Arsenal Back in Charge of UCL Qualification, Matchday 5 Round up.

The UEFA Champions League was on fire over the last two days with goals from every where, every corner and almost every team. The star players were on form, registering goals and assists to paint a beautiful picture of the Champions League. If you didn’t watch any of these games, then you are on a long thing.

Arsenal needed a favour from Bayern to stare their qualification on to the right part. Bayern did justice to Olympiakos with a 4-0 victory in Munich. Although, they paid the price with a red card to Badstuber, they will finish top of the group and will seat back and watch Arsenal take on the Greek Champions on the final match day of the group.

Arsenal’s official summary report of their Tuesday victory over Dinamo doping Zagreb says it all.

Arsenal kept their hopes of Champions League progression alive with a convincing 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night. On a chilly night at Emirates Stadium, Arsène Wenger’s side initially had to display patience against their deep-lying opponents.

It took a superb goal to make the breakthrough after half an hour – no fewer than six players involved in a sweeping counter-attack finished by Mesut Ozil’s header

The outstanding Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead soon after, guiding home Nacho Monreal’s low cross, before making the game safe after half-time with a composed finish.

This was a fine Arsenal performance, and these three points could still prove vital after Bayern Munich comfortably beat Olympiacos at Allianz Arena. As things stand, Wenger’s men will need to win in Piraeus by two clear goals or a score of 3-2 or higher on matchday six if they are to reach the last 16.

On the evidence of this performance, they have every chance of doing just that.

It was a game that there was skeptism with the absence of Francis Coquelin and club captain and Coq-deputy, Arteta away with injury. But the Gunners came out tops. It was also a good game for Joel Campbell – His best game in an Arsenal shirt. Keep it up Joey, Wenger believes in you. Prove the fans wrong.

In other parts of Europe, Messi returned from his injury worries to help Barcelona put 6 past Roma with Szczesny in goal. Suarez scored a brace. His second was from another planet. £40,000,001 on my mind. Probably the best striker on earth.

Zlatan returned home, scored a goal and got an ovation as he was subbed. But that didnt stop PSG from doing their business of beating Malmo FF by 5-0. Ronaldo scored twice and grabbed two assists as Real Madrid defeated Shaktar Donetsk 4-3. The Ukrainians were 4-0 down at a time but 3 goals were not enough.

Manchester United played out a boring 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford to leave their qualification hopes till the last day of the group when they travel to face the lord’s Wolfsburg. Nicklas Bendtner stroke the bar but Wolfsburg ran away 2-0 winners at CSKA Moscow. The winner of the game in Wolfsburg will progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League. Manchester City lost 1-0 to Juventus with Mario Mandzukic scoring the winner.

The following teams have qualified: Real Madrid, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Juventus, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Zenith St. Petersburg.

See you at match day 6. What a Champions League.

My Weekend Football Summary

Overtime, i have always taken Arsenal and Nigerian Football into consideration while scheduling my weekends. Last weekend was no exception.

Arsenal lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion no thanks one or all of the following factors:
1. Injury to Coquelin
2. Cheap goals conceded
3. Mikel Arteta
4. Joel Campbell
5. Santi Cazorla’s penalty.
6. Noone on the bench
7. Mourinho
8. FA
9. The Kit
10. The Fans
11. Kogi state election

Two cheap goals conceded was surprising but Arsenal fluffed the chances to equalize or even get a winner after Cazorla missed an 85th penalty. Joel Campbell on the other had was just not ready. We are Arsenal and should not be bearing with such display.

The result was sad but the outcome was sadder. Leicester City went to  the top of the table with The Gunners back to familiar spot on the table. Yes, Ozil got his record assists, Giroud was on song but the goods were not delivered.

My happiness returned watching Barcelona beat Real Madrid like a thief in a phone market. The Catalians had Messi on the bench but they were merciless. 4-0 defeat at home and you have to have compassion for Ronaldo and Benitez.

I was also happy that Manchester City got klopped at the Etihad. Not too much of a damage for the gunners unless you look towards Coquelin. I heard he will be out for about 3 months. Who will replace him? – Injured Arteta, Flamini, Chambers, Beilik?

