Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze has gained more praiuse from former Arsenal star, Lauren Etame Mayer, who believes the Super Eagles’ rookie keeps showing potentials beyond his age.
Lauren, who hails from Cameroon but also made waves in Spain during his heyday, noted that Chuikwueze was on fire over the past weekend, as the youngster again dazzled for The Yellow Submarine.
Mayer noted that Chukwueze did not start the previous weekend, but noted that the lad’s return to the first 11 on Sunday, in Villarreal’s 3-1 whipping of Rayo Vallecano showed the depth he gives the club’s coach.
The Gunners’ legend went on to heap praises on Chukwuueze for his all-round performance at Estadio de la Cerámica, as the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist twinkled alongside Santi Cazorla and Toko Ekambi, who netted a brace inb their team’s victory.
Chukwueze got his first start since January 12, when his side lost 2-1 to Getafe, and Meyer noted the impact the Nigerian youngster played in helping his side beat Uche Agbo’s Vallecano and step out of relegation.
En route to helping his side climb to 17th place on the table, Chukwueze was on for 84 minutes, before he was replaced by Pablo Fornals, and the verdict from Mayer, who was a TV analyst for the game, is that the kid of yesterday is fast becoming a pivotal player at Villarreal.
“The momentum is there. They were very good. They scored a quick goal and they managed to score the second and third goals.
“If they manage to keep Ekambi and Gerrard Moreno also Santi Cazorla and Samuel Chukwueze, they can do something different,” Mayer said.
Babatunde Targets CAF Champions League Final
Wydad Casablanca of Morocco midfielder, Michael Babatunde says he now has his mind fully focused on helping his club reach the final of this year’s CAF Champions League.
Babatunde was excited to help his side with an assist that led to their 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa last week, thereby finishing top of their group that also had Lobi Stars of Makurdi, and he is now looking beyond the quarter-finals.
Babatunde, who starred for Nigeria at the Brazil 2014 World Cup and twinkled bright in a 3-2 loss to Argentina, believes Wydad have what it takes to reach the final, and says they will not stop short of the last four.
The 26-year-old star said: “I’m very excited with our performance. It was a difficult game for both teams but our quality stood out for us.
“Our first aim was to get past the group stages and now that we have achieved that, we can begin to look at the semi-finals and the final.”