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Top 10 Goalkeepers In The NPFL As At 2016/17 Season

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For as much consideration for attackers and midfielders get for their rich strikes and jolting goals, the genuine backbone of teams sits with the man securing the goal post. Goalkeeper often lost in the shuffle after transcendent triumphs and devastating loss, the goalkeepers are arguably the most imperative figure on the pitch, yet they are often the most undervalued.

Looking at the goalkeeping issue in the Super Eagle’s team recently, we look at some top Goalkeepers in NPFL who could still do a decent job for the Eagles if called upon. In no particular order, Cheapgoals.com look at the top ten goalkeepers

10. Danladi Isah – Kano pillars

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The journeyman goalkeeper has played for several clubs in the NPFL including  3sc and Plateau united. He is one of the much-respected goalkeepers in the league with plenty of league experience.

9. Itodo Akor – Rangers

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A consistent face in the title-winning team last season. However, he has been in and out of the Rangers team this season due to hot competition from Ghanaian goalkeeper,  Nana Bonsu.

8. Egbe Ospino- MFM FC

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The team of the moment has a good strike force that has been scoring goals but they also have a safe hand in Ospino Egbe who has been In great form so far this season. He has displayed some breath-taking performances so far.

7. Emeka Nwabulu –  Wikki tourist

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His side may be in the relegation battle but Nwabulu’s quality is undisputed having helped the team to a continental place last season.
The young goalkeeper has been nominated for the league bloggers award for the month of March and is one to look out for in the future.

6. Olorunleke Ojo – Sunshine Stars

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Just like Emeka, Ojo is one for the future, the former flying Eagles goalkeeper is the first choice for the Owena Whales. The 22-year-old goalkeeper saved 2 penalties in a matchday 15 encounter against Niger tornadoes in Lokoja but it wasn’t enough as stars lost 2-1, he has 5 clean sheets already this season.

5. Rotimi Sunday –  Rivers united.

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A former Super Eagles goalkeeper with 5 caps, Rotimi is a veteran in the league, having started playing in the Nigeria premier league in 1997 for plateau united.
The 37-year-old has had two stints in Isreal for Ironi Rishoni and Hapoel Ashkelon and has turned out for Enyimba, Dolphins, Rivers, Sunshine stars and Elkanemi warriors.

4. Dele Ajiboye – Plateau United

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The former Nigerian youth international won the 2007 FIFA u17 world cup with the Golden eaglets in the Korea Republic saving 3 penalties in the final against Spain. He also featured for the U20 team in the 2009 Africa youth championship, AYC in Rwanda and subsequently the WYC in Egypt later that year.

He had a stint in Spain with Pontevedra CF between 2009 to 2011 but later returned to the NPFL with 3sc and has played for Warri wolves, Wikki tourist and Nasarawa united. Now 30, he is on the books of Plateau united.

3. Femi Thomas – Kano Pillars

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The shots stopper moved from Enyimba to Pillars at the end of last season having won the league with the Aba giants in 2015 with 13 clean sheets.

He also impressed with the team in the 2016 league season thereby winning a spot in the Nigerian team list to the 2016 CHAN in Rwanda. He contends with Danladi Isah for the sole place between the sticks for Pillars

2. Theophilus Afelokhai – Enyimba

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You can’t be bad and still be Enyimba’s no 1 goalkeeper. Afelokhai has been contending with Ghanaian international,  Fatau Dauda for the Goalkeeping spot and also keeping 6 Cleen sheets in the process. It is however unfortunate that he hasn’t garnered much international attention as he consistently posts consistent performances for the People’s Elephants.

1. Ikechukwu Ezenwa – FC Ifeanyi Ubah

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The super eagles second choice goalkeeper and also a former youth international hasn’t had it easy in the team this season only featuring in the CAF Confederations Cup and only periodically in the league.

That doesn’t diminish is quality as a shot-stopper, he led the NPFL all-star team to a pre-season friendly In Spain where he was close to joining Cadiz and generated interests from some LaLiga teams while he is also a regular in the home-based Eagles team.

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Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality

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The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League

President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.

“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.

“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”

The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:

“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”

“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”

READ ALSO: FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of Women’s World Cup

“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.

With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”

 

 

 

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2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

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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)

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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)

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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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