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Emeka Obasi: How the Nigerian agent elevated Jadon Sancho

Emeka Obasi stepped into the scene after Jadon Sancho was seen as a major target in the transfer market by numerous clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona.



The Nigerian who manages the affairs of the young Englishman footballer was said to be demanding over 120 million pounds after Manchester United stepped up discussions with the player’s representatives.


Obasi who is the CEO of the sports management group is said to be behind the huge sum Borussia Dortmund had put forward as a potential fee for interested parties.



According to Owngoalnigeria, Borussia Dortmund is relying on Obasi to help finalize discussions with clubs for Sancho, since he was also linked with Odion Ighalo’s surprise Manchester United move last summer.



The sports management CEO is also said to be at the helm of management of several Nigerian Professional Footballers outside the shaws of the country including the likes of Josh Maja, Joe Aribo and Chuba Apkom.



Jadon Sancho future, what next after failed Manchester United move in summer


The player’s forms significantly dropped which may not be unrelated to effects of the unending rumours of exit from the club.



Sancho has struggled to make the mark this season even though it is still in the early days. The rumours have slowed down compared to the closing part of the transfer window last summer.

 

Sky Journalist: Manchester United preparing a very last offer for Jadon Sancho

But the English forward is expected to make a move, if Dortmund decides to lower their asking price or him.


Obasi who manages Elite Project Group is expecteddecidening the current high asking price for the player.

 

The latest transfer news on Jadon Sancho, (Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the mix)

 

Borussia Dortmund currently faces an impending exit of Jadon Sancho probably before the end of the summer transfer window and not in January.

 

As per football.london, Manchester United could still splash 109 million pounds on the young Englishman since Ole Gunnar Solskjær still has him in his plans.

The Norwegian manager wants to sign Jadon Sancho to improve the midfield at Manchester United which has been seen as a good idea looking at how the signing of Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani has helped the club.

Elsewhere in London, Chelsea’s cash spray in the transfer market last summer hasn’t yielded much yet which has pushed the club’s top hierarchy to look for better options like Jadon Sancho who promises to improve the team’s midfield strength.

 

For Emeka Obasi, this is the point where his ingenuity comes in. The Nigerian sports manager has continued to negotiate for Sancho since he wants the 20-year old to make a big-money move.

 

But if he stays in Borussia Dortmund until 2023, he will probably leave the club for free, a move which Manchester United boss Ed Woodward has continued to eye.

 

To avoid Jadon Sancho leaving Borussia Dortmund on free probably in 2023, Emeka Obasi is expected to negotiate with clubs between now and 2022 since it will be only a year left on his contract.

 

Liverpool are also said to be interested in securing the services of Sancho as measures to further improve their midfield.

 

But in Germany, Dortmund will still be willing to retain Sancho for another three to four years if possible.

best football leagues in Africa 2021 Statistically Ranked

Ranking the best 10 football leagues in Africa in 2021

 

When it comes to continental football in Africa, the team’s from the northern part tends to dominate more compared to teams competing from other parts.

In 2021, Morocco is regarded as the strongest league in Africa following the CAF five year Ranking system which is calculated according to the performance of clubs from various federations.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, several top level competition on the African continent were abandoned.

Africa unlike other continent utilises a different ranking system when it comes to seeding teams for the various continental competition such as the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.

 

Here are the best leagues in Africa in 2021 Ranked Statistically.

 

1. Morocco

Morocco Botola Pro is the best football league in Africa. The North Africa country has consistently produced clubs which has gone on to win the continental titles. Morocco boost of domestic league compared to some of the already established leagues in Europe.

 

The Botola Pro serves as the domestic league for clubs in Morocco. The league has notable names like Raja Casablanca, Hassania Agadir, Wydad Athletic Club, Olympique Khouribga, Moghreb Tétouan and FUS Rabat.

According to Champions League winners by Nations, Morocco has won six titles.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 190 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 6

 

2. Egypt – Egyptian Premier League

Egypt remains the number one football nation in Africa when it comes to the club and national team football. Egyptian football clubs have won a total of 25 titles.

