Super Eagles Crash Against Tunisia

On Sunday, the hopes of a nation were dashed against the rocks as the Super Eagles crashed out of the AFCON against Tunisia. Wow! We sincerely didn’t see that coming. And this was supposed to be the dream team. Nigerians were just beginning to hope. I honestly was already looking forward to the semi finals. Sadly, that was not to be the case.

We were still basking in the euphoria of taking 9 points out of a possible 9 in the group, stages. What more? We got to troll Ghana as they exited the Nations Cup. Then, came the news that Nigeria was to play Ghana in the World Cup qualifier playoffs. We were already making mouth as to how we would destroy the pride of our Ghanaian brothers.

Sunday came. On the other hand, paired against Tunisia, one of the best losers who managed to qualify with a mere 3 points, this was supposed to be a walkover of a game. In addition, the Tunisian team were covid-hit and had limited players available. However, for a side that won all three of their group games and even rested the majority of their stars for their previous match, tournament favourites Nigeria looked out of ideas in the face of some heroic defending.

Subsequently, things went from bad to worse, as substitute Alex Iwobi was shown the red card. Umar Sadiq had the best chance to add to the cup’s growing repertoire of late drama, only to see his shot roll across the face of the goal and wide of the far-post. In conclusion, it wasn’t the night for the Super Eagles, who had their wings clipped against Tunisia

What’s Next?

So, it is what feels like an early exit. Back to the drawing board for Nigeria’s Eagles. Sunday was a dark day, especially if you are an Arsenal fan, who dropped precious points again in the race for the top 4 in the premier league, and can’t seem to win a game at the moment.

Nigeria is out, but you can still keep up with the action at this year’s AFCON. Make your Cable TV paymentspay electricity billsbuy airtime and data easily with VTpass. It’s as easy as click, pay and go to stay connected and enjoy the 2021 AFCON action live!

Super Eagles Soaring at AFCON

On Wednesday night, we got to witness the Super Eagles of Nigeria soar to a 2 – 0 win against Guinea Bissau in their third game of the group stages of the AFCON. The eagles in doing so, became the only side at this year’s AFCON to record a 100% record in the group stages. The only side. That’s some feat!

Nigeria had already won the group before kick-off, reward for victories recorded against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt and Sudan. It’s the first time that the super eagles of Nigeria have won all three AFCON group matches since 2006. Champions in 1980, 1984 and 2013, is it too early to start dreaming of a fourth?

Time will tell. Nigeria is definitely up there though with the likes of Cameroon and Senegal as one of the tournament favourites. And with their record, many sides will be looking to avoid them when the last 16 draw is done.

Hope or Not?

While there are still some good teams in the competition, the Super Eagles go into the draw full of confidence. This team has done well for themselves. Considering the fact that they have played 3, scored 6, and gotten 9 points out of a possible 9, they have done well indeed. What more? They are actually playing good football. This actually looks like a team, rather than the usual composition of individuals we are used to getting.

Truth is, many of us wrote them off before they even kicked a ball. We have had our hearts broken too many times that optimism was on very short supply. However, this current crop have us believing again.

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Premier League Week 9: What Went Down

In many ways, this was the perfect weekend; we witnessed the bulk of the Premier League Week 9 round of matches and in many ways, it was a glorious weekend. Some clubs won. Some clubs lost. As always. However, things didn’t go exactly the way some would have planned. Anyway, here are our thoughts on how the weekend went.

Liverpool 5 Steps Ahead of United.

Manchester United looked anything but united on the day. Defence utterly in shambles, midfield non-existent and overrun, attack under supplied. It was the little boys against the big men. This was supposed to be a firecracker of a match but ended up being a walk in the park for the Liverpool team, who at half time were already running away with a 4-0 lead. In all honesty, at that point, Liverpool didn’t even need to be playing spectacularly well, Manchester United were playing spectacularly terrible as it were. United had zero synergy, looked devoid of a game plan, were tactically naïve.

If not for De Gea, the final scoreline should have read something more like 8-0. This was a day to forget for United, and it’s back to the drawing board, if they even have one. Any defeat against Liverpool is hard to take for United fans on a normal day. One so humiliating as this and at home is on a whole different level. United’s next run of matches look very grim. It’s hard times for United fans, check up on them.

