Villareal manager Unai Emery has urged Samuel Chukwueze to improve his game so as to fulfill his huge potential for the club.
The Super Eagles forward has been below-par for Emery and he’s said to want more from the Nigerian according to a report in Marca.
Chukwueze is a talented young attacker with huge promises who could perhaps contribute more consistently for the Yellow Submarines.
“We need the experience that some players accumulate to translate into improvement,” Emery said.
“We need Samu to settle after two years of irregularity in the first team. We need him to make the difference and this year he’s doing it to a lesser extent than before.”
“I opted for him at Anoeta against Real Sociedad with the idea that he’d win us the game, but it wasn’t to be. We’ll continue to work with him on it.”
“We set the level high because there are many players with high ability, and I want to help the younger players find that level of performance,” Emery was quoted as saying by Marca.
Chukwueze has registered one goal and two assists so far this season and has found it difficult to command a regular starter’s berth for Emery’s side this year despite impressing on occasion.
Next up for the Yellow Submarines is a Europa League clash with Sivasspor before a league game against Elche.
Former Nigeria international, Finidi George says he’s disappointed by his omission from the Super Eagles squad to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.
The former Ajax star added that featuring at the Mundial would have afforded him the opportunity to end his international career on a high.
Finidi and other senior players like Sunday Oliseh, Tijani Babangida, Victor Agali were dropped following a bust-up with NFF officials at the 2002 AFCON in Mali.
Head coach Shuaibu Amodu and his assistant Stephen Keshi were replaced by Adegboye Onigbinde before the World Cup.
“It was disappointing being excluded from the team after playing in all the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan,” Finidi told The PUNCH.
“It was sad. I had wanted to quit the Eagles on a high note. Anyway, that’s in the past now. “I’m not thinking about that now though; it’s sad that it happened.”
On some of his colleagues who went to the World Cup, the 1994 AFCON winner said:”I’m not angry with colleagues who went to the World Cup, but I would have done it differently. I would have taken a different stand on the matter. However, I will not blame anybody for going to the World Cup.”
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Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has expressed his excitement to be back to full fitness after spending Eight weeks on sideline.
Ndidi was sidelined since October after he picked up an abductor injury against Burnley in the premier league.
The defensive midfielder had surgery on the abductor and has since missed matches for both country and club.
However, Ndidi could make his long awaited return as he is listed in Leicester City’s squad for the Europa league match against Zorya Luhansk.
The Leicester City anchorman said in a video posted on the club’s Twitter handle that he’s happy to be back.
“We are happy to be back and hopefully things go well this time, ” he said alongside his teammate Ricardo Pereira who is also returning from long lay off.
The Foxes are already through to the next round, but a win will erase the shocking 2 – 1 home defeat to Fulham in the Premier League on Monday.
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Nigerian attacker Emmanuel Dennis played big role in Club Brugge’s UEFA Champions League victory against Zenith Saint Petersburg on Wednesday.
Dennis provided an assist as Club Brugge pummeled Zenit 3 -0 at the Jan Breydel Stadion to stay in contention for round of 16 spot.
The Super Eagles striker made a return to the competition after he was left out of last week’s defeat against Borussia Dortmund due to disciplinary issues.
Dennis set up Noa Lang for Club Brugge’s third and final goal 17 minutes from time.
Charles De Ketelaere and Hans Vanaken scored the other two goals in the 33rd and 58th minutes respectively.
David Okereke also played for Club Brugge, but he tasted actions for the final two minutes.
The victory moved Club Brugge to 3rd in Group F with seven points, just two points behind second placed Lazio.
Club Brugge will travel to Lazio for the final game of the group and winner of the match will seal qualification to the next round.
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Forward Odion Jude Ighalo finally made his UEFA Champions League debut on Wednesday for Manchester United.
Ighalo, 32, began his European career in 2006 and played for clubs in Norway, Italy, Spain and England, but never featured in the elite football competition until last night.
The Forward came on as a late substitute in the clash against Paris Saint German at Old Trafford.
Ighalo replaced Aaron Wan Bissaka with Manchester United trailing 3-1, on the night Neymar and his compatriot Marquinhos ran riot at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian attacker scored twice, while Marquinhos scored the other goal for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
English striker Marcus Rashford scored his side’s only goal on the night they needed just a point to seal passage to next round.
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