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FK Senica Striker Is Top-Scoring Nigerian Teenager In The Whole Of Europe

FK Senica striker Samson Akinyoola is the top-scoring Nigerian teenager in Europe's First Leagues so far this season.The 19-year-old has registered his name on the scoresheet three times in the Fortuna League, with the goals coming in his last nine matches in the division.Akinyoola, who was signed from 36 Lion in September, opened his account for the season on matchday 10 against Pohronie, before scoring in back-to-back games against Michalovce and Ruzomberok in November 2019.Antalyaspor's Paul Mukairu and OFK Titograd's Simeon Ajanah-Chinedu are both in second place with two goals each.Just 19 years of age, Mukaru has received rave reviews from the media after breaking into the first team of Antalyaspor in his first season as a professional and one of his goals was against the big Istanbul club Besiktas back in November.It is interesting to note that Kwara Football Academy product Ajanah-Chinedu, 19, is a central defender. He used to play for Katsina United and ABS domestically before moving to Europe.Another 19-year-old, Tenton Yenne, a product of the famous GBS Football Academy that produced Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu, has scored once for FK Senica while producing three assists.

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Liverpool to end Awoniyi's Mainz loan amid interest from Europe

The striker has struggled for game time with the Bundesliga side, with the Reds now assessing proposals from other clubs around EuropeLiverpool are likely to end Taiwo Awoniyi’s loan at Mainz this month, with the Nigerian striker the subject of interest from a host of European clubs.The 22-year-old had hoped to shine when moving to Germany last summer, but has made just six appearances for the Bundesligastrugglers.Only one of those was from the start, and Awoniyi was substituted at half-time in that game with Mainz down to 10 men away at Fortuna Dusseldorf. In fact, the forward has managed only 150 minutes in total for his club this term.And with Jean-Philippe Mateta, Mainz’s main striker, having returned to action just before the winter break, it is anticipated that Awoniyi will find it even harder to get regular football in the second half of the campaign.Liverpool have the option to terminate the loan agreement, but will not do so unless a clear opportunity for game-time arises. They have not been short of interest, with Greek giants Olympiacos among those keen.Ligue 1 trio Montpellier, Brest and Nimes are also understood to be monitoring the situation, while…

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NFF Now Keen On Retaining Rohr; to Begin New Contract Negotiation Next Week

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is keen to retain the services of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr with negotiations for a new contract set to commence next week, according to a top source in the Glass House.Rohr is currently into the last six months of his current contract and the NFF will only give the Eagles coach a new deal provided he is ready to accept all the conditions that will be stipulated in the new contract.“The NFF is ready to renew the contract of the Super Eagles coach but it certainly won’t be a loose deal like the previous one,” begins the NFF top source who craves anonymity.“There are certain conditions coach Rohr must agree to if Nigeria must retain his services. The NFF want to ensure a better deal that will help the national team as well as the football development in Nigeria.“We are definitely set for negotiations next week but the NFF is not going to compromise on certain conditions.”Some of the conditions Rohr is expected to accept in the new contract stipulates he must be ready to reside in Nigeria to do his job as well as show more commitment to…

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NFF Begins Moves to Secure Ovie, Dessers Nigeria Allegiance Switch

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has begun moves to ensure that the pair of Heracles Almelo forward, Cyriel Dessers and Reading midfielder, Ovie Ejaria get to play for the Super Eagles.There are valid reports the NFF is trying to convince both Ejaria and Dessers to switch international allegiance to Nigeria and have filed their applications to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).One of Reading’s standout performers this term has been 22-year-old Ejaria, with the Liverpool loanee having lit up the Championship for much of the season so far since arriving at the Madejski Stadium last summer.With three goals and three assists in 22 Championship outings, Ejaria has really thrived under the stewardship of Mark Bowen with the Welshman having deployed the youngster largely in a central midfield role that has given him licence to roam.Ejaria will no doubt prove to be a key cog in any real push for the play-offs that Reading manage to pull off between now and the end of the season with the youngster offering both goals and creativity that will prove vital.This is what the NFF has seen and are already working on for the player to switch international…

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Iwobi Posts Injury Update That Will Please Everton And Super Eagles Fans

Alex Iwobi has posted an injury update that will certainly please Everton and Super Eagles fans.The Nigeria international has not played a competitive match for the Toffees since suffering a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the goalless draw against Arsenal on December 21.Iwobi has not been available for selection for as many as five games – against Burnley, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove in the Premier League and Liverpool in the FA Cup.Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti suggested that the injury will keep the Nigerian sidelined for three weeks and it appears his recovery went according to plan as he has started individual training at USM Finch Farm. Writing on Instagram, Iwobi said : “Back Soon”.Before Iwobi's injury-enforced absence, he had played 20 matches in all competitions, scoring two goals, following his deadline day move from Arsenal last summer.Everton, who are 11th in the standings after 22 games, travel to West Ham United in their next Premier League match.

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Nigerian billionaire vows to buy Arsenal

Nigeria billionaire Aliko Dangote has suggested that he intends to buy Arsenalwithin the next two years.The Gunners are currently owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, and there has been no recent indication that they are planning an imminent sale.However, Dangote, who is regarded as the richest man in Africa, has revealed that he has plans to purchase the Premier League giants in the near future.Speaking to The David Rubenstein Show, Dangote said: “We will go after Arsenal from 2020. Even if somebody buys, we will still go after in.”It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying today is we have $20bn worth of projects and that's what I really want to concentrate on.”I'm trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can. I'm not buying Arsenal right now, I'm buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I'm trying to take the company to the next level.”As recently as August, director Josh Kroenke suggested that KSE had long-term plans for the North London side.

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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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Akpom Eager For Super Eagles Chance

Chuba Akpom is looking forward to making his debut for Nigeria after pledging his international allegiance to the West African nation.Akpom, 24, announced his intention to play for the Super Eagles in September , 2019 after previously representing England at youth levels.Nigeria is however blessed with an array young forwards who are making big impact at their respective clubs.Top on the list is Lille forward Victor Osimhen who has scored on a regular basis in the French Ligue 1 this season as well as the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Dennis Blessed, Josh Maja and a few others.Akpom, who scored 21 goals in 42 appearances across youth levels is determined to“I just pledged my international allegiance to Nigeria and it definitely motivates me to try and press and play every game for my club and help the team as much as possible to get in the (Nigeria) national team because that’s how I’m going to do it,”Akpom was quoted in an interview by Foxsports1340am.com.“Frstly, I have to fight for my club to get on that team. It’s not going to be easy because there are many young players but I’m up to the challenge and…

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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.