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Iwuala: Leaving Enyimba for Esperance was an easy choice
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Iwuala: Leaving Enyimba for Esperance was an easy choice

The Super Eagle has echoed that he made no mistakes joining the Blood and Gold while expressing his desire to prove his worth Anayo Iwuala says it was “an easy choice” to swap life at Nigeria Professional Football League side Enyimba for that at Esperance. After representing the Aba Elephants for two years, the winger opted to take on a new challenge with the Ligue Professionnelle 1 outfit. Although not certain that the decision would make him a regular face in Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles, he is keen on profiting his worth at Stade Olympique de Rades.
Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM
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Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM

  The Promise Keepers thrilled their fans in Uyo on Sunday by securing the Nigerian top-flight crown with an emphatic win Akwa United have won the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League title after they defeated MFM FC 5-2 in their penultimate fixture of the season on Sunday. Charles Atshimene stood out for the hosts at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as his hat-trick of goals helped crush the Olukoya Boys, who are winless in their last eight matches on the road. Atshimene opened the scoring in the 24th minute followed by Alimi Adebayo's own goal on the stroke of half-time which gave Kennedy Boboye's side a two-goal lead at the half-time break.  
African national football team nicknames – Goalpedia
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African national football team nicknames – Goalpedia

What do African national football team nicknames tell us about the continent’s biggest sides? Across African football, more so than in other areas of the world game, African national football team nicknames tell the stories and convey the identities of the countries they belong to and contribute to the national consciousness. “You could compile a hefty encyclopaedia of the monikers by which football in Africa tells its stories, makes its heroes, piques its villain,” wrote journalist Ian Hawkey, with these nicknames proving vital in fuelling a sense of identity and nationhood. Common names play such a critical role in distinguishing a nation from an ethnic community, and it’s therefore little surprise that the nicknames of African national sides have such prominence, and play such ...
Nigeria coach Rohr hints at inviting NPFL players for World Cup qualifiers after Mexico thumping
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Nigeria coach Rohr hints at inviting NPFL players for World Cup qualifiers after Mexico thumping

The German coach was present in Los Angeles to monitor the Super Eagles players who were on parade against Mexico Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that he could include some Nigeria Professional Football League players in his squad for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers which will begin in September. He was on the bench as the home-based players suffered a 4-0 defeat to Mexico in an international friendly game on Sunday. Despite the disappointing score, Rohr commended the NPFL stars for their efforts in Los Angeles and he is looking forward to working with some of them in his regular team during the next final window.
Loss to Mexico a ‘good experience’ for Nigeria – Olorundare
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Loss to Mexico a ‘good experience’ for Nigeria – Olorundare

Gernot Rohr’s men were steamrolled by El Tri in Los Angeles, but, the veteran striker insists the loss can be a positive Dele Olorundare believes Nigeria will learn valuable lessons from the heavy defeat to Mexico in Sunday’s international friendly. Parading a squad predominantly made up of players plying their trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Gernot Rohr’s men were overpowered 4-0 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the absence of the German. Hector Herrera’s double as well as strikes from Rogelio Funes Mori and Jonathan dos Santos were enough for all El Tri to stroll past the West African side in the United States of America.
‘Nigeria loss to Mexico still had an advantage’ – Obuh backs NPFL players to learn from exposure
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‘Nigeria loss to Mexico still had an advantage’ – Obuh backs NPFL players to learn from exposure

The home-based players were hammered in Los Angeles by El Tri who are preparing for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup which starts on Saturday Former Nigeria U17 and U20 coach John Obuh has applauded the exposure given to the Nigeria Professional Football League players in Sunday’s international friendly match against Mexico. Although Gernot Rohr's outfit suffered a 4-0 defeat to the North Americans, Obuh stressed how the encounter will boost the experience of the home-based players. Hector Herrera's double and lone goals from Rogerio Funes Mori and Jonathan dos Santos secured Mexico’s dominance over the three-time African nations at the Los Angeles Coliseum, in a match they dominated from start to finish.
Akwa United coach Boboye explains walk-off incident against Kano Pillars
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Akwa United coach Boboye explains walk-off incident against Kano Pillars

