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Article: How Victor Moses struggled to play football

Image result for victor mosesAs far as Nigeria football is concerned, Victor Moses needs no introduction.

If you had told 11 year old Victor Moses that he’d one day be a Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League winner, AFCON, he might not have believed you. Moses had an extremely tough start to life, with his parents killed during religious riots in Nigeria, which in turn forced him into hiding. Relatives then managed to get him to the UK where he could claim asylum, eventually ending up with a foster family in South London.

Despite such difficult experiences, Moses excelled at football, eventually being scouted by Crystal Palace during a local league game. Moses rose through the ranks, eventually debuting for the senior team aged 16 in a game against Cardiff in the Championship.

The next few seasons at Crystal Palace proved that Moses was destined for big things. Wigan, then in the Premier League, came calling in 2010 after Palace went into administration, and Moses was soon playing up in the North West. He eventually gained a regular first team place following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia.

The biggest step in Moses’ career so far came in 2012, when Chelsea brought in the winger / full back (but only after four previous unsuccessful bids). Moses was seen as a hot prospect, with several England appearances up to U21 level. However, he was given the opportunity for more game time with loans to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.

Now, Moses is slowly establishing himself as a viable first team option at Chelsea, and became a regular for Nigeria, before announcing his decision to quit international football following the 2018 World Cup. Despite a solid performance, and even a crucial goal, Moses decided that club football would be his main focus moving forward.

This season, Moses’ appearances for Chelsea have been fairly limited. Despite scoring in the Community Shield final in pre-season, he has only featured as a substitute once for new manager Maurizio Sarri. With Azpilicueta preferred at right back, and Willian still the best winger at Chelsea, it looks like Moses will continue to serve as backup, potentially starting in FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The key thing however is that Sarri has a reliable and experienced utility player to call on in Moses. He’ll undoubtedly need his full squad if he is going to achieve the unlikely and bring the title back to the Bridge. Currently, Chelsea are third favourite bets, although their start to the season has been impressive.

The future for Moses depends on how Sarri plans to use him. At 27, he is approaching his prime and may want to become a first team regular, rather than a reliable benchwarmer. However, he doesn’t seem too worried about Sarri’s new tactical system, instead embracing it as a new challenge. Whether he’ll be of the same opinion if he doesn’t get any game time however before January 2019 remains to be seen, as a player of his quality will certainly attract interest elsewhere.

Chelsea who sits second in the Premier League table at the moment, next epl fixtures is against newly promoted Cardiff City at home while their rival Liverpool F.C who sits first in table travels to Tottenham Hotspur on Gameweek 3 of the Premier League fixtures.

Real reasons Victor Moses quit playing for Super Eagles

Image result for Victor MosesVictor Moses  has announced his immediate retirement  from international football to concentrate fully on his club career.

The 27-year-old Chelsea wingback made the shock announcement on Twitter  on Wednesday, dealing  a major blow to  Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s  plans for the  Cameroon 2019  Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Nigeria  were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in  their first group  qualifying match  in Uyo last year, and the three-time African champions need a convincing  win over Seychelles next month to keep qualification hopes alive.

In his statement,  Moses said he informed  Rohr that he  had decided to call time on his six-year international career  “by telephone”.

Moses quickly become a fan favourite after he helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa – after he switched his international allegiance from England to Nigeria, where he and his parents were born. He represented  England  at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Some of  his fans have taken to social medial to express their shock and  sadness  at   his  decision’s to quit the Eagles.

“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses, who represented Nigeria at the Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 World Cups,  wrote.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.

“Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.

International Champions Cup: Victor Moses starts for Chelsea against Arsenal

Image result for victor mosesSuper Eagles Star, Victor Moses is expected to make his second pre-season appearance for Chelsea when they take on Arsenal in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup clash at the Aviva stadium in Dublin reports

The Nigerian international, Moses was subbed on his his first appearance against Inter Milan last Saturday.

Moses was among the 23-man Chelsea squad that touched down in Dublin Tuesday night ahead of the fixture against the Gunners who are expected to parade Alex Iwobi as well.

Moses’ teammate Ola Aina was however left out of the squad for the game fueling speculation over his future at the club.

He also missed the Blues clash against Inter Milan in Nice, France last Saturday.

He spent last season on loan at English Championship side, Hull City.

But Tammy Abraham was included. The former Swansea striker has made two substitute appearances in pre-season for Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri’s side opened their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory in Australia before beating Inter Milan 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw, in Nice on Saturday.

Chelsea squad for Arsenal clash

Goalkeepers: Marcin Bulka,Willy Caballero,Rob Green.

Defenders: Davide Zappacosta,Cesar Azpilicueta,Andreas Christensen,Ethan Ampadu,David Luiz, Toni Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,Emerson Palmieri.

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas,Jorginho,Tiemoue Bakayoko,Ross Barkley,Lucas Piazon,Ruben Loftus-Cheek,Danny Drinkwater.

Forwards: Pedro,Victor Moses,Callum Hudson-Odoi,Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham.