Chelsea Thrashes Norwich

Firstly, the major talk had been about how Tuchel was going to manage with his star strikers out due to injuries. On evidence of this though, no problem. Following their win in the Champions League, the Champions proceeded to dismantle Norwich at Stamford Bridge, with Mason Mount scoring an hat trick. Subsequently, Mount and Callum-Hudson Odoi became the 16th and 17th different players to score for Chelsea in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League side. A team on a mission.

That ability to spread the goals around the side is the mark of champions. For instance, it’s Premier League Week 9, but surely an encouraging sign for Thomas Tuchel as he looks to juggle five competitions this winter, including the rearranged World Cup in early 2022. Chelsea won’t have an easier afternoon this season.

Mancity Pass Brighton Test

Firstly, Brighton have been nothing short of impressive this season. For them to still be 5th on the Premier League table even after defeat here is a testament of just that. Pep had tasted rare defeat here in the final game of last season. In this match, he sent out his team with instruction to secure victory early. City’s first half performance was exquisite. They were smooth, efficient, unbreeched. But they will rarely face an examination like the one they experienced in the second half at the Amex.

Even as they led 3-0, Graham Potter’s Brighton tested everything about City. Their game management, their resilience, their defensive capabilities. And City’s manager Pep Guardiola was delighted they passed the test. He recognised few teams in the Premier League could have emerged from this with three points, despite being 3 goals up at halftime. At fulltime, it was kudos to City, but Brighton also gave a good account of themselves, despite the scoreline.

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Premier League Week 8: What We Learnt

As the premier league week 8 kicked off on Saturday, the energy that club rivalry brings came back, and fans absolutely loved it. Country football is great. But club level is where we get to see footballers star, week in, week out. Here are the major talking points.

Leicester Down United

The International break was filled with the buzz around Cristiano Ronaldo and his record breaking 10th hat trick for Portugal. The Manchester United star however, cannot seem to be able to transfer his good fortune to the club. Leicester’s victory was no smash and grab. They beat United, fair and square. Had a better game plan, were hungrier, played better. Overall, they deserved to win here, and win they did. The 4-2 score line is sure to bruise some of the big egos in the United dressing room, but, the earlier the better. United’s upcoming fixtures till November 30th is nothing to be excited about, with Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Mancity, Villareal, Watford, Chelsea and Arsenal all lying in wait. United is the cherry right now, and everyone wants a bite.

Salah’s The Man

Firmino might have grabbed headlines with his hat trick this weekend, but the name on everyone’s lips on Merseyside is Salah. Mo has his imprint firmly as a club legend already. What a pass for Sadio Mane’s goal! It was a lovely ball he bent around the Watford defence for Mane’s opener. It’s called the pass of a master. A masterpiece of a performance it was, as he went on to score himself at Vicarage Road, courtesy of another mesmeric dribble. 4 years ago, he started his career at Liverpool with a goal at Watford. That season, he went on to rack up 44 goals. Many said he would be a 1-season wonder. 4 years after, however, he only seems to get better and better.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Man city over Burnley, Tottenham away at Newcastle, and Chelsea away at Brentford. Chelsea are sitting pretty at the top of the standings. It’s just Premier League Week 8, but, you know, League titles are won in bits.

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How To Enjoy This September

The firstborn of the “ember” months is here. Very soon, we’ll begin to spot harmattan and jingle the bells that herald Christmas but just before then, here’s what you can expect to enjoy this September…

1. BBNaija Season 6

Big Brother Naija is that show that some of us love to watch, some hate it but watch it, and, in the end, almost everyone keeps up with. The fact is this, Nigerians love drama, and the show has it in loads. Season 6 continues to unravel shocks and drama, and we’re here for it this September. More please!

2. Champions League Football Is Back!

Arguably the biggest tournament in club football, the UEFA Champions League is back this month! The fight to make it to the last 16 begins. And there’s quite a number of mouth watering clashes to look forward to, with Group A pitting Lionel Messi-led PSG against Man City in the battle for superiority. Atletico, Liverpool, Porto and Ac Milan will fight to the death in Group B. Similarly, Barca will discover what it means to play without Messi when they face Bayern, Benfica and Kiev. In conclusion, let the games begin!

