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Napoli keen on Folorunsho stay

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Serie A champions Napoli are keen on retaining the services of midfielder, Michael Folorunsho, after he finishes his loan spell at Hellas Verona.

Folorunsho, 26, has been helping the Giallo Blu thrive despite their ongoing relegation battle as they’re currently 14th in the Italian topflight with two points away from safety.

Folorunsho has scored four goals and provided one assist after 26 league matches this season and also clinched the Serie A February Goal of The Month award.

Hellas Verona were winless in February, but the highlight of the month for them was when they played a 2-2 draw against 36-time Italian champions Juventus at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

Eleven minutes into the first half, Folorunsho broke the deadlock with a Zinedine Zidane-esque volley from outside the box with his weaker foot into the top corner of Wojciech Szczesny’s goal, before Tijjani Noslin scored the second for the hosts.

Goals from Dusan Vlahovic and Adrien Rabiot completed the comeback for the Old Lady, but Folorunsho’s goal was too good to be swept under the carpet and was awarded the Goal of The Month in Serie A.

According to AreaNapoli, Folorunsho will return to Naples at the end of the 2023/24 season and Napoli plan to keep him in the first team next season.

Born in Italy to Nigerian parents, Folorunsho is eligible to represent the Super Eagles, and although his nationality is Italian, he hasn’t played for the Gli Azzurri at any level.

He joined Napoli in 2019 after arriving from Virtus Francavilla but hasn’t made any appearance for them, going on loan to Calabria, Calcio, Bari – where he scored nine goals in 32 games, and now Hellas Verona.

Folorunsho was invited by Roberto Mancini to the Italian European Championship camp for the first time in 2022 and is also being scouted by current Italy head coach Luciano Spalletti.

 

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

Nigeria midfielder Raphael Onyedika was on target for the second consecutive game as Club Brugge defeated Royal Antwerp 3-0 on Sunday.

Onyedika opened the scoring for Club Brugge one minute before the break.

The 22-year-old has now scored three goals in his last two games for the former Belgian Pro League champions.

Onyedika was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

The former FC Midtjylland star will however miss Club Brugge’s next game against Union St Gilloise after picking his third yellow card of the play-offs.

His compatriots, Alhassan Yusuf and Chidera Ejuke were in action for Royal Antwerp in the game.

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

Alex Iwobi registered an assist as Fulham defeated West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Iwobi set up Andreas Pereira for the Whites second goal of the game in the 72nd minute.

It was the Nigeria international’s third assist in the Premier League this season.

The midfielder has also scored five goals.

Iwobi was replaced by Harry Wilson in the 74th minute.

His compatriot Calvin Bassey also put up a solid display for Fulham.

Bassey was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

 

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

Napoli’s slim chances of Champions League football were dealt another blow on Sunday after a 2-2 home draw in their Serie A match with struggling Frosinone.

Walid Cheddira’s first brace in Italy’s top flight earned a point for Frosinone in Naples.

It left ailing Italian champions Napoli in eighth, six points behind fifth-placed Roma, who can extend their advantage when they face Udinese later on Sunday.

Italian clubs’ strong performances in European football mean a top-five finish in Serie A is almost certain to gain a spot in the Champions League.

Napoli are increasingly unlikely to be among that group, and were booed off the pitch at a sparsely-populated Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Francesco Calzona’s side looked set for sixth place when Victor Osimhen diverted home Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s mishit shot in the 63rd minute.

Instead Cheddira, who had previously levelled Matteo Politano’s stunning early opener after the away side were gifted possession by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, headed home his second 10 minutes after Osimhen’s strike.

Frosinone stay just inside the bottom three and level on 27 points with 17th-placed Verona, who are outside the relegation zone on goal difference and face Atalanta on Monday.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s team deserved the draw from an eventful game in which Meret initially looked to be the hero after he saved Matias Soule’s penalty on the half-hour mark.

Frosinone have only won one league match since late November but successive draws with Genoa, fourth-placed Bologna and now Napoli have boosted their hopes of staying up.

Later Inter Milan host Cagliari at the San Siro, where a win will guarantee an opportunity to seal their 20th league title in the Milan derby on Monday week.

Inter are a whopping 14 points ahead of closest challengers AC Milan, who are at Sassuolo on Sunday.

Beating Cagliari will ensure the derby will be a chance for Inter to claim the Scudetto regardless of how Milan do in their match.

 

 

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