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Players To Look Out For In 2017/18 NPFL Season

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The League season brings a lot of excitements, fun, drama, spectacular goals and epic matchups between rivals. However, these are not the only things to look forward to as there are players who would step up their games and with 2018 being the World Cup year, many would display spectacular performances with hopes of gatecrashing the World Cup team.

With the new TV deal with NTA in place, It’s always exciting to see players rise and take the NPFL by storm, It happens every season and they apparently come out of nowhere to upset their opponents.

So who can possibly be a breakout star in the upcoming campaign? Here are players to look out for the 2017/18 NPFL season…

■ Tosin Omoyele – Plateau United

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Newly recruited from Osun United by the defending champions, Tosin scored 15 goals last season to help Osun United reach the Aiteo cup quarter-finals although they failed to gain promotion into the NPFL.

He would have the chance to test his mettle against the country’s best legs in the top division as well as playing in the CAF Champions League as well.

His records last season ensured he got a place in the CHAN Eagles squad for the Super 6 held in Kano but he failed to make the final 23-man list for the African Nations Championship holding in Morocco later in January.

■ Micheal Ohanu – Kwara United

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A product of the 2012 National Youth Sports Festival, Micheal Ohanu enjoyed a sterling 2017 with the Harmony boys.

With 22 goals, which include 3 hattricks were the digits he posted in the Nigeria National League last season to win the NNL player of the season award and also propel Kwara United back into the NPFL.

■ Nura Muhammed – El Kanemi

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From “Boko Haram to the Super Eagles” is the title of the teenager’s inspirational story on the Nigeria Football Federation’s website.

Just 15 years Old, Nura becomes the youngest player ever to feature for the Super Eagles after he featured in the team at the Super 6 held in Kano.

His brilliance on the pitch of play with El Kanemi feeders team where he got a promotion to their main team got the League Management Company chairman, Sheu Dikko arguing with National team coaches to skip him from the u17 and u20 teams straight into the national team.

Sheu Dikko had insisted that the youth teams inactivity for the meantime would hamper the young lad’s development. Nura didn’t disappoint either, displaying eye-catching performances in Kano to earn a place in the final squad for the CHAN tourney. A case of if you are good enough you are old enough.

■ Sunday Faleye – Akwa United

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Another young talent in the NPFL. He is outrageously nicknamed the Christiano Ronaldo of Ibadan by the fans of 3SC whom he featured for last season and rightly so, the forward possesses pace, tricks, dribbling and finishing abilities.

He is also known to be versatile with his ability to play anywhere in the forward line and he proved this with ease as he played as a lone forward for 3SC for a better part of last season which was incidentally his first professional season.

His exploits didn’t go unnoticed by the national team handlers as he was handed a call-up into the CHAN Eagles team for the Super 6 and also making the 23-man list for the competition. It’s only a matter before he moves abroad after his trial with Nordsjealland last September fell through.

■ Chukwuka Onuwa – MFM FC

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The midfielder formed a solid partnership with the duo of Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun to a devastating effect leading MFM Fc to the 2nd spot in the league last season. His passing abilities and movement on and off the balls are strong sides of the pint-sized midfielder.

Although Odey has since moved to Switzerland with FC Zurich, it is left to be seen what Onuwa can do to motivate the young MFM Fc squad as they prepare to feature on the continent especially after failing to complete the move to bring in Remo stars duo of Oche Salefu and Victor Mbaoma.

 

Watch this space for more of players profile from the NPFL

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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