Anyone who watched wizard Hakim Ziyech play for Ajax knows his quality and class. However, there were question raised as to his ability to adapt to the English Premier League.
In England, defenders are tougher, stronger, and faster, and of course there is the proverbial ‘can he do it on a cold rainy night in stoke’ question.
Ziyech, 27, is not the strongest player, and he is not the fastest either, but it’s what he can on the ball that is so inspiring. His left foot is magical, and he has the ability to deliver some passes most player can’t even think about.
It’s not only his vision, but his technique and execution; he sees things that no one else sees, but he also has the skill set to complete them. His exhibition in Blues’ match against Sheffield United before the international break was nothing short of extraordinary.
Against Sheffield United, Ziyech was at the heart of Chelsea’s best work even apart from the expert crossing that delivered goals for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva. In total, he created six chances. Not only the most of any player on the pitch and more than the entre Sheffield United team put together, buy equalling the record set so far this term by attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s opening game of the campaign.
First, his excellent through pass to pick out Mateo Kovacic in behind, who then played it to Tammy Abraham for the first goal. Then came his telegraph long-distance cross to Ben Chilwell, with a pass so perfect that all the left-back had to do was prod it home with his knee to extended Chelsea lead before half-time.
Lastly, Thiago Silva converted his brilliant corner kick delivery to make it 3-1 which settled the game. His impressive performances also featured an outrageous piece of skill on the wing, and yet another perfect ball to Timo Werner, who squandered the opportunity before the German hitman scoring one of his own minutes later.
A Nigerian man has taken to social media with a placard stating that he will never eat again until Nigeria gets better.
The young man identified with the username @Iam_Prodigal made known his intention after he took took the reply section of several prominent Nigerian celebrities replying with a photo of him carrying a placard.
On the placard, it was boldly written, “I won’t eat until Nigeria gets better”.
Meanwhile, in another news, popular Nigerian afrobeats singer, Tiwa Savage’s third and recent album, “Celia” has made it to UK Time Magazine’s list of 10 Best Albums of the years 2020. Read full story HERE.
Parts of the country were plunged into a total blackout for hours on Sunday after the nation’s power grid collapsed again, The PUNCH reports.
Two of the power distribution companies in the country, Kaduna Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company, announced the national grid collapse on Sunday afternoon.
Kaduna Electric, in a message to its customers via its Twitter handle, said, “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 11:26 am this morning.
“Supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret all inconveniences,” the Disco added.
EKEDC, in a text message sent to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a system collapse on the national grid. Supply will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.
The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.