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It has been one blast of a week in football- here are some of the best bits.
First, on the homefront, fans of the Super Eagles were stunned to hear the news of the shock retirement of Emmanuel Emenike from international football. The striker, who bagged nine goals in 37 appearances, for the national team decided to quit for the sake of ‘national peace’ (don’t ask us, we don’t know what that means either).
Lots of people feel though that perhaps, the retirement of Emenike, right after Enyeama walked out of the Eagles, has something to do with Sunday Oliseh whose tenure as boss of the national team has had a rather eventful start. We cannot say for sure what this means for the Eagles but we expect an official statement from Oliseh which could possibly be dedicated to only ‘true Naija fans’. If you’re wondering how to be one of the ‘true Naija fans’ Oliseh loves so much, wonder no more. Shina Peter came to the rescue this week by breaking down the dos and don’ts of ‘true Naija fans’
It has not been all doom and gloom for Nigerian football. In a country far, faraway, the U-17 Golden Eaglets are showing the world that ‘khaki no be leather’. In two games, they have scored seven goals and conceded one. Can they defend the title Iheanacho and co won in 2013? We have to wait and see…
Once again, Yaya Toure is an unhappy man- which is weird because his birthday isn’t till May next year. This time, the cause of the anger is not related to a cake or any other pastry. Instead, he is peeved that English media don’t give him enough credit. Word of advice to Brit journalists: write complimentary headlines of Yaya Toure on a cake and drop off at his door. Problem solved.
While English media don’t give Yaya Toure credit, FIFA certainly does. This week, the Ivorian was named on the 23 man shortlist for the
Messi versus Ronaldo Ballon d’Or award.
If you woke up on Wednesday morning to see your neighbour grinning from ear to ear and offering you money you didn’t ask for, it is probably because your neighbour supports Arsenal and watched the Gunners beat Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Big win it was but there was a big argument that followed: did Arsenal invoke the spirits of Jose Mourinho to ‘park the bus’? ‘Yomi Kazeem answered that question.
The Arsenal win came courtesy a combination of great defending, great saves from Petr Cech and a great handball by Olivier Giroud, he’s called it the ‘hand of destiny’. Amid all of the euphoria of the win though, the official Arsenal account on Twitter clearly got over excited and tweeted a lame stat about Wenger being the first manager to beat Guardiola’s Bayern and Barcelona tweets and for that, they were duly trolled.
While Wenger walked the streets of London happy, Jose Mourinho will be worrying about his team’s poor start to the season. According to ‘Biola Kazeem in his weekly column, The Big Issue, Chelsea’s poor start has a lot to do with Mourinho putting his interests over Chelsea’s in the summer. Can Jose fix this mess? He is certainly trying his best to…by visiting Ukraine.
As the Special One attempts to salvage a season, the Normal One is attempting to salvage decades of washed-off history. Jurgen Klopp has began his Liverpool career with two draws and as he chases those wins, Joseph Bassey thinks these three things are the kryptonite to Klopp’s superman.
Finally, every manager keeps an eye on one thing and one thing only; time. In Milan, Larry Eghosa suggests Sinisa Mihajlovic is running out of it.
The weekend promises to be exciting with lots of games line up- here’s our selection of five of the best that should not be missed.
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In the meantime, have a great weekend!