With the summer transfer window rounding up in England yesterday, though still open in other big leagues in Europe till the latter stages of the month, we take a good look at the completed transfer deals for Nigerians in Europe.
Many big names signing has been trending around Europe especially with the current best player in the world who switched clubs between two giant clubs for a club record fee, precisely between Juventus and Real Madrid.
In this article, we look at the top ten Nigerian players who switched football clubs this transfer window. These players will be listed accordingly from the top to the bottom. This is as follows;
- Ahmed Musa
The 25 year old forward ended his torrid time in England at Leicester city. He recently joined a football club in Saudi Arabia from Leicester city. Al-Nassr FC signed him early this month with many Nigerian fans disappointed with the move, suggesting that he should push for a start in his previous club.
- Leon Balogun
Nigerian central defender agreed a two year deal with English premier league club Brighton and Hove Albion after an exit from former bundesliga side FSV Mainz. He is said to be is peak of his career, also with massive experience from his former sides. He also shunned at the just concluded world cup in Russia.
- Moses Simon
The Nigerian forward didn’t get his desired move to Liverpool in England, but his move to Levante in Spain may just be a blessing in disguise. Moses Simon was set for the world cup but he was unfortunate with injury which affected a number of players before the Mundial also denied the forward the chance to make an impact in Russia.
- Samuel Kalu
At age 20, the winger changed clubs this summer, coming from the Belgian top flight to the French league. Joining club side Bordeaux from Gent, as a strong replacement for Brazilian winger Malcom who earlier joined Barcelona.
- Oghenekaro Etebo
Nigerian central midfielder who shunned at the recent concluded world cup in Russia signed for English second tier side Stoke city. He agreed to join the Potters from Portuguese side Feirese in a deal reported to be in the region of 7million pounds.
- Chuba Akpom
Chuba Akpom joined Greece side PAOK FC from English side Arsenal. Akpom, age 22 joined the English side as a kid back in 2002 and later established himself five years back. But he failed to establish himself as a first team player.
- Christian Pyagbara
Nigerian centre forward, Pyagbara has joined Tunisian side, Avenir Sportif de Gabes on a two year deal. He last featured for Nigerian side, Akwa United in the NPFL.
- Musa Mohammed
Ex- Flying Eagles captain Musa Mohammed has linked with new club HNK Gorica, based in Croatia. He joined as a free agent on a three year deal. He has previously played for club sides like Basaksehir and Locomotiv Plovidiv.
- Bede Opara
The youngster was happy for his recent move to Grupo Desportivo Vilar de Perdizes after he was scouted in his home side in Imo state.
- Tosin Kehinde
Nigerian youngster leaves Manchester united to link with club side CD Feirense. It’s been noted he wants first team football that’s why he opted for the move.
All EPL New Rules For The 2019/2020 Season
The International Football Association Board, IFAB, has affirmed English Premier League, EPL new rules and changes for the 2019/2020 season. The new principles would influence the Freekicks, Handball, Substitution, Drop ball and cards for coaches, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The Video Aide Ref popularly known as VAR would so be implemented by next season in the English Premier League, EPL. The aforementioned areas where there would be new implementation would surely have a great effect in the league.
EPL New Rules Ahead 2019/2020 Season…
The rule that would be implemented under this is that there would be no chance given to any players to waste time on the pitch anymore, as substituted players would have to leave the pitch at the closest side of the pitch and card may probably be awarded for wasting time.
The Goalkeepers would, therefore, have to have a foot put on the line and would not be allowed to touch the goal posts before the shoot out of the penalty kicks. In this manner, no Goalkeeper would be able to exploit any chance to avert an opportunity to lead.
The coach would also have to be carded by the Referee in a similar as players were being carded during a match. Both yellow and red cards would also be applicable to coaches as well as starting from next season.
- The goal would be denied if the ball actually strikes any player’s hand during the development to have a goal.
- If any player should make any favourable moves in handling the ball outside the penalty kickbox, even if it regarded unintentional, freekicks would be awarded.
- The IFAB dispose of ‘manufactured’ restarts if there be any drop balls.
The IFAB make it clear that:
“The current dropped ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is ‘exploited’ unfairly or an aggressive confrontation.
“Returning the ball to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the ball to the goalkeeper.
“To prevent that team gaining an unfair advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away.”
VIDEO: AFCON Mascot pictures and full details
African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 organisers on Sunday shows the world the 2019 Mascot with video obtained by this online medium of Facebook
The video was posted on the official account of the football team of the continent a few hours ago as they unveil the 2019 AFCON Mascot in video on Youtube
The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations has revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child “Tut” followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.
The competition for the AFCON 2019 is to start by June 21, about a month from today
The competition will see 24 countries for the first time competing for the cup against
NIGERIA NEWS reports that Cameroon who was initially tipped to hold the competition lost it to Egypt as a result of lack of enough preparation when the supervision officers went for an inspection early January
Earlier, Eypyt and South Africa were considered for the competition but Mohammed Salah country won the bid
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