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Nigeria's most successful UEFA players

Most appearances by a Nigerian player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)60: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Arsenal)59: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea)36: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Wolfsburg, Rubin)35: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kyiv)29: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva, Leicester)28: Efe Ambrose (Celtic)26: Julius Aghahowa (Shakhtar Donetsk)26: Atanda Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kyiv)25: Chidi Odiah (Sheriff, CSKA Moskva)21: Céléstine Babayaro (Anderlecht, Chelsea)21: Viktor Ikpeba (Monaco, Borussia Dortmund)Top-scoring Nigerians in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)10: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Wolfsburg, Rubin)7: Julius Aghahowa  (Shakhtar Donetsk)7: Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moskva, Fenerbahçe, Olympiacos)7: Viktor Ikpeba (Monaco, Borussia Dortmund)7: Ayegbeni Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa)6: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva, Leicester)5: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos)5: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Arsenal)4: Emmanuel Bonaventure (Club Brugge)4: Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Beer-Sheva)4: Michael Obiku (Feyenoord, Anorthosis Famagusta)Most appearances by a Nigerian player in UEFA club competition*81: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Internazionale Milano, Arsenal, Portsmouth)78: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kyiv, Bursaspor, HJK Helsinki, RoPS Rovaniemi)70: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, Trabzonspor)63: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante)…

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Lille Coach Gatlier Defends Osimhen’s Poor Away Scoring Record

Lille manager Christophe Gatlier has absolved Victor Osimhen of any blame after the forward failed to score for the fifth consecutive away game in the French Ligue 1 this season, reports Completesports.com.Osimhen has scored seven goals in 10 league games for Lille since his arrival from Belgian club, Sporting Charleroi this summer.He also endured a barren outing in Lille’s Champions League 3-0 away defeat at Ajax last month.All of the Nigeria international’s goals so far were scored at home with the 20-year-old also failing to find the back of the net in Saturday’s 2-1 away defeat to Toulouse.“We lose as a team and win as a team. Osimhen is part of the team. Collectively, we will have to do better away from home not just Osimhen. It’s for the entire team,” Gatlier told reporters.Lille will host Spanish club Valencia in a Champions League matchday three encounter on Wednesday.

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Newcastle keeping tabs on Victor Osimhen ahead January transfer

Lille of France forward Victor Osimhen is on the shopping list of Premier League Newcastle who are desperate to sign a striker when the January transfer window opens.Reports from Saint James Park reveals that the club’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has included the Nigeria international on the list of strikers they are keeping tabs.Newcastle manager Steve Bruce confirmed that the club’s plans to bring in a striker in January with the Nigeria mentioned.Already scouts have been sent to France to monitor the progress of the young striker.“We’ll start planning in the next couple of weeks, but January is always a difficult window.“Well see what’s out there,” said Bruce.It was also reported last week that Barcelona have also shown interest in the 20-year-old who was signed by Lille in the summer of 2019 for £10.8million from Belgian side, Sporting Charleroi, where he banged 20 goals in his first season.Now in his first season with Lille, Osihmen has scored 7 goals in 9 appearances which won him the French Ligue 1 player award for September.

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Okocha sings German praises in developing African talents

Nigerian Great Austin Jay Jay Okocha says the discipline brought to our games in the continent of Africa by German coaches in the past has contributed strongly to the growth and development of the game. Okocha who is a Brand Ambassador of The Bundesliga played alongside Ghanaian great Tony Yeboah at Eintracht Frankfurt in the early 90’s where he was a delight.He made these comments at the Steigenberger Hotel where he met a slected number of sports journalist who are in Germany as part of the Bundesliga and StarTimes Media Tour to Germany.Quite a number of German coaches have managed various national teams over the years with the legendary Winnie Schaefer leading Cameroon to a fourth nations Cup honours in Mali in 2002 with as many African players also benefiting at the club level.For the Super Eagles legend, these opportunities cannot be overlooked..“For me, what stands out is the discipline and the organization they bring into our game. We in Africa have and would always be blessed by raw talent but thee grassroots development programs that we have in Africa is next to nothing and it is important for us to learn about the basics of…

