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Kenneth Omeruo hails Leganes fighting spirit against Celta Vigo

Super Eagles’ defender Kenneth Omeruo has praised his Leganes teammates for showing enough grit against Celta Vigo which earned them a point and maintain their unbeaten run in the Spanish La Liga.Leagnes have gone eight matches unbeaten with Omeruo rock solid in the centre back which was also his eighth league game for the club. The result keeps Leganes four points clear from the relegation zone. “Good to take one point From a difficult game. Eight games unbeaten. The team fought till the end..VAMOS LEGANÉS,” Omeruo posted after the match.The Nigerian has been able to fight his way into the team after struggling for the game at the beginning of the season. He had a 7.3 match rating which showed how solid he was during the match.

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Alhaji Gero cancels contract with Iranian club Esteghal

Alhaji Gero has cancelled his three-year contract with top Iranian club Esteghal and said he hopes to return to play in Europe.He confirmed that he is now a free agent and will decide on his next destination after the Christmas festivities.“I have cancelled my contract with Esteghal and I am back in Europe,” said the 25-year-old Gero, who now holds a Swedish passport.“I want to play again in Europe, where my family is.“At the moment I just wish to take it easy till after the New Year before I take a decision on my career.”The former Enugu Rangers star has played in Sweden and Denmark.In a social media post, Gero further said: “It has been amazing experience playing for one of the best teams in Asia.“Thanks everyone for my time in Iran and Esteghal FC. Wish you all the best in the future.”

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Ndidi Makes 16th Start In Leicester’s Loss; Iheanacho, Success Play As Sub

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi made his 16th Premier League start for Leicester City who lost 1-0 away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Luka Milivojevic’s long range strike in the 32nd minute of the encounter earned Crystal Palace their second home with of the season.Ndidi featured for the entire duration of the defeat while his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Demarai Gray in the 73rd minute of the encounter.At the Vicarage Road, Isaac Success was subbed on for Ken Sema as Watford returned to winning ways with a 3-2 home win over Cardiff City.Goals from Gérard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas and Quina gave Watford a 3-0 lead but strikes from Junior Hoilett and Bobby Reid reduced the deficit.Solomon Rondon was the match winner for Newcastle who defeated Huddersfield Town 1-0.At the Molineux stadium, Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Bournemouth 2-0.An easy tap in from Raul Jimenez in the 12th minute gave Wolves the lead before Iva Cavalerio’s stoppage time goal secured the win.The win was Wolves’ thrid straight win in the topflight division for the first time since 1980 while the defeat was the sixth in seven games for Bournemouth.At the Wembley stadium, Christen…

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Rangers Secure Away Draw Vs USMBA in the CAF Confederation Cup

Rangers held their hosts, USM Bel Abbes of Algeria to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup, first round tie at the Stade 24 Fevrier 1956, Sidi Bel Abbes on Saturday.The hosts dominated the game but failed to find a way past Rangers Ghanaian goalkeeper, Nana Bonsu who put up a fine performance in the encounter.Godwin Aguda who has scored three goals for the Flying Antelopes in the competition this year also came close to adding to his tally on a number of occasions but was unlucky not to hit the target.Rangers will host the Algerians who are making their debut in the competition in the reverse fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday, December 23A win will see the Coal City side progress into the group stage of the competition.The Flying Antelopes are looking to become the first Nigerian club to win the CAF Confederation Cup.Two-time African champions, Enyimba made it to the semi-final of the last edition of the competition before bowing out to eventual winners, Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

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Victor Osimhen linked with Ajax after grabbing eigth league goal in Belgium

Victor Osimhen’s goals for Belgian club Sporting Charleroi have not gone unnoticed as he is now been linked to a transfer to Ajax.Ajax are set to sell some of their top stars and will need capable replacements when they do so.Osimhen scored his eighth league goal in 14 appearances Friday night against KAA Gent to inspire his club to a late 2-0 home win.He drove straight at goal to control a long ball, before he fired home despite the close attention of his marker in the 86th minute.He has been flying in Belgium since his loan move in the summer from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.Charleroi have the option to sign the Nigeria striker permanently at the end of the season, but it is not clear whether the modest Belgian club can stomp up the cash for his transfer from Wolfsburg.Wolfsburg splashed more than 4 million Euros for the striker after he top scored at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile. 

