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Odion Ighalo dedicates his first Manchester United goal to his late sister

It has been 22 years since a Nigerian scored a goal that reverberated around the country the way Odion Ighalo's debut strike for Manchester United did on Thursday night against Brugge.

By the end of the game, 'Ighalo', 'Odion' and 'IghaloFC' were all trending on Nigerian twitter and a host of Nigerian fans and celebrities were lining up to throw down congratulations to the Man United forward.

Fellow international Asisat Oshoala had the tweet with the most effect, having tweeted presciently before...

Joseph Yobo caught in the middle of NFF vs Rohr battle for influence

Last week's hiring of former captain Joseph Yobo as the Super Eagles assistant coach was bound to raise some eyebrows among Nigeria's football faithful, and it definitely did.

To start with, second-guessing the NFF at every turn appears to have become a regular pastime with critics. So it is a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation for Amaju Pinnick and his troops.

However, there is a different -- and altogether justifiable -- take to this current state of affairs: For all his professional...

Nigeria World Cup vet Joseph Yobo 'excited' after landing assistant job

Nigeria have appointed former Everton defender Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the men's national team.

Yobo, 39, replaces Imama Amapakabo, the 1985 FIFA Under-16 World Cup winner, as one of head coach Gernot Rohr's lieutenants.

Amapakabo, whose responsibility included oversight of the Olympic team and and B side, saw that position compromised when both teams performed abysmally in their respective qualifying campaigns.

It is uncertain if Yobo, who captained the team from 2010 to 2013, the year...

How Odion Ighalo's transfer to Manchester United happened on deadline day

Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo almost failed to get his dream transfer to Manchester United on the Jan. 31 deadline day -- a few minutes later, and he could have been at a rival Premier League club instead -- but once things started to move, they did so at lightning pace. A frenetic night of talks spanning Norway, England and China saw it take just eight hours from the first phone call to the final contract signing for United to land the 30-year-old on loan.

The man at...

Nigeria Power Rankings: Iheanacho, Oshoala take leading roles

From near pariah status at Leicester for most of the season, Kelechi Iheanacho finally found his way back into the side in December, instantly exploded with goals and assists for the Foxes over a busy season of festive fixtures.

Those displays earned him a deserved first appearance of the season in the December rankings. But not satisfied with that, the former junior international stepped it up a notch in January, adding goals and an equal number of more assists despite Leicester's fluctuating form...