The most successful club in the history of the country is Al Ahly with 8 titles.

Notable names including Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, Al Masry, Smouha.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 167 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 15

 

3. Tunisia – Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1

 

Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 is the top tier of the Tunisian football league system contested by 14 teams.

 

Tunisian teams in total have won over 6 CAF Champions League titles behind Egypt with 16 titles.

 

Founded 9 June 1907, the league has notable names like Club Africain, CS Sfaxien, Espérance de Tunis and Étoile du Sahel. Tunisia has two in the CAF Champions League as well as the CAF Confederations Cup.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 140 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 6

 

4. DR Congo – Linafoot or officially Vodacom Ligue 1

DR Congo is one of the best when it comes to continental football across east and central Africa. The country boast of teams including TP Mazembe, AS Vita Club, DC Motema Pembe, FC Saint-Éloi Lupopo, SM Sanga Blende.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 83 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 6

 

5. Algeria – Algeria Ligue 1

Algeria is another top destination for African football. The north African country also boasts of having one of the most organized football league on the continent.

The Algeria Ligue 1 has notable names including CR Belouizdad, MC Alger, ES Sétif, JS Kabylie, CS Constantine, USM Alger, JS Saoura, ASO Chlef.

The league is contested by 16 teams and officially known as  Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 81 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 5

 

6. South Africa – Premier Soccer League

 

The South Africa Premier Soccer League is regarded as the most supported as well as the richest domestic football league on the continent after the CAF Competitions.

 

South African team Mamelodi Sundowns participated in the FIFA Club World Cup after winning the CAF Champions League in 2019 under the guidance of Pitso Monimane.

The league has notable names including Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 68.5 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 2

 

7. Zambia – Zambian Super League

The Zambia Nation presents the majority it’s national team players selected from the domestic league. The league has been outstanding despite challenges in previous years.

 

The league has notable names including Nkana FC, ZESCO United FC, Lusaka Dynamos FC, Zanaco F.C.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 43 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 0

 

8. Nigeria – Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)

 

The Nigeria Professional Football League is the top tier of Nigerian football league system. The league is followed by the Nigeria National League.

Nigeria has also had their fair share of the continental showpiece in the past with Enyimba, who went on to win the title back to back.

Notable names including Enyimba, Lobi Stars, Enugu Rangers, Heartland F.C, Rivers United (Sharks, Dolphins), Shooting Stars.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 39 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 2

 

9. Guinea – Ligue 1

Guinea used to be a powerhouse in African football. But over the years, the country has witnessed a sharp decline

Notable names including Ashanti GB, AS Kaloum, AC Horoya.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 38 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 3

 

10. Angola – Girabola

Angolan football has constantly developed on existing protocols. The league contested by players from Brazil, Portugal as well other African Nations has continued to witness an upsurge in terms of performance of teams at the continental level.

Notable names including Petro de Luanda, 1º (Primeira) de Agosto, Interclub, Sporting de Cabinda, Académica do Lobito.

Statistics >>

Ranking: 36 points

Number of entrants: 2

Win by Nation: 0

 

 

Reference(s)

CAF Champions League

CAF Confederation Cup

CAF 5-year Ranking

CHAN 2021: News, livescores fixtures and results from Cameroon

Welcome to Live blog for the 2021 CHAN Tournament in Cameroon beginning from January 16 to February 7th 2021 as we bring you the latest news, fixtures, results and standings.

Highlights

Sunday, January 17

Today’s fixtures

DR Congo vs Congo – 20:00

Libya vs Niger Republic – 17:00

News: Zambia can beat Tanzania in group D opener – ZESCO United midfielder

Bruce Musakanya says Zambia can beat Tanzania in group D opener citing the team’s good preparation.

 

According to the midfielder, winning the first game will boost Zambia’s confidence. Recall, Zambia surprises the rest of Africa in 2021 with AFCON trophy. More on Goal.com.