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Breaking: Super Eagles shocked by Togo in CHAN qualifiers as holders Morocco go through

Nigeria were shock 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying casualties on Saturday despite a 2-0 home victory over Togo in the second leg of their regional tie.Sikiru Alimi scored twice in Lagos for the Super Eagles B team, but it was not enough as Togo qualified for the finals 4-3 on aggregate.It will be the first appearance by the Togolese in this national team competition, which is restricted to footballers who play in their country of birth.Nigeria, runners-up to hosts Morocco in the 2018 final, had been seeking a fourth consecutive appearance at the biennial 16-nation championship.Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia also qualified this weekend, leaving a further eight places to be filled on Sunday.Cameroon qualify automatically as 2020 hosts, but the tournament dates and venues have not been announced.Needing to score at least three goals after a shock 4-1 first leg loss in Lome last month, Nigeria made a promising start with Alimi netting on eight minutes.He could have had a hat-trick by half-time, but failed to score when one-on-one with goalkeeper Mubarak Aigba while another shot was cleared off the line.Alimi did score again 19 minutes from time,…

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Omeruo Returns, but Leganes Slump to Another Defeat

Kenneth Omeruo returned to Leganes starting line up and completed 90 minutes in their Last liga Satander  away game against Getafe on Saturday at  Coliseum Alfonso Perez.The game ended 2-0 in the favor of Getafe as Leganes lackluster performance to the 2019/2020 Spanish football league season continues.Angel Rodriguez’s second half superb brace was enough to condemned the Mauricio Pellegrino’s men to their seventh defeat of the season from nine league games.Omeruo who missed Nigeria’s international friendly game with Brazil last Sunday was booked by referee Juan Martinez Munuera after rough tackle.His compatriot Chidozie Awaziem was unused substitute in the game.Leganes are occupying the bottom position of the log with two points from nine matches played.

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Super Eagles Forward’s strike against Zamalek voted Goal Of The Month

Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi has won Al Ahly’s goal of the month award for September.Ajayi scored twice for the former African Champions in their Super Cup win over rivals Zamalek last month.The player’s first strike at the Borg El Arab Stadium was adjudged to be the Club’s best goal for the month of September.Ajayi is enjoying a sterling season with the Egyptian giants this term , after injury ravaged season last year and he has two goals to his name in three league appearances so far. 

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CC Sabathia's career is officially over

With the Yankees post-season now officially over, the career of CC Sabathia is now officially over. Arguably, it ended three days before in Game 4, when he had to leave the game when his knee buckled and his shoulder appeared to give out.  He limped off the field and was replaced on the post-season roster.  This was not the way that he wanted to go out, but that is often the case for the great ones. From Vallejo, California, Sabathia made his debut in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians and he would go 17 and 5 and finish behind Ichiro Suzuki for the American League Rookie of the Year.  The southpaw would later go to the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004 and in 2007, where he would ho to his third All-Star Game, he would have his best season to date.  That year, he would go 19-7 with 209 Strikeouts and lead the AL in Innings Pitched (241.0) and SO/BB (5.65).  Sabathia would also win the Cy Young in that campaign.   2008 would see him traded to the Milwaukee Brewers midway through the season.  Sabathia was an impending Free Agent, and Cleveland was not performing well.  He would finish off the season in the National League by going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA and help the Brewers make the playoffs.  Despite only having 17 Starts, he would finish fifth in Cy Young voting. Sabathia would sign with the New York Yankees for the 2009 Season, and this will would be the third and final team he would play for.  That year, Sabathia would help the Bronx Bombers win the World Series and he would win the American League Championship Series MVP.  That year, he would lead the AL in Wins (19) and finished third in Cy Young Voting.   The Pitcher would then go on a three-year run of All-Star Game selections and in 2010, he would again lead the AL in Wins with 21, a career-high.  He would also notably finish third and fourth in Cy Young voting in 2010 and 2011 respectively. S