The Nigerian national Under-17 team lost the final of the WAFU U-17 tournament in Togo last Monday, January 18, 2021, after a 3-2 loss to the Baby Elephants of Ivory Coast. Despite falling 3-0 in the early stages of the encounter, the Fatai Amoo led side would pull a strong fight in the closing minutes of the encounter but it was not enough to see them claim the trophy for the second time consecutively.
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Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, made the headlines during the week after he scored his first goal in the English Premier League since 2019. A long-range strike from the Nigerian in the 6th minute of his club, Leicester City FC, the encounter against Chelsea FC on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, was all he needed to get back on the score sheet and hand his team the lead in a game that ended 2-0.
In Belgium, red-hot Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, continued his brilliant run of form after scoring his 20th league goal out of 21 games in KRC Genk’s 1-1 draw against Gent in the Belgian league. Onuachu is closing in on the league’s all-time highest goal scorer record of 30 goals set by Wesley Snock in the 2001/2002 season.
On the continental front, Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Rivers United, continued their impressive display after beating South African side, Bloemfontein Celtic, 3-0 in the second-leg of their CAF Confederations Cup tie on Saturday, January 23, 2021. A brace from Godwin Aguda and a strike from Fortune Omoniwari was all the Port Harcourt based side needed to advance into the next round of the tournament with a 5-0 aggregate scoreline.
The biggest game of the NPFL weekend saw Abia Warriors held to a goalless draw at home by MFM FC on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Enugu Rangers were also held to a 0-0 draw at home by visiting Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, while Sunshine Stars recorded a vital 2-1 away win against Dakkada FC. Warri Wolves also fell 2-1 at home to visiting Nassarawa United.
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Enyimba’s away trip to tackle Adamawa United was rescheduled for today, Monday, January 25, 2021, Wikki Tourist will also lock horns against Jigawa Golden Sars today, while Rivers United will pay a visit to Kano Pillars on Wednesday 27th of January 2021, to bring to an end week 6 round of NPFL games.
See Full NPFL Results Below:
Katsina United 0-0 Plateau United
Heartland 2-1 Akwa United
Kwara United 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Abia Warriors 0-0 MFM
Enugu Rangers 0-0 Lobi
Dakkada FC 1-2 Sunshine Stars
Warri Wolves 1-2 Nasarawa United
On a sad note, the Nigerian football world was thrown into mourning on the morning of Thursday, January 21, 2021, after the news of the death of former Nigerian goalkeeper and assistant coach, Joe Erico, was made public. The ex-international also popular as ‘’Jogo Bonito’’ gave up the ghost after complaining of stomach ache.
In the National Basketball Association, NBA, Precious Achiuwa continued his development with the Miami Heat after scoring a total of 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 assist within the week.
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