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Arsenal's Alex Iwobi enjoys remarkable rise, must fulfil potential

Premier League champion Riyad Mahrez thanked his Leicester teammates after winning African Player of the Year.

One year ago, virtual unknown Alex Iwobi was still preparing for the game that would serve as his big breakthrough: Arsenal's FA Cup third round game against Sunderland. On Thursday, the 20-year-old midfielder was recognised as Africa's Youth Player of the Year, highlighting what a remarkable rise it has been for the Nigeria international over the last 12 months.

It seems like just reward for Iwobi, whose FA Cup performances against Sunderland and Burnley were the first step in establishing himself...

 By Colin Udoh

Why Chelsea's John Obi Mikel chose to move to China with Tianjin TEDA

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.

If there was one certainty about this transfer window, it was that John Obi Mikel would leave Chelsea after 11 years in which he accumulated 11 different trophies.

What was not so certain -- and even the player and his representatives did not know until the last minute -- was where his next destination would be. There were no shortage of suitors, including some of Europe's elite, but in the end the midfielder chose to take his talents to China where he has joined Tianjin TEDA. Here are three things...

 By Colin Udoh

Five Nigeria internationals that must consider their future in January

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti previews the now open January transfer window and which clubs will be looking to bolster their ranks.
Odion Ighalo has found himself in a scoring drought for both club and country.

It's transfer season and one big headache for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is the inactivity being endured by many of the players in his Super Eagles squad, especially core players who form the spine of the team.

The German has confirmed that he is advising his players to make moves, and will even help them in the process.

But who are the players who really need to explore their options? Here are five that need to seriously consider their futures:

1. Odion Ighalo

After a blazing first half of last...

 By Colin Udoh

Sunday Oliseh moves on from Nigeria with Fortuna in win-or-bust move

Former Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has been appointed boss of Dutch side Fortuna Sittard.

There is something to be said about the group of former Nigeria players known loosely as the Class of '94.

That core group of players re-awakened Nigeria's football consciousness with swashbuckling, opponent-destroying football, and they also backed it up by qualifying for their first-ever World Cup and winning the African Nations Cup.

When Nigeria won Olympic gold in 1996, the spine of the side came from that same Class of '94. Nigeria has been blessed with some great internationals since, but...

 By Colin Udoh

Five things to know about soon-to-be Leicester star Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi looks set to join Premier League champions Leicester City in January.

Early this week, Genk midfielder Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi passed a medical at Leicester City and is now set to complete a five-year deal initially worth £15 million. The deal could rise to as high as £19m, depending on add-ons.

But who is this talented 19-year-old who has enjoyed a breakout season in Belgium with Genk?

Here are five things you need to know about the future Foxes star:

1. Nurtured by World Cup winner

Ndidi started out playing organised street football in the barracks of Lagos...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's Africa Women Cup of Nations win shows interest is on the up

Nigeria's Africa Women Cup of Nations win
Nigeria won the Africa Women Cup of Nations for an eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon.

Nigeria's women claimed their eighth African Nations Cup title with a 1-0 win over Cameroon over the weekend.

Here are five thoughts from the tournament:

1. Omagbemi, Ellis point the way forward for women

Florence Omagbemi became only the second woman to lead a team to victory in 10 editions of the African Women Nations Cup. The first to do so was her compatriot and former teammate Uche Eucharia in 2010.

Omagbemi and South Africa's Desiree Ellis may have been the only two women coaches out of the...