3. Football Leagues Are Back!

Firstly, the fans are back! When Covid19 struck, football returned after a while but the fans were banned from the stadiums. Although it was better than watching nothing, nothing compares to watching a stadium alive, the screams, the moments we catch in the rafts, etc. Secondly, we get to watch players who have just completed transferred to new clubs begin to find their feet. The prospect of having Cristiano back in the English Premier League for one, or Messi in a terrifying PSG team. How will the LaLiga be without Messi and Ronaldo? Who will be winners across respective leagues? The race starts now!

4. Movies, Movies and more Movies!

Need we say more? Cable TV brings more movies than you can watch, allowing you binge watch old classics or catch new sitcoms and series across your screen. If you’re a movie lover, then DStv, GOtv and Startimes have you well covered to enjoy this September.

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EPL Week 3: 3 Season-Defining Talking Points

Another footballing weekend has gone by and we had some heavyweight clashes in the EPL Week 3. Throw in the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is possibly making a return to the Premier League with Manchester United, there’s quite a number of things to talk about.

Arsenal Is Breakfast And Everyone Is Having A Bite

Arsenal was completely annihilated by Mancity when both clubs played on Saturday. Following their defeat to Chelsea in the previous game, they needed a response. However, we got none. Completely outplayed, outclassed and outnumbered, they simply didn’t show up. Arsenal shouldn’t be losing by 5 goals to any club, and have now failed to score in the opening 3 games of the EPL for the first time. They also have failed to gather any points so far and now lay bottom of the table. For a club that started the season top of the table, they shouldn’t be at rock bottom after three games.

Chelsea Produce Defensive Masterclass To Foil Liverpool

If “Attacks win games but defences win titles” were a football club, it would be Chelsea. The London club had to fight for their lives when they played Liverpool at Anfield, with a ten-man team. Kai Havertz’s 22nd minute opener had given them the lead, but the game was turned on its head when James Reece handled the ball on the stroke of halftime. Salah restored parity for Liverpool from the resulting penalty, game on! Liverpool came out in the second half like the big bad wolf. They huffed. They puffed. But, they couldn’t break down a resilient Chelsea team who produced a defensive masterclass to hold on to a point. For Chelsea, this point would feel like a win. Liverpool though were left rueing an opportunity missed.

Manchester United Set Premier League Away Record And Ronaldo Is Coming

United set a new Premier League record as they achieved the longest run of away games without tasting defeat, spanning over an impressive 28 games. The performance here, however wasn’t impressive. United fans have been ecstatic over the idea of club legend, Ronaldo, returning home. This is set to be announced officially in the coming days but if Ronaldo was watching this game before United scored, he might have changed his mind. This United team look like they need a defensive midfielder if they are to ever reach their potential. Varane on the other hand looks ready to settle in perfectly into the defence though, but will it be enough? Pogba said it best last week, records are nice but trophies are better!

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Inside The English Premier League Week 2

It’s back and we’ve all missed it, yes, we’re talking about the English Premier League! Another season is underway and we’re already in week 2. It’s another shot at glory for some, while for others, it’s a battle to remain in the top flight. Messi may not be here, but no one can argue that the EPL is still the most entertaining league in European football. Missing out on the action? Say no more! Just visit www.vtpass.com now to renew your Cable TV subscription and get plugged in to your world of sporting action. Meanwhile, here’s what happened in week 2.

Men Against Boys As Chelsea Schools Arsenal At Home.

One thing was glaring, Chelsea is not Arsenal’s mate. Firstly, Chelsea has 2 Champion’s League trophies over Arsenal who have none. Secondly, Arsenal were completely played off the field here, with Lukaku playing like a man on a mission, bringing back memories of Didier Drogba against Arsenal. The sad thing is that we all saw this coming, despite Arsenal’s bright start to the game. It was the same old story, with the Arsenal team starting off sharp but unable to maintain their intensity. This Blues are a team on a mission while Arsenal faces the possibility of going into the international break bottom of the table as they face last season’s champions, Manchester City next.

United Equals Away Unbeaten Record But Silverware Is Always Better

It was mixed feelings for Manchester United as they came from behind to claim a point against The Saints. It extended their away unbeaten run to 27 games (a joint record) but also scuppered the start to the season they would have wanted following their 4 – 0 win in the opening game. The draw also doesn’t help their bid to keep Paul Pogba. Pogba has started the season in record breaking form, bagging 5 assists in 2 games. United’s star man is yet to extend his contract beyond 2022 and has stated he prefers trophies to records. Ouch. Shots fired, United. Point taken (pun intended)

5-star City Bounce Back In Style

City fans got their smile back as they bounced back from an opening day defeat at Tottenham. They trounced newly promoted Norwich City 5 – 0, with record signing Grealish also getting off the mark. This is how we are used to seeing Guardiola’s Manchester City, winning, with huge score lines.

