OLYMPICS: Nigeria Draws Sweden
Nigeria U23 will face Sweden, Colombia and Japan in Group B of the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympics men’s football event.
The draw ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at the Estadio Maracana’s auditorium. The audience at the auditorium included some esteemed figures, with representatives from all 28 delegation in attendance, as were Dunga and Oswaldo Alvarez, the respective coaches of Brazil’s men’s and women’s teams.
Brazil were zoned in Group A against Iraq, Denmark, and South Africa.
Algeria were landed in a veritable ‘Group of Death’ where they will be facing Honduras, Portugal and Argentina in Group D.
Defending champions Mexico were handed a tricky pool in the draw, having been bracketed with Korea Republic, Fiji and Germany.
~Culled from goal.com~
THE RISE AND RISE OF N’GOLO KANTE
Sometime in the summer of 2015, Claudio Ranieri made N’golo Kante his first signing for just £7million.
Kante’s move generated little or no media attention then with more notable influx of French players generating more attention. The likes of Max Gradel, Dimitri, Payet, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Idrissa Gueye, Vetereout etc generated more excitement then.
Born in Paris, Kanté began his career at Suresnes before moving to US Boulogne. He made his professional debut in the last game of the Ligue 2 season on 18 May 2012, a 1–2 home defeat for his already relegated team to A.S. Monaco.
During the 2012–13 season, he played in the third-tier Championnat National before moving to Caen and now Leicester city.
KANTE TO THE WORLD
Almost eight months in, Kante is bearing the fruits of his move to England, with Leicester City launching the most audacious challenge for the English League title in recent memory.
The French man averages at least 4.4 tackles and 4.2 interceptions every game, which is the highest by any player in the Premier League this season followed by Aston Villa’s Idrissa Gueye.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR HIM?
His form has given rise to numerous rumours linking him to Arsenal, with the French manager reportedly ready to renew his interest, having missed out on his man a year ago. He is part of what I may term “the next golden generation” of the French team who are about to take the World by storm come this Euros and the World cup in Russia. N’Golo Kante has undoubtedly had the best few months of his professional football career in a season that could well see him lift the Premier League title with the Foxes, and also potentially join his countrymen in a bid to earn the bragging rights to be called the best in Europe.
Mr. Michael Onyegide is an Internet savvy, sports writer who is very passionate about the game of football. He holds B.Eng from Imo state university and a Telemarketing Diploma from Texas. He can be reached on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @michaelonyegide.