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Ending The Nigeria-Ghana Debate: Fans Pick Leicester's Ndidi Over Atletico Madrid's Thomas

A hotly-contested debate broke out on Twitter as the social media users pitted Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi and Ghana's Thomas Partey against themselves.Bearing in mind that the Nigeria versus Ghana rivalry is a well-documented one, the duo in question are key components of their respective teams in England and Spain, with Ndidi having established himself as one of the best signings Premier League Leicester City have ever made while Partey is also one of the best players for Atletico Madrid in La Liga.The argument, however is looking settled as a better percentage of the users have chosen the Super Eagle over the Black Stars man and you can check out some of their reasons in the tweets we have gathered below,@prof_hustles: Although am a Ghanaian ,I watch Ndidi more than I watch Partey and that guy's work at the center of the field is massive. Ndidi for me .@TKay1z: I'm Ghanaian and I'll choose Thomas for the sake of home support.  but I just checked the stats of the two players since 2017 to date and Ndidi has been the better player.  So Ndidi for me 💪 💪@Joshua_Ubeku: Ndidi is an exceptional player. He's a hustler…

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(Photo) Manchester City Sign Nigerian Defender From Leicester City

Manchester City have snapped up Nigerian defender Camron Gbadebo from Premier League rivals Leicester City following a successful trial, according to various reports in the English press including Foxes Hub.The 17-year-old is bidding farewell to the Foxes after nine appearances for their U18 team in the U18 Premier League.Gbadebo previously turned out for the youth teams of Watford and Crystal Palace before he was acquired by Leicester City in 2018.Writing on Instagram, Gbadebo said : “I'm so happy to announce that I’ve signed for @mancity.”Thank you to every one that has supported me on my journey so far. This is only just the beginning!”Gbadebo joins Flying Eagles invitee Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Felix Nmecha, Nathanael Ogbeta, Gavin Bazunu, Samuel Edozie and Timi Sobowale at the Manchester City Academy.He is a product of the Kinetic Foundation Academy in South London that produced Nigeria internationals Joe Aribo and Josh Maja.

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RB Leipzig Chief Provides Update On Future Of Newcastle United-Linked Winger Lookman

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman as his German club RB Leipzig have insisted that he won't be loaned out in the January transfer window. RB Leipzig signed the former England U20 international on a permanent basis from Everton last summer but his second spell in Germany has not been successful so far due to a lack of playing opportunities.Managing Director of  RB Leipzig, Oliver Mintzlaff has suggested that Lookman will be spending the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign at the Red Bull Arena.”It was certainly not an easy first round for him,” Mintzlaff told Sky Deutschland.”Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality. So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman.”Ademola is a player who has already proven to us that he has a lot of quality.”Lookman cost RB Leipzig in the region of 18 million euros when he was acquired from Everton in July 2019.

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Guinness Night Football lights up Lagos

Nigeria brought the curtain down on 2019 with an extraordinary evening of football fun, courtesy of Guinness.On Saturday December 28, Guinness Night Football brought Lagos aglow in an extraordinary night of football, lights and music, amping an already festive season with colour, vibrancy and plenty of fun.Filling up an unconventional venue at Agidingbi, the tournament of football professionals attracted scores of soccer lovers to a variety night that had the celebration of the beautiful game at its heart.Guests were immersed in a 360 degree ‘beyond football’ experience, including a football-themed menu, foot snooker and other interactive games, authentic street fashion, glow-in-the-dark body and face painting, and scores of other attractions. The 5-a-side tournament also took centre stage as Nigeria’s finest put their small-scale soccer skills to the test.The highly popular Guinness Night Football continues at the Pan African Guinness Night Football Tournament, a grand extravaganza set to kick off in Lagos in January 2020.For more information, check out Guinness’ social media handles, follow the hashtags #GuinnessNightFootball #GuinnessMVP and stay tuned to all the details. 

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DENIZLISPOR SIGN NIGERIA STAR ONAZI FROM TRABZONSPOR

The experienced central midfielder has joined the Roosters from fellow Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.Onazi signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Denizlispor and the club has an option for another year.“WELCOME ONAZI! Our club signed a 1.5-year contract with Nigerian player Ogenyi Eddy Onazi, with one-year option,” a club statement read.Onazi spent four years with Trabzonspor as one of the key players until he started struggling with injuries in 2018.The 27-year-old player will be hoping to help Denizlispor retain their status in the top-flight league this season.The Roosters were promoted to the Super Lig at the end of the 2018/19 season after winning the TFF First League.They are currently placed 11th on the 18-team league standings ahead of the second round.

