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Chelsea Signs 15 Year-Old Chizaram Ezenwata After Trial

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Chelsea has signed a 15-year-old football player named Chizaram Ezenwata after a successful tryout.

Chizaram, also known as Chizzy, is a forward who can play in various attacking positions. He started his youth football career at Tottenham Hotspur FC when he was just nine years old in the 2017-2018 season.

After leaving Tottenham in 2021 at the age of 12, he joined Charlton Athletic FC and spent two seasons playing for their U13-U14/U15 teams. Chizaram, along with his father, Honorable Endy Ezenwata, signed a contract with Chelsea.

After a successful trial, Chelsea has signed 15-year-old Nigerian-eligible youngster Chizaram Ezenwata, previously of Charlton Athletic FC. Instagram/Chizaram Ezenwata

At Charlton, he achieved remarkable stats, scoring over 40 goals and providing 20 assists in the U13 season, and he continued this success with over 60 goals and 30 assists in the final U14-15 season.

Many top Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Chelsea, and Liverpool, were interested in signing him.

After a successful trial, Chelsea has signed 15-year-old Nigerian-eligible youngster Chizaram Ezenwata, previously of Charlton Athletic FC. Instagram/Chizaram Ezenwata

However, Chelsea secured him and his skills after he impressed the club’s management and coaching staff during an 8-week trial.

Chelsea has a significant fan base in Nigeria, and the signing of Chizaram, who has Nigerian roots, was met with excitement by Nigerian Chelsea supporters. They expressed their support and encouraged him to consider representing the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles.

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See The List Of The Top 6 NBA Players Of All Time

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For 77 glorious years, the NBA has witnessed a parade of phenomenal athletes leave their mark on the court. Legendary players have left their mark with unique styles, inspiring generations and rewriting the record books. They’ve led their teams to championship glory, etching their names in history. But who truly stands among the greatest? Choosing the top 10 all-time requires examining several factors: championship pedigree, dominance within their eras, individual achievements, and the timeless adaptability of their skills. But after much deliberation, here are the 10 players who stand tall among the NBA’s all-time greats:

1. Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan’s dominance goes far beyond his six NBA championships and Finals MVP trophies. His scoring prowess was legendary. As a shooting guard in an era dominated by centers, Jordan racked up a staggering 10 scoring titles, showcasing his otherworldly ability to put the ball in the hoop. He even shares the top spot for the highest career scoring average, an impressive 30.1 points per game.

But Jordan wasn’t just a scorer. He shut down opponents on the defensive end too, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1988. This accomplishment made him the first player ever to have won an MVP, Finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year award by 1991. When the pressure was on, no rival could match Jordan’s brilliance. He possessed an unstoppable fadeaway jump shot, his signature move among a vast arsenal of offensive weapons.

Critics have tried to find flaws in Jordan’s game, with some questioning his playmaking abilities. However, his eight assists per game in the 1988–89 season effectively silenced such doubts. The fact remains: once Jordan reached his full potential, he was simply unbeatable.

2. LeBron James

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LeBron James, the Akron, Ohio, native, stands alone as a basketball prodigy. He is one of the NBA’s all-time leading scorers, amassing a staggering 39,868 points. But his dominance extends beyond scoring. He ranks among the top 4 in assists, currently boasting over 10,800, showcasing his exceptional playmaking ability.

James’ combination of size, athleticism, basketball IQ, and distribution skills is simply unmatched. He’s reached the NBA Finals an astonishing 10 times, emerging victorious on four occasions. This championship pedigree underscores his winning mentality and clutch performance under immense pressure.

His achievements are further bolstered by four MVP awards, 13 All-NBA First Team selections, and a record-breaking 20 All-Star appearances. However, James’ legacy isn’t without its challenges. Six Finals losses, including a particularly disheartening defeat against the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, prevented him from claiming the prize in some circles.

Despite these setbacks, LeBron James remains a titan of the game, leaving an indelible mark on the sport with his unmatched skillset, relentless drive, and unwavering leadership.

3. Larry Bird

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Larry Bird didn’t just establish himself as a three-point shooter; he pioneered the position, becoming the league’s first superstar from beyond the arc. Earning the nickname “Larry Legend,” Bird racked up an unprecedented three consecutive MVP awards from 1984 to 1986. This reign coincided with two championship victories—in 1984 and 1986.

Bird’s dominance extended beyond his MVP titles. In 1987 and 1988, he joined the elite 50-40-90 club. His remarkable 37.6% three-point average over 12 years stands out even more considering the league average never surpassed 33.3% during that period.

Bird wasn’t just a sharpshooter; he was a complete offensive force. He could explode for 50 and 60-point nights with regularity, all while engaging in legendary trash talk with his toughest competition. His explosive first step, uncanny court vision, and incredible rebounding ability (averaging 10.1 rebounds per game, second only to Elgin Baylor among small forwards) solidified his well-rounded skillset.

