Naija Player Watch: Italian Giants Roma Eye Super Eagles Midfielder

AS Roma are interested in Eskişehirspor Nigerian midfielder Raheem Lawal Radyospor radio has quoted his technical director Bahadır Ünalan.

Ünalan also denied interest from Turkish league champions Galatasaray who have also been closely linked with the 25-year-old midfielder.

Lawal joined Eskişehirspor from Mersin Idmanyurdu last February for €1 million scored twice and provided two assists in 30 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig for his side who finished last season in 11th place on 39 points.

Naija Players Watch: Mikel Obi And Victor Moses Transfer Move Updates Plus More

Super Eagles forward Babatunde Michael, has quit Volyn Lutsk after the Ukrainian club failed to pay his wages for seven months.
Speaking to Goal in Abuja, he revealed: “I have quit my Ukrainian club, Volyn Lutsk because we had some issues of salary payment. They owe me about seven months salaries, which made me to terminate my contract with them.
“I have cancelled my contract with them and I am looking forward to joining a new club now.
“Right now, I have many offers coming from clubs from Spain, Germany, Belgium and other two clubs also in Ukraine.

“I just keep on praying to God to show me the right club that I will go that I will have playing time.

Moses

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Super Eagles winger Victor Moses and are considering a bid for him this summer  according to The Mirror
Moses who enjoyed a successful loan spell last season at Stoke City under Potters manager Mark Hughes is not excited by a possible return to the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke want to use the Nigerian as part of any possible deal for Asmir Begovic who is wanted by Chelsea but Moses is reluctant to accept such arrangements.

Mikel

The future of Nigeria’s midfielder John Mikel Obi is uncertain at English champions Chelsea this summer.

While Chelsea are keen to tie down Brazil ‘ s Ramires in a new contract, all indications are that Jose Mourinho will allow the Nigerian to leave Stamford Bridge during the transfer window after finding his first-team chances restricted.

Mikel now 28-year-old Has Been Linked With Several Teams In Greece and Italy.

Nigerian Star Wins Treble With His Club Side

Nosa Igiebor’s Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv completed a unique treble, after a stunning 6-2 victory over Hapoel Be’er Sheva at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa on Wednesday night.
Igiebor watched from the stands due to suspension as his side ran riot against Hapoel, who paraded Nigerians John Ogu and Austin Ejide.
Maccabi Tel Aviv had earlier retained the Premier League championship for the third consecutive season after defeating Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2-1 on Sunday which preceded their Toto Cup triumph earlier in the campaign.
Igiebor contributed three goals in 29 league games.
For Ogu and Ejide the defeat means their search for club silverware continues next season.
Swedish forward Rade Prica bagged a brace in the encounter while teammates Yoav Ziv and Eran Zahavi helped themselves to one goal apiece.

Ejide who had far kept 12 clean sheets in all competitions this term however conceded six goals for the first time in the Isreali League.

Iheanacho Scores Winner As Man City Clinch First Silverware

Flying Eagles star Kelechi Iheancho has expressed happiness after helping Manchester City win the Premier League International Cup on Friday evening.
The 18-year-old who joined Manchester City after the Under -17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, scored the only goal against a very experienced FC Porto side as they won by 1-0 to hand gaffer Patrick Vieira his first managerial title.

‘I feel great because it was a good experience playing in the Premier League International Cup for the first time and I scored the only goal that won the trophy. I thank God, ‘ he told City TV.
The Nigerian who showed great composure to score against the Portugal based team revealed why he rounded the goalkeeper instead of just placing the ball into the net from close range.
‘I wanted to place the keeper but I noticed that the defender behind me was a bit far so I took a touch and finished,’ he explained.
The 18-year-old has been tipped to do greater things in future and no other person knows this better than Manchester City’s first team manager Manuel Pellegrini.
‘He’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent, ‘ Pellegrini told reporters after he watched Kelechi score for the the first team in pre-season.

Iheancho has now scored three times in four appearances for both City’s U-18 and U-20 teams in just a week.

#NaijaPlayerWatch: Nigerian Youngster Nets Brace For Chelsea

Adi Viveash’s Chelsea U19s side stormed into the UEFA Youth League final following a 4-0 mauling of Roma in the semis.

After a tense and goalless first-half, midfielder Charlie Colckett’s deflected shot gave Chelsea the lead. Striker Dominic Solanke then scored a brace, before substitute Tammy Abraham wrapped up the win with a tap in on 83 minutes. Chelsea will now face Shakhtar Donetsk’s U19s team in the final.

Meet The Nigerian Goal Machine In England’s 3rd Tier

John Akinde has a peculiar place in the football history books for being the first player sold by an internet vote of fans – he was a promising teenager at Ebbsfleet in 2008 when the online poll decided to let him move to Bristol City.

The striker’s move never worked out – but seven years and nine clubs later he’s setting records again and this time for much better reasons. His finish against Nuneaton that took Barnet back to the top of the Vanarama Conference was his 30th League goal of the season, equalling Gary Bull’s club record set in 1991