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When Messi Will Play For PSG?

If you’re a football enthusiast, then you will have no doubt been caught up in what is definitely the biggest move of the season as Messi transfers to PSG. Arguably, it is even the biggest move of this generation. Every club secretly wishes they were PSG right now. Imagine it. Having Lionel Messi play for your club, run at defences, play defence-splitting passes, ETC.

The news of Messi’s move is one that has rippled across the footballing world. Certainly, PSG this season will be a force no team will want to go up against, considering the fact that they were already a fearsome team before the 6-time Ballon d’or winner joined them.

There are those who believe that he would flop at PSG. In the same vein, others think that the PSG team would lose balance because they have too many attack-minded players. On the other hand, others say nothing can stand in the way of a football god.

Whichever side you stand on, one thing is for certain. We all cannot wait to see Messi hit the field in PSG strips as the jury is out, and this is where VTpass comes in. To stream football matches online, you definitely need data. To watch via DSTV, GOTV or Startimes, you need an active tv subscription. In addition, you need to pay your electricity bills.

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As at now, Messi is officially a PSG player. However, due to the fact that he has not had a preseason, he will likely be needing 2-3 weeks to get back into shape. We most probably will see him in September.

In conclusion, one thing is for sure. All eyes will be on PSG this season.

Euro 2020 (2021): Watch Live On Startimes

It’s time for the Euro 2020, and these are peculiar times. Nothing probably underlines the peculiarity of the times more than the fact that we are about to experience it in 2021.

It’s been a year where ‘normal’ was redefined. Arsenal winning the Champions League would have been the only thing that could have been more shocking. Forgive us, we just love to pick on Arsenal. Everyone does actually. Except their fans.

Euro 2020

Well, here’s a cool fact for you. You can watch the all the matches showing from 11 June – 11 July on Startimes across its five Sports Channels in HD picture format.

Catch all the action starting tomorrow live via ST World Football HD, Sports Premium, ST Sports Focus, ST Sports Arena and ST Sports Life. Just like there have been so many things most of us couldn’t have seen coming. This could possibly be a tournament of upsets.

For instance, could this be the year England finally takes it home? The final will after all be played at the famed Wembley stadium. It would be a nice touch to have England in the final. And possibly win, if that’s a possibility.

Whatever will come this tournament, you need to renew your TV subscription, pay your electricity bills to keep the lights on, and get ready for an unusual tournament in an unusual year.

Frank Lampard “SACKED” by Chelsea

BIG news making headlines on top English sports papers is; Frank Lampard sacked by Chelsea.

The Chelsea legend that took over managerial duties at the club in 2019 has been relieved of his duties just after 18 months.

In a statement following the sack, Chelsea said, “results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement”.

frank lampard sack

After enjoying a successful spell in his first season as manager, Lampard’s Chelsea has underperformed this season. They sit 9th on the EPL table following 5 defeat out of their last 8 matches.

Lampard, who remains Chelsea’s all-time highest goalscorer led the London club to FA Cup glory in his first season as well as securing them a Champions League spot.

Expectation rose high this season after Chelsea spent over $292 million on signings the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, and Édouard Mendy; but the big names signings have been unable to link well on the pitch.

frank lampard sack

Who’s next in for the Hot Seat?

Chelsea is known to fire managers in split-seconds show of underperformance. The BIG question after Frank Lampard’s sack remains, “who’s next in line to take the hot seat at the Blues?”

Rumors have it that formal PSG and Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is the only candidate on Chelsea’s list to take over from Lampard. While the German is yet to be contacted hours after the sack, papers report that his appointment is a strong possibility.

frank lampard sack
Source: Emirates FA Cup

Discussions are all over the internet regarding the sack. Some fans had called for Chelsea to be patient and give managers time to build teams. Others seem to agree with the sack and Chelsea’s underperformance under Lampard.

What do you think? Has Chelsea been unfair to a legend in his right, and an all-time goalscorer for this club? Has Lampard truly shown his lack of top football managerial experience?