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Super sub, Okereke, scores 3rd consecutive game


With the international break a few days away, Super Eagles players and
hopefuls were in action for their various clubs across Europe, Asia
and Africa.
In South Africa, Daniel Akpeyi appears to have been goaded by his
return to the national team as he put in a heartwarming performance to
guide KaizerChiefs to the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout after
saving two penalties against Orlando Pirates.
After a disappointing loan spell in Scotland, Umar Sadiq is no doubt
enjoying a new lease of life in Serbia this term as he is banging in
goals for fun for Partizan Belgrade.
Another player that is in a rich vein of form is former Spezia
forward, David Okereke who has found the back of the net in a third
consecutive match.
ADEBAYO OLODAN, yet again, reports the performances of Nigerian players abroad.

Philip Billing (Bournemouth): He lasted the duration of his team’s
famous 1-0 win against Manchester United.
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal): The England U-19 international came off the
bench for the second successive game in the 77th min of his team’s 1-1
draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Visibly frustrated with their team’s performance against Wolves,
Arsenal fans turned on Saka and his teammates booing them after the
final whistle as they headed into the locker room.
Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) & Isaac Success (Watford): England invitee,
Tomori lasted 90 mins when his team earned a 2-1 away win at Vicarage
Road for whom Success was a non-playing substitute.
Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City): Ndidi impressed
in a 90 mins display as his club defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 away from
home. His teammate, Iheanacho was a non-playing substitute.
Alex Iwobi (Everton): The former Arsenal winger went the distance when
his club forced 10-man Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw.
Bournemouth terminates Oluwabusola’s contract
Golden Eaglets goalkeeper, Joseph Oluwabusola has paid the price for
committing his international future to Nigeria after he was released
by Premier League club Bournemouth.
The 16-year-old has been listed as a player of Bournemouth by the
Nigeria Football Federation at the ongoing U17 World Cup in Brazil but
in reality he has not been on the books of the Cherries since July
Bournemouth opted not to offer Oluwabusola a scholarship because they
could not properly assess him due to his frequent trips to Abuja to
train with the Golden Eaglets since 2018.
The 16-year-old was in Abuja for several weeks training with the
Nigeria U17s before traveling with the team to Niger for the WAFU-UFOA
Zone B qualifiers for the Africa U17 Cup of Nations and was also
absent from Bournemouth during the U17 AFCON in Tanzania.
Oluwabusola finally made his competitive debut for Nigeria in the
Golden Eaglets 2-1 loss to Australia on Friday and gave a good account
of himself despite conceding two goals.
Some Premier League clubs including Watford are understood to be
mulling over a move to sign the free agent.
Joshua Onomah (Fulham): The former Tottenham Hotspur player was an
unused substitute when his team suffered a 0-3 Hull City.
Eberechi Eze andBright Osayi-Samuel (QPR): Eze lasted 90 mins while
Osayi-Samuel was an unused substitute when their club suffered a 0-2
loss to Leeds United.
Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest): The midfielder was substituted in
the 71st min of his team’s 1-2 win at Luton Town.
Ovie Ejaria (Reading): He tasted action for 90 mins of action as his
team defeated Milwall 2-1.
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal): The youngster was introduced in the
63rd min when his team played a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem (Leganes): Awaziem was unused
substitute while his teammate Omeruo was not considered for their
club’s 1-2 Eibar.
Ola Aina (Torino): The former Chelsea defender lasted the entirety of
his team’s 0-1 loss at home to Juventus.
William Troost-Ekong (Udinese): He played for 90 mins when his team
came from behind to secure a 3-1 away win against Genoa.
Joel Obi (Chievo): The Super Eagles outcast was replaced after 76mins
of his club’s goalless draw at Spezia.
Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja (Bordeaux) & Simon Moses (Nantes): Kalu was
missing while his teammate, Maja, was introduced in the 84th min of
their club’s 2-0 win over Nantes for whom Moses lasted 90 mins and
even hit the woodwork in the 33rd min of the match.
Aminu Umar (Rizespor): The former U-23 forward lasted the duration of
his club’s 0-2 reverse against Galatasaray.
Agu stars in Guimaraes’ away draw
Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Agu continued his fine form for
Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes after he helped them to an
impressive 1-1 draw away at Moreirense.
Having made the team of the week for match day 9, the Eagles returnee
took his place in the centre of the midfield as he earned his 5th
start with the visitors hoping to leapfrog Sporting CP and move into
the top four.
Both teams however failed to find the back of the net in a drab first
45 minutes before the visitors broke the deadlock four minutes after
the restart as defender Edmond Tapsoba converted from 12 yards to make
it 1-0.
With a goal down and still very much in the contest, the host
equalized against the run of play when Rafik Halliiche found Steven
Vitoria who made no mistake as he tucked home for 1-1 as both side
shared the spoils of the point.
Agu, who was on for the entire match duration finished with a game
rating of 7.4, completing 82% of his passes, winning 12 duels, making
5 key tackles and also made 1 key interception.
Super sub, Okereke, scores 3rd consecutive game
U-23 striker, David Okereke, rose from the substitutes’ bench to score
for the third consecutive game to help Club Brugge secure a
comprehensive 3-0 win over KV Kortrijk.
With a crunch tie at home to PSG on the horizon in the Champions
League, the forward was named among the substitutes whilst teammate
Emmanuel Dennis was not listed as the hosts named the duo of Abdul
