The Ikem “Potential Ayaya” Udeh championed novelty football match between Ex Udoji United FC players and Ex Nigeria Internationals played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in Enugu on 30th July, 2016 ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The match was organized to raise funds for the families of fallen Udoji United heroes like Herbert “Alibosa” Anijekwu and Charles “Charlie Parker” Nduka. Enugu fans sure had fun as they were treated to great footballing skills of these players of yesteryears. The duo of former Super Eagles midfielders, Mutiu Adepoju and Baldwin Bazuaye were truly at home as their trickery and mastery of game was clearly evident during the novelty game. With the defensive duo of Austin Eguavoen and Emeka Ifejiagwa in the heart of the backline of Ex Internationals, Adepoju showed flashes of his old self as he dug deep to deliver an inch perfect, defence splitting pass to free Bazuaye who teased and tossed Emeka Nwobodo and Danlami Dickson before slotting past a stranded Cajethan Oparaugo in goal for Ex Udoji United to draw the Ex Internationals level after Ekene Ikenwa had shot the Ex-Udoji team into the lead.
Turkish prosecutors investigating the failed July coup have issued an arrest warrant for one of the country’s best-known footballers, ex-international Hakan Sukur, state media report. Searches were carried out at two houses in western Turkey, as officials said he faced charges of being a member of an “armed terrorist organization”. A former MP for the ruling AK party, Hakan Sukur is a known supporter of the cleric blamed for the botched coup. He moved to the US several months ago.
Watford striker Odion Ighalo has revealed he had no hesitation in signing a new five-year contract. The Nigeria international, 27, said: “I feel at home here and once the opportunity to extend was finalised, I signed it straight away. “Playing with this incredible squad and in front of our amazing fans gives me a special excitement and buzz. “I can see the direction the club is going and I feel honoured to be a part of the long-term plan.” The Super Eagle joined the Hornets from Udinese in July 2014 and his 20 goals helped them win promotion to the Premier League in 2014-15 season. He scored 17 goals in 42 games last season as the Vicarage Road side finished 13th in the top flight and reached the FA Cup semi-final. Since arriving at the club Ighalo has scored 37 times in 80 appearances. Ighalo, who has played in Norway, Italy and Spain, has also established himself with his country, scoring three goals in nine international appearances.