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Sevilla Join Barcelona, Real Madrid, Premier League Clubs In Race For Lille's Victor Osimhen

La Liga club Sevilla are the latest club being linked with a move for Nigeria international Victor Osimhen in the January transfer window. According to transfer market website Fichajes making reference to our colleagues at Spanish sports daily Estadio Deportivo, it is very likely that Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo (Monchi) is likely to return to France to sign a new player after overseeing the arrivals of Jules Koundé, Diego Carlos, Rony Lopes and Lucas Ocampos last summer.The two candidates being considered to beef up Sevilla's attack by Monchi is Lille's Osimhen and Metz's Senegal star Habib Diallo.The Super Eagles striker is having an outstanding season at Lille and is among the top-scoring U21 players in the whole of Europe this season, with 14 goals in 26 matches, including two strikes in the Champions League.Sevilla face competition from Spanish and foreign clubs in their bid to land the services of Osimhen.Barcelona and Real Madrid plus English Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest in the former Wolfsburg starlet.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur Winger Nathan Oduwa Trialing At Slovak Club AS Trencin

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Nathan Oduwa is undergoing trials at Slovak Super Lig AS Trencin with a view to a transfer in the January transfer window.AS Trencin manager Norbert Hrncar observed the ex-Nigeria U23 international at close quarters during Wednesday's friendly game against MFK Frýdek-Místekin which he was named in the starting line-up. Oduwa is searching for a new club following his departure from Hapoeli Hadera, Israel at the end of last season. The 23-year-old spent the first half of the 2018-2019 campaign at Danish side Vejle Boldklub, playing just four games before parting company with the club. Luton Town, Rangers, Colchester United and Peterborough United are the clubs he was loaned out during his time with Tottenham Hotspur and he has also worn the jersey of Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. Nigeria international wingers Samuel Kalu and Moses Simon started their professional careers at AS Trencin.

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Nigeria: Bayelsa Restoration Cup Resumes January 20

Yenagoa — The final phase of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, known as the Restoration Cup will resume on Monday, January 20 with the final group matches to be played across four centres.The 2019/2020 edition of the grassroots tournament in Bayelsa State which began late last year was temporarily suspended because of the gubernatorial election in the state.The outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson will also commission the newly renovated Sampson Siasia stadium in Yenagoa during the grand finale of the ceremony.Director-General of the tournament, Mr. Ono Akpe, in a statement in Yenagoa said the curtain on the biggest grassroots football tournament in Nigeria would be drawn in the next two weeks.

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Official : Leyton Orient's Alabi Joins Eastleigh On Loan

National League outfit Eastleigh Football Club have announce via their official website , the signing of James Alabi on loan from Leyton Orient until the end of the season .The 25-year old Anglo-Nigerian forward will be seeking for more playing time after he had limited game time this season at the O's under Head coach Ross Embleton.”I'm happy to be here and can't wait to get started. I hope to hit the ground running and score as many goals as I can'. Alabi saidThe forward has only made 13 appearances in total this season for the League Two club including Trophy and Cup fixtures – finding the net once in their 4-0 victory over Grimsby .Alabi's last competitive game was in November last year and be looking forward to making his debut this Saturday for Spitfires who sit 16th in the National League table and are preparing to host Chesterfield .He has played for Stoke City, Dover Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Chester, Forest Green Rovers , Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town.

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5 Players Who Can Break Into Super Eagles in 2020

Red-hot striker, Cyriel Dessers will certainly give the Super Eagles number nine and Lille talisman, Victor Osimhen a run for his money should the Belgian-born finally see through his wish to play for Nigeria.Dessers who is the current leading scorer in the Eredivisie with 12 goals in 18 appearances for Heracles has expressed his desire to represent Nigeria ahead of Belgium, having attracted interest from both nations.And as a matter of urgency, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have on their own part started making very serious moves to ensure that the 25-year-old gets to play for the Super Eagles in the nearest future.The country’s football governing body have already convinced Dessers to switch international allegiance to Nigeria and have equally filed his application to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).As per whoscored.com, Dessers does not only bring goals to the table but he also sets up his team-mates to score as well with the reliable and prolific goal-scorer having made five assists in the Dutch league.His finishing is strong while his style of play shows he likes to do layoffs, has a massive counter attack threat, indirect set-piece threat, likes to play long balls…