Exactly 26 years today after the ill-fated Oriental Airline crash that claimed the lives of two players of then Iwuanyanwu Nationale, on September 18,1994, one of the surviving players, Tony Nwaigwe, has revealed that one of the casualties, late goalkeeper Uche Ikeogu, was billed to travel to the United States of America, to meet his wife before the crash in Tamaransett, Southern Algeria, that snuffed life out of the young goalkeeper, Complete Sports reports.
Nwaigwe who now resides in London, United Kingdom, where he engages in sports punditry and sports management, said as a result, Ikeogu’s mother was emotionally shattered during the burial of the young keeper.
The 1991 and 1993 Nigeria Professional Football League top scorer hinted during a chat on WakawakaSportsExtra forum that as a result, he could not look at the woman’s face during the burial.
Recounting what transpired on the night he tagged as the ‘saddest day in his life’, Nwaigwe said the it was ‘commotion’ at the scene of the air mishap, stressing that they did not know how it really happened.
“Yes, today, Sept 18, is the remembrance day of our colleagues who died in the (Oriental Airline) plane crash in Tamaransett, Southern Algeria in 1994,” said Nwaigwe, a rampant forward who starred for Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland), ACB and Concord during his illustrious campaign on the domestic scene.
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“That day was the saddest day in my life, more so because of the fact that we lost some of our the players, friends, colleagues, pilots and crew members. Altogether, it became a very, very, very, difficult period for both the families of thediseased and families of those that survived and are still alive.
“It all happened when we went to play a (CAF) Champions League game (against Esperance) in Tunisia. We finished the game, went to the hotel, took our baths, had our dinner and headed for the airport. Because of the fact it was a chattered flight, we needed to go to Tamaransett (in Southern Algeria) to refill and then continue our journey back home to Nigeria.
“Obviously, we got to the (Tunisian) airport, but for some reasons, we were delayed for almost three to four hours before we could take off. (The airport authorities) cited (the reason for our delay) that it had to do with payment of landing fees, parking fees and all the rest of them. But eventually, we took off and were heading to Tamaransett. I didn’t really know what happened. But what we could understand was that everybody was running out of the plane when the crash happened, everybody was running, trying to help and save whoever you can, and shouting and then people….
“when you jump down out of the plane and start running, somebody would grab you and he stops you….so much confusion every where and, you know, it was a very, very sad situation. Even (me) recalling now, you could see that everything (that happened then) is still very fresh in my veins, and so we feel for the souls that died and we keep praying that God should accept their souls and that wherever they are now, I hope, and I know that they are in a very good place.
“And for us that still have the grace to be living, all we could do is to always remember them every year and honour their memories because their memories will always be with us. We will never forget, we will continue to immortalize them as long as we are alive and will always remember this day to the honour of their glory.”
The former gangling forward Nwaigwe pays glowing tribute to the late duo of defender Eghomwanre ‘Omale’ Aimanmwosa and goalkeeper Ikeogu. He would go on to reveal that Ikeogu used to be his roommate each time the team traveled out of the country.
He discloses that Ikeogu was a ‘cool’ and ‘calculative’ fellow who would always go out of his way just to help out anyone. Nwaigwe also describes Omale as ‘humorous’ person.
“On that day, we lost Omale who died in the plane crash. And few days later, in the hospital, we lost Uche (Ikeogu). Omale, died alongside the two captains of the flight and one Air Hostess who all died right inside the plane on the day of the crash”, Nwaigwe recalled..
“We had series of injuries, some players with leg injuries, head injuries and all the rest. Uche Ikeogu died of spinal injury as a result of the crash. He was taken to the hospital, spent a few days before he gave up the ghost.
“Omale and Uche were very, very good people. They were both people of different characters. They had different ways of dealing with different situations. Omale would come into the room, fill the space with a whole lot of laughter, his sense of humour, jokes and everything.
“But Uche was a cool and calculative type that would always want to help his fellow teammates, to make sure that he was comfortable. He was always my roommate whenever we traveled out of the country and he was a very religious person.”
