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Amuzie Joins Slovenian Club, NK Aluminij

Nigerian defender Stanley Amuzie has joined Slovenian club topflight division side NK Aluminij of Kidričevo from Swiss side Lugano FCAmuzie signed a one and half year deal at the clubThe 22-year-old defender who previously featured for Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A and Portuguese club, Olhanense also expressed his delight teaming up with NK Aluminij who are currently third in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.“I watched some matches of NK Aluminij and I was impressed,” Amuzie told NK Aluminij official website.“I watched the profiles of the players and saw that this is a very young team. Young players, like me, get the chance to play and develop. That’s why I am here because I want to play and advance and help the NK Aluminij team in achieving good results.”He also revealed he was convinced to join the club by a former teammate at Lugano and the Slovenian national team Domen Crnigoj.“A lot of the decision made me a good opinion of the club, which was given by my teammate from Lugano and the Slovenian national team, Domen Crnigoj.”Amuzie joined Lugano in 2017 and played 19 games for the Bianconeri before he departed.The former Flying…

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Taye Taiwo: Playing in lower leagues bad for career development

Former Super Eagles’ left back Taye Taiwo has warned young Nigerian footballers against starting off their overseas adventure at lowly rated leagues noting that it would eventually kill their career.Speaking, the Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPs) of Finland defender noted that making transfer moves to leagues in Asia or the backwaters of Europe would prevent the players from being seen by big teams.“I always tell young players to focus and play football. It is bad for a young footballer to play in Qatar or China because the big teams will not see how good you are”, he said.Taye Taiwo played for Lobi Stars in the Nigerian league and made a huge move from the Makurdi based outfit to French Ligue 1 giants, Olympique Marseille, where he played for 5 years and earned 192 caps.

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Mikel Named In Championship Team Of The Week

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has been named in the English Championship Team of the Week.Mikel who joined Middlesbrough on a short term contract during the summer transfer window was outstanding for the club in their 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers last SundayThe talented midfielder has wowed the Boro fans since his arrival at the club so much that he has been nicknamed Rolls Royce and African Zidane by the Boro faithful.“Mikel has quickly become a fan favourite at Boro, and it’s easy to see why on the latest evidence. The travelling fans sang his name throughout Sunday’s win at Blackburn Rovers, as the midfielder showed his class,” the EFL wrote on their assessment of Mikel’s performance against Rovers.The former Chelsea star was listed along with Morecambe’s Mark Halstead, Notts County’s duo of Sam Stubbs and Ben Barclay, Preston North End’s Ben Davies and MK Dons’ Jake Hesketh.Other players who made the shortlist are; Luton Town’s George Moncur, Sheffield United’s Gary Madine, Southend United’s Simon Cox and Norwich City’s duo of Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia.He has made four appearances for Tony Pulis’ men since his arrival but is yet to register a…

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Why Nigeria Failed To Lift Africa U20 Cup of Nations – Flying Eagles Coach Aigbogun Explains

Coach of the Nigeria U20 team Paul Aigbogun says factors other than not being good enough played a role in the failure of his team to lift the recently concluded Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.Nigeria finished fourth after losing 3-5 on penalties to South Africa in the third place match but qualified for the World Youth Championship in Poland as part of the four teams that will represent Africa at the tournament.The Aigbogun led team were heavily criticised by lot of Nigerians for finishing fourth at a tournament where Nigeria hold the record of winning it seven times, more than any other African countryExplaining their failure to win the tournament, the soft spoken coach said not going to the tournament with his top two strikers affected the rhythm of his team, and also some of the foreign based players he invited ‎were not released by their teams as the tournament is not contained in the FIFA calendar.” As a coach, i wanted to win the nations cup. We got all the support needed from the NFF to excel at this level but we lost two key attackers, Wasiu Alalade to administrative issues and…

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Uzoho Suspended In Cyprus, Fined; Anorthosis Also Punished Over Ineligibilty Offence

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been handed a one-match ban and fined 1,000 euros by the Cyprus Football Association following complaint of ineligibility by Apollon LimassolUzoho, 20, linked up with Cypriot club, Anorthosis Famagusta on a six-month loan deal on the final day of the winter transfer window from Spanish side, Deportivo La Coruna.He made his debut two days later in Anorthosis Famagusta’s 1-0 win against Apollon Limassol.Limassol later filed a protest with Cyprus Football Association claiming Uzoho was ineligible to feature in the game.They questioned the valdity of the mandatory medical certificate submitted by Anorthosis on behalf of the player as they insisted Uzoho arrived Cyprus hours after the KOA office had shut down on February 1.Uzoho reportedly informed the Police that the medical certificate was prepared for him while he was in flight en route Cyprus – which by implication suggested that he did not undergo necessary medical tests before the issuance.According to a report in miamiherald.com, the Cyprus Football Association has ruled that Uzoho’s certificate is invalid and Anorthosis consequently forfeit the win over Apollon and additional three points deducted, totaling six points as deficit.Uzoho who was omitted from…