On Sunday, I was live at the new home of the Nigeria Federation Cup – Teslim Balogun Stadium – where there were first ever trophies for Sunshine Queens and Akwa United. Sunshine Queens came edged out Bayelsa Queens 3-1 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 90mins. The victory will serve as consolation to the Ondo State government who also sponsors Sunshine Stars. Unfortunately there is no female club competition on the continent.

Akwa United defeated Lobi Stars 2-1 in the men’s final. Two wonderfully taken goals by Nnamso Edo and Iwakan on each side of the half gave the Promise Keepers a 2-0 lead before a late rally provided a consolation from Imenger of Lobi Stars. Akwa United will now join Nasarawa United in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup. The nest of Champions will host CAF games.

Congratulations to Sunshine Queens and Akwa United.

As for Arsenal, let me wait for Arsene Wenger.


By @AmosCP

Football Once Again

Football is such a great sport, a great event that bridges all tribes, nations, beliefs or mere gaps. It is a like a religion with a unique rule of 22 bodies chasing a round ball. It is by far the most populous sports in the world.


Anything that tries to bring the game to halt is seen as an enemy, a global one. And it is not usual to see football fight back. Koscielny was in tears as the French national was up at Wembley in a friendly against England. He was done and was a shadow of the player that kept a clean sheet against Germany in Paris. He was emotional hit like every other French.

The Paris attack shock football and the world at large. The ripple effect provided security concerns such that scheduled friendly games in Germany and Belgium were called off. The terrorist have denied the world of a German-Dutch football. Will they deny us of the regular club football?

Well, they couldn’t deny Zlatan of his last major tournament with Sweden as they knocked out Lord Bendtner and his Danish gang. I wished they both made it to the Euros. I will miss Bendtner. He has a way of scoring in the Euros. Hungary also knocked out Norway against all odds. How Bosnia could not make the Euros less than 2yrs after playing in the Worldcup is yet to be understood. Ask the Irish.

The international break is over with Nigeria progressing to the group stage of the 2018 Worldcup qualifiers. It gets tougher for Sunday Oliseh. He is yet to concede a goal in 6 competitive games as the coach of the Super Eagles but he is yet to prove to Nigerians that he will get the job done. Egypt is February away and will be Oliseh’s 1st big test. No Swaziland, No Tanzania and No Burkina Faso.

The English Premier League returns this weekend. Arsenal will hope to get all 3 points at the Hawthorns before the must win UEFA Champions League tie by midweek. Bellerin is back to put Debuchy back to his bench and away from torments. Don’t miss the El Relegato between Chelsea and Norwich. There is also the El Clasico in spain. Will Messi feature?

In Nigeria, the football season draws to a close this Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium with the Federation Cup Finals. The league ended last week Sunday with Enyimba crowned as champions for a record 7th time. You can see details of the players that made this history for Enyimba on ThatEnyimbaFan.

Back to the Federation Cup, the gates have been thrown wide open for the Final with gifts for the 1st 500 fans at the stadium. Akwa United will hope to win their 1st ever major trophy when they face Lobi Stars by 4pm. Lobi Stars won the trophy in 2003 and lost to Heartland in the 2012 Final. The winner of Sunday’s final will join Nasarawa United in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

The ladies are not left out in the Federation Cup Finals. Sunshine Queens and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns by 2pm at the same stadium. What is it about Teslim Balogun Stadium?

So football is back, or rather football continues. Value a life, live peacefully and pray for peace.


By @AmosCP
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Seven Star Enyimba – Champions of Nigeria

About 10days ago, Enyimba FC of Aba picked up a point from Warri Wolves to win their 7th League title, a record. On Sunday, they were at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos to be crowned champions.


It was the last day of the season. There was a lot to play for in the 10 venues. Sunshine Stars needed all 3 points from Enyimba to be in contention for the last continental slot. They showed a lot of intent to win the game with over 12 shots compared to Enyimba’s 5. The People’s champions came up late in the game after coach Ikhana made a couple of substitution.


The game was to fulfill all righteousness for the Blue Boys from Aba, afterall they are champions and have be congratulated by the Akure counterparts in a guard of honour.