He continued: “These two people were very, very lovely people to be with. And our hearts and minds still go out to their families because that was a huge loss to them. I could not even look at Uche’s mother’s face when we went for his burial because the woman was disturbed, she couldn’t hold back (tears).
“You know how it feels, that her son, Uche, who was scheduled to travel out to America to meet his wife in America, died in a plane crash. So it was quite a disturbing moment, you know.
“And we thank God that He was able to help each and everyone of us that was involved in that situation to get out of it. And the thing is that we will always continue to ask God to continue to bless their souls wherever they are. And wherever they are, I hope that they are happy that we keep honouring them till death do us part”.
Nwaigwe would go on to frown at the high level crisis that has bedevilled his former club who now goes with the name Heartland FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). He expressed concern that politics has destroyed the club and blamed the Imo State Government for using the club to ‘settle’ political friends, describing it as a shame.
“What I’m going to say about the club, Heartland FC, is that it is a shame that it is happening because of the fact that Owerri has always used the club, from its days as Spartans, Iwuanyanwu Nationale and now Heartland, as a means of unifying citizens of Imo State,” Nwaigwe stated
“The pride and joy of Imo State is their football club. And it is a pity that government (of Imo State) has not shown any much, serious interest in it or (else) they are using the club, Heartland, as a political settlement.
“Football, sports generally, should not be used as a political settlement for politicians to settle some of their people. It should be given to the right people who would be able to manage the affairs of the football club, to make sure that football club runs smoothly.”
Nwaigwe added: “It should be given to somebody who knows the in and out of football, vis-a-vis the players welfare and how they feel, how they can perform, how they can better themselves on the pitch and outside the pitch.
“Football has to be the unifying factor of Imo State and for that alone, it should be given to somebody who has the technical know how to be able to achieve that. And that person must have, I repeat again, must have the knowledge, ideas and how to run a football club to the glory and benefit of the people of Imo State which they truly deserve and to the benefit of the players welfare for them to be able to perform so that the fans will be able to come to the stadium.
“How they will feel when they come to the stadium, see people bring their families, their kids to come and watch the game so that they could be able to pass on something to the next generation and then build a beautiful communal support for the club and the entire people of the State”.
By Sab Osuji
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Europa League: Osimhen Sent Off In Napoli’s Win At Sociedad; Olayinka’s Goal Secures Win For Slavia Prague vs Leverkusen
Victor Osimhen was sent off in Napoli’s 1-0 win at Real Sociedad, in their Group F Europa League game, Completesports.com reports.
Osimhen, who came on in the 61st minute, was shown a second yellow card in two minutes of added time.
He was adjudged to have raised his elbow on Sociedad’s Le Normand when he jumped for the ball.
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He had the ball in the net on 86 minutes, but it was disallowed, because Mario Rui slipped on the free kick and touched it with both feet, effectively neutralising the set play.
Napoli’s goal was scored by Matteo Politano in the 56th minute which was their first after two games played.
The Serie A club are on three points and occupy third position in the group.
In Group C, Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka was the hero for Slavia Prague who beat visiting Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.
Olayinka netted the only goal of the game with 10 minutes left for Slavia League’s first win in the group.
Leverkusen were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Karim Bellarabi in the 22nd minute.
Slavia Prague are third on three points, same points as the other three clubs in the group.
In Scotland, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo featured for Rangers who edged Lech Poznan 1-0 in Group D.
While Balogun played for 90 minutes, Aribo came on in the 69th minute.
A 68th minute goal by Alfredo Morelos secured the win for Rangers which was their second in the group.
They are second on six points and are behind group leaders Benfica also on six points.
Other results saw Molde pipped Rapid Wien 1-0 with Norwegian-born Nigerian forward Ohi Anthony Omoijuanfo scoring, Arsenal thrashed Dundalk 3-0 and Granada, without Ramon Azeez, held to a goalless draw at home by PAOK.
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Turkish Süper Lig — Starting Elevens GW7
Turkish Süper Lig — Starting Elevens GW7
Do you want to know who’s most likely to play in GW7 of Turkey Fantasy? You’re in the right place!
