My tea became sweeter after seeing Chelsea lick their wounds from two Brazilian centre backs, booting them out of the tournament they despite being seen as better compared to other English teams.
Last weekend was a good one for a typical Nigerian Gooner: Chelsea were held to a draw, City lost to Burnley, Warri Wolves and Enyimba had home victories in the CAF club competitions.
Although victories for Manchester United and Liverpool meant the Top Four trophy chase is real and the prospect of overtaking City must be watched with the probability of being overtaken by the Devils and the Reds.
It was a little uncomfortable, although expected, as Arsenal crashed out of the UEFA Champions league despite winning 2-0 in Monaco. One more goal but one more year once again. Dortmund, Arsenal’s group mate also crashed out after losing 3-0 to Juventus in Germany. Was that group that poor?
On the Nigerian front, the Flying Eagles have qualified for the finals of the ongoing African Youth Championship in Senegal. The U-20 side defeated Ghana 2-0 to book a place in the final. This was the Eagles’ first clean sheet of the tournament and their first clean sheet over Ghana (@OptaNGR).
Meanwhile Daniel Amokachi have invited 28 Super Eagles for the friendly against South Africa
and Bolivia. Bolivia chickened out. Brown Ideye returns but Emenike was left out. Has anyone seen Keshi? This soap opera is getting exciting.
In club football, Dolphins drama in Tunis was a slap in Nigeria’s face. The Port Harcourt based side reduced Nigeria’s participating slot by half when they failed to arrive Tunis on time to face Club Africain. Dolphins were worked over, something that looks new to Nigerian clubs in the continent. A club statement was released but CAF booted them out like Ramos’ penalty under Mourinho despite giving them false hopes to wait in Tunis. Warri Wolves would bear the flag alone in the CAF Confederation Cup.
There were two away wins in 9 matches played in Gameweek 2 of the Nigerian Premier league, a rarity. With the LMC offering cash prizes for away wins, we may see more of such.
If you are a fan Bendtner or you enjoy the trolls of the Lord, you must be happy to see that his Lordship scored Wolfsburg’s 2nd goal in a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the Europa League. The former gunner who followed Arsenal’s Monaco game came in as a substitute to ascertain his Lordship. Wolfsburg has been doing so well; is Bendtner the magic from the bench?
The draws for the quarter final of the UCL was held on Friday with Zlatan’s PSG to face Barcelona, a Madrid derby, Porto vs Bayern and Juventus facing Monaco. Juicy.
Enough for the week. Getting ready for Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle, El Classico, The Nigerian Premier League and Kano Pillars’ return to CAF Champions league. Hopefully this weekend results will gladden my Monday morning.
By Chibuzor Amos (AmosCP)
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