What Super Eagles can do to qualify

Image result for super eaglesDespite losing their first game against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes his wards can still qualify for the round of 16. Nigerians and virtually all the Super Eagles fans were livid on Saturday, June 16, with how Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0 to go top of Group D at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Gernot Rohr who is currently facing serious criticisms from fans because of the defeat to Croatia believes his boys can redeem themselves by beating Iceland and Argentina.

‘’Everything is possible in football, it’s important to make at least four points if we want to qualify for the next round of this championship. “We are only a point behind for the moment, nothing is lost and all is in our hands. Let’s be positive, we have the youngest team at the World Cup, let them learn and try to do better. “We saw Iceland have a good game against Argentina, a very strong team, but we can also do better than what we did. “We have to win against Iceland but all is possible still. If we win the next game all is possible for qualification,” Gernot Rohr told Journalists in Russia Read more: https://www.naija.ng/1175652-gernot-rohr-believes-nigeria-qualify-16-russia-2018.html?utm_source=mailfire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=reaction_pusher#1175652

Moses wins NFF player of the year award

Image result for Victor MosesDespite loosing CAF and BBC African Player of the year to Mo Sallah of Egypt, Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses in Lagos on Monday emerged as  the maiden Aiteo/NFF Awards Player of the Year winner.

Nigeria  star won the crown ahead of his Super Eagles’ teammate Wilfred Ndidi and  Lobi  Stars forward Anthony Okpotu.

 Reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala won the women’s version.

Enyimba left-back Ikouwem Udoh beat Nura Mohammed and Stephen Odey to the Young Player of the Year for men and Falconets striker Rasheedat Ajibade beat Anam Imo and Gift Monday to win the Young Player of the Year for women.

Former Falcons star Ann Chiejine won the Women’s Coach of the Year beating Edwin Okon and Whyte Ogbonna,  while Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye won the Men’s Coach of the Year award  ahead of Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United and MFM’s Fidelis Ilechukwu.

MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun won the Goal of the Year while Remo Stars won the Fair Play award. The Development award was given to Channels Sports for their contribution to the development of the game at the grassroots. The Platinum award was presented  to  FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

The Nigerian Legends 11 is  made up of Chiejine, Felix Owolabi, Austin Eguavoen, Christian Chukwu, Uche Okechukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Thompson Usiyen and Mercy Akide-Udoh.

Victor Moses put smiles on Nigerians ahead Russia World Cup after scoring yesterday

Moses On Target, Hazard Stars As Chelsea Dismiss West BromLots of Nigeria football lovers were very delighted with Nigerian star Victor Moses who scored on his 209th Premier League appearance as he  Chelsea put behind them their recent struggles by thrashing West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Stamford Bridge on Monday.

It was Moses’ second league goal of the season in what was his 20th Premier League appearance for the West London club this term.

The former Wigan Athletic star was involved from start to finish in the game.

Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup Final

Iwobi, Moses In Action As Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup FinalArsenal have qualified for the final of this season’s Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the second leg semi-final at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal won 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge weeks ago.

Super Eagles duo Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses started for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively before both players were replaced in the second half.

An own goal by Antonio Rudiger and a Granit Xhaka strike saw Arsenal seal the nervy win over Chelsea who took the lead through Eden Hazard.

The last time Arsenal played in the League Cup final was in 2011 when they lost 2-1 to Birmingham City.

Arsenal will face Manchester City in the final which will be played on 25 February 2018 at Wembley Stadium .

Chelsea thought they had gone ahead on five minutes but Pedro Rodriguez’s header was correctly ruled out for offside after the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

In the seventh minute, Chelsea went 1-0 up through Hazard who raced on to Pedro’s pass before shooting past David Ospina with a left-footed strike.

Arsenal went close to equalising in the 10th minute but Willy Caballero stopped Jack Wilshere’s initial effort before also denying Monreal from converting the rebound.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal were back on level terms as Monreal’s header from a corner came off Marcos Alonso before reflecting off Rudiger and ending inside the net.

Chelsea were forced into an early change as Willian went off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by new signing Ross Barkley who was brought on for his debut for the Blues.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Arsenal were awarded a free-kick in a decent position but Granit Xhaka’s effort took a deflection before going off target.

On the stroke of half time, Mesut Ozil had a chance to put Arsenal ahead following a pass from Wilshere only to see his shot take a deflection off Andreas Christensen and go inches off the post.

In the early part of the second half, Arsenal were on top possession wise but Hazard took off in his trade mark runs but was excellently stopped with a sliding tackle by Laurent Koscielny.

In the 60th minute, Arsenal went 2-1 up thanks to Xhaka who poked home after Alexandre Lacazette’s cross took a hefty deflection.

Arsenal should have extended their lead in the 77th minute through Iwobi but the Nigerian was denied by Caballero.

Few minutes later Alonso brought down Davide Zappacosta’s cross and hit a volley which was blocked by Hector Bellerin.

And in the 88th minute Chelsea won a free-kick after Barkley was tripped around 30 yards from goal but Alonso’s effort went off target.

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