Saturday, January 16

Group A Standings after matchday 1

Cameroon 3

Mali           3

Burkina Faso 0

Zimbabwe     0

 

Martin Loïc Ako Assomo, Cameroon bags man of the match as host defeated Zimbabwe. The player had a 9/10 performance in front of his home fans.

 

https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/1350748457955434498

 

The versatile player is another Cameroonian to watch out aa the tournament progresses further.

 

Mali edges Burkina Faso

Mali edges Burkina Faso in the second fixture of the competition after a tough battle between the two sides.

Bagayoko’s lone goal was more than enough for Mali to claim the second spot in group A tied on the same point with Host Cameroon.

Scoreline: Mali 1-0 Burkina Faso


Cameroon opens the tournament with an important win over Zimbabwe


Watch the video, Banga’s bicycle kick which led to the opening goal


 

Cameroon started the tournament on a brighter note after beating Southern Africans Zimbabwe by a lone goal Banga in the 72nd minute of the game.

 

 

The host started poorly but found a way to clinch the win over the Southern Africans.

 

CHAN 2021 Cameroon tournament overview

The Groups

Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe.

Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo, Niger Republic.

Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo.

Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania.

Teams to watch out

Cameroon

The host nation started on a bright note by defeating Zimbabwe courtesy an overhead kick from Banga in 72nd minute despite a jittery start.

 

In front of a reduced crowd, the Cameroonians made the home advantage count as they could manage a win to stay afloat at the top of the group.


Libya

The Libyans won the 2014 edition at the expense of West Africans Ghana via penalties. Libyan was a big surprise during the tournament.

 

At least, the national team is also made up of players playing within the Libyan national league even though they had a cancellation of the competition at some point.

 

DR Congo

The Congolese remain the biggest team in the with two titles won between 2009 and 2016. They are the only side to have won the competition twice.

 

DR Congo’s Super League is considered among the top five African leagues in the past few years owing to the level of performance of their teams including AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe in CAF competitions.

 

Morocco

Morocco is the defending Champions of the competition have won the last edition in 2018 after beating Nigeria by 4-0 margin.

 

Morocco also has a stronger percentage of home-based players in their national team, giving them an edge in the continental Championship.


Zambia

Winning the 2012 African Cup of Nations with the majority of players from the home scene brought the Zambians to the limelight. Zambia has a high number of players in the national team within the county’s first division.

Clubs like NAPSA Stars, ZESCO United, Nkana FC, and Zanaco PF.

 

About CHAN Tournament

CHAN or simply Championship for African Nations was created by the Confederation of African Football CAF as means to help players within a particular country have more roles to play at the national team level since it obvious countries prefer foreign-based players.

As a result, the Championship was created.

The 2021 edition in Cameroon was supposed to kick off in 2020 but was postponed indefinitely due to effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

The tournament began January 16 and ends February 7th 2022 with 16 teams from the six African zones. The tournament will also act as points ranking for CAF and FIFA.

 

Players eligible to play the CHAN Tournament

Players within a particular national league. For example, A Ghanaian playing for Ashanti Gold is eligible while a Ghanaian who plays for Enugu Rangers in Nigeria is not eligible for the competition.

Enyimba vs Kano Pillars preview, NPFL 2020/2021, how to watch

Enyimba FC takes on rivals Kano Pillars at the Enyimba International Stadium in what has been termed as the Nigerian El Classico.


The two sides regarded as one of the best in the country will face each other in the biggest NPFL match of the weekend.


Host Enyimba were humbled by fellow oriental brothers Heartland FC as the Eastern club recorded their first win of the season of the Aba elephants. 



On the other hand, Kano Pillars are currently having a superb form since French manager Lionel Soccoia took charge of the team before the start of the new season.



Pillars have so far recorded impressive results including draws at Nasarawa United and the recent win at home against visiting Plateau United.


Match Preview


The biggest game of matchday five encounter between Enyimba FC and Kano Pillars will set the NPFL on fire.

