Nigerian duo of David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis both started for Club Brugge in their UEFA Champions league game against Galatasaray at Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday.Club Brugge dominated the game, but were unable to find the winner, as both side shared the spoils on the night, after Paris Saint-Germain defeated Real Madrid 3-0 in other Group game.Okereke thought he had score the winner but was denied by a fine save from Uruguayan goalkeeper Muslera, before he was replaced on the hour mark by Ikoma Lois Openda.Emmanuel Dennis on his part, gave good account of himself, but didn’t do enough to influence the game.He later joined his compatriot on the bench 13 minutes later and Mbaye Diagne took his place on the pitch.
The forward has completed her transfer before the deadline to the Spanish side after agreeing on terms and passing her medicalsSpanish Reto Iberdrola club Eibar have announced the signing of Nigeria striker Charity Adule on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.Adule left it late to complete her move to Spain before September 20 – the deadline day after she parted ways with Kazakstan women's top-flight champions BIIK Kazygurt earlier in January.The 25-year-old had joined BIIK in 2014 from Nigeria Women's Premier League side Bayelsa Queens following her impressive display at the 2012 U20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
Going by the correspondence sent to the clubs involved, Invincible Angels, Kaduna Queens, Dream Stars and Osun Babes, the relegation playoff for the 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League will be held on October 2, 2019.The letters were signed by Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL Ayo Abdulrahman and it was stated that the FIFA goal project, package B will host the games.The teams will lock horns with each other with the losers dropping effectively to the second division, while the winners will continue their sojourn in the top flight.Meanwhile, the Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Premier League has confirmed that arrangements are in top gear to stage a hitch free relegation playoff devoid of poor officiating and other things that could bring the league to disrepute
Following his goal against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday evening, Peter Olayinka has etched his name into the champions league folklore.The 23-year-old became the first Nigerian to score on his champions league debut since Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored a hattrick for Maccabi Haifa in 2002.Olayinka now joins the likes of Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, and Lucky Idahor in the exclusive list of Nigerians to have scored on their champions league debut.The 23-year-old goal came after finishing off a Jaroslav Zeleny shot that was initially saved by Handanovic. However, he will be denied glory as Inter Milan secured a point through Nicolo Barella.Nevertheless, it was a brilliant performance from Slavia Prague who now sit on top of Group F. Olayinka will hope to back up his impressive start in two weeks time when German side, Borussia Dortmund visits Prague on Matchday 2.
The gangling striker made his maiden bow in the prestigious UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night but was powerless to help his club Genk avoid an embarrassing 6-2 defeat to Salzburg in Austria.Nigeria international Paul Onuachu played the last five minutes of the encounter as Genk were beaten black and blue by Salzburg on match day 1 of the new European season.An incredibly entertaining game of football saw Salzburg start their Champions League campaign in style with a superb victory over Genk at the Red Bull Arena.Haland beat Coucke from close range after just two minutes to open the scoring for the hosts. Half an hour later, Salzburg were two goals up, Haland yet again finding the back of the net.Hee-Chan made it three after 36 minutes, but Lucumi pulled one back just before the break when he headed Ndongala’s cross beyond Stankovic.Haland grabbed his hat-trick soon afterwards to confirm their superiority over their guests. And with the referee ready to blow for halftime, Szoboszlai made it five to leave Genk with a mighty mountain to climb after the break.Shortly after the restart, it momentarily appeared as though a comeback was on the offing…
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face five-time world champions, Brazil in a friendly match on October 13 at the National Stadium, Singapore, Completesports.com reports.According to a release from the Brazilian Football Confederation, Rohr’s side was picked because they are ranked among the best two teams in Africa and also for their physical football.The Selecao will first confront the Teranga Lions of Senegal on October 10 at the same venue.Nigeria lost 3-0 to the South Americans in their last meeting in 2003 at the National Stadium in Abuja with Gil, Luís Fabiano and Adriano getting the goals.The Super Eagles were held to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in their last friendly encounter at the Dnipro Arena.The former African champions will use the game as part of their preparation for November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin and Lesotho.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed that he has not spoken to Tammy Abraham about pledging his international future to Nigeria over England.Abraham’s blistering start to the season had dominated the local and English media and he further enhanced his reputation on matchday five, scoring his first Premier League hat-trick, as Chelsea recorded a comfortable 5-2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.Asked by reporters if Abraham is going to Nigeria, Lampard replied: ‘’I haven’t spoken to him about that’’.Lampard had backed his number nine to force his way into the England squad, provided he keeps scoring goals and does not rest on his laurels.He added: ‘‘The way that he is going, he is going to be in that bracket. To score seven goals in three games. Fantastic from him. He has to be hungry. He needs to keep playing at that level.’’England’s next internationals in October are competitive matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria and Abraham would become cap-tied to his country of birth if he spends a second on the pitch in any of those games
Former Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has joined his 10th professional club as he looks to revive his career at Belgian second tier club KVC Westerlo.The 32-year-old, who was released by Greek club Olympiakos in July 2018, passed a trial before penning a deal with the promotion hopefuls – the details of which have not been disclosed.Emenike, who helped his country to continental success in 2013, says he is 'delighted to be back' and eying promotion with Westerlo.”Thank you Westerlo for making me feel at home and welcome,” he wrote on Instagram. “Let's get some wins and go for the title. Project Promotion.”He was the top scorer at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where he helped Nigeria to a third continental success in South Africa.Emenike, who started all four of the Super Eagles' matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, made the decision to quit international football in October 2015.His move to Belgium meant the much-travelled and vastly-experienced Emenike had joined his tenth professional club in nine years, after stints in South Africa, Turkey, Russia, United Arab Emirates, England, Spain and Greece.Emenike came to limelight at Turkish club Karabukspor where he scored…