games to prove his importance in the team, while Iwobi who plays in the English Premier League for Arsenal hit the back of the net twice, including the decisive winning goal against Zambia.

Benjani who had stints with clubs in France, England and South Africa during his active days stated that the three players are the Eagles’ key men.

“The Super Eagles have a lot of good players in their team but I believe Mikel, Iwobi and Moses are the most important players in the side,” the former Portsmouth and Manchester City star told

“They will be crucial to whatever Nigeria achieve in Russia and it will important for the coach (Gernot Rohr) to get the best out of them.

“If they hit top form in Russia, then I believe the Super Eagles will go far in the competition.”

Operation kill Argentina: Super Eagles get N3bn for World Cup

Image result for super eaglesThe Federal Government has budgeted N3bn to enable the Super Eagles to have a successful outing at the 2018 World Cup 2018 which starts on June 14 in Russia.

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

Dalung said while sponsors and partners would raise part of the money, the substantial part of the “conservative budget” would be provided by the Federal Government.

“We have a conservative budget of about N3bn but out of that N3bn, FIFA is going to raise about N900m; our sponsors and partners are also going to bring about N600m. Government will conservatively raise about N2bn or N2.5bn to complement,” the minister said.

He said plans were underway to ensure that the players get their allowances upfront latest by March 2018.

“One of the challenges we have been facing in sports administration is the welfare of the players and the officiating team and we intend to set a new approach to the question of welfare.

“By March, we intend to start paying the players their allowances, camping allowances upfront. That will go a long way to boost the morale of the players and their confidence too.

“The new method of governance in football has taken the pattern of change. We will also ensure that there is unity within the football family.

“Unity, too, is a key factor going by some of the reports we had in the past where poor performances were attributable to lack of unity between the family, the technical team, the officials and the players. This time, unity has to be promoted.

“Finally, we will also ensure that government makes funds available on time. That is why the budget for the competition has since been sent to the President for a special intervention so that government can make provision for some of the funds we need for training now before other things can come up,” the minister explained.

He said the government was comfortable with the group the team belong to despite the presence of Argentina.

He said, “We are comfortable with the team because having tested Argentina which is a highly ranked team in the group, we can say confidently that with good work, good training, good welfare for the players and team spirit, we will top that group going by the disposition of our national team.

“After the groupings, Nigeria falls within Group D and we appear to be the underdog going by the ranking of the teams.

“But I think ranking is more or less a paper job, what is very important is how you will perform and I believe that we are comfortable with the teams.

“Some people have been arguing that Argentina did not present their best, but we also have some players we didn’t invite and we also intend to invite them. It is an issue that is going to be determined practically by the level of preparation of the Nigerian team. Don’t forget that the Nigerian team had enjoyed a formidable home support and they are inspired to deliver.

“So we will engage in more friendlies to try and determine our strength and areas of improvement before the final competition.”

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