Enyimba is returning from a shock loss at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri against Heartland FC.
Coach of the side Fatai Osho remains optimistic of a better result when his team file out against Pillars.


A motivated Kano Pillars spearheaded by Lionel Soccoia will be looking to grab another positive result on the road against the Aba elephants.

Team News


Enyimba talisman Austin Oladapo has begged the fans to continue with their support for the club despite losing to the heartland in midweek.

Goals from Oghali and Adachi in 33rd and 53rd minutes respectively was enough to sink Enyimba at the Dan Anyiam Stadium by Heartland.



According to the captain, he is very confident and things will get better soon.
“I am very confident about the team. I know we have a very good squad, we have very good and young players (EnyimbaFC.net).


Rabiu Ali’s 87th minute spot kick was enough for Kano Pillars as they recorded their second win in four NPFL matches.


Pillars are also eyeing another point which could see them at the top of the league table depending on the outcome of Rivers United weekend game.


Venue


The match will be played at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, Abia State.

How to watch

Follow the action live on the NPFL TV App.

Prediction
Enyimba 2-1 Kano Pillars

Bright Osayi-Samuel signs four-year deal with Fenerbahce

Nigerian-born British footballer bright Osayi-Samuel has penned a four-year deal with Turkish league side Fenerbahce and he is expected to join the club’s first-team squad next after negotiations came to an end between the two clubs.



The QPR star decides to take his trade elsewhere despite receiving offers from British clubs last summer.


For the Turkish club, this is another investment that could turn out to be the best in the nearest future.

The 23-year old fast left midfielder has been on the radar of the Turkish club for a while now, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel initially.



The details of Bright Osayi-Samuel’s move to Fenerbahce


Osayi-Samuel signs for Fenerbahce for four years and he is expected to join the first team from July after clearance has been carried between the English league side and Turkish club.


He joins Fenerbahce for an undisclosed transfer fee but he is expected to earn higher.


The failed bid by Celtic


Scottish record Champions Celtic tried to sign the Englishman but could not complete negotiations with his representatives since it appears a move to turkey would be the best option for him.


The head coach of Celtic also publicly revealed his desire to land the fast left midfielder in the winter.


The plans by Fenerbahce when Bright Osayi-Samuel joins the first team


The creativity in the midfield so far this season has been encouraging, however, the club still needs more reinforcement as the fight continues for the league title this season.

 


How Fenerbahce landed Osayi-Samuel despite several offers




As things stand currently, Besiktas lead the Super Lig table tied on the same point with Fenerbahce closely followed by Galatasaray in third with just two points gap.



Manager Bulut Erol has an ageing list of the midfielder in his squad and bright’s signing is the right step to take. At least, he’ll integrate with the first team quickly.

The career stats backing the former QPR star

 

Started his professional career with Blackpool in 2015, he scored four goals in 64 appearances in his two-year stay at the club. 

He joined Queens Park Rangers in 2017, having over 102 appearances with 11 goals. 

CHAN 2021 Cameroon Teams, Groups, Venues, Fixtures

The Continental showpiece began on Saturday 17th of January and will come to an end on Sunday February 7th, with over 16 teams in four Groups with over twenty-four fixtures to be played in the group phase.

 

The initial host of the tournament was Ethiopia, but the Ethiopian Football Federation admitted it will not be able to host the competition and as such, it was awarded to Cameroon.

 


Follow the latest from CHAN 2021


 

It was supposed to kick off in January 2020 but was later postponed to April, before it was finally suspended for a later date.

 

North African country Morocco is the defending Champions of the competition after winning the Championship against Nigeria in the finals in 2018.

 

Seeding and requirements for qualification

 

The twenty-four teams were shared into six zones namely Central Zone (3), Central Eastern Zone (3), Northern Zone (2), Southern Zone (3), Western Zone A (3), Western Zone B (3).

 

The CHAN 2021 Tournament Teams in detail

 

1. Cameroon 

Cameroon is the host nation of the 2021 African Nations Championship (CHAN), after the initial host Ethiopia opted out as confirmed by the Ethiopian Football Federation to the Confederation of African American.

