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Udeze slams Rigobert Song for Axing Onana from Cameroon World Cup squad

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Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze believes Cameroon coach Rigobert Song poorly managed the situation with first choice goalkeeper André Onana, suggesting it was wrong to axe the 26 year-old.

Onana was reportedly dropped from the starting line up before the Group G match between Cameroon and Serbia.

It was reported that the goalkeeper questioned Song and vowed never to adapt his style of play in the team.

Song however dropped the former Ajax star, and the Indomitable Lions went on to concede three goals against Serbia, although they managed to savage a point from the game.

“I believe there must have been issue between Onana and the coach. Rigobert Song,” Udeze who played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup said on Brila FM’s coverage of the tournament in Qatar.

“Song should have managed the situation. After the tournament, you may wish not to invite the player as the coach if you remain there or even as the FA President but not during the tournament.

“When Jay-Jay Okocha was playing for the Super Eagles, if the coach felt he showboated a lot, he will be replaced but will still start the next game or be part of the game from the bench,”

“Cameroon had the chance to score but they gave away this game. You can’t throw your best players out. The worse case scenario, you substitute the player. This is a tournament proper.

“When Aliou Cissé’s Senegal lost to the Netherlands and he defended his keeper, Mendy, he knew what he was doing.

“Cisse knows how to manage players. He’s a good man manager. His keeper made a mistake but he defended him. And even Kalidou Koulibaly against the Netherlands. And the next game, they won.

“Unless the behavior of the player is so bad, you have to do proper man management.”

Udeze also heaped praise on the team for picking a point, despite trailing 3-1.

Cameroon will face Brazil in their final group game at the Lusail Stadium, Lusail on Friday.

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KRC Genk beats Anderlecht to Arokodare’s signature

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KRC Genk has signed Nigerian forward Toluwalase Arokodare on the transfer deadline day.

Genk was in the market for a direct replacement for Paul Onuachu, who left for Southampton, and quickly turned to Arokodare who was on the verge of signing for Anderlecht.

The Nigerian was at Neerpede on Tuesday night, having his medicals.

However the striker later left Neerpede and drove straight to Genk after receiving a call from Genk’s Director of football Dimitri De Conde.

Arokodare then signed four-and-half year deal from Valmiera although he had played on loan at French division two side, Amiens.

The deal is reportedly worth €4.5m which could rise to €7m at the end of the contract.

Arokodare netted eight times and provided two assists for Amiens.

Meanwhile, Anderlecht turned their attention to Islam Slimani, the 34-year-old striker from Stade Brest, after the deal for Arokodare fell through.

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Southampton boss Nathan Jones reacts to Onuachu capture

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Southampton coach Nathan Jones is a happy man, following the arrival of Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu at the club.

The Saints completed the forward’s signing from Genk on transfer deadline day.

Striker Paul Onuachu has joined #SaintsFC on a three-and-a-half-year deal from @KRCGenkofficial:

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 1, 2023

Onuachu leaves Belgium with 85 goals in 134 games for Genk, which he joined in 2019 from Danish side FC Midtjylland, where he scored 71 times in 181 appearances.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones described the Nigerian is a “significant” signing for his club.

“Paul is a significant signing for us and completes what has been an extremely positive month in terms of recruitment.

“He’s a handful to play against, has got a tremendous record throughout his career and he’s also someone who brings great experience with him, so he’ll be a really positive addition to the squad,” The coach concluded.

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Terem Moffi’s interesting stats in the French Ligue 1

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Super Eagles striker Terem Moffi is one of the hottest properties in European football this season.

The striker recently completed a switch to Nice from rivals FC Lorient after making solid impression in the ongoing season.

Here are his impressive stats since moving to Ligue 1 three years ago :

The African artived in the French championship in 2020 and in two and a half seasons at FC Lorient, Moffi has registered plenty of goals for Lorient.

He’s most prolific attacker behind Kévin Gameiro in the history of FC Lorient with 34 goals in 87 games.

And since his debut in Ligue 1, he is in 7th place in the scorers’ rankings, just behind his new partner, Laborde (34 in 37).

The 23-year-old also became the 3rd Nigerian with the most goal in the French Ligue 1 behind John Utaka (59) and Victor Ikpeba (55).

And in the 2022/23 season, Terem Moffi is the 2nd scorer for the Super Eagles among the 5 major leagues in Europe. Only Victor Osimhen has more (14 with Napoli).

This season he’s scored three doubles (5 in career + 1 hat-trick) and scored against PSG, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille.

With his 12 goals Terem Moffi is second leading scorer in the league the, just one behind Kylian Mbappé (PSG) who has (13).

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