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Rohr, players, others departs for Tunisia as Ujah, Onisiwo score in Mainz big win


After getting one over the Libyans, the Super Eagles will travel in a chartered flight from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to Tunisia to complete the second leg of their 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier.
The morale of the team is presently on the rise after that resounding victory and another victory in Tunisia will see the Eagles within touching distance of making the next Nations Cup with the match against South Africa in Johannesburg to follow.
Elsewhere, some Nigerian players who were not on national duty have continued to impress for their clubs in friendly matches across Europe with Mainz 05 duo of Anthony Ujah and Karim Onisowo scoring a goal each in a big win for their German club.
In this report, the News Editor, ADEBAYO OLODAN rates Super Eagles players against Libya plus news about other Nigerian players abroad.

Lookman hopes for more Everton chance

Everton youngster, Ademola Lookman is hoping to get more opportunities to impress with Premier League club, Everton.
This season, the forward has only made three appearances, including one start for the Goodison Park outfit across all competitions, despite putting in a convincing performance during his loan spell with German Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig last term, scoring five goals in 11 league games.
Although linked with a number of clubs in the summer, the 20-year-old is happy to put the speculations behind him and aims to get more playing time under Everton coach, Marco Silva.
“I’m at Everton and I will do my best and train hard.
“I feel more settled now, the transfer window is behind me so I’m getting my head down and working hard.
“You want to play, that’s my objective and I hope to do that soon. What’s out of my hands is out of my hands.
“I wouldn’t call it frustration. It’s just opportunity, I haven’t had as much opportunity as I would have liked and I need to keep going forward and working hard. I can’s just stop, I’ve got to keep going,” Lookman was quoted to have said.
After the international break, Everton will take on Crystal Palace on October 21 and Lookman will hope to be involved in the encounter.

Ujah, Onisiwo score in big win
Anthony Ujah and Karim Onisiwo (Mainz 05): In an international friendly played at the weekend, Mainz thrashed FC Eddersheim 4-0 with Ujah and Onisiwo putting their names on the score-sheet.
Ujah gave his team the lead in the 10th min before making it 2-0 five minutes later while Onisiwo closed the scoring in the 45th min. The duo started in attack for the Bundesliga side.
Mandela Egbo (Moenchengladbach): He came off the bench in the 62nd min and needed only two minutes before putting his team 5-0 ahead in their 6-0 defeat of local club Wiener SK in Vienna.

Aaron Samuel joins Beitar Jerusalem
Struggling Israeli Premier League club, Beitar Jerusalem has signed former Super Eagles forward, Aaron Olanare Samuel on a one-year deal.
The 24-year-old, who joins with the option for an additional year, left Russian side CSKA Moscow at the end of last season.
“I have come to a family team and one of the biggest clubs in Israel, and I hope to make a great contribution,” Samuel said.
Beitar Jerusalem are bottom of the table in the 14-team Ligat ha’Al with four points from six matches this season and will be looking to Samuel to help them address their goal-scoring problems.
He only managed four goals in 28 appearances for CSKA Moscow after joining the club from Chinese side Guangzhou R&F in January 2017.
Samuel began his European football career at Norway’s Valerenga before a successful spell at rivals Sarpsborg 08 led to a big-money move to China.
A former youth international for Nigeria, he made his senior debut for the Super Eagles against Sudan in October 2014.
He has endured an injury-plagued international career scoring twice in seven games for the three-time African champions.

World Cup-winning defender joins FK Metta
U-17 World Cup-winning defender, Lukman Halilu Zakari has ended speculation about his future after penning a contract with FK Metta, who plays in the Virsliga.
Zakari, who won the World Cup with the Golden Eaglets in 2015, penned a three-year contract with the club which will keep him in the Latvian capital until June 2021.
The deal was concluded before the Latvian transfer window closed for business in July but the player arrived in Latvia last week and had his first training session with his new teammates on Wednesday.
Zakari’s former club in Nigeria, United Academy, Kaduna, have not been paid a transfer fee but have inserted a 25 percent sell-on clause into their agreement with FK Metta.
Portuguese club Sporting Braga had explored the possibility of signing the defender but later pulled the plug on the deal because he was inactive for about two years.
John Chibuzo Nwankpa of JCN-Johnson Sports Management & Marketing, Poland brokered the deal that took Zakari to FK Metta.
The 19-year-old was in the Flying Eagles squad that failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

Musa explains Al-Nassr move
Nigeria stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa insists that there isn’t much difference between playing in Europe and other parts of the globe.
Amid several offers tabled for the fleet-footed forward, Musa decided to quit Europe for an Saudi Arabian top-flight side, Al Nassr after closing the chapter on his frustrating Leicester City spell.
“I will say that it was my sole decision to leave Europe for Saudi Arabia after consulting with my family members,” Musa told media.
“There were many offers for me to pick from top European clubs but I decided it was the right time for me to move to Saudi Arabian league. Good football is not played in Europe alone. It is played in other parts of the world too.
“It is not difficult for you to be recognized if you are a good player. Other continents too are stepping up and good footballers are also emerging from there. I believe that football in the Saudi league has become competitive too.”
Musa led the Super Eagles to a 4-0 win over Libya in the first leg of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier doubleheader on Saturday.

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