Coventry City Release Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Yakubu AiyegbeniCoventry City have announced the departure of Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old joined the English club in February, in a deal that was to last until the end of the season.

He recently returned to England, following a spell in the Turkish Super Lig side, Kayserispor.

The striker played three matches for Coventry City, but later suffered a hamstring injury against Swindon Town.

Aiyegbeni, who also played 57 games for his country and scored 21 goals, was part of Nigeria’s squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Premier League: Arsenal, Leicester, Man City Win Big

Premier League, Arsenal, Man City, LeicesterArsenal forward, Alexis Sanchez, scored twice and missed a penalty as the gunners won comfortably at 10-man Hull City.

Going down to 10 men in the first half made it an impossible task for the home side to come back into the game, despite Robert Snodgrass’ late penalty.

Asides Sanchez’s penalty miss, the match would also be remembered for Granit Xhaka’s phenomenal 30-yard strike in second-half stoppage time.

At the King Power Stadium, Algerian international, Islam Slimani marked his Premier League debut with two goals as champions, Leicester City eased past Burnley 3-0.

Slimani opened the scoring in first-half injury time when he rose to powerfully head home Christian Fuchs’ excellent set-piece delivery.

His second arrived straight after the interval – another close-range header following good work from compatriot Riyad Mahrez, whose low cross deflected in off Ben Mee late on to cap a resounding win.

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho got on the score sheet as Manchester City made it eight wins out of eight in all competitions this season with a 4-0 demolition of AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium.

Coach Pep Guardiola was however cautious in his reaction to having won five games in five Premier League matches. “In our world it’s better not to read. I know we’re going to lose games,” he said.

West Ham’s poor start to the season continued as they suffered a fourth league defeat, going down 4-2 at West Brom.

Liverpool had defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday in the first game of match day 5.

EPL: Arsenal Confirm Alex Iwobi’s Return

Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, Arsene WengerArsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Nigerian striker, Alex Iwobi is in line to feature in Saturday’s clash against Southampton at the Emirates.

“Iwobi is back in the squad. The only one who is not ready is Aaron Ramsey. He is on the good way, but not completely ready for Southampton or Tuesday,” Wenger said.

The attacking midfielder missed the Gunners last two games in the English top-flight and the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania after suffering a thigh injury on the opening day of the season.

The news is a big boost for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who is expected to announce his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in the next two weeks.

Nigerian Striker Osaze Odemwingie Signs For Bristol City

Osaze Odemwingie Bristol City have signed striker, Osaze Odemwingie on loan from Stoke City for the remainder of the season.

The 34-year-old Nigeria international has failed to score in eight appearances for the potters this season.

Odemwingie moved to stoke in January 2014 as part of a player-exchange with Kenwyne Jones going in the opposite direction to Cardiff City.

He, however, missed most of the 2014/2015 season because of a knee ligament injury.

Odemwingie, who goes into city’s squad for Saturday’s game against Fulham, enjoyed his most prolific spell in England at West Brom where he netted 31 goals in 90 appearances.

Bristol head coach, Lee Johnson, told club website, “I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring someone of Peter’s quality in, he’ll provide us with experience and hopefully goals in one form or another.”

Bristol City are currently 20th in the English Championship, with 37 points from 36 games.

 

Ike Uche Joins Malaga

UcheSpanish La Liga side, Malaga have announced the signing of Nigerian striker, Ikechukwu Uche, who was recently released by Mexican side Tigres.

His time in Mexico was dogged by injuries as he failed to establish himself in the starting line-up.

Uche is making a return to the Spanish top division just months after quitting Villarreal where he spent three seasons.

The 32-year-old joins Chory Castro, Christian Atsu, Cifu and Ricca as players who have been signed by Malaga during the recent transfer window.

Odemwingie Pleased To Remain A Potter

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward, Osaze Odemwingie, seems to have gotten over his botched move to France on transfer deadline day.

The 34-year-old’s transfer to Ligue One side, Olympique Marseille, on Monday collapsed after Stoke City rejected a bid from the French team.

Despite the move failing to materialize, he appeared to have moved on after posting on social media that he is pleased to stay and fight for his place with the potters.

Odemwingie, who has six months left on his current deal, has featured for Stoke City just seven times in all competitions this season.

FA Cup: Chelsea Face Manchester City In Fifth Round

FA CupChelsea have been handed the toughest of fixtures in the English FA Cup fifth round.

The English Premier League defending champions, will face Manchester City after thrashing championship side Milton Keynes dons 5-1 away to advance.

A first half hat-trick by Brazilian Oscar put Chelsea in control by halftime.

Eden hazard, who had not scored for 30 matches, made it 4-1 from the penalty spot after 55 minutes before substitute Bertrand Traore, who had been on the pitch five minutes, scored his first goal for Chelsea to make it 5-1 in the 62nd.

FA Cup Defending Champions, Arsenal will take on Hull City in a repeat of the 2014 final.

Arsenal and Hull meet for the third year running, with the Gunners having eliminated the Tigers with a 2-0 win in the third round in 2015.

The fifth round ties will be played on the weekend of February 19-22.

Full FA Cup fifth-round draw

Chelsea v Manchester City

Reading v West Brom or Peterborough

Watford v Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United

Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Hull

Bournemouth v Everton

FA Cup: Arsenal, Spurs, Man City Through To 5th Round

fa cupArsenal scored two fine goals to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of a hard-working Burnley side.

The first, from Calum Chambers, saw the right back arrow a curling shot into the top corner, before the visitors equalised through Sam Vokes.

Alexis Sanchez re-established the lead in the second half when he got on the end of a sweeping counter-attack and that was enough to see off the Clarets.

