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5 Hottest Prospects from The Nigerian Football League 2017 (Part 1)

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With ongoing improvement in the quality of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL), tNS is happy to present the hottest prospects for the 2016-2017 season. It is common knowledge that there is paucity of data to objectively assess all aspects of performance within the Nigerian league, therefore it becomes especially important to utilize the resources we have to assess the best talents around.

(1) Stephen Odey (Striker)
Odey first got noticed in the football circles in Lagos during the 2012 Principals cup when he led his team to victory, finishing as both the tournament MVP and top scorer. He joined MFM F.C afterward and has now added two Lagos FA Cups with the NPFL team. Able to play on either wing and as a striker, Odey made his professional debut last year (2016) as a fresh-faced 18-year-old with MFM.
The club was just promoted to the first-tier of Nigerian football on the back of some brilliant attacking football and Odey finished with 9 league goals in that first season ending…

The reasons I expect a "world class performance" from Kelechi Iheanacho and Nigeria against Togo

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As I set about my work this morning, I received a few notifications (aka texts) about what I think about Nigeria's friendly match-up against Togo today. A few things immediately came to mind:

(1) Togo has one of the leakiest defenses in West Africa

Having conceded 9 goals and only scored 2 in their last competitive games against top African opposition, Togo also failed to qualify from their group at the last AFCON. To say they have a leaky defense is actually an understatement as they have only one clean sheet in those same games. Togo is finding it rough and historically they have performed poorly against their West African neighbors. It is a good chance for Nigeria to sharpen it's beak as the Super Eagles look to tackle Bafana Bafana of South Africa in 10 days for the AFCON qualifiers.

(2) The Togolese have yet to win in their last 5 games

Togo's last 5 games consist of 3 losses and 2 draws; with the losses coming against Egypt, Morocco and DR Congo to whom they conceded …

How to Win The Nigerian Football League circa 2017

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Weekend street football in Nigeria, the kind almost every male kid looked forward to while growing up. The same kind where the goalposts are constructed with any shoe, stone or plank available. Usually 3 or 4 talented players with some grit (hint: leadership skills) get to pick their teams and the best flair players always got picked first. In this brand of untimed, hardcore football, breaks occur only when your team concedes two consecutive goals. During the game, if you happened to "balloon the ball" into an impenetrable fortress, forest or "that wicked man's house", the match was abandoned. If there was a debate on the ball crossing the line and neither captain was willing to compromise, the game was abandoned. If the losing team conceded two quickfire goals and still felt energetic? you guessed right.., their (losing team) strongest and most intimidating player would seize the ball, sit on it and proclaim "agbachaa!!" loosely meaning "gameov…

FIFA 17 Omits African Teams: Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal

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In a blatant show of inequality, out of 47 Men's National Teams from all around the world announced for FIFA 17 due to be released later this September, only 4 nations are from the African continent and only 2 African clubs are represented in the entire game. It has now been confirmed that the newest installment of the FIFA gaming franchise by EAsports will NOT feature traditional football powerhouses like Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Congo DR, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. One thing they share in common? They are composed primarily of players from the African continent! While teams like Iceland, Albania and Croatia have been absent from the game now and historically, it is noteworthy that most of mainstream media sees issue with Iceland's absence and yet refuse to acknowledge the blatant disregard towards the African powerhouses.



The current second best team in Africa, Algeria have most notably been overlooked by EA, perhaps sending a signal that African or perhaps black tea…

Obinna Nwobodo: The Nigerian Puppet Master

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19-year-old Nigerian midfield prodigy Obinna Nwobodo was one of the players that formed the bedrock of the Nigeria U-20 team of 2015, alongside Moses Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success and Wilfred Ndidi. Following injury during the final of the U-20 African Championship, he missed out on the U-20 World Cup later in 2015 to undergo surgery. Immediately after recuperating, he was noticed by scouts of Nigerian Premier League club Rangers International Football Club. After impressing in a friendly game against the six-time Nigerian champions, he has since graduated from his academy team FC Inter Enugu, (who still own majority of his rights) and signed an agreement to play for the first team of Rangers.

In his first full season (2015/2016), Nwobodo has proved himself instrumental in Rangers' table-topping performance, as he now commands a starting position in the team. Despite the paucity of data in the Nigerian league, it is noticeable that Obinna is considered extremely valuabl…

5 Reasons Why Arsenal should bid 20 million pounds for Kelechi Iheanacho

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(1) The team needs a long-term striker with world-class potential. The jewel of Manchester City academy seems underused in City's current setup and will most likely continue to be with Aguero, Bony and Nolito all ahead of him in the pecking order at Man City. His plight has nothing to do with his potential or ability but just a matter of his being the least experienced of the quartet. Only regular football will see him improve to the height his talent suggests.


(2) Arsenal has not been able to convince any current top-rate striker to sign. Having failed to sign Higuain, Arsenal look desperate in their attempt to sign Lacazette. They need to take some level of risk if they are to land a quality striker in today's market.
(3) Man city attempting to  signing Marlos Moreno, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus is a slap in the face to Kelechi who sacrificed a lot to prepare for the upcoming season in the blue half of Manchester. The lad turned down the chance to join up with his teammates f…

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TheNigerianScout is authored by a Nigerian, born and raised in Aba with a passion for soccer, medicine and numbers. Unencumbered by an unimpressive football resume, he hopes to use his love for the sport, painstaking attention to detail and keen eye for talent to discuss various issues within and outside the game.