The Eastern African country is also a side to watch out. 


2. Republic of Congo

The Central African nation took one of the three available slots meant for central Africa


3. DR Congo

DR Congo also qualified for the tournament after grabbing the remaining ticket from central Africa. DR Congo is the most successful team in the competition with two titles won between 2009 and 2016.

 

Arguably, the country boost of having one of the best football league in Africa as per CAF five year ranking system based on performance by country.


See the best leagues in Africa 2021 Ranked Statically


 

 

4. Rwanda

The Rwandans as a result of constant development in the domestic scene managed to qualify for the main event in Cameroon.


5. Tanzania

Tanzania qualified as with the second ticket meant for East Central Africa.


6. Uganda

Uganda claimed the remaining slot for the region.


7. Libya

Libya as one of the biggest team in the competition grabbed qualification for the maiden edition in Cameroon. Libya won the 2014 edition against Ghana in a penalty shoot-out after regular time ended goallessly.


8. Morocco

Morocco is the defending champions of the competition played in 2018, beating Nigeria 4-0 in the finals.


9. Namibia

Namibia qualified as one of the three Southern African Nations


10. Zambia

Zambia’s fast-rising football led to the country’s listing as one of the strongest African leagues.


11. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe qualified as one of the Southern African representatives.

12. Guinea

Guinea qualified from Western African Zone A slot.


13. Mali

Mali’s highest point in the competition was in 2016 when they lost to DR Congo in the finals. That year, they were regarded as one of the best African nation with the best league in the domestic scene.

14. Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso qualified as one of the representatives of the Western African Zone.


15. Niger

Niger’s highest point in the competition was a quarter-final finish during the 2011 edition in Sudan which was eventually won by Tunisia.

16. Togo

Togo completed the third team from Western African Zone B.

 

The Detailed overview – the Groups of the 2021 CHAN Tournament

 

Group A

  1. Cameroon
  2. Mali
  3. Burkina Faso
  4. Zimbabwe

Cameroon and Mali remains favourite to qualify for the knockout phase of competition. The Malians lost in 2016 finals against DR Congo.

Group B

  1. Libya
  2. DR Congo
  3. Congo
  4. Niger Republic

Libya and DR Congo are among the favourite to win the competition. Congo is the most successful side in the competition with two titles won during the 2009 and 2016 editions.

Group C

  1. Morocco
  2. Rwanda
  3. Uganda
  4. Togo

Morocco is the defending Champions and as such they are clear favourites in tournament this year. They hammered Nigeria 4-0 in the final in 2018.

Uganda or Togo could claim the remaining qualification spot.

Group D

  1. Zambia
  2. Guinea
  3. Namibia
  4. Tanzania

The group look the easiest in the competition, Guinea and Zambia could be make the headway.

 

Venues

The tournament will be held in three venues including Yaoundé, Limbe and Douala.

Fixtures

See full fixtures list of the CHAN Tournament in Cameroon 2021

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African Nations Championship 2020 (2021) CHAN Fixtures

2020 (2021) African Nations Championship (CHAN), originally scheduled to commence in 2020 was postponed by the governing body of African Football CAF due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic which affected football across the world.



The tournament hosted by Cameroon will commence from 16 January – 7 February 2021.



Highlighting the fixtures for CHAN 2020 (2021) with the teams participating in the competition scheduled to take place in the central African nation Cameroon.

 

The CHAN tournament is a football competition organized by CAF as a competition designed solely for footballers within Africa national leagues. Players are only allowed to participate if they play within their national league.


Also Read: best football leagues in Africa 2020 Statistically Ranked


 

 

The tournament was initially handed to Ethiopia, but was later moved to Cameroon as the east African nation was not prepared to host the competition.