Sunday's league match in Kaduna was abandoned due to pitch invasion but it was concluded on Monday morning Akwa United coach Kennedy Boboye has explained the situation that led to the abandonment of their Nigeria Professional Football League encounter against Kano Pillars on Sunday evening. The former Super Eagles assistant coach disclosed that fans invaded the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in an attempt to beat the referee and his assistant after they ruled out a goal scored by Nwagua Nyiwa for Sai Masu Gida in the closing stages of the match. The pitch invasion forced both teams to walk off the pitch as they sought safety in the dressing room.
Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells
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Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells

Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says. The German Bundesliga became the first major football league to resume since the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down sports earlier this year. The Bundesliga return behind closed doors is now being closely watched by other leagues. “Will it survive long term? Will it damage the show long term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” FIFA’s head of global development Wenger said. “You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution. “It is still the best possible way to get a verdict for the end of the season. It’s be...
‘We suffered’ – Partey on first Atletico Madrid training session after coronavirus lockdown
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‘We suffered’ – Partey on first Atletico Madrid training session after coronavirus lockdown

The Ghanaian midfielder was among the Rojiblancos that trained on Saturday ahead of a potential La Liga return Thomas Partey has described Atletico Madrid's first training session since the suspension of football activities from coronavirus as "different", also saying the team "suffered a bit". La Liga, along with other football leagues across the world, has been suspended since March as the pandemic spread rapidly, with government forcefully imposing lockdown measures. Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries from the virus with more than 220,000 cases and 26,000 deaths.
COVID-19: Bundesliga to Become Europe’s First Major League to Resume
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COVID-19: Bundesliga to Become Europe’s First Major League to Resume

The Bundesliga is set to become Europe’s first major football league to resume fixtures during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, a restart was confirmed for later this month. Germany’s government and its federal states have given the green light to start again. However, the date is due to be decided, when the German Football League (DFL) meets for an Ordinary Assembly on Thursday. May 15 has been pencilled down as the earliest possible return date, with a May 22 start also considered. There are nine round of games left, with a commitment to finish the season by June 30 and Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga by four points. “Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2. “It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their ...
Fans May Not Be Returning To Football Matches Anytime Soon – FA Chairman
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Fans May Not Be Returning To Football Matches Anytime Soon – FA Chairman

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has said it is hard to see fans returning to matches "any time soon". If the Premier League and Football League seasons resume, those matches will be played behind closed doors. The Premier League is also preparing for the possibility of playing the 2020-21 season without fans. "The reality is that we just don't know how things are going to pan out," Clarke wrote in a letter to the FA governing council. "But with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem. "For example it's hard to foresee crowds of fans - who are the lifeblood of the game - returning to matches any time soon." Clarke warned of an FA budget cut of £75m this year, with a "worst-case scenario" of ...
Update: Enyimba and Abia Comets Players Regain Freedom After Being Kidnapped in Osun State
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Update: Enyimba and Abia Comets Players Regain Freedom After Being Kidnapped in Osun State

Enyimba FC player, Dayo Ojo and Abia Comets footballer, Benjamin Iluyomade who were kidnapped on Sunday March 22 at Ipele, along Benin–Akure road have regained their freedom. The footballers were reportedly kidnapped while on their way to Lagos after their teams went on vacation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Enyimba FC official twitter handle confirmed that their player has regained his freedom. The club wrote; GREAT BIG NEWS! Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers Though it is not clear if a ransom was paid, it was however gathered that the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N20m after an initial demand of N100m. A statement released by Enyimba FC read; "Enyimba midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade, who we...
All Premier League Matches ‘to be Played Behind Closed Doors’
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All Premier League Matches ‘to be Played Behind Closed Doors’