The Enyimba FC fans were full of activity, drama and fun. They were loud, comical and naughty. They even disrupted the trophy presentation in excitement. There was immeasurable pride for the Aba boys as captain Chinedu Udoji lifted the trophy – a reward for their season long hard work.

Warri Wolves defeated already relegated Taraba FC 5-1 with Gbolahan Salami emerging as the highest goal scorer with 17 goals. Warri Wolves and Nasarawa United will join Enyimba in the continent. Lobi Stars or Akwa United will join them after the Federation Cup final on Sunday.


At the bottom, it was tears for Sharks FC of Port Harcourt as they joined Taraba FC, Kwara United and Bayelsa United in relegation. Sharks lost 1-0 to Abia Warriors but were undone by Dolphins 2-2 draw against Shooting Stars in Ibadan.

That is it for this season. Hopefully Nigeria’s representative make a mark on the African continent next year.

Watch out for Enyimba vs Arsenal FIFA World Club Final in December 2016.

Enjoy your day.


By @AmosCP
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Sad Paris, Broken International Break


It was a regular Friday evening but it had football as the menu across the universe. Some had the serious business of qualifying for the 2016 Euros or the 2018 Worldcup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria travelled to Swaziland and played out a goalless with only outstanding moment of the game being the debut of Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho. The result brought a measure of sadness, numerous inquiry into Oliseh’s qualifications to handle the Eagles. The return leg comes up on Tuesday in Port Harcourt but Nigerians are getting impatient. Don’t tell me that crap of “no minnows”. Cameroon won 3-0 in Niger. South Africa were 3-1 winners in Angola.

Attention of the evening shifted to Europe where there were friendly games all over the continent. After 2 Spurs players came in for England, The Lions conceded 2 goals – one of which was from a tired Cazorla. There was no Walcott, Wilshere nor Welbeck.

Olivier Giroud made Arsenal proud in the colours of France after he scored his 3rd goal against Neuer this season. Germany were beaten 2-0 and there is a picture of Schwensteigger (forget the spelling) lying on the floor and applauding Paul Pogba. It was an eventful night until ISIS stroke.

Paris was sent into chaos with shootings and bombings around the stadium. It is reported that over 128 have died with 99 in critical condition. This is do saddening. On a night people cool off after the long week, a stadium entrance is bombed, a cinema is raided.

The players and fans will surely have been shattered. Who is safe? Where is safe? Can they be free to play the beautiful game again? This is a reason El-Kanemi Warriors is not playing their home games in Borno with Boko Haram around.

The question I keep asking my self is, “do ISIS play football?”

#PrayForParis # PrayForNigeria


By @AmosCP
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A Point Before The Break – Gibbs To The Rescue; Champions Enyimba and Nigeria

15/16: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs saved Arsenal’s blushes as he grabbed 77th minute equalizer for Gooners in the 2nd edition of the North London Derby this season. Harry Kane had given the visitors the lead after 32 minutes but it was the English defender who came in as a sub to deny Spurs three points from the Emirates.

It was a game too many for Santi Cazorla who looked jaded until he was subbed off. Flamini came with his fire and brimstone but had to be drafted to right back to replace Debuchy who was subbed off for Gibbs. Gibbs has been frozen out of first team football in recent times following stellar performances by Nacho Monreal. It was a goal that shows how he is such an important squad player.

Arsenal lack players in the middle and upfront with injuries to Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck, Chamberlain, Ramsey and Walcott. The Gooners were bare on the bench and Gibbs was the more offensive player on the bench except inexperienced Alex Iwobi. Do you remember Gibbs playing as a left winger in those Emirates Cup days when he was U-21? Over the season, he has always substituted Alexis as games wear off.

Gibbs has a way of scoring very important goals and the goal against Tottenham was a relief because the gooners were tired and jaded. Francis Coquelin was made to work for his wages with so many job to do especially seeing that his partner Cazorla was off duty. Ozil continued his assists and is expected to win the PFA player of the month award for October. He has team mate Olivier Giroud to contest with alongside Vardy, De Bruyne, Butland and Nigerian Ighalo. Arsene Wenger may also win the PFA manager of the year award.