Participating Teams in the competition

 

1. Cameroon
2. Congo
3. DR Congo
4. Rwanda
5. Tanzania
6. Uganda
7. Libya
8. Morocco
9. Namibia
10. Zambia
11. Zimbabwe
12. Guinea
13. Mali
14. Burkina Faso
15. Niger
16. Togo


The full fixtures of the tournament – Group Stage


Group A

Cameroon (host), Zimbabwe, Mali, Burkina Faso.

Matchday 1

Cameroon vs Zimbabwe
16 January 2021 – 17:00
Venue: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé


Mali vs Burkina Faso
16 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé




Matchday 2

Cameroon vs Mali
20 January 2021 – 17:00
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé


Burkina Faso vs Zimbabwe
20 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé




Matchday 3


Burkina Faso vs Cameroon
24 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé


Zimbabwe vs Mali
24 January 2021 – 20:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala




Group B

Libya, Niger Republic, DR Congo, Congo.


Matchday 1

Libya vs Niger
17 January 2021 – 17:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala

DR Congo vs Congo
17 January 2021 – 20:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala




Matchday 2

Libya vs DR Congo
21 January 2021 – 17:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala


Congo vs Niger
21 January 2021 – 20:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala



Matchday 3

Congo vs Libya
25 January 2021 – 17:00
Japoma Stadium, Douala


Niger vs DR Congo
25 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé




Group C

Morocco, Togo, Rwanda, Uganda.
Matchday 1

Morocco vs Togo
18 January 2021 – 17:00
Stade de la Réunification, Douala


Rwanda vs Uganda
18 January 2021 – 20:0
Stade de la Réunification, Douala




Matchday 2

Morocco vs Rwanda
22 January 2021 – 17:00
Stade de la Réunification, Douala


Uganda vs Togo
22 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade de la Réunification, Douala




Matchday 3

Uganda vs Morocco
26 January 2021 – 17:00
Stade de la Réunification, Douala


Togo vs Rwanda
26 January 2021 – 20:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe



Group D

Zambia, Tanzania, Guinea, Namibia.

Matchday 1

Zambia vs Tanzania
19 January 2021 – 17:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe


Guinea vs Namibia
19 January 2021 – 20:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe




Matchday 2

Zambia vs Guinea
23 January 2021 – 17:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe


Namibia vs Tanzania
23 January 2021 – 20:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe



Matchday 3

Namibia vs Zambia
27 January 2021 – 17:00
Limbe Stadium, Limbe


Tanzania vs Guinea
27 January 2021 – 20:00
Stade de la Réunification, Douala


 

Bug names like Nigeria, Egypt, Republic of South African and Tunisia are not present in the competition this year.

 

Nigeria were stunned by West African neighbours during the West African Zone B qualification series, loosing out to Togo heavily in the first leg on the road and could not replicate the form of the away side in the second leg in Nigeria.

 

The likes of Tunisia were banned from the competition scheduled to take place in Cameroon. 

Paul Onuachu linked with Olympique Lyon move

The high scoring Nigerian Professional Footbalaller in the race for the golden shoe in Belgium could be heading to the French Ligue 1 as Olympique Lyon considers making offer for him.



Starting the new season on high, Onuachu is set for a record-breaking outing in Belgium which has also attracted interest from Lyon in the French Ligue 1 even as major shake up is expected to happen at the club with the rumoured exit of some of the big stars in the team.


This season, Onuachu has scored 19 goals in 19 league appearances for Genk in the Belgian First Division A with four assists in the process.



So far, he is the most preferred option uup frontin the team ahead of compatriot Cyriel Dessers, who used to be a major force ahead of Onuachu.


The 26-year old attacker according to Walfoot via Foot Mercato is a top priority in the french club, however, there’s no hurry to sign him in January since they’re already eyeing Algerian star Islam Slimani from Leicester City.



Meanwhile, Lyon could be finalizing the deal to bring Slimani for the club before the end of January.


Lyon’s interest in Onuachu is currently not at the highest level as the club would prefer to approach him at the end of January or in June.


