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NLO WK8: Nilayo satisfied with win as Nordic laments poor officiating



By: Michael Babatunde

The week eight game of the 2017/18 Nigerian Nationwide League one between Nilayo FC and Nordic football Academy, saw the home team winning by a lone goal.

Both teams gave a good fight in the first half but the match saw no breakthrough in the match at the MKO stadium, Abeokuta.

The second half of the exciting encounter was almost ending goalless until Nilayo’s Sterling Iyida was brought down in Nordic’s 18 yard box and the referee points to the penalty spot.

Kabiru Popoola stepped up, dusted himself to take the penalty for Nilayo. He sent Nordic’s goalie, Banire Baris the wrong way to give Nilayo FC a deserved lead.

Nilayo are no second hoping to catch up with Olisa FC who are currently group leaders.

Speaking in a post-match interview Nilayo Technical adviser, Eboboritse Uwejamomere expressed satisfaction at the result admitting that Nordic were a strong side.

“I knew Nordic will be very difficult and the toughest among the team in our group.

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“We prepared for it and we had a clean sheet, our attack was not what we expect but we scored through the penalty”

When asked to comment on the officiating and the controversial penalty awarded, he said “the officiating wasn’t bad, the penalty was 50/50 chance, if he called for it good and if he didn’t we wouldn’t blame him. I won’t say the referee were bad or fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Nordic Football Academy Technical Adviser, Anthony Ibe claimed they had a very good match but was marred by poor officiating.

He said the football has refused to progress in Nigeria because of poor match officiating.

Speaking after the match, Ibe alleged that the penalty awarded was a wrong call by the referee.

While admitting that they had a good game, he however blamed his side for allowing unwanted tackles in the 18 box.

“our referees are always bias that why Nigeria football is dying, Nigeria league will not progress if referees are still being bias”

“We are to work on our team and blame our players for allowing such thing”

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Mourinho warns Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Man United




Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has issued out warning to Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp ahead of both teams’ clash in the Premier League fixture on Sunday evening at Anfield.

Mourinho has warned Klopp that real success can only be achieved when a club win trophies not matches.

The Portuguese gaffer has won both the Carabao Cup and Europa League trophy with United since taking over in 2016.

“I think trophies matter,” Mourinho was quoted by EPSN as saying ahead of Liverpool’s clash.

“It matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.

“I think sometimes to just say it is not very intelligent but when you have the potential, you have nothing to hide, you know from day one your potential and your desire.

“To say we want to win, everyone can say that but another thing is to say the potential in a way you have but I think Jurgen said already they want to win the Premier League, that is their objective.”

Klopp has not won any trophy with Liverpool since taking over in 2015 from Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.

The 51-year-old has lost the Caraboa Cup and the Europa League finals as well as the Champions League.

Klopp’s men are currently on top of the English topflight league table with 42 points from 16 games, while Mourinho’s side are sixth place with 26 points from the same number of games.

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Why Liverpool is better than Manchester United- Mourinho




Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted the huge gap between his team and Liverpool, is due to many factors.

Mourinho takes United to Anfield on Sunday, with his side sitting some 16 points behind the Premier League leaders.

They’ve lost four matches in the league this season, while Liverpool have remained undefeated.

“It’s not just about the money they spend in the summer, is about many things.

“It’s not just about spending money and reinforcing the squad, a football team is more than that, is not just about spending the money.

“It’s like a house, it’s not just about buying the furniture, you have to do work, you spend money on the best possible furniture and then you’re ready to live in an amazing house,” Mourinho told UK Mirror.

Mourinho then delivered the killer line when he was asked how far away his team are from what he wants to be seeing, placed in the context of Jurgen Klopp continually getting the best out of his Liverpool players.

“Far,” he said, simply.

And then what asked why, he replied: “The reasons I was saying. It’s not just about spending.”

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Owen compares Nigerian-born forward, Bukayo Saka to Ronaldo




Following the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Qarabag in the Europa League encounter played on Thursday night, Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen has compared Nigerian-born and Arsenal forward, Bukayo Saka to Juventus ace, Cristiano Ronaldo, reports.

Saka made his first start for Unai Emery’s side against Qarabag on the left wing and showed plenty of confidence, as he tested goalkeeper, Vagner, with an early strike from the edge of the box and tried to take on defenders.

The 17-year-old also missed a good chance to score his first Arsenal goal in the second half against the visitors.

Owen has now suggested that Saka already has similarities with Ronaldo.

“He [Saka] looked really nervous at the start of the game, myself and Martin [Keown] were both talking about it,” Owen was quoted by Metro UK as saying.

“But he certainly grew into the game. Just him having the courage to run at players was really refreshing to see.

“Some of the skill… I watched Ronaldo doing this the other day for Juventus.”

“He’s just different class and by the end of the game, his confidence was oozing.”

Saka will hope to feature for Arsenal when they tackle Southampton this weekend in the Premier League.

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