1. Africa: Iwobi Out As Nigerians Miss Final Shortlist for the Fourth Time in a Row

Nigeria has missed out again in the final shortlist of three players in contention for the African Player of the Year award to be announced by CAF on January 8 in Dakar, Senegal.

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2. Man City Loanee Nmecha; Sunderland’s Maja, MK Dons’ Aneke Score For EFL Clubs

Round up of the Nigeria-eligible players that found the net for their English Football League clubs in matches that took place on Tuesday, January 1.
Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha made it two goals in two games as Preston North End were beaten 2-1 by Semi Ajayi’s Rotherham United at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

3. NFF vice president Seyi Akinwunmi scores Nigerian football high in 2018

Counting some of the achievement in the outgoing year the Lagos State Football Association boss revealed to footballlive.ng that the only minus in the year was the crisis that the federation encountered after the world cup and the ongoing controversy on the number of teams that should be promoted to the country’s elite football league which will soon be resolved.

Barr. Akinwunmi said “Football in 2018 was way above 80 percent in my books. In the year we were at the 2018 FIFA World Cup although the result wasn’t up to what we wanted but we did well. In this same year we qualified for the 2019 AFCON with a game to spare. A tournament we have failed to qualify for since we last played and won in 2013.

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4. QPR’s Eze Delighted To End Goal Drought, Lauds Team Resilience

Queen Park Rangers winger, Eberechi Eze has lauded his side’s resilience following their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in yesterday’s Championship clash, revealing he and his mates had earlier envisaged it was always going to be a difficult affair for them.

Prior to the clash at the Villa Park yesterday, the ‘Rs’ have won in just one of their last five trips to the stadium and their struggles there were laid bare when they fell behind to a Tammy Abraham’s opener in the 21st minute.

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5. Ex-Super Eagles Star On The Brink Of Bringing Chelsea’s World Cup Winner To Monaco

French Ligue 1 side Monaco are nailed on favourites to sign Chelsea’s 2010 World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window.
Authoritative French sports daily L’Equipe says the arrival of Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas in Monaco should be completed next week.