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Onazi, Etebo, Onovo On Song; Ighalo Misfires

Written By: SD Reporter


Super Eagles stars, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi hit target at the weekend in Turkey, just as emergent youngsters, Henry Onyekuru and Oghenekaro Etebo also scored in Belgium and Portugal on Friday, while largely unpopular Vincent Onovo was also on song in Finland.

In Turkey, Onazi came off the bench to score after two minutes as Trabzonspor defeated Gencerberligi 3-1 at home.

Onazi was an 88th minute substitute and on 90 minutes he fired his team’s third goal to ensure a confortable win before their fans.

It was the second game of the 24-year-old midfielder this season after a move to English Championship side Birmingham City fell through over work permit issues.

Onazi’s club have now shot to fourth in the standings with seven points from four matches, while Gencerberligi are bottom of the 18-team championship as they have only manged a point thus far this season.

Onyekuru, who is on loan at RSC Anderlecht of Belgium from Everton of England, Onyekuru bagged a brace, his first goals of the season, as Anderlecht turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win in a Belgian First Division tie held at Constant Vanden Stock.

The former Eupen top scorer opened the scoring in the third minute, and made the score 2-2 after 77 minutes, but he was shown a yellow card in the 59th minute.

In Portugal, Etebo scored his second league goal of the season in Feirense’s 3-2 loss to Sporting Lisbon at Estadio Marcolino de Castro; but the former Warri Wolves midfielder was replaced in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time.

While the 21-year-old Etebo was replaced by Luis Rocha, his Nigerian national team colleague, Dele Sunday Alampasu was not included in the squad.

Etebo has made five appearances for the Portuguese side scoring two goals which they have eight points so far.

On his part, vastly-improved youngster, Onovo scored his first goal since June as pacesetters HJK Helsinki thrashed VPS 3-0 at Elisa Stadion in Vaasa.

The midfielder was on target in the 11th minute and got replaced on 57 minutes, while his compatriot and teammate, Faith Friday Obilor worked a full shift for the champions in waiting.

In England, new Eagles defender, Ola Aina started and logged 90 minutes as Hull City were thrashed 5-0 by Derby County at Pride Park; but England’s U20 World Cup winning defender, Fikayo Tomori watched proceedings from the bench.

In France, Vincent Enyeama did not make his much-expected return to Lille Metropole’s squad that played goalless with Bordeaux, as he is yet to make full recovery though he has started working with the ball.

Former Super Eagles stars, Reuben Gabriel and Gbolahan Salami started for KuPS of Finland during their 2-1 home win versus SJK, in which the latter came off with nine minutes left on the clock.

In Russia, Brian Idowu was red carded in the 90th minute of Amkar Perm’s 1-0 loss at home to CSKA Moscow, for whom Aaron Samuel was an unused substitute, while Fegor Ogude did not make the hosts’ squad.

In China, Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo could not replicate his recent form with the Super Eagles, as he failed to hit a goal in his side’s 1-0 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande.

The loss means Ighalo’s club are 14th on the 16-team table, and have only amassed seven points from the nine matches they have played this season.

The 27-year old has only scored twice since joining in January, with the goals coming in the 3-2 loss to Shanghai Shenhua and it was in that game that he suffered an ankle injury.

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