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'He's Like A Mentor To Me' – Joe Aribo On Steven Gerrard's Influence On His Career

Nigeria international Joe Aribo has hailed Steven Gerrard for the influential role the Liverpool legend has played in his career. Regarded by many as one of the best midfielders to have played the game, Gerrard convinced Aribo to join Rangers despite the Nigerian attracting genuine interest from Championship clubs and abroad.Aribo highlighted that Gerrard has been acting as mentor to him since his arrival at Rangers in the summer.On his coach at Glasgow Rangers, Steven Gerrard and his prospects at the club, Aribo told the Super Eagles Media Team via YouTube : ''He's my manager but he's just so down to earth, so easygoing and he's like a mentor to me also, he just helps me, he gives me points on how to improve my game.''I don't really look too far but I'd just say I want to keep my head down, playing for Rangers, doing the best I can''. The former Charlton Athletic star revealed that he wants his opponents to be scared when they play against him. Aribo added : ''It's just being the worst person to play against, like your opponent is thinking to himself I don't want to play against this person today…

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Aribo: Okocha, Odemwingie Influenced My Decision To Play For Super Eagles

Joe Aribo says his decision to represent Nigeria on the international scene was inspired by the legendary duo, Austine Okocha and Osaze  Odemwingie.Aribo made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly match against Ukraine in September, scoring one of the goals for the three-time African champions in the 2-2 draw.The Glasgow Rangers midfielder followed up with another classy strike in the 1-1 draw against five-time world champions Brazil in October.Aribo stated that in a video posted on the NFF Youtube page that he enjoyed watching the Super Eagles while growing up in Europe.“Jay Jay Okocha and even Osaze Odemwingie inspired me and I really enjoyed watching them while growing up,”he remarked.He also  admitted it is a big challenge wearing the number 10 jersey vacated by former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi.“It’s a big challenge to take the number 10 jersey and it’s a challenge I’m willing to take and I intend to do what they (Mikel and Okocha) as number 10 have done in the past,”“I just want to be able to show what I can do in a game.”

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Omeruo Reveals He Told Chelsea Star Tomori To Switch His International Allegiance To Nigeria

Former Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has revealed that he asked Fikayo Tomori to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria before he became cap-tied to England. Both Tomori and Omeruo were part of Chelsea loan army last season and frequently exchanged messages via WhatsApp.The Super Eagles star completed a permanent switch to CD Leganes in the summer, while Tomori was brought into the first team fold by manager Frank Lampard after Chelsea were slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA, which was reduced to one window by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.The one-cap England international has grown in leaps and bounds since returning to Stamford Bridge after successful loan spells at Hull City and Derby County.Speaking to The Sun UK, Omeruo explained : ''Tomori was a bit younger but he has really improved a lot. Unfortunately for him he chose England. I wanted him to play for Nigeria!''(The WhatsApp messages) were good, the boys could catch up and share videos whenever a player made it into team of the week or was man of the match. That was a good connection.''Tomori is the third Chelsea player of Nigerian decent now cap-tied to England,…

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YEDI helping Nigeria Rise To The Challenge

Founded in 2011, YEDI (Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative) is a Nigerian non-governmental organisation that supports children and young people aged 10 to 24, who are particularly impacted by the health, social and economic difficulties facing the inhabitants in Africa’s most populous country.Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria and the NGO has sought, since its foundation, to use the beautiful game to get key health-prevention messages across to young people, raising their awareness in particular of the AIDS epidemic afflicting the country.Nigeria's young people are especially vulnerable to AIDS and other diseases such as malaria and polio. Thanks to programmes tailored to different sections of society, football provides an entertaining and effective means of informing people about the kind of behaviour that they and others should be adopting.Since the foundation of YEDI in 2011, 200,000 young people have participated in the association's programmes which incorporate prevention messages about malaria, polio, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.The Skillz Girl programme seeks to engage with young women aged 13 to 19. In playing football and taking part in other physical activities, they learn to make the right health and physical well-being choices, while also boosting their…

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BELGIAN-BORN HOT-SHOT WANTS TO PLAY FOR NIGERIA

Belgian-born red-hot striker Cyriel Dessers says he wants to play for Nigeria in what will be a boost for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.The 24-year-old, who plays for Heracles, is the leading scorer in the Dutch league with 11 goals and qualified for Nigeria through his mother.“There has already been contact with the Nigerian association. After the match against ADO Den Haag, the assistant from Nigeria sent me a message that I was doing well,” Dessers told Sporza.“But that is not going to be easy either because there are 300 million Nigerians worldwide. I have never been to Nigeria, also because the political situation has not been so calm in recent years.“The last year is only slightly better. I would like to go there and it would be twice as good to do that even if it’s only to play a friendly game against Madagascar or Mauritius.”The tall forward had had something of a journeyman career in Belgium and the Netherlands, but has scored 47 goals in 70 starts for NAC Breda, Utrecht and Heracles in the last three-and-a-bit seasons.

