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RB Leipzig Chief Provides Update On Future Of Newcastle United-Linked Winger Lookman

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman as his German club RB Leipzig have insisted that he won't be loaned out in the January transfer window. RB Leipzig signed the former England U20 international on a permanent basis from Everton last summer but his second spell in Germany has not been successful so far due to a lack of playing opportunities.Managing Director of  RB Leipzig, Oliver Mintzlaff has suggested that Lookman will be spending the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign at the Red Bull Arena.”It was certainly not an easy first round for him,” Mintzlaff told Sky Deutschland.”Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality. So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman.”Ademola is a player who has already proven to us that he has a lot of quality.”Lookman cost RB Leipzig in the region of 18 million euros when he was acquired from Everton in July 2019.

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Guinness Night Football lights up Lagos

Nigeria brought the curtain down on 2019 with an extraordinary evening of football fun, courtesy of Guinness.On Saturday December 28, Guinness Night Football brought Lagos aglow in an extraordinary night of football, lights and music, amping an already festive season with colour, vibrancy and plenty of fun.Filling up an unconventional venue at Agidingbi, the tournament of football professionals attracted scores of soccer lovers to a variety night that had the celebration of the beautiful game at its heart.Guests were immersed in a 360 degree ‘beyond football’ experience, including a football-themed menu, foot snooker and other interactive games, authentic street fashion, glow-in-the-dark body and face painting, and scores of other attractions. The 5-a-side tournament also took centre stage as Nigeria’s finest put their small-scale soccer skills to the test.The highly popular Guinness Night Football continues at the Pan African Guinness Night Football Tournament, a grand extravaganza set to kick off in Lagos in January 2020.For more information, check out Guinness’ social media handles, follow the hashtags #GuinnessNightFootball #GuinnessMVP and stay tuned to all the details. 

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DENIZLISPOR SIGN NIGERIA STAR ONAZI FROM TRABZONSPOR

The experienced central midfielder has joined the Roosters from fellow Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.Onazi signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Denizlispor and the club has an option for another year.“WELCOME ONAZI! Our club signed a 1.5-year contract with Nigerian player Ogenyi Eddy Onazi, with one-year option,” a club statement read.Onazi spent four years with Trabzonspor as one of the key players until he started struggling with injuries in 2018.The 27-year-old player will be hoping to help Denizlispor retain their status in the top-flight league this season.The Roosters were promoted to the Super Lig at the end of the 2018/19 season after winning the TFF First League.They are currently placed 11th on the 18-team league standings ahead of the second round.

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Arsenal Fans Divided On Saka's Long Term Position At The Club Amid Link With PSG Star

Arsenal fans are seemingly divided on the long-term role which Bukayo Saka has at the club as the club continue to find a suitable replacement for the plagued left-back position at the Emirates stadium.Having struggled with injuries in the left-channel of the defence for much of this season, the Gunners are currently in the market for a left-back with Paris Saint Germain's Layvin Kurzawa a target.Saka, originally a winger has been deputising for the club at that position in the midst of the injury crisis but perhaps, most fans still think his best position lies away from defence, if some of the arising comments on Twitter are anything to go by.Check out some of these tweets below :@HandsofArteta: Saka isint a left back let's not destroy the lad ffs better off getting cover. Would have preferred and young up and coming but we probably can't get anything done.@WozAfc: Kurzawa. We need a left back, smart business, if he can rekindle old form it's a fantastic deal, if he can't it's still sensible so we can compete for the rest of this season.  If you think Saka can deputise at left back then good luck to…

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Former Tottenham Hotspur Winger Nathan Oduwa Trialing At Slovak Club AS Trencin

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Nathan Oduwa is undergoing trials at Slovak Super Lig AS Trencin with a view to a transfer in the January transfer window.AS Trencin manager Norbert Hrncar observed the ex-Nigeria U23 international at close quarters during Wednesday's friendly game against MFK Frýdek-Místekin which he was named in the starting line-up. Oduwa is searching for a new club following his departure from Hapoeli Hadera, Israel at the end of last season. The 23-year-old spent the first half of the 2018-2019 campaign at Danish side Vejle Boldklub, playing just four games before parting company with the club. Luton Town, Rangers, Colchester United and Peterborough United are the clubs he was loaned out during his time with Tottenham Hotspur and he has also worn the jersey of Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. Nigeria international wingers Samuel Kalu and Moses Simon started their professional careers at AS Trencin.

