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Watch (Video): Super Eagles New Team Members Initiation Ahead Of Friendlies

Ahead of their two international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London, Super Eagles, had their first training session on Tuesday at The Hive training ground of Barnet FC.

The Super Eagles’ Hotel Crowne Plaza Ealing in London has been very much alive since Monday following the arrival of 17 of the 25 players invited for two top –drawer friendlies on Thursday and next Monday.

Three –time African champions Nigeria take on 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter finalists Senegal at The Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club on Thursday, 23rd March by 8pm, and will be up against 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final victims Burkina Faso at the same venue and time on Monday, 27th March.

In a mini ceremony, the new National team members were initiated the Super Eagles team spirit. They took part in a dance ritual performance to welcome them into the team.

John Ogu tweeted some of the videos in which Tyrone Ebuehi, Noah Bazee, Isaac Success and Kayode Olarenwaju gave us their best dance steps.
Watch their moves and vote for the best dancer.

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New Super Eagles Initiation Dance: Who is the Best Dancer?
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Is Leicester City In The Verge Of Another Championship ‘Fairly Tale’?

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The English Premier League Champion’s, Leicester City defied the odds to overcome a first-leg deficit against Sevilla to progress to the quarter-finals of the 2017 UEFA Champions league.

Craig Shakespeare’s side provided the King Power Stadium faithful with another memorable night Tuesday as the hosts triumphed 2-0 to progress 3-2 on aggregate, with Kasper Schmeichel saving a penalty in each leg.

In what appears to be another attempt by the Foxes to clinch an European title in a ‘fairly tale’ manner of their last season’s EPL Championship, they will have to deal with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich for that dream to come true.

Leicester’s Right back, Danny Simpson says face such tough opponents will hold no fear for Leicester City and that they can beat anyone.

READ: Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 13 Results

According to Goal, Simpson said: “They’re all tough out there. Whoever we play, we’ll just be confident over two games. If we perform like that, with team spirit like that and togetherness over two games, we’ll believe.”

Leicester won the Premier League on 2 May 2016 under the watch of Claudio Ranieri as manager, after Tottenham Hotspur failed to secure a win against Chelsea after only drawing the match 2–2.

This completed the fastest seven-year rise to the title except for Ipswich Town in 1962, and Leicester faced a far more unequal top tier than Ipswich did back then.

Bookmakers thought Leicester’s victory was so unlikely that Ladbrokes and William Hill offered odds of 5,000–1 for it at the start of the season. Neither bookmaker had ever paid out such long odds, and the trophy resulted in the largest payout in British sporting history with total winnings of £25 million.

The scale of the surprise attracted global attention for the club and the city of Leicester.

Ranieri was sacked on 23 February 2017, due to the club’s continuing poor form, resulting in them being only one point above the relegation zone. Gary Lineker called the sacking “very sad” and “inexplicable”, whilst Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed it on “selfish players”.

Less than a week after Ranieri was sacked, Craig Shakespeare took over as caretaker manager, and in his first match in charge Leicester won 3-1 against 5th place Liverpool, with Jamie Vardy scoring a brace against Jürgen Klopp’s side.

In his second game as caretaker, Shakespeare then instigated another 3-1 victory over Hull City.

Following two impressive results and initiating ‘the type of positive response that we hoped change would bring,’ the club’s owners then decided Shakespeare would become the club’s manager until the end of the season.

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Its Official! Antonio Conte Confirmed As New Chelsea Manager

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Antonio Conte is the new manager of Chelsea, the club have confirmed, with the Italy boss ending months of speculation by finally penning terms in London on Monday.

The 46-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract but will not take charge of the club until after the European Championship in France this summer, where he is looking to guide the Azzurri to only their second continental win.

Chelsea have been looking for a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese was sacked in December, with popular interim boss Guus Hiddink unwilling to take on the job permanently.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea,” Conte told the club’s official website. “I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”

The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink took over – their 15-game streak is the longest undefeated run in the division this season – and still have a slim chance of qualifying for Europe.

The lack of Champions League football has not put Conte off, however, with the Italian beating off competition from the likes of Copa America-winning coach Jorge Sampaoli to land the Stamford Bridge job.

(Goal.Com)

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Golden Eaglets Marksman Victor Osimhen, Another Yekini in The Making

Nigeria Golden Eaglets Forward Victor Osimhen strikes against Australia in the round of 16 at the FIFA U 17 World Cup 2015. (Photo: Internet)
Nigeria Golden Eaglets Forward Victor Osimhen strikes against Australia in the round of 16 at the FIFA U 17 World Cup 2015. (Photo: Internet)

Nigeria Golden Eaglets forward Victor Osimhen, checked in at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup 2015 in Chile as a strong contender of the golden boot in the competition. His record for the junior national side says it all.

With 39 goals in 71 appearances for the team before the tournament is a clear indication that he is one of the most sort-out player in the tournament.

The 16-year old striker has scored in all the matches Nigeria has already played in the competition setting himself as the leading highest goal scorer with 8 goals so far in the tournament.

Victor Osimhen (Photo: Internet)
Victor Osimhen (Photo: Internet)

His physical physique, composure in front of goal and ability to make his team mates get involved in play makes him an outstanding team player, hopefully the future goal miner of the Super Eagles.

This reminds me of one of Nigeria’s greatest striker and crucial goal scorer, late Rashidi Yekini whose composure in front of goal was spectacular over 2 decades.

Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian International and represented the country in 5 major tournaments. He scored Nigeria’s first-ever goal in the World Cup.

late Rashidi Yekini, former Super Eagles Striker
Late Rashidi Yekini, former Super Eagles Striker (Photo: Internet)

In 1993, he was also named African Footballer of the Year.

Victor Osimhen record for the Golden Eaglets already supersedes Rashidi’s record for the Super Eagles in his career. This looks promising, because the young lad is just starting.

If rightly nurtured and guided, he could be the next Yekini or the long lost Star goal scorer Super Eagles have being searching for.

One can not really compare the two in all sense, but can derive a relative similarity that gives hope of a brighter future for the Nigerian football.

I am hopeful that one day, Victor Osimhen would play for the Super Eagles.

I believe that we could return to the glory days of the 1994 squad that won the Nation’s Cup and represented the country in its first World Cup appearance and even play better if we develop our football by “Catching Them Young”.