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.

Super Eagles Star Victor Moses Shows Off His Cute Daughter

Chelsea and Nigerian winger Victor Moses took to Twitter on Friday night to reveal the face of his daughter,

The picture is accompanied by a short message: “Chilling with my baby girl Nyah,” as Nyah stares innocently at the camera.

African Footballer Of The Year: Mikel Battles Two Ivorians As CAF Release Final Shortlist

Reigning African footballer of the year and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is among the three-man shortlist for the African Footballer of the Year award.

The Ivory Coast international is seeking to earn the accolade for a record-equalling third successive year after the Confederation of African Football cut the nominations list to three from 10 on Wednesday. The two players who miss out are Eagles winger Victor Moses and Ethiopia’s Pitropia

However, Toure is facing competition from Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel in the final three.
The national coaches from all 54 African countries will be polled, and the winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Jan. 9.

If the City star is successful, he will join Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o in clinching the award three years on the trot.

Former Ghana international Pele won the award between 1991 and 1993, while Chelsea striker Eto’o was named Africa’s best during the period of 2003 and 2005.

There is no outstanding football achievement for an African player this season, but Toure and Drogba helped Ivory Coast reach the 2014 World Cup finals, while Mikel was instrumental in Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2013.

Nigeria Vs Ethiopia Preview: Eagles Need Only A Draw Against Antelopes To Confirm World Cup Qualification

It is World Cup again. This is one event with a dazzling global anticipation. Yes, it is worth it anyway, it is a one trophy Messi could sacrifice his kid to clinch- if it was legal! Every player would love to hang a world cup medal about his neck before hanging his boots.

 It is one cup which is a golden monument in the career memory lanes of those whom have won it- one glittering memory you smile for even it crosses you when in front of an inescapable trailer. Yes, all players would want to kick a world cup ball- at least before kicking the bucket!
Surely this time around, every country wants to hear its anthem on a samba. Ramos is not going to welcome Ronaldo hospitably into his box in Brazil, even Messi and Iniesta would forget that they are neither namesakes (Andres) least friends when they assume their Brazilian 2014 national assignments. It is ‘sport savagery’ when nations take their bazookas to Brazil and fight World War III on pitch!
Surely, for Nigeria and Ethiopa, it is personal. They are going to for once forget they are both AU chieftains and dig war trenches in Calabar. For Ethiopia, they are ready to remind the world that they are the only African country that wasn’t colonized, so they were not going to allow “Lord Keshi” to colonize them tomorrow.

Stephen Keshi who like his biblical predecessor is already turning into a sporting matyr; ready to lay his pride and career on the risky Nigerian altar of Brazil 2014. Yet he is determined to pay football tributes to Martin Luther King by proving to the NFA that what a white can’t do, a black can. And that it was time for NFA to assist Sanusi in balance of trade; no need to import white commodities like Berti Vogts any longer!  
On the records, Nigeria is dazzling, losing just once in their last five encounters. Ethiopa are not the favorites on the record sheet as they had suffered a 4-0 defeat earlier on and even lost to Nigeria in their last meeting when Emenike was able to turn the heavy tables around in the last twenty five minutes in Addis Ababa.
On the head to head, in the last ten meetings, the Eagles got the Walias Antelopes’ kissing the sad dust eight times, drawing one back in June 2012 in a Nations Cup Qualifiers; and losing once far back in 1993. Of course, Nigeria paid them back in a bigger coin when Super Eagles left them bleeding from a 6-0 mauling in the second leg.
Yet the Walias Antelopes are determined to change the ledgers of history and credit Ethiopa with a shocking World Cup ticket. Brandishing a lethal armory of Salhadin who has scored four in their last qualifier encounters; also the poisonous Kebede is back to sting Eyeama with some venoms that are rare in Israel.
Nigeria may look weaker without Nosa and Uche Nwofor, but the formidable Babayaro boots are not yet empty as they are well sized up by the intimidating Emenike!  
So far, today is the decider and we all have to cross our fingers- even lepers who has got no limbs must find some fingers to cross as we are hopeful that Keshi and his boys will not be a ‘football Dana’ crashing the hopes of several Nigerians.

 I also think Keshi has got a fat bottle of TB Joshua’s anointing water as we go to war tomorrow with Ethiopia physically and spiritually! 

5 Things We Learnt From The Premier League This Weekend

After the excitement, exultation and, for some, devastation of the recent international break, the Premier League returned on Saturday with some mouth-watering contests.

Newcastle United and Liverpool kicked off the weekend’s action with a match at St James’ Park that has traditionally produced goals and excitement. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City were all in action later in the day. The game at Stamford Bridge particularly brought alot of controversies and talking points which I will highlight in this article.

Here are the 5 lessons we can draw from the key games played.