We know everybody needs a bit of help when picking their teams and we are here to erase most of the doubts you might have about who you should pick for this gameweek.
Below are the predicted lineups for the 20 teams of Turkey Fantasy that will enter the pitch for Gameweek 7.
This is the place where you‘ll always find the best predictions of starting elevens, players that are injured, doubtful to go into the game or that are simply unavailable for this gameweek. Yes, we know, we’ve done all the homework for you!
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Göztepe , Saturday at 16:00Injured: Doubtful: Unavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Fenerbahçe , Monday at 20:00Injured: Jean Armel Drole, Serdar Gürler, Bahadır Öztürk, Fredy, Hakan Özmert, Doğukan SinikDoubtful: Eren AlbayrakUnavailable: Sidney Sam (banned), Amilton (banned)
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Fatih Karagümrük , Friday at 20:00Injured: Oltan Karakullukçu, Kaan Kanak, Ömer Şişmanoğlu, Arvydas NovikovasDoubtful: Unavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Yeni Malatyaspor , Sunday at 19:00Injured: Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Ajdin Hasic, Atakan ÜnerDoubtful: Unavailable: Jeremain Lens, Douglas, Tyler Boyd, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Josef de Souza (banned)
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Kayserispor , Sunday at 13:30Injured: Doubtful: Fernando AndradeUnavailable: Aminu Umar, Ismael Diomande, Dimitrios Chatziisaias
Last update: October 29Next fixture: No match this weekInjured: Doubtful: Unavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. BB Erzurumspor , Friday at 20:00Injured: Cristobal JorqueraDoubtful: Vato ArveladzeUnavailable: Jimmy Durmaz (banned)
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Antalyaspor , Monday at 20:00Injured: Doubtful: Diego Perotti, Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Mame Thiam, Serdar AzizUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Ankaragücü , Saturday at 19:00Injured: Fernando Muslera, Younes Belhanda, Martin LinnesDoubtful: Unavailable: Valentine Ozornwafor, Radamel Falcao (banned)
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Gençlerbirliği , Saturday at 13:30Injured: Andre FelipeDoubtful: Unavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Gaziantep FK , Saturday at 13:30Injured: Doubtful: Salih Dursun, Giovanni SioUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Alanyaspor , Saturday at 16:00Injured: Doubtful: Stefano Napoleoni, Alpaslan ÖztürkUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Sivasspor , Monday at 20:00Injured: Doubtful: Adama Traore, Abdurrahman CanlıUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Konyaspor , Sunday at 16:00Injured: Caicara, Okechukwu AzubuikeDoubtful: Uğur Uçar, Nacer ChadliUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Trabzonspor , Friday at 20:00Injured: Doubtful: Gerard GohouUnavailable:
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Rizespor , Sunday at 13:30Injured: Doubtful: Harrison ManzalaUnavailable: Cristian Sapunaru (banned), Daniel Avramowski
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Istanbul Başakşehir , Sunday at 16:00Injured: Marin Anicic, Volkan Fındıklı, Uğur Demirok, Amir HadziahmetovicDoubtful: Unavailable: Serkan Kırıntılı
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Galatasaray , Saturday at 19:00Injured: Jonathan BolingiDoubtful: Unavailable: Ante Kulusic, Alper Potuk (banned)
Note: There are 7 players whose covid-19 tests are positive in MKE Ankaragücü. However, the names of the players are not officially announced. So, be careful for the player picks from MKE Ankaragücü.
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Hatayspor , Monday at 20:00Injured: Aaron Appindangoye, Erdoğan Yeşilyurt, Marcelo Goiano Doubtful: Unavailable: Armin Djerlek
Last update: October 29Next fixture: vs. Kasımpaşa , Friday at 20:00Injured: Anders TrondsenDoubtful: Abdülkadir ParmakUnavailable: Caleb Ekuban, Hüseyin Türkmen
Last update: October 29Next fixture: @ Beşiktaş , Sunday at 19:00Injured: Doubtful: Adem BüyükUnavailable:
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Turkish Süper Lig — Gameweek 7
Turkish Süper Lig — Gameweek 7
No ideas? No problem, we’ll give you a hand. Take a peak into the best transfer options for GW7.
