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NPFL PLAY-OFFS: Enyimba Climbs Top , Rangers Hold Kano Pillars As Games Return Live On Tv

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After a two-year absence on TV screens, the Nigerian Professional Football League made a return on Monday as all the match day four encounters were broadcasted live with all matchday five encounters on Wednesday to be shown live as well.

However, what was a positive moment for the local league football turned sour as a last minute penalty awarded to Rangers by centre referee, Quadri Adebimpe in the game between the Flying Antelopes and Kano Pillars led to a violent end to the game.

As Godwin Aguda converted the spot kick to grab a point for the ten-man Aiteo cup Champions, Kano Pillars skipper Rabiu Ali, confronted the referee which led to the Sai Masu Gida fan encroaching the pitch aiming at the match officials who fled for their safety.

In the other games, there was less controversies as Akwa United and Lobi Stars played out a goalless draw in the second game while Enyimba piled more miseries on FC Ifeanyi Ubah who are still pointless with just a game to go beating the Anambra Warriors by 3 goals to 1.

NPFL PLAY-OFFS: Enyimba Climbs Top , Rangers Hold Kano Pillars As Games Return Live On Tv 6

RANGERS V KANO PILLARS

Ft Scores: 1-1
Goalscorers: Godwin Aguda (90, p)-Rangers, Rabiu Ali (58)-Kano Pillars

After a goalless first half, Kano pillars skipper Rabiu Ali scored a brilliant free kick just 2minutes before the hour mark.

Rangers were reduced to ten men after Tope Olusesi got his second booking of the night in the 73rd minute and from then on it looked like three points sealed for the Sai Masu Gida.

However, a reckless challenge on Ifeanyi Egwim by a Kano pillars defender in the box saw the referee point to the spot and Aguda made no mistake to hand the Enugu team a point from a losing position.

With the game in it’s closing stages Kano pillars fans encroached the pitch after the team’s skipper Rabiu Ali seemed to have shoved the referee with other Pillars officials on the bench getting involved, it is now left to be seen what sanctions will be placed on the team by the LMC.

Lineups:

Rangers: 31. Opubo Japhet 20. Tope Olusesi 3. Ugwu Uwadiegwu 26. Tony Shimaga 5. Pape Ousmane Sane 19. Semiu Liadi 10. Ugochukwu Ugwuoke 30. Chiamaka Madu 9. Michael Uchebo 28. Bobby Clement 2. Godwin Aguda

Subs : 16. Femi Thomas 11. Chidera Ezeh 14. Felix Ogbuke 18. Akpos Adubi 21. Christian Madu 22. Solomon Okpako 35. Ifeanyi Egwim

Kano Pillars: 23. Suraj Ayeleso 27. Victor Dennis 11. Chris Madaki 34. Adeshola David Ademola 14. Emmanuel Anyanwu 26. Sunday Chinedu 8. Alassan Ibrahim 16. Auwal Ali Malam 28. Nyima Nwagua 10. Rabiu Ali 24. Ebuka David Odenigbo

Subs: 31. Ibrahim Idrissu 4. Nzube Anaezemba 9. Gambo Mohammed 13. Fahad Usman 17. Yusuf Maigoro 19. Adamu Hassan 29. Austine Uzochukwu

 

AKWA UNITED V LOBI STARS

Ft Scores: 0-0

Lobi Stars of Markurdi’s chances of booking a Continental ticket suffered a setback as the team played out a drab goalless draw with Akwa united.

After losing two consecutive games, the 2018 Champions needed to win against the promise keepers to stay in contention to retain the trophy and boost their chances of picking a CAF competition spot, however, they we’re toothless against a side that has conceeded six goals in three games.

Lobi sits fifth with four points from 4 games and needs to win in the last game against Enyimba and hope Akwa United and Rangers lose their last game.

Akwa United on the other hand will face Rangers who also need a win in a winner takes all game on Wednesday to book a return to the continent

Lineups

Akwa United: Emmanuel Iwu 22, Etboy Akpan 29, Juwon Oshaniwa 17, Ubong Essien 36, Denis Nya 6, Blaise Adou 27, Wisdom Fernando 25, Aniefiok Godspower 7, Ndifreke Effiong 21, Marshal Johnson 14, Cyril Olisema 26

SUBS : Jean Efala 18, Wilson Elu 15, Kodjovi Dadzie 31
Christopher Lolo 32, Alberico Da Silva 8, Ocheme Edoh 19Mfon Udoh 9

Lobi Stars: 30 Olufemi Kayode; 24 John Lazarus, 3 Ebube Duru, 18 Solomon Kwambe, 23 Bashiru Olawale, 25 Austine Ogunye, 26 Oluwadamilare Ojo, 37 Ezekiel Ojudigha, 9 Sikiru Alimi, 19 Samuel Mathias, 14 Samad Kadiri

SUBS : 28 Charles Tambe; 17 Moses Bunde, 36 Andrew Nzekwesi, 39 Tiza Iorwuese, 10 David Tyavkase, 15 Najeem Olukokun, 11 Kelly Oahimijie Kester

 

ENYIMBA V FC IFEANYI UBAH

Ft Scores: 3-1
Goalscorers: Reuben Bala (19,43), Abdulrahman Bashir (56)- Enyimba, Promise James (31)- FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Enyimba fc showed it’s supremacy over FC Ifeanyi Ubah who have failed to pick a point so far in the competition to go atop the Championship play-offs standing with a point above Kano pillars.

The Aba elephants led through Reuben Bala who scored the first of his first half brace in the 19th minute, while Promise James scored a well taken free kick in the 31st minute to temporarily half the deficit.

Reuben Bala struck again with 2 minutes to half after FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Goalkeeper made a double save first from a long range effort and then from a rebound by Bala only to be beaten after spilling his initial effort.

Abdulrahman Bashir scored the third goal after being put through on goal and the result seed the Aba elephants in pole position to lift the NPFL trophy they last won in the 2014/2015 season

Lineups

Enyimba: 1 Theophilus Afelokhai, 23 Stanley Okorom, 6 Ernest Governor, 24 Nelson Ogbonnaya, 5 Ifeanyi Anaemena, Dare Olatunji, 7 Freedom Omofoman, 27 Reuben Bala, 22 Chinedu Udeagha, 13 Stanley Dimgba, 8 Bashir Abdulrahaman

SUBS :12 Fatau Dauda, 37 Johnson Umah, 31Stephen Manyo, 36 Bright Emmanuel, 14 Chukwuka Onuwa, 4 Orok Ibitham Gabriel, 18 Chinedu Udechukwu

FC Ifeanyi Ubah: Sharp Uzoigwe 21, Promise James 2, Chinonso Udeh 3, Charles Okafor 6, Onuoha Chukwujekwu 15, Jimoh Gbadamosi 30, Ebetomame Oghenetega 26,Emmanuel Ugwuka 14, Matthew Emmanuel 5, Chijioke Alaekwe (c) 9, Chibuike Ezeh 25

SUBS: Anthony Okoro 35, Ifeatu Onwugbenu 19, Didi Komboye 13, Uzoma Nwobi 32, Nnamdi Mejuobi 18, Nonso Nzediegwu 16, Uche Onuoha 11.

 

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Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.

Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.

The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.

The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.

Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.

“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.

“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.

“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”

He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.

“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.

“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”

It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.

Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.

  • Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.

It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.

With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.

However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.

READ ALSO: 10 Managers Currently Managing Former Clubs

  • Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.

Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.

Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.

Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.

 

Conclusion:

At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

READ ALSO: 10 Premier League Players With Most Own Goals

  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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