All Premier League matches will be played behind closed doors, the UK Times reports. It is believed this would also apply to English Football League matches. On Thursday morning, a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee, is expected to move the response to the coronavirus pandemic, from ‘contained’ to the ‘delay’ phase. The current football season is not in danger of being postponed under this plan. Instead, fans will be shut out, as has happened in the Spanish La Liga and French Ligue 1. Season-ticket holders and holders of tickets for individual games will be able to stream coverage of matches. Broadcasters will also be able to show more than one game during the current television slots on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. However, games will not be shown in p...
FC Ifeanyi Ubah resolve to end the NPFL playoffs with a positive result against Enugu Rangers
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FC Ifeanyi Ubah resolve to end the NPFL playoffs with a positive result against Enugu Rangers

The Anambra Warriors have vowed to finish the Super Six with a good result against the Flying Antelopes to atone for their poor form in Lagos The FC Ifeanyi Ubah duo of Uche Okagbue and Chijioke Alaekwe have promised to play their best game of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Championship Playoffs on Wednesday against Enugu Rangers, to ensure that they end the season on a positive note. The Anambra Warriors have lost all four matches they have played at the tournament thus far, and as they come up against Rangers in their last game of the series, head coach Okagbue stressed that they will apply the experience they have garnered in Lagos against their Oriental brothers. “It was painful that we were unable to achieve our intention of coming here, which is to ensu...
Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We must all sacrifice to get back to the continent
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Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We must all sacrifice to get back to the continent

The People’s Elephant coach says they have twin targets going into the post-season play-offs and they must be focused to achieve them Enyimba coach Usman Abd'Allah has charged his team to rise up to the challenge that awaits them at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) play-offs. The People’s Elephant secured a berth in the Super Six on the final day of the NPFL first round, finishing third in Group A despite slipping to a 1-2 loss against Katsina United. Having achieved their first target, Abd’Allah has warned his players that they must stay focused if they are to pick up a continental ticket and also claim silverware from the Super Six. We have scaled through the first stage of this competition by getting to the Super Six and now we are in the final stage of the ...
Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day
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Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day

The abridged version of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, will on Sunday come to an end. As it stands on the NPFL 2018/2019 league table, the last match day would either impact on the playoff aspirations or survival of all the teams in action. The final round of matches which will be action packed, as it will feature teams across 12 designated stadia in the country as they slug it out to make the Super Six play-off spots as well as others that will be engaging in survival battle to avoid relegation. With 17 teams still at risk of dropping down to the Nigeria National League, NNL, if they fail to get the desired results, the trio of Akwa United, Kano Pillars and seven-time champions Rangers have secured their places in the Super Six as they await others whose fate...
Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars draw closer to playoff spots
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Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars draw closer to playoff spots

The two former league champions secured favourable results away from home to boost their push for places in the Super Six Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars have maintained their second spots in Group A and B of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following favourable results on Thursday. While Lobi forced Rivers United to a 1-1 draw at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Pillars got the job done in Damaturu where they beat the already relegated Yobe Stars 1-0. In the game played in Port Harcourt, Kunle Odunlami’s own goal in the 26th minute had given the Pride of Benue the lead before Stanley Eguma’s men got the leveller just after the hour mark through Adebambo Ademola.
MFM striker Adeniji Kabiru ready for must-win clash against Rivers United
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MFM striker Adeniji Kabiru ready for must-win clash against Rivers United

The striker, who has four goals already for the Olukoya Boys, is confident that they will overcome the Garden City team on Sunday MFM striker Adeniji Kabiru has predicted that the Olukoya Boys will return to winning ways this weekend, when they host Rivers United in a matchday 17 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). MFM are without a win in their last five games, drawing at home against Enyimba and Lobi Stars while losing three times in that run of matches. However, Adeniji has assured fans that they target a win over the visiting team from Port Harcourt.
AELEX, Falana Aiming to Consolidate
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AELEX, Falana Aiming to Consolidate

After AELEX picked the first win of Group A in the 2019 BOA Lawyers’ Football League that commenced last weekend, the law firm will today try to consolidate on that victory when they confront Perchstone & Graeys LP this afternoon at AstroTurf 2000 in Ikoyi, Lagos. Similarly, favourites Falana & Falana leading Group B on three points have a date to keep with another past winner of the tournament, Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) in top of the billing clash. Falana lost their crown to Olisa Agbakoba Legal in the final of the last edition. Before these two top games, Pinheiro LP is to tackle Templars in the opening match of the second week. Other matches billed to hold today include; the clash between SOOB/NICCOM LLP and Olaniwun Ajayi, BA Law LLP/ Probitas Partner...
Lobi Moves out of Drop Zone with Defeat of MFM
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Lobi Moves out of Drop Zone with Defeat of MFM