Ajagun and Imoh Ezekiel on the bench.
Still without a defeat all season in the league, the hosts took the
lead after just three minutes via the boots of captain Hans Vanaken
who made no mistake to score from 12 yards.
The midfielder then doubled his side’s lead on 21 minutes with Brugge
holding a commanding 2-0 lead.
With half an hour left on the clock, Okereke replaced Mbaye Diagne
with Kortrijk also introducing Abdul Ajagun for Christophe Lepoint.
Okereke however needed just 6 minutes to make his impact felt as he
made it 3-0 on 68 minutes to notch up his 7th league goal of the
season and stretch his side’s unbeaten league run to 13 games as they
now seat 6 points above Standard Liege.
Chico Ofoedu (Maccabi Tel Aviv FC): The former Enugu Rangers star
scored the curtain raiser for his club in the 10th min of the 2-0 win
at Hapoel Raanana FC.
Samuel Adegbenro and Babajide David Akintola (Rosenborg BK): Adegbenro
and Akintola who both made the starting line-up were substituted in
the 61st and 72nd min of their club’s 3-3 draw at Stroemsgodset.
Leke James (Molde FK): He lasted the entire duration of his club’s 2-0
win over Kristiansund BK.
Daniel Anyembe (Esbjerg FB) & Ayo Simon Okosun (AC Horsens): The duo
put in a 90 mins shift for their respective clubs as they shared the
spoils (1-1) with Okosun providing an assist in the 40th mins for his
team’s equalizer.
Henry Uzochukwu (FC Fredericia): He was in the thick of action when
his team earned a 1-1 draw against Næstved.
Kadiri ends season on high; Peter saves Falkenberg
Nigerian youngster, Jordan Attah Kadiri ended his season on a high
after grabbing a consolatory goal for Östersunds in their 7-1 loss
away at IFK Goteborg whilst it was a sweet end to the season for Nsima
Peter whose lone strike was enough to see his team survive relegation.
The 19-year-old, Kadiri returned the starting XI for Ostersunds as
they hoped to end the season on a high having already survived
relegation heading into the final game of the season.
But it was the hosts that drew first blood when Thomas Isherwood put
through his own goal to give Goteborg the lead before the impressive
Kadir made it 1-1 with a well taken strike to net his 3rd goal since
joining the club two months ago.
The goal will however prove to be a mare consolation as the host went
on to score 6 more goals with his Nigerian compatriot, Alhassan Yusuf
grabbing a brace for the host to hand Ostersunds their heaviest defeat
of the season.
30-year-old Nsima was the hero for Falkenberg as he scored deep into
second half additional time to hand them a 1-0 win over AFC Eskilstuna
a result which was enough to see them over take Kalmar and survive
Ridwan Babatunde (Vijland JK): He lasted 90 mins in his club’s 2-1
defeat of Maardu Linnameeskon.
Umar Sadiq (Partizan Belgrade): The former U-23 forward was on target
as his team recorded a 4-0 home win against Vojvodina, Saturday
afternoon. Sadiq scored Partizan’s fourth goal of the game in the 69th
minute. The 22-year-old has now scored six goals in 11 league
appearances for the club this season.
Kehinde Fatai (Dinamo Minsk): The forward was in action for 65 mins
when his club suffered a 4-0 loss against Vysshayaliga.
Musa thrilled to return for Al Nassr
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa is thrilled to return to action for Al
Nassr after spending three months on the sidelines due to knee injury.
Musa played the last seven minutes of Al Nassr’s 4-0 home win against
Abha at the King Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Saturday.
The former Leicester City winger took to the social media to celebrate
his comeback and also thanked the club and supporters for their love.
“It’s so good to be back to the game I love & to make it a lot more
special is the great outpour of love & prayers I got from my family,
friends, supporters and all the fans of @AlNassrFC. Special thanks to
the medical team, team mates & the entire management for standing by
me,” Musa tweeted.
The 27-year-old, who last featured for Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup
of Nations has been included in Super Eagles squad for this month’s
2021 AFCON qualifying double header against Benin and Lesotho.
He missed Super Eagles last two friendlies against Ukraine and Brazil
due to injury.
Chisom Egbuchulam (FC Suwon): The former Enugu Rangers forward
featured for the entire duration of his club’s 2-1 away win at Ansan
Greeners FC.
Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs): He was the hero once again as his club
defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 on penalties in their Telkom Knockout
quarter-final clash. Both sides battled to a 2-2 draw after 120
minutes but Akpeyi saved twice in the penalty shootout to help the
Amakhosi seal a place in the semi-finals.
U-23 AFCON: Rohr to spy on Nwakali, Dele-Bashiru, Ozornwafor
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has landed in Ismailia, Egypt where
the Olympic Eagles have set up a training camp ahead of the start of
the 2019 U-23 Cup of Nations.
The Franco-German football tactician will watch the Dream Team VII’s
opening match against Ivory Coast on November 9 before returning to
Nigeria, next week.
Rohr is expected to run the rule over the stars named on the Nigeria
U-23 roster such as Kelechi Nwakali, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Valentine
Ozornwafor, Bright Enobakhare and Orji Okonkwo in the training
sessions and against Ivory Coast with a view to a call-up to the Super
Eagles in future.
Speaking to the official website of the Nigerian Federation, Rohr
said: ”I’m here for a solidarity visit. I believe some of you will
join me at Super Eagles someday.
”This team is full of potentials and I will be here to watch your
first game against Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday.
”I hope you will give all your best to make sure the team achieve its
aim in this AFCON U23 tournament.”
”I will be leaving on Sunday because the Super Eagles are also
preparing for the AFCON qualifiers”.
Defending champions Nigeria will also face Zambia (Nov 12) and South
Africa (Nov 15) in the group stage of the U23 AFCON.

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