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Arsenal Gunners Signs Nigerian Young Gun

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Refurbished in 2017 Hale End Training Academy, Arsenal‘s institute for its youth development programme has over the years become witness to the development and rise of a great many young gunners. The Academy responsible for turning them into fully fledged world level football players pays particular respect to Arsene Wenger’s approach and philosophy aimed at cultivating budding young talent to develop into globally recognised football stars.

The Frenchman and his unique philosophy became greatly responsible for progressing players like Jack Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Iwobi until they made it into his top squad before his untimely exit. His legacy stuck & still lives on at the Gunners Academy since it has not stopped producing highly skilled players.

This brings us to a young Gunner student of football by the name of Folarin Balogun who just may prove himself as Hale End Academy’s very next star. The youth’s performance may have identified him as part of the set of top-rated players earmarked for a possible position in Arsenal’s first team squad sometime during the season.

The 17-year-old New York born Nigerian showed a definite propensity to become a prodigious goal-scorer able to strike form any attack position. Tipping the scales further in his favour is his Arsenal U17-18 track-record that reflects 28 goals scored during all competitive matches for the team, with 23 goals cracked in just 22 matches.

Players who consistently rack up these kind of statistics are certain to become a firm favourite amongst football fans, especially those who love placing a wager or two to back-up their support of their favourite players or teams at one of the top online bookmakers such as Silentbet, a dedicated sports betting affiliate that has detailed and informative bookmaker reviews.

Balogun’s meteoric rise could see him included in Unai Emery’s game plan for the upcoming season, and he may just have an excellent chance to impress the Spanish tactician since he is most likely slated to accompany the Gunners on their pre-season tour during the latter part of the year.

Despite his extraordinarily successful featuring in England’s U17 & 18 squads and admittedly being enormously proud of signing his first professional contract with Arsenal, he still remains eligible in future to play senior level football for either the USA or Nigeria.

At the time of signing his first contract, Folarin Balogun had been with the Arsenal since 2010, and in his own words, he expressed his desire to keep focussed & progressing to ensure his eventual inclusion in the first team.

During an interview, he revealed that he had become a more clinically proficient finisher and as a result racked up a tally of 22 goals in his last 23 matches. He went on stating he had invested a lot of work and time in training in an attempt to improve and acquire a variety of ways to finish, this he feels will make him ready, so when the opportunity arises, he has the correct solution and matching skillset to maximise his chances of achieving success.

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‘I Can Discover Ballon d’Or Winners In Nigeria’

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Ex-Nigeria international Usman Abdallah has declared that he can help the country groom future Ballon d’Or winners if he is handed the U20 job.
Abdallah, who led Enyimba to win the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League and a Confederation Cup semi-final finish, is favourite to replace Paul Aigbogun for the Flying Eagles’ head coach role.
His outstanding CV features a Uefa A license, a degree in football coaching and team management (France) and a Strength and Conditioning level 1 coaching certificate in Australia.
According to reports, the Nigeria Football Federation will announce the Franco-Nigerian in the coming days, a claim the tactician is unsure of when quizzed by newsmen.
“Just like every other person, I applied for the job but I’m yet to get confirmation if I was picked or not.
“Nigeria is my country and it will be nice if I eventually get this role because it will be a big chance to serve. Also, I have what it takes to discover future Ballon d’Or winners for the country.
“Without sounding immodest, I strongly believe that I will excel in this position not only because of my wealth of experience but because of my closeness to grassroots football.
“As I have always said, this level deserves a lot of serious work because players picked at this level form a pivot of future Super Eagles,”he told newsmen.
After a failed expedition at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland, Nigeria will be hoping to qualify for Indonesia 2021 through the Africa U20 Cup of Nations scheduled for Mauritania.

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Champions, Europa Leagues Finals Likely For August

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The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.
Uefa told the 55 associations on Tuesday there was still the possibility of the competitions being played throughout June, July and August.
But Tidesports source understands that the latest discussions revolved almost exclusively around a plan to complete the domestic leagues by 31 July, with European competition following after that.
Nothing definitive has been agreed but Uefa is keen to leave all options on the table for as long as possible given the general uncertainty across Europe and in the knowledge there is no guarantee the season will be finished.
However, there is a view that travel restrictions are more likely to have eased in August, which would be necessary for a cross-border competition.
The scenario envisaged would be for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the respective European competitions to be played as two-legged ties between 11 and 22 August, although these could yet become one-off games.
In the plans now being discussed, there would be some flexibility for domestic fixtures to be played in August, should a July conclusion prove impossible.
The Premier League has nine rounds of fixtures remaining but in Spain and Italy, two countries that have been badly affected, there are still 11 and 12 rounds left respectively – although both have fewer cup games to fit into their schedules.
Uefa hopes the situation will become clearer in the next fortnight but completing the season in this way would cause the least disruption to its qualification competition for the 2020-21 season, which was supposed to start at the end of June but has been delayed indefinitely.

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S’Eagles’ll Miss Mikel, Ighalo -Etebo

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John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo would remain a big miss for Nigeria, concedes Oghenekaro Etebo, with the Super Eagles still coming to terms with their retirement.
After the Super Eagles clinched third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the duo drew the curtains on their international careers.
Mikel, 32, was the first to bow out before Egypt 2019 top scorer Ighalo followed the path of the former Chelsea star.
Coach Gernot Rohr is prepared to put faith in the likes of Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen as replacements for the duo.
The Getafe man said it was clear that the three-time African kings would miss Mikel and Ighalo for their leadership attributes, but believes Osimhen can fill the vacuum left by the Manchester United striker.
“They are leaders who we are going to be missed in the dressing room,” he stated.
“Mikel was a leader; I recall how he helped us during the Olympics when we had issues during our preparations for the Games. Not because I played with him but for the impact he had on me as a player.
“They helped the team make vital decisions during tough times and I guess it was just time for them to move on.
“Ighalo on his part is a goal poacher that we also miss but thank God that we have another goal poacher in [Victor] Osimhen, but we have to be patient with him to settle in well into that role.”
After the coronavirus pandemic, Rohr is expected to begin life without the retired players as Nigeria would be hoping to qualify for the 2021 Afcon billed for Cameroon.

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