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Flying Eagles Reach WAFU B U20 Final

The U20 National Team, Flying Eagles, on Friday night reached the final of the 2018 WAFU U20 Championship in Togo with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the Mali.Following their 1-1 draw at regulation time, the game was decided on penalties.Sambou Cissoko opened the scoring for the Malians, before James Valentine Ozornwafor drew Nigeria level.The two teams failed to find a winner at the end of 90 minutes.In the shootout, Nigeria converted all their five kicks while Mali scored four from the spot.Nigeria with face Senegal in the final of the competition on Sunday.The WAFU U20 Championship is a preparatory tournament for next year's U20 Africa Cup of Nations that Niger Republic is hosting 2nd – 17th February.

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Iwobi Makes CAF Awards Short List, Musa Out

Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi remains in the running for the 2018 African Footballer of the Year award, following his inclusion in the last set of nominees for the prize, but Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia star Ahmed Miss has been dropped .Iwobi is one of four nominees left in the contest, as he has been short-listed alongside fellow-Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah from Egypt and Sadio Mane from Senegal, who also plays for Liverpool.Aside Iwobi, Nigeria also has representation in the female version, as three-time winner, Asisat Oshoala as well as African Women Cup of Nations 2018 stars, Francesca Ordega and Onome Ebi make the top 11.Musa’s former teammate at Leicester City, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi is also among three nominees for Young Player of the Year, while Super Falcons’ gaffer, Thomas Dennerby is in the race for Women’s Football Coach of the Year, after he guided Nigeria to a ninth AWCON in GhanaThe awards ceremony will be staged on January 8 in Dakar, Senegal, with Salah tipped for a back-to-back conquest of the glamour prize, ahead of home boy and Anfield mate, Sane, while Iwobi looks less likely to win and may miss…

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Iwobi, Ndidi, Oshoala Make Shortlists For CAF Awards 2018; Musa Out

Super Eagles winger, Alex Iwobi, has made the top 10 shortlist for the African Player of the Year for the forthcoming CAF AWards 2018 while Ahmed Musa failied to make the cut.Also on the top CAF Awards shortlist are Gabonese forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Saido Mane.Liverpool star Mohamed Salah who won the honour in 2017 after a sizzling season for the English Premier League side is also among the nominees in the shortlistMusa, who was Nigeria’s star performer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has enjoyed a fantastic debut season in the Saudi Professional Football League with Al Nassr was a surprise omission from the list.Another Super Eagles player, Wilfred Ndidi is in the running for the Youth Player of the Year for CAF Awards 2018.The Leicester City midfielder will slug it out with Morocco ‘ s Achraf Hakimi and Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast for the prize.In the Women’s category of the CAF Awards 2018, Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and Onome Ebi made the shortlist for Women’s Footballer of the Year award.Other big names nominated for the award are; Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa, Cameroon’s Gabrielle Onguene, Mali ‘…

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Olatunbosun Seeks Fresh Start With Plateau United

Plateau United new signing, Sikiru Olatunbosun, is hopeful of making his stay with the former Nigeria Professional Football League champions a memorable one.Olatunbosun switched modest Lagos club, MFM for Plateau United on Tuesday to start a new challenge following a successful stint with the Olukoya Boys.The talented forward hugged the headlines after claiming the CNN goal of the week award for his sublime strike in an NPFL clash against Rangers International of Enugu at the Agege Stadium in 2016.He will compete with fellow new signings, Bernard Ovoke and Godwin Obaje for a starting berth in the team.“It’s a fresh start for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I have some great memories with MFM which will linger with me for a long time, “Olatunbosun told CSN.“Now, I’m beginning a new journey with Plateau United, one of the best teams in the country and I will give my best to make it a memorable experience.“There are also a lot of quality players here which is good for the team. As a footballer, you get better by playing with good players and I’m also looking forward to that challenge as well.Plateau United claimed…