Below you’ll find the crème de la crème of this week’s fantasy studs, provided to you by the masterminds behind Fantezi Futbol Türkiye.
Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, Forward)
There is a former top-goalscorer waiting in the substitutes behind Radamel Falcao, he is Mbaye Diagne. His 30 goals in 2018–2019 Turkish Süper Lig season gave him the title as “Top Non-Turkish Goalscorer in League History”. Despite his success on the pitch, his disciplinary problems prevented him to pursue his career in Galatasaray in the following season. At the beginning of the new season, he made a fresh start for his club by re-joining. However, world class scorer Falcao is the first choice of Fatih Terim. Diagne played just for 138 minutes in 5 league games. He has scored two goals in European League so far this season. Diagne will most probably be on the field in starting elevens this week since Falcao is banned. He is also the most powerful candidate to take a possible penalty kick.
Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor, Midfielder)
Anthony Nwakaeme has already been one of the fantasy football heroes with his performance in two consecutive years. (10 goals & 10 assists in 2018–2019 and 11 goals & 6 assists in 2019–2020 season.) He made a bad start for his 3rd year together with his team mates and scored just 1 goal so far in the league. He is expected to play a leading role against Kasımpaşa to alter the course of his team.
Papy Djilobodji (Gaziantep FK, Defender)
Senegalese defender started his Turkish Süper Lig career last year. He was paid attention by the football authorities with his performance in Gaziantep FK. He scored 6 goals, made 2 assists and got 5 clean sheets last season. He was one of the most favourite players of fantasy football fans last year since he played out-of-position in some games. He is also very capable inside the box during the dead ball situations. He is one of the clean sheet candidates of the week against Gençlerbirliği who are the least scorer team so far. He can also earn more points with possible goals or assists.
Loic Remy (Ç.Rizespor, Forward)
Together with Alanyaspor’s Davidson, who was one of our recommendations last week, Loic Remy shares the hat-trick goalscorers throne. French striker made an impressive debut to Turkish Süper Lig with 5 goals in 6 games. Especially in Ankaragücü game, he gave the impression that he will be one of the fantasy football heroes with his hat-trick in 23 minutes. He will be one of the top picks this week against Kayserispor considering also that he is the first option for penalty kicks in Rizespor.
Dimitrios Pelkas (Fenerbahçe, Midfielder)
Pelkas played 4 games for PAOK in Champions League Elimination Rounds at the beginning of the season and he scored 2 goals in these games. After his PAOK adventure, he joined Fenerbahçe afterwards and scored one goal in 3 games. In these 3 games, he played in different positions and proved that he is a versatile player. As the team leader in shots per game statistics (3 shots per game), he should be considered as one of the top picks of the week against Antalyaspor.
Pedro Henrique (Kayserispor, Midfielder)
After the leave of Bernard Mensah, Pedro Henrique became the leader player of Kayserispor. He is generally the most picked player in the games which Kayserispor is close to win. Brazilian made 10 goals and 1 assist performance last season. He missed the first two games of the season because of injury. He played 45 minutes in the previous game and finished the game with 1 goal and 1 penalty earning with 3 shots. It seems that he has recently started the season and more is expected from him.
Recommended Teams for Player Picks
Galatasaray will play Ankaragücü, which is one of the weakest teams in Süper Lig this season in terms of squad quality. In addition to that, Ankaragücü has 7 covid-19 positive players. Until the last minute, we should expect a postpone from this game. If there is no postponment, then it is better to pick as much Galatasaray player as possible for this game.
Considering the depth and quality of the squad, Fenerbahçe is the most powerful candidate for winning the title this season. The team played very impressively in the second half of Trabzonspor game and showed how strong they are. They are very close to win against Antalyaspor who have 6 injured and 2 banned players this week.
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