With the 2016/2017 English Premier League season upon us, Osesax has come up with an analysis of title favourites and relegation predictions.


My title favourites are in three categories:

Pot 1: Manchester United / Manchester City

Pot 2: Chelsea / Arsenal / Tottenham

Pot 3: Leicester City / Liverpool

Manchester United

Mourinho and Man Utd combine to succeed

Mourinho and Man Utd combine to succeed

Manchester United are the title favourites for me. One; because they have the strongest squad and two, they have Jose Mourinho.

Having a spine of De Gea, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enticing, not to mention the equally quality supporting casts of Eric Baily, Ander Herrera, Henrik Miktayran, Anthony Martial, Lingard and the rest of them.

Jose Mourinho has everything to prove after his shambolic title defence with Chelsea last season. His pedigree did definitely take some beating and there are whispers he has lost his powers. What other way to prove these critics wrong by winning the title at the first time of asking at Manchester United? It’s a fantastic wedding at Old Trafford! Manchester United want to win, Jose Mourinho wants to win, how can this fail?

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KWARA UNITED’S WOES, WHOSE FAULT? by Billiameen Obafunsho

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When the Nigeria Premier League started in January, hopes were high for Kwara Utd. Every football loving person in Kwara state believed the team’s sojourn back in the apex division will be fruitful as delivering a continental ticket was on the lips of all and sundry.

This was after enduring a torrid end to their NNL campaign in which the Kwara darling team and Ranchers Bees became entangled in a boardroom promotional battle following violence in both the league tie in Kaduna and replay in Abuja.

This evidently affected the Harmony Boys preparation towards the Premier league as they got the Nigeria Football Federation nod late while the Samson Unualel technical crew and the clubs management also parted ways with the club, giving way to a new crew with Tunde Abdulrahman as the arrow head.

Week 17 into the season and Kwara United’s position on the log is pathetic following…

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Inter Milan owner, Erik Thoir

Inter Milan owner, Erik Thoir

Erick Thohir must be one of the most thirsty club Presidents in the footballing world right now. He assumed Presidency at Inter Milan in 2013, taking over from Massimo Moratti. Unlike Erick’s, Moratti’s reign enjoyed plenty of silverware and medals, Including the historic treble winning season under Jose Mourinho, and that was it.

Inter milan is yet to win a major trophy under Erick Thohir and they are even struggling to qualify for a place in Europe. Finishing 8th in any major league would not have been termed a bad result for an average team, but Inter Milan shouldn’t be found in such position. Rather, they should be competing for the domestic title and disturbing the other big boys in Europe in the UEFA Champions League.

For the crisis that has rocked the club in recent times, finishing behind Juventus, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli is pardonable, but behind Genoa and Sampdoria? It means there is actually a cause to worry.

Having taken a close look at the team and it’s output, it must be said that there are few positives to pick out from last season, one of which is in the goal keeping position.

HANDanovic in action for Inter last season

HANDanovic in action for Inter last season

Samir Handanovic just as the name implies ‘HANDanovic’ showed last season that he really knows how to make good use of his hands. The Slovenian kept the 4th highest number of clean sheets in the serie A (11), only behind legendary Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus with 18, Morgan De Sanctis of AS Roma with 16 and Albano Bizarri of Chievo with 12. It might surprise you to know that despite keeping 11 clean sheets, Inter Milan still conceded as much as 48 goals in the remaining 27 league games which makes you want to ask questions of the defense.

Despite getting Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United and Brazilian Dodo on loan from AS Roma, not much was shown in terms of stability in the defence. Andrea Ranocchia however got 9 goals to his credit but that’s not his major assignment.

The midfield can not be left out of the blame as none of Fredy Guarin, Gary Mendel, Hernanes, Mateo Kovacic, even Xherdan Shaqiri who arrived from Munich and Marcelo who joined on loan form Dinamo Zagreb could manage at least 7 assists in the league. One would have thought that they were too busy scoring goals and decided to leave assists, however, Hernanes was the highest goal scoring midfielder of all, yet he could only manage 7 goals in all competitions, 5 of those goals in the league. Every other member of the midfield registered at least a goal including our own Joel Obi who arrived in November from Parma where he was on loan, his goal came in the Milan derby and a very important one at that as that goal earned Inter Milan a point in that game. The last Nigerian who scored in the Milan derby was Obafemi Martins and that was way back in time.

