The Super Eagles of Nigeria are on the right path to securing one of the ten spots available for round three in the African section of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. Nigeria are the top team in Group B after they kicked off proceedings in round two of the African qualifiers with two straight wins.
Nigeria national team forward Kelechi Iheanacho was one of the goalscorers as his Leicester City side played out a thrilling six-goal thriller with English Championship club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in a preseason encounter played last week. The Super Eagles of Nigeria attacker came off the bench to find the back of the net against the London team.
Iheanacho scored a late penalty during the game played at the home of QPR, Loftus Road in West London after fellow African star PatsonDaka was brought down in the box. The Nigeria international didn't make any mistake from 12 yards out after Zambian international Daka was fouled in the box.
Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq has reportedly had two bids rejected for him by his Spanish second tier team Almeria. The news of the interest in the Nigeria player was reported by Spanish newspaper AS.
Two European teams made a bid for Sadiq and it was turned down by Almeria who want half of the €60m release clause in his current contract with the Segundaclub. Almeria are ready to sell the Nigeria striker if they receive at least €30m for him. German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and Russia Premier League outfit Spartak Moscow are the two teams interested in signing the player and it remains to be seen whether the interested clubs will match the asking price demanded by Almeria for their player.
Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen was surprisingly not on the scoresheet as Napoli thrashed Udinese 5-1 at home on Wednesday night to maintain their push for Champions League football.
Super Eagles of Nigeria attacker Osimhen has been in fantastic form in recent games and it's a bit of surprise that he didn’t score in the big win over Udinese at the Stadio Armando Maradona. He took his tally to ten goals in the league this season with his first brace in the Serie A. The Nigeria international scored twice in the 4-1 away victory over Spezia at the weekend.
Osimhen started the Udinese game and he was on for 70 minutes before being replaced by Belgian national team player Dries Mertens with the game virtually won at 4-1.
Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho was able to continue his good scoring form for Leicester City against relegation threatened team West Brom when the two teams met at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.
Super Eagles of Nigeria star Iheanacho scored the third and final goal as the Foxes thrashed West Brom 3-0 at home with all the goals coming in the first half.
Leicester City are on a high after reaching their first FA Cup final for many decades and this was evident in their performance against the Baggies.
Red Bull Salzburg have confirmed that they have sent out Nigerian-born striker ChukwubuikeAdamu on loan to St. Gallen where he will spend the rest of the season. Switzerland Super League outfit St. Gallen also confirmed the signing after confirming the announcement on their official website where they welcomed the player to the club.
The 19-year-old striker has been a sensation for Salzburg, and it comes as a surprise that they have decided to allow him to leave the club despite his fine form for the club in recent times. Born in Kano, Nigeria, Adamu made his debut for Salzburg back in September 2020 in what was a memorable debut as he was part of the Salzburg team that demolished Bregenz 10 goals to nil (10-0). He came off the bench to play the final 26 minutes of the game and he has not had any more involvement in the first team so far.
Super Eagles of Nigeria centre back Leon Balogun is in line for a recall to the Rangers team ahead of the Boxing Day encounter with Hibernian. Rangers play hosts to Hibsin the first game of matchday20 in the Scottish Premiership this term and Leon Balogun is expected to feature in the game having missed out on an appearance in midweek. Super Eagles of Nigeria defender Leon Balogun recovered from concussion to take his place on the Rangers bench for the league game at St. Johnstone on Wednesday night but he was an unused substitute. The Nigerian player watched the entire duration of the game from the substitute bench as Rangers dispatched St. Johnstone easily.
Rangers scored three unreplied goals against their hosts and another Super Eagles of Nigeria player, Joe Aribo was the star of the show and he even drew high praise from Steven Gerrard during his post-match presser at the end of the game. Joe Aribo has had some problems with injury of late but his manager is delighted that the Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder is back to his fluent best after those injuries. Joe Aribo provided the assist for the second goal scored by Glen Kamara and also had a hand in the third goal scored by IanisHagi, who's the son of Gheorghe Hagi widely regarded as the greatest player to come out of Romania.
Super Eagles of Nigeria player Semi Ajayi has been one of the consistent performers for West Brom this season as the Baggies continue to struggle on their return to the Premier League after a two-year absence. The Nigeria international continued his good form for the Baggies as he helped his team to a valuable point during their league trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.
West Brom produced a rearguard action especially in the second half of the game to battle to a 1-1 draw against their hosts who had been expected to thrash the Baggies due to the quality in their team.
The football world has seen lots of comeback fights from different teams in different tournaments. But this is the height of comeback that Sierra Leone made against Nigeria in the qualifier tournament of the Africa Cup of Nations. They had to score 4 goals to deny their defeat against the African giants. Soon after conceiving 4 goals before the end of the first half, Sierra Leone showed their fighting character in the field and stopped Nigeria to claim an easy win. The Nigerian players never have thought of this kind of turnover in a game where they were 4-0 up against the opponent. This only happened as the players were in a mood of overconfidence that now they can’t be defeated.
Football is back on the African continent. With sporting activities limping back to normalcy across the globe, the African nations are also making efforts to bring life back to normal in the sporting fields of the continent. Following the resumption of the EPL, France Ligue 1, and the conclusion of the Champions League in Portugal, Africans can now look forward to some football action from their squads too.