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Jabaar Named Man Of The Match In Golden Eaglets Draw Vs Uganda

Golden Eaglets Ibraheem Jabaar won the man of the match award in the Nigerian team’s 1-1 draw against Uganda at the Chamazi Stadium – a Group A match of the ongoing 2019 U-17 AFCON in Tanzania, Mbagala on Saturday.Jabaar scored the equalising goal for Nigeria in the 73rd minute firing home beyond Uganda goalkeeper Jack Komakech after receiving a delightful pass from captain of the side Samson Tijani.Substitute Alou John had put the Ugandans ahead four minutes earlier in the game.He is the third Nigerian player to win a man-of-the-match award in the competition after Akinwunmi Amoo and Tijani picked the honour in Eaglets’ previous two games against hosts Tanzania and Angola respectively.The draw against the Ugandans ensured the Golden Eaglets booked their place in the semi-finals and secured a 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup spot.Manu Garba’s lads finished top of Group A with seven points from three games. Angola came second in the group with six points having defeated Tanzania 4-2 also on Saturday.The two – time champions will face the second placed team in Group B in the semi-final on Wednesday at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

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Ndidi Shines In Leicester’s At West Ham; Iheanacho,Success Subbed On; Balogun Missing

Wilfred Ndidi made his 34th Premier League appearance for Leicester who drew 2-2 away at West Ham at the Olympic stadium.Harvey Barnes scored a late goal to salvage a point for the Foxes.Michaili Antonio shot the Hammers into the lead after 38 minutes but Jamie Vardy restored parity for the Foxes.Lucas Perez made it 2-1for the Hammers in the 82nd minute of the win.The Nigerian international,Ndidi who has been shortlisted for Leicester City player of the year award missed a chanceto put the Foxes into the lead in the 70th minute.Ndidi’s compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Demarai Gray in the 84th minute.The game was his 29th of the season for Leicester City.Isaac Success made his 27th Premier League appearance for Watford coming on as a 72nd minute substitute for Andre Gray in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Vicarage Road.Gerard Deulofeu scored a goal in each half for the Hornets.Ahearne-Grant grabbed a consolatory goal for Huddersfield Town late on in the game who are already relegated to English Championship.At the Molineaux, Leon Balogun was not listed in Brighton Hove Albion’s squad that forced Wolves to…

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U -17 AFCON : Golden Eaglets Face Tricky Test Against Angola

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets are looking to secure a place in the semi-final of the Africa U -17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania when they take on Uganda today (Saturday) in their final Group A game at the Chamazi Stadium, Mbagala, Completesports.com reports.Contrary to widespread thought, the Golden Eaglets, despite leading the group with six points , following wins in their opening two games against Tanzania and Uganda are yet to seal a semi-final and U17 World Cup spot.Uganda who rallied back from the 1-0 defeat to Angola in their first game by thrashing hosts Tanzania occupy second position in the group with three points.The East Africans along with Angola who are third on the log with three points but with an inferior goal difference still have an open chance of scaling through.Hosts Tanzania are without a point following defeats to Nigeria and Uganda and are already out of the race.To progress, the Golden Eaglets need at least a point to be on the safe side and avoid a shock early elimination from the competitionA loss for Garba’s boys against the CECAFA champions and a huge win for Angola against Tanzania can dampen the promises…

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Is Wilfred Ndidi burnout a threat to Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations hopes

The Nigeria international was uncharacteristically poor against Newcastle United, and we might be seeing the toll of two years without proper restAt the weekend, there it was. The one thing previously impossible to envisage, rarer than a sunflower in the desert, as implausible as a vegan lion: a poor Wilfred Ndidi performance.Unsurprisingly, it coincided with a loss, Leicester City’s first in five games. It was utterly predictable: there are few players in the Premier League more integral to their club’s fortunes and style than the Nigeriainternational. When he plays well, the Foxes are an entirely different proposition.On the day, however, he found the going tough against Newcastle United, and was substituted with 20 minutes still to play. This time, there would be no litany of stellar defensive stats to reel out; in 70 minutes. Ndidi had attempted just one tackle and gone 2/11 on duels.Considering the aberrant nature of that performance, perhaps a deeper examination is necessaryBrendan Rodgers has, since his arrival at the King Power Stadium, installed the 22-year-old at the base of a 4-3-3, and has charged him to “control the space in front of the centre-halves” on his own, a role slightly…

