Footballers across the world look forward to two periods of the week to enjoy football: Weekend and mid-week. In Europe, mid-week is associated with the UEFA champions league and Cup games. In Africa, the weekend summarizes football.
Last weekend, Nigeria were on all footballing front in Africa. After missing out of the AFCON 2015 and dethroned by the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria faced the other facets of football to exhibit their love for football: The U-17 African Championship, The CAF confederation cup and The CAF champions league.
The U-17 African Championship Niger 2015.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets kicked off their campaign in Niger as they defeated the hosts by two un-replied goals. Goals from Osimhen and Nwakali gave the World Champions the first 3 points of the tournament. Nigeria will face Guinea on Wednesday and a win will be enough to grab a ticket to Chile for the world championship.
CAF Champions League.
Kano Pillars grabbed their 2nd ever away victory as they won 2-0 away to Al-Malakia in South Sudan with goals from Gambo Mohammed and Christian. The groundnut boys were in fine form and kept a clean sheet to kick start their season. The Nigerian champions will be looking at qualifying for the group stage for the 2nd time ever.
The other Nigeria representative, Enyimba, grabbed their 30th home win of the CAF champions league with a 3-0 victory over Buffles De Borgou of Benin Republic. Goals from Daniel Etor, Kingsley Sokari and Peter Onyekachi was enough for the Aba Millionaires despite missing many chances. The peoples elephants are determined to have a go at the title this season.
CAF Confederation Cup.
It was a mixed feeling for Nigerian club sides in the CAF confederation Cup. Dolphins lost 0-1 away to Leones Vegetarinos of Equatorial Guinea while Warri Wolves defeated Racing De Bobo 1-0 in Burkina Faso with Azeez grabbing the solitary goal.
The return legs for the CAF competition comes up in a forthnight and Nigerians will be expecting the 4 teams to progress from the preliminary rounds of the competitions. It is high time we make waves again in Africa.
Away from Africa, Nigerians grabbed important goals for their clubs. Brown Ideye grabbed his first brace for West Brom as they defeated West Ham 4-0 weeks after he nearly left for Qatar. Yakubu Aiyebgeni returned to England with a goal. The Yak grabbed the winner coming in as a sub as Reading beat Derby County 2-1. Reading and West brom are through to the Quarter finals of the English FA cup.
Kenneth Emeruo heroics was not enough as Arsenal dumped Middlesborough out of the Cup. Emmanuel Emmenike also reignited his scoring form in Turkey.
It was a great weekend for Nigeria.
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