Solanke Makes Chelsea Cut

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Dominic Solanke has been rewarded for his sterling performances for the Chelsea B team last season by being included in the team’s preseason tour to Austria.

The Anglo Nigeria who top scored at the European Under-18 Championship was included alongside seven of his B team colleague from last season on the blues tour list of 26 to Austria where they will play two friendlies.

16 year old Solanke ended last season with the Under-18 with 18 goals and has already played in the team’s two preseason games so far.

Still eligible to play for Nigeria at senior level due to his father who hails from the land of the Super Eagles, he is the only Nigerian on the team’s tour as Ola Aina failed to make the cut after an indifferent debut for the first team at the weekend.

Solanke more illustrious Nigeria counterparts at Chelsea, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are still not back from World cup break after reaching the round of 16 with Nigeria at the World Cup.

Haruna Ready For Ukrainian Clasico

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Lukman Haruna and 27 other Dynamo Kyiv players are already in Lyiv, in readiness for Tuesday’s Ukrainian Super Cup clash against bitter rivals FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

In a recent pre-season played by Dynamo against Karlsruhe, Lukman was on target in the two-all draw.

The club’s preparation for the season included two training camps in Austria.

In general, the White Blues played nine friendlies; winning five, losing two and were held to two draws.

Nigerian striker Brown Ideye will be missing, as he has been signed by West Bromwich Albion FC.

It will be the seventh “Ukrainian clasico” within the Super Cup. Last time Dynamo lock horns for the trophy against Shakhtar was in 2011 and they won 3-1.

“We are in fine fettle, everyone is okay. We are optimistic about the forthcoming game,” assistant coach Serhiy Fedorov told the club’s official website.

On players’ mood in Kyiv after the second training camp, he said: “Players had one day off. After that we had one training session. Everyone’s spoiling for the fight.”

The lads will clash with Donetsk in Lviv a decision which the coach believes is good for unity in the Eastern Europe nation.

“I think everything will be great. Such matches unify Ukraine.”

Uche Begins Villareal Pre-Season Training

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After been controversially omitted from Nigeria World cup squad, Villareal forward Ikechukwu Uche returned to preseason training with the rest of his Villareal teammates under the watchful eye of coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

Uche exercised at the ‘Ermita de la Mare de Deu de Gracia’ Vila-real with the rest of the Villareal squad bar the injured Pablo Iñiguez and Hernán Pérez, and Mexican internationals Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Aquino, who will join the team on July 24th.

The 30 year old is in line to join the team on a tour of England on August 1st in which the Submarine will face Middlesbrough FC and Swansea AFC a few days after. The Yellows will fly from Valencia to Leeds on Friday August 1st, and will establish their headquarters for the tour at the Oulton Hall Hotel, in the city suburbs.

Last season Uche scored 14 times from 30 games as Villareal marked their comeback to the La-Liga finishing in 6th place.

The Nigerian was top scorer for Villareal last season.

Musa Yahaya Impresses Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur prevailed in the fight for the signature of one of the hottest prospects on the African continent, Musa Yahaya, seeing off competition from fellow Londoners Arsenal and Ajax Amsterdam.
But since that deal was completed on March 10, 2014 for a fee of 1 million Euros excluding performance related incentives, the White Hart Lane outfit have not had a glimpse of the Mutunchi Academy midfielder.
Ahead of the start of the season, the 16-year-old began practicing with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy on Monday, and so far, he has tickled the fancy of the coaching staff.
”Musa is with the Under 21 Team of Tottenham but he will be joining the main team once in a while. I have spoken with my partner there and he said they are highly impressed with his performance.
”He started training with them on Monday and will continue there for one month,” Babawo Mohammed, who will travel to the United Kingdom on Thursday to join his client, said to SL10.ng.
The Nigeria youth international has signed a pre-contract with Spurs, but there is a black and white agreement in place that he will pen a professional deal with effect from January 1, 2016, and by then he would have attained the age of maturity.
For agreeing to sign a preliminary contract with the Londoners, Yahaya would be paid £125,000 in five equal installments excluding his annual wage of £120,000, on the proviso that he remains on the books of his nursery club, Mutunchi Academy until December 31, 2015.
Musa Yahaya’s contract with Spurs will expire on June 30, 2020, and he is set to pocket  £50,000 when he makes his first Premier League start for the club.