Chelsea booked their place in the final of the 2022 English FA Cup final with a 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Saturday to set up a titanic clash with Liverpool on May 14 at Wembley stadium reports Prime Business Africa.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira handed a start to Nigerian-born England U-21 international Eberechi Eze in attacking midfield in place of Conor Gallagher who could not play against his parent club because of his loan status.
Michael Olise made a second half entrance into the game but did not offer much in terms of goal threats.
The first half ended goalless with an Edouard Mendy save the only highlight of note.
Germany forward Kai Havertz was yellow-carded for a dive as the Blues threw all the ‘kitchen sink’ in a bid to score and it paid off in the 65th minute when Ruben Loftus – Cheek let fly a beautiful half volley to find the back of the net after some sloppy defending from Tyrick Mitchell at Palace’s left back position.
Eze delivered a 60th minute corner kick but Cheick Kouyaté’s header unable to beat Mendy in Chelsea goal.
Mason Mount doubled the Blues’ lead with a beautiful finish as he found space on the bottom left after a one-two passes with Timo Werner.
Joachim Anderson’s header almost put his side back into the game but his effort went agonisingly wide.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.