Leicester City Renew Bid For Ahmed Musa

Leicester English Premier League leaders, Leicester City, have renewed their interest in the race to sign Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, from Russian club, CSKA Moscow in the summer.

After failed attempts to land the Nigerian attacking winger in the January transfer window, officials of the foxes are reported to be in Russia to tie up a deal with the Moscow side for their number one target.

Leicester are ready to put around £18 million on the table to for the 23-year-old former Kano Pillars striker.

There are indications that CSKA Moscow would likely hold out for the £23 million release clause in the contract of Musa when discussions resume with Leicester in the coming week.

The Nigerian had also attracted the attention of other leading English Premier League teams.

CSKA Moscow Reject Improved Offer For Musa

ahmed_musaCSKA Moscow has turned down a fourth bid from England’s Leicester City for Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa, as the January transfer window officially closed on Monday.

The offer of £18.7 million for the Nigerian forward was an improvement on the original offer of £15.1 million.

With the new bid turned down, Musa would stay put with the Russian club, who are currently top of the league.

Musa had also attracted the attention of other top English Premier League teams and has a £22.8 million buyout clause in his contract which runs until 2019.

Ighalo Not For Sale Under Any Circumstance

ighaloPremier League club, Watford, insists Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, is not for sale “under any circumstances”.

Ighalo finished 2015 as the leading goalscorer in English league football after netting 30 goals in the past 12 months.

The Nigerian’s fine form in front of goal, which includes 14 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, has alerted Premier League big guns and more notably Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid.

Hornets boss, Quique Sánchez Flores believes Ighalo, who is on a five year contract, will stay until the end of the season.

Super Eagles Beat Swaziland 2-0 In World Cup Qualifier

EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday kept their hope of a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup alive by defeating Swaziland 2-0 in Port Harcourt.

It was the second leg of the knock out duel between the two countries, after the first leg had ended in a goalless draw in Swaziland on Friday.

The Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 in Swaziland. Sunshine stars’ Paul Onobi replaced Mikel Obi; Sharks’ Chima Akas came in for Elderson Echiejile and Austin Oboroakpo from Abia Warriors replaced Godfrey Oboabona.

The first half ended goalless with pressure mounting among the fans at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium but Moses Simon’s well taken free-kick in the 51st minute gave Nigeria the lead and calmed the nerves.

In the 75th minute, Obafemi Martins came in for captain Ahmed Musa and Ogenyi Onazi took the captain’s band as Nigeria went in search of more goals.

The Eagles’s improved attacking play eventually paid off but not from the expected source. Defender Efe Ambrose made it 2-0 for Nigeria in the 87th minute to send the Port Harcourt fans into jubilation.

Asides throwing open the gates of the stadium to encourage fans to fill the venue and cheer the Nigeria team to victory, the Eagles were also boosted by the Rivers State Government’s $20,000 per goal promise.

With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the group stage of the African qualifiers along with 19 other countries, who will be drawn into five groups.

The five group winners will represent Africa in Russia 2018.

 

 

 

Martins, Ambrose Confident Eagles Will Beat Swaziland

super eagles-Obafemi MartinsSuper Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins and defender, Efe Ambrose, are confident that the team will advance to the group phase of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Both players told Channels Television in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital that the team had put behind them, the disappointing goalless draw against Swaziland in Lobamba.

They expressed optimism that the Eagles will go all out for victory in Tuesday’s return leg clash.

Martins said his side was ready to do their best as a team, adding that they do not want to lose or draw again on Tuesday.

“We do not want to play 0-0 and we do not want to loose. We are all ready to do our best as a team first and the attackers will do their best scoring goals as well. We are ready to win on Tuesday”, Martins said.

Ambrose also expressed confidence that the team would win the return game, playing hosts to Swaziland.

“When we are at home, I think with the fans, with everybody behind us, there is nobody that can stop us right here,” the defender said.

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Nominee List

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Norminee ListTwo Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF on Sunday.

The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.

England-based players Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Mame Diouf from Senegal, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Gabon skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the list.

Meanwhile, no Nigerian player plying their trade in the domestic league made the shortlist of 24 players shortlisted for the African player of the year based in Africa.

Ighalo Signs 5-Year Deal With Watford

ighaloSuper Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has signed a new five-year deal with English Premier League’s new boys, Watford FC.

This long-term shows how highly Watford value Ighalo, especially after they were one of the busiest clubs on the transfer market in the close season.

He first signed a permanent deal with Watford in October 2014, after he was released by Udinese.

Last season, Ighalo scored 20 goals to help Watford return to the English top-flight league, after many years in the lower league.

‘Grateful For The Deal’

Ighalo has scored in four appearances in the Premier League this season.

The striker expressed his delight at extending his stay with the club, saying he is ‘grateful for the deal’.

“I’m grateful for this deal, and I’m very happy to be here,” he said.

“I’ve worked hard to get here. We’ve been negotiating for a while now, so I’m glad we have come to a conclusion which means I can now continue to focus on playing this season.”

Emenike To Miss World Cup Qualifiers After Successful Surgery

Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike will now be out for between four and six weeks, after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

The Nigerian international will be missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Kenya and Namibia in June after undergoing surgery on Thursday as he will be out for between four and six weeks, according to the official website of his club, Spartak Moscow.

