Ugwuoke Ugochukwu has described MFM FC as tough opponents but remains confident on Rangers’ chances of getting a victory.
Rangers will slug it out with MFM FC in one of the match-day five of the 2020-2021 Nigeria professional football league season at the Soccer Temple in Agege on Sunday.
Rangers have impressive records against the Olukoya boys and were unlucky not to leave Lagos with maximum points last season.
Ugwuoke Ugochukwu who has been involved in three of Rangers’ four league matches this season, told the club’s media, that players’ target is to take the Tony Bolu’s side to the cleaners in their own backyard.
“MFM F.C has always been a tough team to play against home and away but we are in Lagos this time to finish what we started last season when we missed an opportunity to take all three points at stake.” – Ugwuoke Ugochukwu said.
Since opening day defeat to Rivers United, Rangers have won their last three matches and are second on the log with 9 points, while MFM occupies the seventh position with 7 points from same number of matches.
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The Head Coach of the Nigeria Golden Eaglets, Fatai Amoo is delighted with his team’s passage to the final of the ongoing 2021 WAFU U-17 championship in Lome, Togo.
The Eaglets pipped Burkina Faso 1 – 0 first semi-final match played on Thursday to book a place in the final.
Michael Emmanuel Papo’s strike in the 77th minutes was enough to help Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets secure final tickets and qualifications for the 2021 U17 Afcon.
Speaking to media after the game, Amoo said the Burkina Babes have good players that can win the game, but he gave his team kudos for playing to instructions.
The veteran gaffer also added that he decided to strengthen his defense line in order to keep the Coach Oumarou Eric Quattara led team at bay throughout the game.
“I knew they really have the players to win this game but we motivated our boys that you are improving, go there we believe you can do it and try all your possible best and they did that by winning the game, Amao said.
Nigeria will face Ivory Coast again in the final on Sunday after the meeting with the Ivorian at the group stage.
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Five-time world champions Nigeria zoomed into the final of the WAFU U17 Cup Tournament in Lome, Togo on Friday, following a 1-0 win over Group A winners Burkina Faso at the Stade Kegue.
Victory means the Golden Eaglets are now not only eligible to battle for the tournament’s diadem on Wednesday, but have also joined the teams that have qualified for the 2021 U17 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Morocco 13th – 31st March.
Michael Emmanuel Papo gave Nigeria, who also won the African championship in 2001 and 2007, the crucial ticket with his 77th minute goal, with the Burkinabes unable to respond until the final whistle.
Fatai Amoo’s wards started the competition on a shaky note losing by the odd goal to Cote d’Ivoire, but then were held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana in their second game in the three-team Group B. They looked to be on their way home until Cote d’Ivoire trashed Ghana 3-1 to allow the Eaglets slip into the last four.
Nigeria’s opponents in Wednesday’s final will be the winner of Friday’s second semi final clash between Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic.
Venue will be Togo’s main stadium, the Stade Kegue.
Genk Forward Paul Onuachu to French Ligue1 giants Olympique Lyon is a done deal, according transfer expert Pato Miliki.
Olympique Lyon reportedly made an enquiry about Onuachu following the Forward’s impressive form in the Belgian Jupiler this season.
The Nigerian forward has scored 19 goals in 19 games and recorded 4 assists in all competitions for the Belgian giants.
Foot Mercato reported three days ago that Lyon wanted to sign the striker as a replacement for Moussa Dembele, who recently joined Atletico Madrid on loan with option of permanent deal.
Onuachu is valued at 12 million Euros by Genk and it is understood that the French giants have no problem meeting his asking price.
The Nigerian’s contract with Genk runs until 2024.
Golden Eaglets Coach Fatai Amoo says his team deserved to qualify for the 2020 U17 WAFU B semi-final in Lome.
Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the championship after Cote d’Ivoire hammered Ghana 3-1 at the Stade Municipal.
The result means the Eaglets qualified as Group runner up ahead of the Ghana, thanks to a superior goal difference.
Amoo’s tactics has been heavily criticized owing to the team’s performance in the championship; the Eaglets lost their opening game to Ivory Coast and drew against Ghana.
Speaking ahead of the match, Amoo who defended his team showing at the tournament insisted the boys worked for their own luck, but admitted they have to up their game against the Burkina babes.
“Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and definitely, we have to work before talking about luck, if we didn’t defend well against Ivory Coast or didn’t play to a good level and get a draw against Ghana, the story would have been different.
“I can’t argue with people on their opinions, but the most important thing for us to do better than we have done in previous two matches and try to get a win.
“We must remain organised defensively and also try convert our chances,” the Coach said.
Nigeria will now take on Burkina Faso at the Stade Kegue on Friday.
The winners of the semi finals will battle for the diadem on Wednesday next week at the Stade Kegue, and also qualify for the CAF U17 Cup of Nations billed for 13th -31st March in Morocco.
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Belgian side KRC Genk have congratulated Paul Onuachu for his third place finish at the 2020 bronze shoe award.
The Belgian Golden Shoe is an award to determine the best footballer of the Belgian league each year.
Onuachu finished third with 86 points, while the eventual golden shoe winner, Lior Refaelov, of Antwerp garnered 271 points.
K Beerschot VA’s Raphael Holzhauser came second to win the silver ball ahead of Onuachu who picked bronze shoe.
Genk celebrated the Nigerian on social media : “Winner or not: You are a gold value to us Paul
— KRC Genk (@KRCGenkofficial) January 13, 2021
During this campaign, Onuachu has scored 19 goals and recorded 4 assists in 24 games and has scored in 13 different matches for Genk.
Apart from Onuachu, another Genk player Théo Bongonda finished sixth with 62 points in the race for the prestigious award.
Head Coach of Rangers, Salisu Yusuf is delighted with his team victory over FC Ifeanyi Ubah, but charged his boys to remain consistent.
The Flying Antelopes defeated the FCIU 2-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium to move to second on the NPFL log.
Israel Abia and Anthony Shimaga scored for Rangers, while Ekene Awazie got the consolation goal for FC Ifeanyi Ubah .
Salisu stated that he’s happy with the three points and also charged his players to remain consistent.
“It was a very tough and difficult match,but we played with great determination and we were able to subdue them.
“However, we need to stay consistent and continue to fight for good results,” Yusuf concluded.
Rangers International will tackle MFM FC in a matchday 5 fixture at the Soccer Temple in Agege on Sunday.
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Odion Ighalo said he will remain a professional until his last day at Manchester United.
Ighalo has struggled for playing time at Manchester United this season, no thanks to the arrival of Edison Cavani at the club.
The 31-year-old is at the tail end of his loan deal with the club and it is unlikely United will prolong his stay.
Despite scoring five goals in 19 appearances for United last season, Ighalo last started a match for Manchester United back in September 2020.
Ighalo told ESPN, he will continue to work hard in training and continue to give his best for the club.
“I’m a professional, I don’t make trouble and I don’t complain,” he said. “I just go to training and give my best.
“Lately I haven’t been playing much but it’s the coach’s decision. If I’m not in the team and give them 100% support. The team is doing well and that’s the most important thing,” He said
Ighalo’s loan deal is set to expire at the end of this month and the former Nigeria international is expected to return to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua where he still has twelve months on his contract.
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