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Tornadoes’ forward Bashir Azado ruled out for two weeks due to injury

Niger Tornadoes forward Bashir Isah Azado has been ruled out for two weeks and therefore will miss his team’s trip to Ilorin, where they take on Kwara United Wednesday.The forward was said to have sustained the injury in Niger Tornadoes’s 3-2 loss to MFM in Lagos and he has been struggling to shake it off since then.However the Ikon Allah Boys medical department has revealed theforward need rest after a successful routine treatment by the club physiotherapist.“Azado needs some rest, for now maybe a week or two”“We are monitoring the situation in case if there should be any treatment we need to carry out” The Club said.The injury is a big blow to Caretaker technical adviser Hamza Abara who is struggling to turn the Club’s season around with just a win out of four matches.Niger Tornadoes will face their former Kwara United on Wednesday in Ilorin and they will attempt to get one over their former Coach Abubakar Bala.

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Flying Eagles To Know 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Foes Friday

The draw for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup will take place on Friday, February 24 in the city of Gdynia, Poland with Nigeria’s Flying Eagles among the 24 qualified teams that will know their group opponentsThe biennial competition will be staged in six Polish cities; in Lodz, Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Lublin and Tychy from 23 May to 15 June 2019.The Flying Eagles are one of the four African countries that will compete for honours at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The other three are, newly crowned continental champions, Mali, Senegal and South AfricaPaul Aigbogun’s men took fourth position at the just concluded U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger after losing to Mali in the semi-final and also lost in the third-place play off to the Amajita of South Africa.The Flying Eagles who have seven U-20 AFCON titles failed to qualify for the 2017 edition of the competition, losing to minnows Sudan in the qualifiers.Aigbogun and his charges will look to become the second African country to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup after Ghana who won it in 2009.Nigeria’s Flying Eagles has however featured twice in the final losing 2-0 to…

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Mikel Stars For Boro In 1-0 Win Over Blackburn

Mikel Obi made his fourth English Championship start for Middlesbrough in Sunday’s 1-0 win over ten-man Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park .It was Mikel’s fifth game since he arrived on a free in January and he has helped Middlesbrough to two wins, two draws, and a defeat.Britt Assombalonga poked in Ashley Fletcher’s deflected shot after 19 minutes to hand Middlesbrough maximum points from the encounter.Derrick Williams was sent off on the stroke of half time for Blackburn RoversMiddlesbrough played in a 3-4-2-1 formation with the Super Eagles captain, Mikel playing the deep-lying midfield role for the Boro for the entire duration of the game.Mikel’s presence added a lot of grit and perseverance to Middlesbrough’s midfield setup as they recorded their 14th win of the season.Teessiders are now fifth in the Championship table with 54 points from 32 games- seven points off the automatic promotion place.Middlesbrough will host 18th placed QPR in their next game on Saturday

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CAF Names Ikouwem, Uzornwafor In 2019 U-20 AFCON Best XI

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Ikouwen Udo and Valentine Ozornwafor in the Best XI of the just concluded 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (U-20 AFCON) in Niger RepublicSenegal have the highest number of players in the 2019 U-20 AFCON Best Eleven – four, with Ibrahima Ndiaye, Diop Lopy, Hadji Drame, and Hadji Badji making the CAF Best XINewly crowned 2019 U-20 AFCON Champions, Mali like Nigeria, have two players; the goalkeeper, Youssouf Koita, and striker Mamadou Traore. South Africa have only one player, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo in the team of the tournament.Mali on Sunday emerged champions of the 2019 U-20 AFCON after beating Senegal 3-2 on penalties after 1-1 regulation time.Lopy, Ndiaye, and Niang were the unfortunate players to miss spot-kicks, giving Mali their first U-20 AFCON title.South Africa on Saturday in the 3rd-place match defeated Nigeria on penalties to claim the bronze, leaving seven-time champions, Nigeria with no trophy but FIFA U-20 World Cup ticket.All 2019 U-20 AFCON semi-finalists; South Africa, Nigeria, Mali, and Senegal will now begin their preparation for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup which holds in Poland in May.The 2019 U-20 AFCON Best XI1) Youssouf…