Unlike the others, Gary Mendel didn’t even bother to register his name on the scorers sheet all through the season, I should joke that even Kelechi Iheanacho would have performed better in 31 games if given the chance.

Lukas Podolski joined on loan from Arsenal but little did the Inter Milan board know that they were adding just a goal to their attack. He managed just a goal all through the season, same as Nemanja Vidic (a defender).

Rodrigo Palacio hit the back of the net 8 times in the league and 12 times in 41 games in all competitions, I was tempted to type ‘not too bad’, but then you begin to wonder what the role of a striker is.

Icardi shouldered the goals for Inter last season

Icardi shouldered the goals for Inter last season

Clearly, Inter Milan’s best player last season was Mauro Icardi, The Argentine finished joint top goal scorer having the same tally as Verona’s Luca Toni, scoring 22 times in the league. Icardi scored 27 times in 48 games despite the midfield not supplying him with enough assists.

The highest point of the league for Inter Milan came in September last year when Icardi put 3 goals pass Sassuolo’s goal keeper at Giuseppe Meazza ground, 7-0 the game ended but just two weeks later it was Samir Handanovic who let 3 goals slip through off the boots of Albim Ekdal of Cagliari, 4-1 the game ended and this clearly interpreted what Inter Milan’s journey through the season was like.

55 points from 38 games in the league, 14 wins, 11 losses, 13 draws, 59 goals scored (22 of which were Icardi’s) and 48 goals conceded. Clearly the improvements have to come from all departments but from the midfield and defense majorly.

It might be pretty difficult to sign big names since they didn’t clinch an European place but a striker who can complement Icardi’s brilliance should be brought in next season and not another Podolski, with the perfect pairing and combinations in the defense line and Samir Handanovic between the sticks, It is safe to predict that Inter Milan should be playing in Europe in 2016.

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P.S: The article was written well before the signings of Kondogbia, Miranda and the rest.


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FC Ifeanyi Ubah has appointed John Ubah as new coach after the Nnewi side sacked Bulgarian Mitko Dobrev.

Ifeanyi Ubah lost a home game against Wikki Tourists last weekend at the
Rojenny Stadium, Oba.

Ifeanyi Ubah are placed fifth on the league table with 23 points.

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The Nigeria Football Federation has blasted a report in one of the national dailies of Monday, 29th June, 2015, which claimed that the Federation has
abandoned the U-23 National Team that is campaigning for a place at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said the report was riddled with factual errors right from the first paragraph.

“It is strange for the reporter to tell the world that the U-23 team is seeking to qualify for the All-Africa Games, almost THREE MONTHS after the team
defeated Zambia in Lusaka to earn a spot at the Games coming up in Congo in September.

“The report went on to, unfairly, castigate the NFF for ‘abandoning’ the team. This is far from the truth because the NFF has never shirked its responsibility
of catering for any of the National Teams.”

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The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Christopher Danjuma as Head Coach of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, in acting

Speaking in Abuja at the weekend, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, praised the efforts of the former technical crew headed by Mr. Edwin Okon, saying they did their best within the period they were in charge of the team.

“We commend Okon and his crew for the services rendered to the country, and they did well to reclaim the African Women Championship title for the
country in Namibia in October 2014, thus qualifying the team for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“The contract given to the crew has elapsed with the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Mr. Christopher Danjuma will now take over the team in acting
capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive coaching crew, which process is ongoing.”


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Enyeama lied –NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation has described as untrue claims by Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama that he was not invited to appear before the NFF disciplinary committee, AfricaFootball.com reports.

The Eagles goalkeeper   shunned the NFF judicial committee, which sat on Tuesday in Abuja.Enyeama, responding to the claims, told the BBC that he was never given an invitation to appear before a committee, but that the NFF only sent him a query, urging him to desist from making such statements.

However, spokesman for the NFF Ademola Olajire told Africanfootball.com,”I can assure you that Enyeama was sent an invitation by the NFF.“The invitation to appear before the committee was sent to him through the channel that we normally send him invitations to the Super Eagles.“The disciplinary committee is a judicial body, so whether Eneyama appears or not they will make their decision.”

Enyeama lied –NFF http://www.punchng.com/sports/enyeama-lied-nff/

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