Many consider Bird the greatest inside-out player in NBA history. While a debilitating back injury ultimately curtailed his career, his achievements remain unforgettable. He leaves behind a legacy of dominance, innovation, and an undeniable impact on the game.

4. Tim Duncan

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Tim Duncan wasn’t a flashy player. He didn’t wow crowds with acrobatic dunks or deep threes. Instead, “the big fundamental” relied on his impeccable footwork and efficient scoring to dominate the game. He mastered the art of getting to his spots, leaving defenders bewildered. As a rim protector, Duncan defied expectations, aging gracefully and collecting crucial blocks in the most high-pressure situations. His signature shot? A smooth jab step, followed by a 15-foot jump shot that kissed the glass before dropping through the net.

Duncan’s rise to greatness coincided with the dominance of the “Shaq-and-Kobe” Lakers in the West. Yet, even facing this formidable duo, Duncan led the Spurs to their first three championships. The Wake Forest product possessed an unparalleled skillset, racking up an impressive resume: five championships, three Finals MVP awards, two league MVPs, and a staggering 15 selections each to the All-Defensive and All-NBA teams.

Some argue that under the guidance of coach Gregg Popovich, who sometimes limited Duncan’s playing time and usage, his statistical achievements could have mirrored his exceptional on-court impact. But even with these limitations, Tim Duncan’s legacy as one of the greatest basketball players of all time remains firmly cemented.

5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook wasn’t just iconic, it was unstoppable. This signature shot propelled him to two scoring titles and the NBA’s all-time scoring record of 38,387 points, a record recently surpassed by LeBron James. Despite his slender frame, Jabbar dominated the paint on both ends of the court. He battled against some of the greatest centers of his era and even secured four block titles.

Jabbar’s trophy case boasts an unparalleled six-league MVP award, a testament to his dominance. While his accolades are undeniably impressive, some players on this list possess unique advantages that grant them a slight edge over the legendary Kareem.

6. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant’s dedication to winning was undeniable. Throughout his 20-year career, he secured five NBA championships, earning the coveted Finals MVP title twice. His exceptional talent shone through eleven All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections.

Bryant cemented his legacy as an elite scorer. His legendary 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 stands as a testament to his offensive prowess. He frequently hit remarkably challenging jump shots, sometimes even deliberately creating difficult situations for himself.

Clutch moments were Bryant’s specialty. He boasts the second-highest number of buzzer-beaters in NBA history, proving his ability to deliver when the pressure mounts.

However, Bryant’s pursuit of victory wasn’t without limitations. His career field goal shooting percentage of 44.7%, which dipped further during the playoffs on several occasions, raises questions about his overall efficiency. Additionally, during three of his championship runs with the Lakers, he played a supporting role alongside the dominant Shaquille O’Neal.

While these aspects prevented Kobe Bryant from reaching the absolute pinnacle of the NBA’s greatest players, his achievements are undeniable.

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Super Eagles’ Nwabali Gets Warm Welcome As He Returns To Chippa United

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Following the conclusion of the AFCON tournament, Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has finally returned to his South African club, Chippa United. He received a warm and enthusiastic welcome upon his arrival on Tuesday, February 27th.

After receiving the prestigious honor of a chieftaincy title in his hometown, Stanley Nwabali returned to his South African club, Chippa United, where he was greeted with a hero’s welcome in recognition of his outstanding performance at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations.

A recent social media video captured the heartwarming moment when hundreds of enthusiastic Chippa United supporters gathered at Port Elizabeth Airport to welcome back their beloved Super Eagles goalkeeper upon his return.

Upon his return to South Africa, Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was met with a warm welcome by his fans at Chippa United. He graciously posed for selfies with his supporters and even joined them in singing the club’s songs. Sharing photos of this heartwarming reunion, Chippa United, who had earlier garnered much attention for their enthusiastic backing of the Super Eagles against their South African rivals Bafana Bafana, enthusiastically announced Nwabali’s return with the caption:

“He’s Back @NwabaliBobo!”

Chippa United Football Club, also known as the “Chilli Boys,”  is a South African professional football club. They are based in East London, in the Eastern Cape province. The club competes in the Premier Soccer League’s Premier Division. Chippa United plays most of its home games at Buffalo City Stadium, but hosts night matches at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi, a Cape Town businessperson, owns Chippa United.

Stanley Nwabali was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on June 10, 1996. Nwabali started his career as a striker but found his true calling as a goalkeeper. He honed his skills at Go Round Football Club before joining Enyimba International, a top Nigerian club.

Nwabali’s talent earned him a spot with the South African team Chippa United in 2022. He quickly became their first-choice goalkeeper. His outstanding performances in the Premier Soccer League caught the eye of Nigeria’s national team coaches.

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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers

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Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.

While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.

@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva

The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.

Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.

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