Arsenal missed the opportunity to go 2 points clear at the top after Manchester City played out a goalless draw against Aston Villa. The blue half of Manchester is surely missing the services of Silva and Aguero. Will Arsenal overtake? We have played about one third of the matches for the League and Chelsea is the only team of amongst the big teams that look lost.

In the stats zone:

Mesut Ozil has more assists (10) and more chances created (54) than any player in the top 5  European Leagues.

Kieran Gibbs Equalizer was the 24000th goal scored in the Premier League.

Mathieu Flamini has never lost a Premier League home game – P50 W34 D16.


Back home in Nigeria, Enyimba claimed their 7th league title after playing out a goalless draw over closest rival, Warri Wolves in Aba. The Peoples Elephants needed jsust a draw to remain 6 points clear with one more game to round up the season. Warri Wolves needed to win the game but failed to capitalize on the one man advantage after Daniel Etor was shown the red for Enyimba. Congratulations to Enyimba.

Same Sunday in Mexico, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria defeated Mali to lift their 5th U17 worldcup. The game ended 2-0 with Victor Osimhen grabbing his 10th goal of the tournament to set a record of the highest number of goals scored by a player in an U17 worldcup. Osimhen finished the tournament with the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball. His captain, Kelechi Nwakali was the best player and went home with the Golden Ball. Congratulations Nigeria.

It is time for the international break and thank goodness Ozil is rested. Hopefully others come home without injuries.

Arsenal Fans Blame Cup Kit For Champions League Hammering at Bayern Munich

15/16: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal - Per Mertesacker

Some Arsenal fans are certain why the Gunners lost to Bayern Munich Wednesday Night. They claim it’s not because the Germans performed brilliantly on the pitch, neither is it because Arsenal’s gameplay was lacking. On the contrary, they blame the loss on their godforsaken third kit!

Punters who made free bets weeks before the game were angry that Arsenal chose to make their players wear the cursed Kit. The cup kit debuted at Hillsborough, the same game that saw the league leaders lose to Sheffield United 3-0 in the Carling Cup.

After the Wednesday night thrashing by Bayern Munich, Arsenal’s game play record in their new kit stands at; played 2, lost 2, scored 1 and conceded 8. The history has seen Arsenal fans suggest that they do not want to hear of or see the kit ever again!

Arsenal On the Periphery

Before Wednesday’s match got underway, both Bayern Munich and Arsenal fans had a date with a bookmaker. Only a few perhaps one placed the odds of a 5-1 victory favouring the Germans. Well, Arsenal fans were heartbroken when their team was hammered that many goals at the full time.

The Gunners felt the wrath of the Germans as Muller scored twice, while Robben, Lewandowski and Alaba, each netted a goal. A punter that tried their luck on free bets that Arsenal would steal one goal were not disappointed.

Giroud managed to net in a consolation goal for the Gunners thanks to a high overhead kick. The outcome of the match puts Arsenal in a precarious position. The English team needs to bag in their next two games.

The team is meeting Olympiakos, and they need to net in two goals and also pray that Bayern Munich defeats Olympiakos for them to qualify. Punters who love a thrill are liaising with a bookmaker favouring Arsenal beating the Greek team and also that the Germans will defeat the Greek team.

Arsene Wenger’s Sentiments

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger wants his boys to forget quickly the Wednesday night loss and instead focus on their next match on Saturday Night. The Gunners will be part of the North London Derby as they play rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsene Wenger’s woes are not yet over as he is desperately trying to get the likes of Koscielny and Bellerin back to the starting XI. The players are out on injuries and Wenger is looking for ways to strengthen his defence before they meet with Tottenham Hotspur.

Punters are however protesting that the kit is the reason Arsenal are on a losing streak and want Wenger to ditch the new kit. The pressure from inside and outside the club is taking a toll on the legendary manager.

Arsenal fans remind Wenger that the Gunners have played at Olympiakos on away in three matches and have lost all three. The new kit is cursed and he should consider ditching it before he leads his team to Athens.

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