Arsenal Magical Midfield; The Source Of Their Strength

It will be fair to say that Arsenal can boast of having the best midfield combination in the premier league at the moment.
Arsenal’s midfield strength is partially down to the sheer number of options at the manager’s disposal. Even without the injured quartet of Diaby, Chamberlain, Walcott and Podolski, the North London club have a huge amount of strength in depth in the middle third of the park. This was evident when Arsene Wenger decided to leave in form Aaron Ramsey out of the starting eleven on Saturday.

In his stead, Wenger turned to the defensive midfield platform of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. It’s a perfectly balanced pairing. Arteta’s game is based on intelligent positioning and economical use of the ball, whereas Flamini’s style is more characterized by relentless harrying.
Flamini has been the shield for the shaky Arsenal defence
With Cazorla fit for the first time in six weeks, the Spaniard was restored to his position as auxiliary playmaker on the left flank.  On the right-hand side, Wenger opted to field Jack Wilshere. It was a surprising move from Wenger, but one that paid dividends. The young Englishman seems far more suited to that role than playing as a traditional winger on the left.

Sandwiched between Wilshere and Cazorla was the sumptuous filling of Mesut Ozil. Wenger was bold enough to field three playmakers, each of which with technical ability and creativity to unlock any defence. It was comparable to Chelsea’s “Three Musketeers” of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.

At the moment there isn’t a midfield in the Premier League that looks as strong as the one delighting the Emirates crowd.
Marouane Fellaini Is Not The Answer In Midfield For United
Fellaini may add some much-needed defensive steel in the United midfield, but he has been poor since arriving from Everton.


Any player signing for £27.5 million must be world class, they have to be for that price tag.
And Fellaini just isn’t. The most troubling aspect of his play is how frequently he gives the ball away, and in such dangerous positions too.

Squawka provide a nifty little illustration of how Fellaini did a good job of breaking up the play against Southampton.

But there’s not a lot of love for the Belgian elsewhere…

With time, he may settle and find some form. But the way he is playing right now will no doubt force David Moyes’ hand in signing another central midfielder in the January transfer window.

Goal Controversy At Stamford Bridge
The match between Chelsea and Cardiff is one that won’t be forgotten quickly by the fans of both sides.

Having seen accident prone David Luiz run away from a Ramires back pass that allowed Cardiff striker Mutch chip the ball past helpless Petr Cech, visiting goalkeeper David Marshall evidently thought he should return the favor to his hosts.
Mutch putting Cardiff in front
With 30 minutes gone, the experienced goalkeeper was caught bouncing the ball by the ever-alert Samuel Eto’o, who slipped it to Eden Hazard to get Chelsea back on terms at 1-1.
It would seem churlish to suggest that the controversial equaliser settled the game that ended in a thrashing, but there is no doubt it proved to be the catalyst.
Was it a goal or not? Well according to the rules, Referee Anthony Taylor should have disallowed the goal.
FIFA law 12 says thus: “The goalkeeper is considered to be in possession of the ball: while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air.”
That was exactly what the keeper was doing before Eto’o stole the ball. 


But on the contrary, if you watched the game, you will realize that none of the Cardiff players complained to the ref when the incident happened meaning that they were not aware of the rule. I’m pretty sure even the referee himself is ignorant of the FIFA law because he had a perfect view of the incident and chose to allow the goal.

Hazard celebrates after scoring the “stolen” goal
As a neutral, I think the goal should have been disallowed but since the referee was not aware of the law before the game, you can’t blame him for allowing it.
Pellegrini Finally Getting It Right
Before their victory over West Ham on Saturday, Manchester City have only picked up a point from a possible nine away from home. But their showing at Upton Park should be used as a catalyst for better performances.
According to data provided by Squawka, City enjoyed 58 percent possession and completed 84 percent of their passes in a game they should have won by more. It was a solid all round display.   
The partnership between Fernandinho and Yaya Toure is developing nicely as their understanding grows, and Negredo and Aguero are both scoring goals.
With other big sides stuttering, City will be desperate to see a string of positive results in the coming weeks.
They must nows take this into to their next three matches—all away from home—against CSKA Moscow, Chelsea and Newcastle.
Victor Moses Continue To Struggle
With Philippe Coutinho closing in a return to action, Victor Moses will know that his position at the head of the Reds midfield could be coming under threat. 
The Super Eagles winger has been deployed to play in an unusual playmaker role instead of wide on the wings where he prefers  since Coutinho’s injury and has failed to provide the much needed spark from that area.

His display against Newcastle was very disappointing as the Nigerian too often gave possession away and failed to link up with Suarez and Sturridge up front.

Although he was poor, he shouldn’t be written off. But with Coutinho penciled in for a comeback soon following his shoulder injury, Moses might struggle for a starting role in Brendan Rodgers 3-5-2 formation.