A brace from Nacer Chadli helped Tottenham to comfortably beat League One side Colchester United 4-1.

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a hat trick to help Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Manchester City’s hat-trick hero said after the match “I’m so happy and grateful to score a hat-trick today. I took my time with the third goal, I let the keeper show me where he was going and I put it to his left. It’s a great feeling to score my first hat-trick. I hope there’s more to come.”

Manchester United had on Friday defeated Derby County 3-1 to relieve the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Reading and Shrewsbury all secured victories on Saturday to make into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

West Brom and Peterborough will go to a replay after playing out a 2-2 draw.

Obinna Nsofor on call for Lokomotiv

Obinna Victor Nsofor one of Nigeria’s Super Eagles favourite players of all time came off the bench to score his second goal of the season for Lokomotiv Moscow away at Terek Grzny on Saturday night.

Nsofor signed in as a substitute in the 57th minute replacing Giushakov and lobbying for a showdown for 33 minutes as he found the back of the net in the 83rd minutes to notch Lokomotiv ahead with a 2-1 lead.

After the game, Nsofor who relished every moment while the ovation lasted said it was a great game for him as he is very excited that he contributed to the victory of his team with a goal.

Though battling to return back to glory days after suffering knee problems for a while reasons why he is not been featuring in national colours, said he is bent on regaining full fitness.

Lokomotiv eventually won the game with 3-0 final score.

Lokomotiv now occupy second spot with 19 points from nine games behind league leaders CSKA Moscow.

The former Enyimba forward is hoping to build on his goal for Lokomotiv and look ahead to scoring more goals.

“We have been doing well and I hope we will continue this way and even get better so that our goals will be achieved.”Nsofor concluded.

Obagoal scores winning goal for Levante on debut

Obafemi ‘Obagoal’ Martins came into his new Spanish side Levante in style as he showed why he is worth being bought as the out of favour Nigerian striker scored the winning goal on his debut for the La Liga club against another Spanish side Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Before he finally recorded a goal, the former Rubin Kazan hit-man’s effort was disallowed in the 64th minute as it was faulted as an offside.

Martins who came in as a substitute in the 46th minute and was on with much aggression  standing a threat to defenders till the 87th minute when he finally sealed the victory for Levante  after he received a brilliant pass from Ballesteros.

After the game Obagoal as he is fondly called back home said he couldn’t ask for a better debut than what happened in the game today.

Anichebe on call as Everton beat Swansea City 3-0

Nigeria and Everton striker ensured his name was included on the scoreboard against Swansea City as he banged his second goal of the season in the English Premiership.

Manager David Moyes who was so excited with the young lad said he never regretted compensating the lanky Nigerian with a spot in the starting line-up after Monday’s game, where Everton drew 2-2 with Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday as Anichebe’s supposed second goal was disallowed, but above all the Nigerian striker put up an impressive display.

Anichebe was on point in the 22nd minute as he put Everton in front, thanks to a Marouane Fellaini’s chest control inside the box, shoving the ball across for Anichebe to bury into the net of Swansea City as Everton took a deserved lead.

Moyes commented that Everton would have had more goals after he expressed his being pleased with the performance of the Toffees on-filed saying their performance was extremely fabulous today for he saw everyone put in their best.

Osaze faces three-match ban

Super Eagle striker, Peter Odemwingie faces a three-match ban after he received a straight red card for kicking Sascha Reither in West Bromwich Albion’s 0-3 defeat to Fulham in the Barclays English Premier League on Saturday.

The score was 1-0 to Fulham at the time of Odemwingie’s misconduct after Dimitar Berbatov bagged his first goal for the Cottagers.

The striker, who scored on the opening day of the season, shocked all when he lashed out at an unsuspecting Reither leaving the referee with little option but to send him off.

Odemwingie, who will miss his club’s next three matches, has now apologised for his actions.

“I lost my temper. I’m a professional and should have kept my cool, but it happens,” he said.

He further revealed that he wanted to foul Reither without any malicious intent.

“I wanted to foul the player because I thought he was angry towards me. But I should cool my emotions.

“I’ve said sorry to the players and to the staff. It’s a lesson to learn.

“I am looking at the incident in a different way now.

“That moment went very fast for me, I felt a kick on my ankle and felt an injustice that the linesman was so close but nothing was given.

“But now I think it was my fault. I lost my temper. I’m a professional and should have kept my cool, but it happens. It’s not my habit.”
Meanwhile, the WBA manager, Steve Clarke has refused to criticise the 31-year old Nigerian.

“We’re all human – we have emotions. Peter felt he had been fouled, felt it was a free kick and reacted in the wrong way. The red card is there and he has accepted the punishment, we all have to accept it and move on,” he said.

Chelsea in fresh bid for Victor Moses

Stanford Bridge club and current European champion Chelsea are so on the tail of Nigerian and Wigan striker Victor Moses as the club launched a fresh bid for the signature of the Wigan striker notching it up to £9 million.

The new offer making it the fourth for the Nigerian was rejected by his present club Wigan because the offers were not in the range of the striker’s value which is put at £10 million by Chairman Dave Whelan, who is interested only in a cash deal.

In the previous offers, Chelsea decided to push forward Josh McEachran or Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea to have Moses on the Blues line-up. Although talks between both English clubs now we hear is going smoothly meaning an agreement will soon be reached on the striker.

Chelsea narrowed down their search for a striker to Victor Moses after bidding for several players for the upfront position but the Nigerian seemed to tickle the fancy of the Chelsea management because of his potential and the fact he will also qualify as a home-grown player for the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea we hear is ready to make an upfront payment of £6 million then another £3 million in performance and it is hoped that this deal be sealed with this bid.