Onuachu’s step to greatness amid blistering form and an increasingly growing interest around Europe


Started his career with FC Midtjylland, Paul managed to score 52 goals in 135 appearances from 2012 to 2019. 


Moving to Genk in 2019, he grew to become the major hitman in the team and has scored 28 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.



Amid the recent interest from France, Onuachu is expected to continue with his development at Genk before considering to leave the club.

 

What Paul Onuachu offers as an attacker at the moment

 

His ability to score goals at this point makes him standout amongst other attackers in Europe. At least apart from Robert Lewandowski, he remains the most consistent goalscorer in the whole of Europe. 

WAFU U17 Tournament 2021: Golden Eaglets of Nigeria tackles Burkina Faso in Semi-finals

Despite dropping points against Ivory Coast and Ghana in the group stage of the WAFU U17 Tournament, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria has qualified for the semi-final to face Burkina Faso.


Nigerians were on the brink of elimination from the tournament after a poor start against Ivory Coast, followed by a surprise draw against Ghana.



However, the blushes of the junior national team setup were saved after host nation Togo were thrown out of the competition.


Coach of the side Fatai Amoo was optimistic of qualifying for the next round at the expense of Togo and Ghana. The Golden Eaglets only needed Ivory Coast to beat Ghana with at least two-goal margin to ensure qualification.


The Ivorians defeated Ghana 3-1 in the final game of the group stage to book a place with Nigerian neighbours the Niger Republic on Friday.



Who will Nigeria face in the semi-final of the 2021 WAFU U17 Tournament and when it will be played


The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will face Burkina Faso in the first semi-final of the competition by 5 PM.

At least, Nigeria is close to qualification for the African U17 Tournament slated for Morocco later in the year as preparatory for the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Five-star side Ivory Coast will tackle the Niger Republic in the second semi-final tie of the competition from 8: pm.


A lesson as a result of poor preparation and mismanagement


The poor selection process bedevilling the youth setup in Nigeria has continued to be a major problem for the country during important tournaments.

At the world stage, Nigeria is five-time Champions of the world and is considered as the most respected and successful team in the tournament at the age-grade level.



Elimination from the competition would’ve caused a major shakeup and probably huge changes in the managerial department of the youth setup.

 

This is a major test and lesson that should be learnt by the national team and it’s handlers.

New Covid-19 positive test on Victor Osimhen

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has tested positive yet again for covid-19 after an initial test last week confirmed the Nigerian was positive.



Contracted during a birthday party in Lagos Nigeria last week, the Napoli forward was asked to sit out of the first team as measures to prevent a possible spread.



However, is expected to continue on the sidelines once again as confirmed by Walfoot via Napoli’s official Twitter handle.

 



The problems in the goalscoring department at the club  was felt in his absence and Coach Gennaro Gattuso was under pressure for his team’s inability to find the back of the net.


An extension of an existing problem for Gennaro Gattuso

 

The manager was under pressure for his team’s inability to score goals, and this could be extended further with the recent covid-19 positive result on the player.

 

A hard-fought win over Udinese appears to have increased the confidence of the manager, but the existing problems remain unfixed.

 

Napoli signed Victor Osimhen as a future replacement for Arkadiusz Milik who was the main goalscorers alongside Lorenzo Insigne. As result, Milik was not registered for the 2020/2021 Italian Serie A season.

 

But as things stand currently, the purpose of bringing Osimhen to Napoli appears not to be having a headway, even though it is still early days at the club.

 

As per La Repubblica journalist Cobo in our earlier report, Osimhen is a great absentee in the team which needs to be fixed on time to put the team in fine shape for the rest of the season.

 

Indeed, his absence has affected Napoli’s performance across all competitions.

Before the teams in the Italian Serie A went on their compulsory winter break, the club could only manage twenty-seven goals in the league which fell short goals scored by the likes of AS Roma and AC Milan.

 

A great absentee, when will Victor Osimhen return to Napoli’s first team

According to the club’s  report, another set of test will be carried out on the player next week to ascertain his readiness. For now, his return to the first team is still pending.

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