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Victor Moses Joins MI, Burna Boy, Funke Akindele As Globacom’s Brand Ambassador


Nigerian International and Liverpool Football Club winger, Victor Moses became the first footballer to be unveiled as a brand ambassador of the Telecommunications Company, Globacom. The 23 year old signed the multi-million naira deal earlier today.
Speaking during the event held at the Mike Adenuga Headquarters of Globacom; the Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel stated that the footballer had within his short playing career distinguished himself at both the club and National team levels.
He added that the highly talented winger has also been a good inspiration not only to up-coming footballers but also to the younger generation of Nigerians.
The Glo GCOO said that one of the ways in which the company has been promoting indigenous sports as well as arts and culture is through the appointment of enterprising Nigerians in various sectors as brand ambassadors
According to him, “This is not only meant to promote the growth of the various industries but also to encourage our teeming youth population to aspire to realise their dreams by looking up to these crops of ambassadors as mentors.”
“It is in line with our commitment to delivering value and rewarding excellence that we have signed up one of our own, a Nigerian International, a dynamic winger and outstanding member of our victorious National Team, the Super Eagles, Mr. Victor Moses to project the Globacom brand across the world,” Jameel stated further
Responding, Victor Moses thanked Globacom for considering him worthy of being the company’s ambassador, promising to make Globacom a bigger brand and “score more goals for the company”.
Moses stated that the Globacom ambassadorship is his first endorsement contract in Africa, adding that he will make everybody proud by working very hard to ensure that the Super Eagles qualifies for the next World Cup.
He also advised young footballers to work extra hard on their talent to become outstanding. He joins the likes of MI, Naeto C, Funke Akindele, UC Okeje and co as the brand’s ambassador. 
 SOURCE: Brilla FM

Assessing How Victor Moses Can Help Liverpool’s Champions League Ambition

While Manchester United appeared to be scrambling around for last-gasp signings, missing deadlines and ruing the fact their chief executive wasn’t as alert as three Bilbao-based imposters, Liverpool calmly rolled out a trio of new signings before midday, making it eight in total for the summer.
The final announcement, the loan capture of Victor Moses, crept under the radar as Arsenal landed Mesut Ozil and United paid £4 million more than they had to for Marouane Fellaini, but Brendan Rodgers’ squad will benefit hugely from the Chelsea arrival.
On the surface, the fact Rodgers has picked up a Chelsea reject—deemed so unimportant at Stamford Bridge that they could lend him to a rival—might suggest the Liverpool boss is dining on Jose Mourinho’s scraps.
However, Moses will prove an extremely shrewd capture for the Reds, who desperately needed a natural wide player to enhance their attacking options.

Liverpool have flown to the top of the league with a front three who all want to be central to the action.
Philippe Coutinho’s bright mind cannot resist the temptation to stray from his left flank, Iago Aspas’ desire for goals drags him into the striker’s role, while Daniel Sturridge’s thirst for the spotlight dictates he be central to the action.

Throw Luis Suarez into that mix and Merseyside has a traffic jam building in the red half of Liverpool.

Moses alleviates the situation.
When the clever Aspas fails to stand up to the physical challenge, as happened against Manchester United, Moses provides the pace and power to hand Liverpool an outlet.
When visiting teams make the Anfield pitch narrow, which led to six draws for Liverpool in home fixtures last season, Moses helps stretch defences, hugging the touchline and beating defenders in one-on-one situations.
Last season Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson were Liverpool’s width and the pair have been just as integral this campaign. Rodgers likes his wide men to cut inside, and he advocates one-touch, high-tempo passing rather than showers of inaccurate crosses—as produced by Stewart Downing last season.
But Liverpool’s three victories this campaign have all come with a 1-0 scoreline. Against Stoke and Aston Villa, the Reds should have buried their opposition long before Simon Mignolet was forced to bail them out with late saves.
Moses will help mix it up. He can play on the right of a front three involving Coutinho and Sturridge.
Or he can feature on the left with Sturridge and Suarez, freeing up Coutinho to play the No. 10 role, as so desired by Rodgers
His (Coutinho’s) ideal position is in the No. 10 role. I’ve seen him play when Inter had two advanced players and one holding, and he was one of the advanced players.
Whether it’s a two or a one, he can play in that role, or from the side. But centrally, that’s where I see him playing. That’s why I’m looking to sign someone for the left wing.
One further option would be to play as a more straightforward winger in a 3-4-3 formation, after Rodgers boosted his centre-back options with the captures of Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori on deadline day.
Whichever way Moses is deployed, he gives Liverpool unpredictability and fluidity. The best teams have players who can beat a man. United at their best had Cristiano Ronaldo, Man City have David Silva and Jesus Navas, and Chelsea have Eden Hazard and Willian.
Rodgers has one such player on the left in Coutinho, and two more through the middle in Suarez and Sturridge. Now he has one for the right flank, and the Liverpool boss even had time to kick back and watch United flounder around—just for once.
Finally, the Reds team this season is pretty balanced. Unlike last campaign where they struggled in defence, Mignolet who replaced Pepe Reina has been terrific. Sakho and llori can bolster the central defence and with Victor Moses, Brendan Rodgers has a lot of options going forward. Will they  be able to deliver champions league football finally?
Thanks for reading.
Where do you think the Reds will finish this season?

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