Bashiru Monsuru denied his former club MFM FC the opportunity of leaving Makurdi with a point from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled Match-day 3 clash with Lobi Stars yesterday. That win has now brought some respite to champion Lobi who have leapt from the near bottom of the Group A table to sixth spot with 11 points from six matches. They have four more outstanding matches to catch up with the rest teams in the group. Monsuru who who joined Lobi Stars from the Olukoya Boys during the mid-season break last term, scored the winning goal for the hosts 20 minutes from time. Former Enyimba midfielder Dare Ojo gave Lobi Stars the lead in the 16th minute with a trademark long-range effort which sailed past MFM’s debutant goalkeeper Olatunji Odekunle. G...
No Insurance For Enyimba in Benin
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No Insurance For Enyimba in Benin

AS former two time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba FC of Aba come calling in Benin City this after Bendel Insurance attacker, Moses Kalu is optimistic his side will collect all three points and stay afloat in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Bendel Insurance have struggled to win their games, after they made a big come back to the elite division. And at home against Enyimba, multiple winners of the NPFL title, Kalu in chat with brila.net, said though they respect the Peoples Elephant, they will do all it takes to get the three points. “Sure I believe my team can beat Enyimba FC, We really need this win to come off the relegation zone and we are motivated to do it. “We will only respect them for what they have achieved and they have been in the Premier league for long...
The Lokosa Example in NPFL
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The Lokosa Example in NPFL

When Junior Lokosa picked up the first ever Eunisell Boot Award, for emerging the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL’s) 2017/18 season highest goal scorer with 19 goals, the then Kano Pillars FC hitman not envisage the career-defining boost it would have on him in the next couple of months. For his performance in Nigeria’s top football league, the 25-year-old was presented with a glittering trophy and a cheque for N3.8million from one of the nation’s foremost chemical and specialty fluid management companies. The publicity and media hype he got from achieving this feat reverberated beyond the shores of the ‘Giant of Africa’ catching the attention of international clubs. First, he went for trials in Asia, with a Chinese club and Europe (Bulgarian and Norway) but fail...
Bosso Proud Of Gombe Utd Return To NPFL
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Bosso Proud Of Gombe Utd Return To NPFL

Gombe United technical adviser,  Ladan Bosso, says securing a ticket back to the Nigeria Professional Football League,  NPFL,  was mission accomplished for the Savannah Scorpions. Ladan Bosso Gombe United finished second second in the Northern Conference with five points, same as Kada City but with inferior goal aggregate. “Before coming here, our objective was to pick one of the promotion tickets. “We also wanted to play in the grand finale and possibly emerge as overall Champions. “But though we can no longer feature in the final, we are happy that our major objective which is a Premier League ticket was achieved and I’m proud of the players. “It would have been a waste of our efforts because when I joined up I told them it would amount to wasted efforts if we failed to secu...
2019 NPFL: A Redemption Season for Last Year’s Strugglers
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2019 NPFL: A Redemption Season for Last Year’s Strugglers

Share   Facebook   Twitter   Google+   Pinterest   The 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season will commence this weekend with teams keen to lay a claim to the title. For everything that went down after the league ended at Match Day 24, a lot will look to build on the success of last season, while for others, it is an opportunity to sing songs of redemption. Some teams struggled from the outset last term and never shrugged off the poor run but without any team relegated at the end of last season, the 2019 NPFL season provides them with a chance to prove their doubters wrong. Sunshine Stars, Kwara United, Heartland and Go Round FC were facing the guillotine last time out but now have a chance to aim for the kleig lights. Kw...
FIFA Investigating Sex Abuse Claims On Afghanistan Women’s Team
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FIFA Investigating Sex Abuse Claims On Afghanistan Women’s Team

