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Euro Round-Up: Akpom, Azeez On Target; Chukwueze Stars In Villarreal Home Draw Vs Real Madrid

Euro Round-Up: Akpom,  Azeez On Target; Chukwueze Stars In Villarreal Home Draw Vs Real Madrid

Nigerian-born forward Chuba Akpom found the back of the net to help PAOK beat Panionios 2-1 in their Greek Super League clash on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.

Akpom, making his sixth appearance this season, placed the Double-headed Eagle of the North in front in the 14th minute of the encounter.

Akpom, who has now scored two goals this season, was on parade from start to finish in the game.

The victory propelled the Greek champions to the top of the table with six points from two games.

In Spain, Ramon Azeez was also on target in Granada’s 3-0 away win against Espanyol.

Azeez scored Granada third goal of the game after he was teed up by Darwin Machis.

It was Granada’s first win of the campaign.

In another LaLiga game, Samuel Chukwueze played a key role Villarreal’s 2-2 home draw against Real Madrid.

Chukwueze has made three league appearances for Villarreal this season with one goal to his name.

William Troost-Ekong was in action for 90 minutes in Udinese 3-1 loss to Parma in a Serie A game.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Not in a while has Super Eagles fans had it this good with our players heaving tasting performances to savour for their clubs with this last weekend not an exception.

    Raymond Azeez reminded Super Eagles faithfuls why he should be reconsidered for a call up to the national team with a well timed run and devastating volley to match which powered his team to a 3:0 win.

    Samuel Chukwueze continues to grow from strength to strength with a sturdy, focused and mature display yesterday for his team as they held mighty Real Madrid to a draw.

    Chuba Akpom continues to remain an option for the Super Eagles as he continues to score to show how wide the options are for the national team.

    William Troost Ekong might have been on the losing side in Italy but he was on the winning side for Nigeria fans who are only too happy to see the rugged defender feature for another 90 minutes of top flight football.

    Whereever you look, the options are mounting with the prospect growing leading one to think that better days are ahead for the national team should these sort of appearances plus performances continue for our players at top leagues.

    • Mikey 5 years ago

      and Iwobi also scored against Wolf

      • Oh Mate! Mike, I have actually already commented on that lesson on ‘how to take aim to power a header straight to the roof of the net’ that Iwobi delivered over the weekend.

        The power generated for that header is still making the net shake even as we speak.

        Our players are doing well so much so that it’s like dream land!

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 years ago

    That is the influence of having a good gaffer who can aide the development of the talents we have at our disposal. Nigerian players are now painting Europe red with goals or playing regularly for their clubs.

    Over the weekend I watched Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Kalu all in action for their various clubs in the French Ligue 1. I can’t remember the last time we have that many players in the French top flight. All thanks to the FrancoGerman who knows what he’s doing. 

    I also saw Ramon Azeez scoring a well timed volley to steer Granada into an away victory. Omeruo was also on parade for Leganes and Chukwueze performed credibly against mighty Madrid. I think Azeez can be another viable option in midfield particularly now that he’s back in Laliga. The 2014 WorldCup veteran can provide viable competition for Etebo going forward. 

    The last time I can recall having these types of players spreading all over the top ten leagues in Europe was during Westerhoff era. This is why I will forever prefer a foreign coach for the SuperEagles all day every day. It feels like I’m seeing Westerhoff coaching the SuperEagles all over again with the way GR is going about his business and the immediate future of the SuperEagles is incredibly bright. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# SuperEagles on the ascendancy. 

    • Yes AY, the options are indeed plentiful; so plentiful that it is almost hard to keep up.

      The future is indeed bright. What is left now is to continue harnessing these talents into a cohesive and compact unit and boom! We will surprise and excite.

      Allow me (on this occasion) to use your uplifting byline : #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# SuperEagles on the ascendancy.

      From infinity and beyond (woo hoo!!! :))

  • Glory 5 years ago

    Just a shame how people think they are smart pulling others down to promote their average player. Quite cynical. Just the reason Nigeria’s progress has stalled for years. God bless players like Iwobi whose talent speaks for him, never beggarly to promote him. I can’t tolerate such witch hunting humans in my space or life.

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    Lolz. My lovely friends, Deo and Ayphillydegreat, how market? so, Oga Rohr is now becoming Mr. Westerhof overnight? I’m still laughing oooo. Just a question ni o lolz.

