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.

 

 

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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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Rangers International F.C Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has penned down a two year deal with the Enugu club side.

The former Super Eagles coach said after signing the deal that even though his target for the season is to emerge champions of the league again, he nonetheless, respects every team in the NPFL.
Coach Salisu who recently penned down a two-year deal with the ‘Flying Antelopes’ said in an exclusive chat that all the teams should be respected so as not to be given a surprise treat.
“For me, my philosophy in looking at other teams, I always respect all the teams in the NPFL because that is why they are in the premier league. Any team in the premiership deserves some respect then you can be able to work hard and beat them. When you don’t show them respect, you will be in for some surprises,” stated the vastly experienced gaffer.
He stated further, “So, all the teams in the top league, I respect them and I believe they have what it takes to be in the premiership. Every team we play, we take as a cup final. We also know that many bigger teams in the league who always contest for the titles and we too want to contest for the title. I believe that the game of football is a game of mindset, so we believe that we can challenge seriously for the championship. Anything can happen but we hope in the two years to come, we hope to do well in the first season, get the continental ticket and do better in the second year in the continent. That is our objective, that is our focus.”
He stressed that in the game of football, there are high and low points but assured the teeming supporters of the club that he hopes to have much, more high points to lead the club to the league and cup double at the end of the season.
The Nigeria league organizers has again shifted the start date for the 2020/2021 NPFL season to a new date of December 13, 2020 subject to confirmation by the AGM of the L.M.C that holds Wednesday in Abuja and Rangers is set to rub shoulders with other top sides to challenge for the league diadem.

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Sunshine Stars boss Gbenga Ogunbote has stated that he is not in the know of the day to date activities of the club he handles as the Technical adviser.

Speaking to Brila.net exclusively, Ogunbote revealed that, the club has not started preparing for the 2020/2021 league season stressing that, the management will be in the better position to update the media on the state of things.
“I won’t be in a position to answer because I have not been equipped with the necessary information as to the latest developments of the club, but all I know is that, sooner I want to believe that, everyone is aware that we are behind time.”
“All other clubs except Sunshine Stars has been putting up finishing touches in their team’s but here we have not started so, I think the management should be in the better position to answer that question but be it as it may, my feelings is that they are trying everything humanely possible to ensure that before the week runs out, the team might resume even though we are completely late very very late.” he said.

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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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Chairman of Adamawa Queens Emmanuel Zira has revealed how internal wrangling led to the demotion of the state’s women Football club from the Nigeria women Premier league.

Zira cited a number of bickering between the ministry of sports in the state opposing the Governor’s directive to have him administer and run the men and the women team in the state.
Zira speaking in a chat with Brila.net said the board of the Nigeria women Football League had been gracious enough to have extended the deadline for registration and club licensing, but since he was prevented from administering the club by the ministry of sports in Adamawa state and the ministry unable to come up with the funds to complete the registration and licensing, the club missed out and hence subsequently thrown out of the top tier women’s league alongside Heartland Queens.

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Former Falcons and Rivers Angels coach Edwin Okon has stated that he is hopeful that the Nigeria women Premier League season starts as planned on the 9th of December 2020 after the women’s league board conducted a new league fixture for the season on Wednesday.

Okon speaking in a chat with brila.net couldn’t hide his expectation and joy at finally getting closer to the commencement of a new league season after having been out for so many months without Football.
He also said the imminent return of the women’s league for next week is a welcome idea.

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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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Former Nigeria international Godwin Okpara has urged national team players and Nigerian players abroad to approach invitation and outings for the national team as they will normally do at their clubs where they are known to give their all.

Okpara speaking in a chat with brila.net said many times Nigerian players fell short in the national team not out of lack of quality or talent but out of the approach these players have towards national team invitations.
He added that once players are able to replicate club form at the national team, the national team will become better and command the respects expected of them.

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