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Nigeria: Bayelsa Restoration Cup Resumes January 20

Yenagoa — The final phase of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, known as the Restoration Cup will resume on Monday, January 20 with the final group matches to be played across four centres.The 2019/2020 edition of the grassroots tournament in Bayelsa State which began late last year was temporarily suspended because of the gubernatorial election in the state.The outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson will also commission the newly renovated Sampson Siasia stadium in Yenagoa during the grand finale of the ceremony.Director-General of the tournament, Mr. Ono Akpe, in a statement in Yenagoa said the curtain on the biggest grassroots football tournament in Nigeria would be drawn in the next two weeks.

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Official : Leyton Orient's Alabi Joins Eastleigh On Loan

National League outfit Eastleigh Football Club have announce via their official website , the signing of James Alabi on loan from Leyton Orient until the end of the season .The 25-year old Anglo-Nigerian forward will be seeking for more playing time after he had limited game time this season at the O's under Head coach Ross Embleton.”I'm happy to be here and can't wait to get started. I hope to hit the ground running and score as many goals as I can'. Alabi saidThe forward has only made 13 appearances in total this season for the League Two club including Trophy and Cup fixtures – finding the net once in their 4-0 victory over Grimsby .Alabi's last competitive game was in November last year and be looking forward to making his debut this Saturday for Spitfires who sit 16th in the National League table and are preparing to host Chesterfield .He has played for Stoke City, Dover Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Chester, Forest Green Rovers , Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town.

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5 Players Who Can Break Into Super Eagles in 2020

Red-hot striker, Cyriel Dessers will certainly give the Super Eagles number nine and Lille talisman, Victor Osimhen a run for his money should the Belgian-born finally see through his wish to play for Nigeria.Dessers who is the current leading scorer in the Eredivisie with 12 goals in 18 appearances for Heracles has expressed his desire to represent Nigeria ahead of Belgium, having attracted interest from both nations.And as a matter of urgency, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have on their own part started making very serious moves to ensure that the 25-year-old gets to play for the Super Eagles in the nearest future.The country’s football governing body have already convinced Dessers to switch international allegiance to Nigeria and have equally filed his application to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).As per whoscored.com, Dessers does not only bring goals to the table but he also sets up his team-mates to score as well with the reliable and prolific goal-scorer having made five assists in the Dutch league.His finishing is strong while his style of play shows he likes to do layoffs, has a massive counter attack threat, indirect set-piece threat, likes to play long balls…

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Uwakwe Opens Chelsea Account For 2019-2020 Season; Man City's Ogbeta Scores Own Goal

In a Premier League 2 clash involving five players of Nigerian descent, Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Electrical Services Stadium (Aldershot, Hampshire) on Saturday afternoon to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.Fit again midfielder Tariq Uwakwe started for the Blues, while former Flying Eagles invitee Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, Nat Ogbeta and substitute Felix Nmecha featured for the visitors.Chelsea led 1-0 at the break thanks to Uwakwe, who was making his seventh appearance in this season's PL 2.On 12 minutes, the former England U18 international started and finished off a move to score his first goal of the season in all competitions.The home team doubled their lead after an Ogbeta own goal in the 68th minute, before Rogers headed home a corner to half the deficit with 18 minutes left on the clock.Chelsea, who have 30 points from 14 games, travel to Everton in their next fixture on Friday, January 24.Meanwhile, Nigeria U17 international Daniel Jinadu was impressive as West Ham recorded a  2-1 win against Chelsea U18 at the Little Heath Sports Ground this afternoon.The Golden Eaglets star spent time at the Chelsea Academy before joining the Hammers Academy…

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EPL Wrap : Saka, Koiki Benched; Iheanacho's Goal Ruled Out; Idah Full Debut; Iwobi, Balogun, Ndidi On The Mend

A round-up of Nigeria-eligible players that were in action for their respective clubs in the English Premier League on Saturday, January 11.In the early kickoff at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace came from behind to draw 1-1 with 10-man Arsenal.The Gunners talismanic leading scorer Pierre-EmerickAubameyang opened the scoring on 12 minutes beforeJordan Ayew restored parity through a deflected shot on 54 minutes. Bukayo Saka was a non-playing substitute. The four other Nigerian players that trained with Arsenal's first team on Friday were not in the matchday eighteen. At Old Trafford, Republic of Ireland U21 international Adam Idah had a tough day on his full Premier League debut as Norwich City suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. A brace from Marcus Rashford and additional tallies from Anthony Martial and super sub Mason Greenwood secured a win for Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side. Idah was hooked off in the 65th minute. Let's go to the King Power Stadium. Leicester City without the injured Wilfred Ndidi were beaten 2-1 by Southampton. After coming off the bench in the 58th minute, Kelechi Iheanacho thought he had given the Foxes a 2-1 lead but his goal was ruled out by…