Football’s world governing body FIFA is looking into claims of sexual and physical abuse on the Afghanistan national women’s team, it confirmed in a statement Saturday. The allegations against officials including the Afghanistan Football Federation’s president Keramuddin Karim were reported in Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The AFF has “vigorously” rejected claims. “The serious subjects mentioned are being looked in to by FIFA,” the global body said in a statement, adding that it has a “zero tolerance policy” on such violations. Given the sensitivity of the allegations, particularly in deeply conservative, patriarchal Afghanistan, it said it was addressing the matter in a “do no harm” way and working with reputable entities to establish the fac...
UAM Tillers Win Nigeria’s First Collegiate Football League
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UAM Tillers Win Nigeria’s First Collegiate Football League

University of Agriculture Makurdi  (UAM Tillers) defeated University of Calabar (UNICAL Malabites) 5-4 in penalty shootouts on Saturday in Lagos to emerge champions of the maiden Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL). The Tillers from Makurdi started the game on the front foot, with skipper and highest goal scorer of the tournament Ebuka David in the thick of action, but the Okorie Okechukwu- led UNICAL Malabites defence stood resilient. The boys from Calabar were the better side in the second half as skipper and Man of the Match, Charles Ufot created a lot of chances that were poorly finished. But after a goalless stalemate in regulation time, the Makurdi team won 5-4 in shoot out to be crowned champions at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. Organisers of the HiFL...
HiFL 2018: Final Matches To Go On As Planned
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HiFL 2018: Final Matches To Go On As Planned

Director,  Pace sports and Entertainment, Sola Fijabi, has said that the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL) finals scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 3 rd , 2018 remains unchanged. Fijabi also said that there is no injunction from the court stopping the final match neither was there any injunction restraining the firms media partners from covering the event. Fijabi made the statement yesterday while reacting to an alleged court injunction obtained by one Alhaji Shuaibu Gara-Gombe, CEO of Green White Green Centre Limited. According to the statement, “the matches scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd will hold as planned.” The statement reads thus: “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement released in the national dailies by Alhaji Shuaibu Gara-Gombe, CEO of Gre...
NFF Executive Committee To Ratify 2018 NPFL Standing
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NFF Executive Committee To Ratify 2018 NPFL Standing

Nigeria Football Federation congress holding in Asaba has urged the executive committee to ratify the final standing of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League, and others to enable the 2019 season to begin. Pinnick The League was disrupted by the leadership crisis that rocked the NFF, before the election in September ushered in a new hope for Nigeria football. This resolution is part of a communique issued at the end of the NFF congress held in Asaba on October 24. “ In consideration of the crisis that briefly blighted the smooth organization of football in Nigeria, which has inevitably prolonged the League Season, Congress mandated the NFF Executive Committee to approve the eventual final tables of the various Leagues, including the promotion and relegation of teams,” ...
Why I Joined Enyimba – Ikechukwu Ezenwa
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Why I Joined Enyimba – Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says the desire to help Enyimba win a record eighth Nigeria Professional Football League title was the main reason behind his decision to pitch tent with the club. Ezenwa penned a one-year deal with the Peoples Elephant after severing ties with FC IfeanyiUbah following the expiration of his contract with the Anambra Warriors. Enyimba and Enugu Rangers have won the highest number of titles (seven) in the history of the NPFL. Ezenwa is determined to make his stay with the Aba side a successful one. “Enyimba going by the record remains the most successful club in Nigeria and I’m happy to be part of this great team,” the former junior international said. “My number one target is to be part of history by helping the club win the league tit...
Liverpool Sign 15-year-old Nigerian Emeka Obi
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Liverpool Sign 15-year-old Nigerian Emeka Obi

Liverpool have beaten Stoke to the signing of promising Bury teenager Emeka Obi. The 15-year-old has agreed to join the Anfield club once they get approval from the Football League and Premier League over his visa as he has Nigerian heritage. Obi, who is already 6ft 5ins tall, has already appeared for the League One club's first team and had a trial with Stoke during the summer. He has been described by Bury manager David Flitcroft as the 'best talent at 15 years old in the entire country'.

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