Akpala, Fatai On Target As Oostende, Simon’s Gent Grab Europa Tickets

Akpala, Fatai On Target As Oostende, Simon’s Gent Grab Europa Tickets

By James Agberebi:

Former Super Eagles striker Joseph Akpala was on target for Oostende who lost 3-2 to Anderlecht in their last game of the Belgian top flight play-offs on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Akpala, who played 90 minutes in the encounter, scored in the 68th minute to make it 2-2 for Oostende.

He ended the season with three goals in 17 league appearances for Oostende.

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At the end of the play-offs, Oostende secured a Europa League play-off ticket, while Anderlecht emerged champions of this season’s campaign.

In another final play-off game on Sunday, Nigerian quartet of Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti, Samuel Kalu and William Troost-Ekong all featured for Gent who lost 2-1 away to Club Brugge. Rabiu Ibrahim was not included in Gent’s squad.

Simon replaced Esiti in the 62nd minute while Kalu and Troost-Ekong played for 90 minutes.

Despite the defeat to Club Brugge, Gent secured a Europa League ticket.

Following the end of the season, Simon played 30 games, scoring five goals; Troost-Ekong played eight games, Esiti made 25 appearances, Kalu scored three goals in three league outings, while Ibrahim made only four appearances.

In the Russian Premier League also on Sunday, Nigerian forward Kehunde Fatai scored the only goal as UFA pipped visiting Ural 1-0.

Fatai, who was making his 22nd appearance for UFA, scored in the 38th minute to seal the win for UFA.

Fatai has now scored six goals for UFA this current campaign.

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