Nugent hails bargain striker Ulloa


first_img Eyebrows were raised when Leicester broke their transfer record to sign Ulloa from Brighton in the summer. The Foxes paid an initial £8million fee, which could rise to £10million, for the striker even though he had just one season of experience in English football before moving to the King Power Stadium. The 28-year-old has had no problems adapting to the top flight, though. On Sunday he took his tally to five goals in five matches with a well-taken brace in the shock win over Manchester United. Given that Diego Costa, who cost Chelsea four times as much, is the only man to have scored more goals than Ulloa this season, Nugent thinks the acquisition of his Leicester team-mate is proving to be a shrewd bit of business by the east midlands club. “Leo has been a revelation so far,” said Nugent, who scored a penalty in the hugely impressive 5-3 win. “He has come in from Brighton and he has scored lots of goals. At £8million he has turned out to be a bargain.” Bookmakers have cut the odds on Ulloa topping the scoring charts at the end of the season from 80-1 to 33-1. They have also lengthened the price on Leicester being relegated after their successful start to the season. Nigel Pearson’s side, who won the Championship last year, have taken eight points from five matches. Given that they have already played Arsenal, Chelsea and 20-time champions United, the Foxes are taking delight in silencing their doubters. “When the fixtures came out, with the start we were given, no one expected us to get any points, so we are proving everyone wrong,” said Nugent, who has played in the top flight before with Portsmouth. “They can write us off all they want, but we know in this squad we have the spirit, the energy, and the players to cause teams problems as we showed against Manchester United.” The Foxes lost two and won 17 of their 23 matches at home last season. Now Leicester are looking to make teams fear coming to the King Power Stadium this season. “It was important to win at Stoke (the weekend before last), but our home form is very important to us,” Nugent said. “We have to make this place a fortress.” Forward Jamie Vardy, scorer of the Foxes’ fourth goal on Sunday as well as playing a key role in his side’s other goals, played down his heroics, insisting it was all about getting the three points. Speaking from Leicester races, he told At The Races: “The fans were amazing and the players were amazing. “It’s not about me scoring – it’s about the team winning, and that’s all that matters.” Vardy was not dwelling too much on the amazing comeback, though, as he swiftly turned his attention to Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. “We haven’t had the easiest starts (to the season), but we’ve already shown what we are all about,” he added. “It’s on to the next game now and trying to get three points. “There’s no easy games – it doesn’t matter who you are playing – so we have to get on the training ground and find out their (Crystal Palace’s) strengths and weaknesses and exploit them, like we did on Sunday.” David Nugent thinks Leicester have signed one of the bargains of the season in Leonardo Ulloa. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ordega: S’Falcons Focused on Retaining AWCON


first_img“I am impressed with what I have seen since I arrived in camp. You can see every player fighting hard for her spot. Everyone is putting effort into whatever the coaches instruct us to do, because everyone here knows and understands the importance of the task ahead.“We are promising Nigerians that we will give our best in Cameroun to achieve this common goal of ours. And we also need every Nigerian to pray for us to succeed,” she concluded.Ordega has represented Nigeria at all levels. With the U17, she featured at the 2010 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago and with the U20 at 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. At senior level, she played at the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments of 2011 and 2015.She opened her World Cup account by scoring Nigeria’s equalizing goal against Sweden in Winnipeg, Canada in June 2015. The pulsating match ended 3–3.She was also part of Nigeria’s squads at the African Women’s Championship of 2010 and 2014, winning gold at both tournaments.All invited players have now arrived at the team’s camp in Abuja, with the arrival on Tuesday of Arsenal Ladies’ ace Asisat Oshoala, captain Evelyn Nwabuoku and France –based Desire Oparanozie, as preparations hit a new gear for the championship taking place 19th November – 3rd December.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram US –based attacking midfielder Franscisca Ordega has declared that the main goal of the team is to retain the Women Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Cameroun.Ordega, who plays for Washington Spirit in the USA, also expressed her happiness over the level of preparedness of the team for the AWCON championship starting on Saturday, 19th November in Cameroon.The midfielder who hopes to increase her 26 international caps at the continental championship told “The goal for us is that we want to retain the Cup in Cameroun. Not just to participate, but to win and return the trophy back home.last_img read more