“Emenike underwent a successful operation on his meniscus and will miss four to six weeks,” Spartak Moscow announced on their website.

Emenike has also been ruled out of his club’s last four matches of the Russian Premier League season.

It was earlier reported that Emenike will be missing just the World Cup match in Kenya until the surgery was done on Thursday and it was confirmed that he will be out for longer than anticipated.

Nigeria will face Kenya and Namibia in crucial World Cup games on the road next month.

Emenike finished as joint leading scorer at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where Nigeria emerged champions after defeating Burkina Faso.

 

Emeneike will now be available at the earliest in mid-June when the African champions would start their quest at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The striker will be available at the earliest in mid-June when the African champions would start their quest at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Afcon 2013:Odemwingie Lashes Keshi

That the provisional squad list of the Super Eagles for AFCON 2013 has been released by Coach Stephen Keshi and two prominent players; defender Taye Taiwo and Peter Osaze Odemwingie were missing on that list is no longer news.

But what is news is that the WBA striker, Osaze Odemwingie has refused to keep quiet,as he reacted swiftly to his exclusion lashing out at the Nigeria head coach; Stephen Keshi in what is seen as a probably a climax of a long cold war as he also took on some other personalities plus the media, this he did through his social media network account; Twitter (@OdemwingieP) today.

According to the WBA striker even though he was advised by a wise one to tread softly, he feels it’s time to clear himself of some charges being levelled against him to his fans, as he threatened that today’s tweets might be the last because he might shut down the account .

“A wise man advised me after 1st tweet that there r other ways to make someone look stupid. I am not interested in that.  Just cleared maself.

“The only reason I write this is for the fans to know my reasons and position on few things and don’t think I don’t care or too proud.

“On my not inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality!

“We talk through press hahaha how come I am the only stubborn one but no ex-Eagles player was sent off from the team with respect?

“Keshi has no footballing reasons not to invite me but is not saying the truth. He is still in my plans he said haha coach u no dey my plans.

“To some who wanna put mouth here please act like men. When two men talk 3rd has nothing to do. So Ikpeba and the rest talk to me face to face.

“This is all a comedy and our poor fans are being fed with lies while they cutting the cake for themselves.

“(The) NFF spokesman told MTN he is arrogant? I am arrogant? Why did (the) country’s president threaten to close down our federation for two years?

“Why didn’t Lagerback continue with (the) Super Eagles after (the 2010) World Cup? Chop and run was his plan and they knew it.

“Nigerian fans voted me Nigerian Player of the Year during (the) World Cup qualifiers and I was a spectator in the World Cup and I should be quiet?

“Because after we got Olympic silver I didn’t say Siasia is ready for Eagles he waited till he gets the job to axe me?”

“Okay that childish thing about shirt aside. WBA needed me back for (an) important game and Siasia refused to let me miss a midweek friendly game?

 

“Where is commonsense there? The game was played in an 80,000 capacity stadium with 2,000 spectators. That’s how important the game was!

“They can’t spoil my name! That’s when I ask myself – do we not have a team captain and federation who can tell it’s commonsense? And settle the matter? Na wow oh.

“Then they don’t invite (Vincent) Enyeama our number one for a crucial qualifying game because he complained about a flight or something little? Ridiculous.

“This might sound disrespectful but (the) Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone looking only after himself.

“Then SWAN sends a letter to NFF to warn me. (Sorry about that tweet didn’t mean it that way). But tell your colleagues not to make up stories.

“After Afcon in Ghana, (the) Eagles fans were satisfied with our performance and Siasia after the tournament said I will take you to the Olympics.

“They sacked Berti Vogts after it though and just a month after that coach Amodu took over! In his first game in charge I didn’t even warm up,” wrote the angry striker.

He claimed again that an NFF Official called him only to begin to insult him while he tweeting these] messages.

“NFF member just called me. Of course got insulted. I told him I sang national anthem for ten years to be treated like this.

“That’s it on this. Story ended. No more talks about national team again. I’ve said all I wanted. If will be tempted will go off twitter,”.

Ahmed Musa shines for CSKA Moscow

One of Nigeria’s striker; Ahmed Musa has proven to be a force to reckon with when it comes to national duty for Nigeria as the CSKA Moscow striker became unstoppable for the Russian club as he ensured the thrashing of another Russian club in the Russian Premier League yesterday.

Ahmed Musa in the last three games has netted a goal in all competitions

With this recent win recorded by CSKA Moscow; pressure has shifted onto league leaders Anzhi Makhachkala as the win lifted CSKA back to second on the table, two points behind the leaders.

The young Nigeria international got a penalty for CSKA to record the first goal for CSKA Moscow after the game went on for 68 minutes and afterwards got another for the Russian club minutes to the end of the final half.

Musa has now scored five goals in the seven games since he was converted to a makeshift striker after Ivorian hitman Seydou Doumbia picked up an injury. It would be recalled that his goal was one the ones that ensured victory for Nigeria in their 6:1 thrashing of Liberia last weekend.

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.