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Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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International
Can young Super Eagles find their wings against Brazil?
09:00 Sunday 13th October 2019

On 31st July 1996, a lanky 20-year-old Nigerian striker with a touch like pure silk announced himself to world football. It was a performance that sent shockwaves across the African conrtinent. The occasion was an Olympic Games semi-final…

Football
Who are Famalicao?
12:00 Wednesday 9th October 2019

A small team from Northern Portugal is tearing up the Portuguese Primera Liga. They go by the name Famalicao. Heard of them before this season? Most likely not. And you shouldn’t be faulted. Famalicao does not play in Europe’s big…

Premier League
Did Newcastle United waste money on their £40 million man?
14:00 Sunday 6th October 2019

“He’s got everything a modern-day player wants.”  Those were Steve Bruce's words following Joelinton's unveiling as Newcastle United’s new number nine. Two months on, Newcastle is in a mire and the Brazilian doesn’t…

Champions League
Can Inter return to Champions League glory under Antonio Conte?
12:01 Friday 4th October 2019

There’s a wind blowing across Lombardy for fans of the Nerazzurri. It’s one that inspires belief and lofty expectations. Inter Milan is a revamped side with the resources and personnel to haul in silverware at season’s end.…

Premier League
Why Watford must plan now for life in the Championship
08:00 Thursday 3rd October 2019

Monumental collapse. That’s the best way to describe Watford’s start to the 2019/20 campaign. Trepidation saturates Vicarage Road, a solid base coat for the panic that follows. Over the international break, Hornets CEO Scott…

Football
Why the FIFPro World XI continues to annoy everyone
12:00 Tuesday 1st October 2019

Among the most prestigious accolades a footballer can receive is to be named among the FIFPro World XI. Sadly, not many players ever get to receive that honour. It explains why footballers and fans become highly incensed when a player…

Managerial News
End times for Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs?
12:31 Saturday 28th September 2019

Mauricio Pochettino is the longest-serving Premier League top-six manager. Among all 20 gaffers, only Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe claim seniority. But the 2019/20 campaign's early days are riddled…

Italy
Did Adrien Rabiot make a mistake joining Juventus?
09:01 Thursday 26th September 2019

There are approximately 250 million footballers in over 200 countries worldwide. Sieving through, the most popular players are found in five European nations: England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Expectedly, something shifts…

International
Why Nigeria’s pursuit of Tammy Abraham is stupid
12:00 Wednesday 25th September 2019

Success, as they say, has many friends. Tammy Abraham and his father can consider themselves blessed to truly experience what that means. What’s bizarre is how the tall forward is now being used to score cheap political points in…

Premier League
Why Danny Ward must leave Leicester City in January
09:01 Monday 23rd September 2019

When Chelsea sold Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, it was assumed they’d seek and find his replacement on English soil. With that rumour flying, Premier League clubs with good goalkeepers were put on…

Premier League
Why big clubs shouldn’t be deceived by Teemu Pukki
12:00 Thursday 19th September 2019

Can Teemu Pukki be satisfied at Norwich City? Unless he thinks like Jamie Vardy, the simple answer is no. With his superb form and confidence, it wouldn’t be surprising if bigger Premier League clubs decide to take a chance on him at…

Italy
Strength or weakness in numbers for Sarri's Juve midfield?
17:00 Saturday 7th September 2019

Call them the Galacticos of the Serie A; you won’t be wrong. Only the very best players can afford to hold down a place in the Juventus first-team right now, regardless of his position. In Maurizio Sarri's densely populated…

Premier League
Has Lampard's defensive woes followed from Derby to Chelsea?
12:00 Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Frank Lampard is making a strong statement with his Chelsea academy graduates. All six Premier League goals for the Blues this season have come from former loanees. Tammy Abraham, four, and Mason Mount, two, are laying down an early marker. …

Italy
Can Chris Smalling find himself in Roma?
12:00 Sunday 1st September 2019

Unlike the last Spider-Man sequel, English players rarely venture Far From Home to ply their trade. A look at England’s squad during the 2018 World Cup tells the whole story – there wasn’t any foreign-based player in…

Spain
Anssumane Fati: FC Barcelona's youngest debutant since the 1940s
17:00 Tuesday 27th August 2019

Barcelona takes its time before handing a debut to teenagers in La Liga. In 1941, the late Vicenc Martinez became the youngest La Liga debutant for the Catalan giants, when he appeared in El Clasico aged 16 years and 280 days. Lionel Messi…