    Did we enjoyed good football over the 3years of my lovely coach Oga Rohr?

    The only thing he brought to the Super Eagles is man management. I wish our local coaches will emulate that from coach Rohr.

    The two coaches I think has that kind of experience are Amunike and Ike Shorunmu.

    I won’t be deceived by what you guys are saying because your last match or competition shows how good you are.

    For that reason, I stay humble. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • omo9ja you dont know football

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      “Did we enjoyed good football over the 3years of my lovely coach Oga Rohr?”
      No..we didn’t enjoy good football. Abi u didn’t see how we were Lossing all our matches since Rohr took over. Didn’t you see how we can’t qualify for major tournaments again. Even our ranking that was 14th in Africa wen he came….can’t you see we are now 28th in Africa and 92nd in the world.
      In fact the afcon that we got a wild card to participate in…we lost all our 3 group matches and couldn’t score a goal. Our players can’t even attract clubs from top 10 leagues in Europe again. It is Latvia, Finland, Norway and 2nd division clubs that are chasing our players now.
      Our football has been becoming worster and worstest since Rohr was employed.
      A stupid question deserves a stupid answer

  • Omo9ja, get lost. You don’t know football.

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 years ago

    Westerhoff first three years from 89 to 92 was to first failed to qualify for Italia 90 and couldn’t win AFCON in 90 and 92. Despite that he was integrating talented youngsters into the SuperEagles. Amokachi, Okechukwu in 1990, Ikpeba and Finidi in 92 then JayJay, Amunike, Oliseh in 94. The rest as they say is history SuperEagles became the only African team ever to be ranked 5th by FIFA in 1994 after reaching bottom in 1989. Fast forward to GR first 3 years we’ve played at two major tournaments with our reputation intact.

    After failing to qualify for two consecutive AFCON and ranked outside the top ten in Africa and 67th in the world to now 33rd in the world and 3rd in Africa. Most of our top players are now playing in the Top 5 leagues in Europe. Gone are the days when our top players are playing in Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the likes. We are gradually returning to the glory days and the SuperEagles is on the ascendancy. 

    Don’t worry ọmọ9ja you can continue to be miserable for as long as you want. You will keep crying till 2022. Rohr is going nowhere he will lead the SuperEagles to the next AFCON and hopefully the next WorldCup after that you can bring in Amunike Shorunmu and Siasia. 

  • No he knows football but sentiment has beclouded his sense of reasoning. Today you will see him mentioning Amunike and Siasia tomorrow he will say Baxter or Amrouchi now he is saying Amunike and Shorounmu. I tire for the guy.

  • Francis frank 5 years ago

    God bless our super eagle

  • Joshua & Amos 5 years ago

    I’m disturbed by the nepotism in our football. The consequence is that the team plays badly and lacks players to under study or good players on the bench.
    Selection is the bane of our football. Adeboye Amosu what do you think?.These players you are scouting won’t get invited, what you will see is stupid halfwitted players that cannot bring any value to the team.It’s very sad.This also includes the coaching crew as well.I do not like Rohr.What about Michael Emenalo ex Chelsea Sporting director and assistant coach who was a left back in 1994 world cup squad.Some examples of players I would like to see are Eberechi Eze,Bright Osayi Samuel,Bonaventure Dennis,Tammy Abraham,Chuba Akpom (his name like goal) etc. We really need to take care of player invitation. Imagine what would have happened if Anthony Ujah who was on fire for Mainz several times came on for Samuel Chukwueze against Algeria instead of the ineffective Onyekeru.He wasn’t even invited.
    We keep recruiting poor players like the present squad.There is only a preponderance of good quality players.I want to see a change.Iheanacho with his killer left foot shouldn’t have left Manchester city.We desperately need a coach that monitors player transfer and ensures they secure favourable deals or play for top clubs. Iheanacho can win FIFA world best,Oshoala was nominated for BBC women’s world best.So there is potential but poor management is thwarting our progress.Semi finals target for world cup is farfetched if we don’t change Gernot Rohr in my opinion, and we can’t win the Nations cup in 2021 if we don’t select well. There is fantastic selection of players in other climes. E.g France,Italy,Germany.You don’t see what happens in Nigeria and that is key to success.Our league can be like South African league.A Nigerian fanatic! Adeboye Amosu what do you think?

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