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Captain Mikel Stars In Boro Win Over Etebo’s Stoke City; Ajayi Loses With Rotherham

John Mikel Obi was handed the Middlesbrough captaincy armband and he got one over his international teammate Oghenekaro Etebo as Boro beat Stoke City 1-0 in their Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium on Friday,.Britt Assombalonga scored the decisive goal for Middlesbrough in the second minute of the encounter.Both Mikel and Etebo were in action for their respective clubs for the entire duration of the game.Etebo has scored two goals in 31 Championship games for Stoke City since linking up with the Potters last summer from Portuguese club CD Feirense.Mikel on the other hand is yet to register a goal in 15 appearances for Boro.The win boost Boro’s chances of picking a play-off spot at the end of the season.At the Liberty Stadium, Semi Ajayi played for 57th minutes in Rotherham United’s 4-3 away loss to Swansea City.Ajayi who picked up a yellow card in the 13th minute was replaced by Richard Towell.The Championship player of the month has racked up 43 appearances for the Millers and scored seven goals.Efe Ambrose was overlooked again as Derby County held their hosts Birmingham City to a 2-2 draw.Ambrose is yet to make…

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BREAKING NEWS: NFF call off AFCON 2019 warm up game against Ghana

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have cancelled the Super Eagles 2019 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match against Ghana.Having missed out on the last two editions of the tournament, the Super Eagles returned in grand style qualifying with a game to spare after topping Group E with 13 points from six games.In the wake of the AFCON draw held in Egypt last Friday, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have agreed to engage the Black Stars of Ghana in a pre-tournament friendly match.But according to reports, the match which was scheduled to come off in early June has been cancelled.Nigeria have been pitted in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.Ghana meanwhile find themselves in Group F alongside defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers reveals plans to improve Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his plans to improve ‘impressive’ Wilfred Ndidi’s performances.The Nigeria international has majorly featured as a deep-lying midfielder for the Foxes since the return of the former Liverpool boss to England.With a record 71 per cent of successful tackles from a total of 123 in the Premier League this season, Ndidi is currently ranked as one of the best tacklers in the English top-flight alongside Everton and Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye.With scintillating midfield displays, Rodgers is hoping to help the Super Eagles midfielder – who has 34 appearances in all competitions this season – improve with his distribution and efficiency in the position.“Watching him from the outside, he’s obviously a player that’s got good athletic ability and works very hard,” Rodgers told Leicester Mercury.“I always have that sort of player, a clear, controlling player in the game. Sometimes they’re a defensive type like him that can really press the game and play simple, or sometimes it’s a more creative player, a playmaker from behind.“For him, he’s got so much talent. Looking at his numbers he’s up there with having played the most games this season, with Kasper.“All…

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Sports psychology in the English Premier League

The English Premier League is currently one of the best soccer leagues in the world. As such, it is able to attract the best players in the game. A lot of players feel that their career cannot be complete if they have not graced the premier league. The English Premier League not only attracts top players in the game, but also top professionals ranging from big name managers, coaches, medical personnel, and sports psychologists. Sports psychology, for instance, has been found to play a great part in the players’ performance, even supporting the manner in which they think. Having professional soccer players perform at their highest levels is a very important aspect if you want to obtain results or win trophies. This means players must be mentally and also physically able to compete. Sports psychologists are the ones who prepare these players mentally. Below are some of the ways in which sports psychology is used in the English Premier League.Supporting and helping players deal with any crisesWhen you are a professional soccer player, it means you are a public figure. Many of these players are young and at times find themselves involved in activities that can damage their…

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Golden Eaglets Ready For Angola Test , Target S/Final, World Cup Spots

Golden Eaglets assistant coach Jolomi Atume insists the team will go all out for a win against Angola in Wednesday’s Group A fixture at the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania, reports Completesports.com.The two – time champions opened their campaign with a 5-4 win against hosts Tanzania on Sunday at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.Angola also secured a hard fought 1-0 win against Uganda at the same venue.A win for the Golden Eaglets will see them proceed to the semi-finals as well as the FIFA U -17 World Cup to be staged in Brazil later in the year.“We understand that we need to win this game to qualify not only to the semifinal, but also to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a very important match for us and for our opponents too. To be honest this will be an open game for both teams,”Atume stated during his interaction with the media on Tuesday.“Angola is a good team. They play well and they are good on the offensive. We know that our defense made several mistakes in the opening fixture against Tanzania which saw us concede four goals, but we are…