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Likely Cause Of Victor Moses' Constant Muscle Injury Revealed By Experts

The likely cause of Victor Moses's constant muscle injury has been revealed by experts in Turkey. The former Nigeria international could be out of action until the new year after picking up an injury during Tuesday's Turkish Cup clash between Fernerbahce and Istanbulspor.The Chelsea loanee returned to action on October 26 after spending two months on the sidelines following a muscle injury he suffered on the opening day of the 2019-2020 campaign.Moses had the same muscle issues during his loan spells at West Ham and Stoke City and medical experts have suggested that the right winger keeps suffering the same injury because he doesn't exercise properly.''Failure to fully perform stretching and strength training, which is part of physical fitness programs, will result in the recurrence of such injuries,'' Fotospor quoting experts said.Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal will not be able to count on the Nigerian for the games against Genclerbirligi, Sivasspor, Besiktas and Caykur Rizespor.This season, Moses has played 6 games in the Super Lig, scoring one goal and logging 492 minutes.

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Our All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers were formed in 1995, and the expansion team has done well, winning the NFC twice in 2003 and 2015.  On both occasions, Carolina failed to win the Super Bowl, but making it this far twice is the envy of a few teams in the NFL. As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL. 3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season. The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Steve Smith 2. Cam Newton 3. Luke Kuechly 4. Julius Peppers 5. Ryan Kalil We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   Look for or All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers coming next! As always we thank you for your support.

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Tijani Saga Update : Racing Genk Linked; Father Goes Into Hiding; N1.5M Spent To Get Exclusive Mandate

Information reaching our desk suggests that Racing Genk are the latest club interested in signing Nigeria U17 international Samson Tijani. The Golden Eagles captain has previously courted interest from another Belgian First Division A side, Anderlecht but they pulled out of the deal because of the multiplicity of mandates, with several agents claiming to represent the central midfielder.Racing Genk, where Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi started his professional career, are mulling over calling off the deal because of the aforementioned reason.At least two aggrieved agents who have been issued parental consent are determined to bring Tijani's father, Bashiru Tijani, to book but he has gone into hiding to avoid possible arrest.Per court documents cited by this website, Bashiru Tijani was residing at No. 16 Shobande Rasak Street, Aboru, Ipaja in Lagos State, before the owner of Jossy United Football Club rented a new apartment for him and his family.An agent spent over N1.5 million before he was issued a mandate by Tijani's father.Before Bashiru Tijani agreed to issue the agent a parental consent, he was lodged in a hotel, Rita's Events & Suites, Abule Egba for three days and invited a close friend and one of…

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Bernard Hopkins to headline the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their 31stClass, which comprises three women who become the first females to enter the Hall. The Class of 2020 will go in officially on June 14 in Canastota, New York. Three Modern Category Male Boxers were selected. Bernard Hopkins:  One of the most successful boxers of all-time, Hopkins is the likely headliner of this group.  Competing from 1988 to 2016, “The Executioner” was the former Undisputed Middleweight Champion and was also a former Lineal Light Heavyweight Champion. He retired with a record of 55-8-2-2 with 32 Knockouts. Juan Manuel Marquez:  From Mexico, Marquez boxed from 1993 to 2014 and would become the third man to become a World Champion in four different weight classes; Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Junior Welterweight.  The former Lineal Lightweight Champion had a record of 56-7-1 and 40 Knockouts. “Sugar” Shane Mosley:  Mosley was a world champion in three different weight classes (Lightweight, Super Welterweight and Light Middleweight).  He was a former Lineal World Champion in both Welterweight and Light Middleweight and Ring Magazine would twice name him the best pound for pound boxer in the world. Hopkins, Marquez and Mosely were all inducted in their first year of eligibility.   Two Modern Category Female Boxers were selected. Christy Martin:  Martin is considered the first major name female boxer and the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” would have a record of 49-7-3 with 31 Knockouts. Lucia Rijker:  From The Netherlands, Rijker was also a very successful kickboxer. As a boxer, she went undefeated with a record of 17-0 and 14 Knockouts. The third female boxer, Barbara Buttrick, was chosen in the women’s Trailblazer Category.  From England, Buttrick competed in the 1940s and 1950s and had a record of 30-1-1. Frank Erne enters in the Old Timer Category.  Erne won the Featherweight Title in 1896, and had a record of 30-6-16-1 with 14 Knockouts.  Paddy Ryan was chosen in the Pioneer Category.  Ryan was the bareknuckle American Heavyweight Champion in 1880. Other inductees include promoters, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen and Journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest and impending inductees for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Bordeaux Hat-trick Hero Maja Named In Ligue 1 TOTW; Receives Perfect 10/10 Rating

Bordeaux striker Josh Maja has been recognized for his brilliant display in the last round of matches in the French Ligue 1, with football statistics website Whoscored.com naming him in the Team of the Week.The Nigeria international was the star of the show as Bordeaux hammered Nimes 6-0 on matchday sixteen, bagging his first career hat-trick and an assist to go with it.In a 4-4-2 formation favored by Whoscored, Maja was named in attack along with Monaco's France international Wissam Ben Yedder.The Bordeaux number 9 was among three players awarded a rating of 10/10, the others being Otávio Henrique Santos (Bordeaux) and Cristian Battocchio (Brest).Maja registered a game-high four shots against Nimes, three of which ended up in the back of the net; made one key pass, was fouled once and completed one take-on.He had a pass completion rate of 71.4 percent, touched the ball 22 times and made 14 passes.The former Sunderland wonderkid has one cap for the Super Eagles which came against Ukraine in an international friendly in September 2019.