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Belgian League: Osimhen Nets Brace As Charleroi Pip Kortrijk , Advance To Europa League Playoff Final

Belgian League: Osimhen Nets Brace As Charleroi  Pip Kortrijk , Advance To Europa League Playoff Final

Victor Osimhen grabbed a brace as Sporting Charleroi advanced into the final of Belgian Europa League Play-off following a 2-1 away win against Kortrijk at the Guldensporenstadion, reports Completesports.com.

Bothe KV Kortrijk and Sporting Charleroi competed in Belgian Play-off 2 (PO2) because they finished the First Division A regular season in the 7 – 15 bracket.

Former U-23 Eagles forward Imoh Ezekiel opened scoring for Kortrijk in the sixth minute.

Osimhen however equalised for Charleroi three minutes before the break after he was set up by Massimo Bruno.

He scored the winning goal four minutes before the hour mark following a pass from Gabrielle Angella.


Sporting Charleroi will clash with Royal Antwerp in the Europa League play-off final on Sunday, May 26. The winner will get an Europa League spot. Royal Antwerp qualified for this crucial match after finishing fifth in the six-team Belgian First Division A title play-offs.

The Nigeria international has now scored 19 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for Charleroi this season.

The forward who is loan at Charleroi from German side Wolfsburg was named the club’s player of the season last Sunday.

He is part of Nigeria’s 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Why would Rhor not hand this young man jerssey #9? flanked by Onekuru and Chukwueze and Iwuobi in #10.
    It will be such an unstopable force, full of energy. It will be like our Atlanta 96 attack.

    • Good question… A awkwardly short, and weird answer: Igahalo.

    • I would say Iwobi as AM with Chukwueze on the right with Kalu on left and Oshimen as no.9 bring in Onyekuru when someone gets tired that will be a very fast unstoppable attacking force. Because they are inverted wingers so they can switch during games too keep the defenders not knowing where one is going to burn them on the wings and with a striker like oshimen rampaging down the middle. Afcon definitely will come to Nigeria with right tactics 

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      CJ this is one of the best options i can dream of. Not only an energetic skillful pacy and complete setup but this is a match made in heaven pick. Only a man with vision can have this sort of your thinking. I go with you

  • Men this guy is too much! He deserve the no 9 jersey like cj said. U need to see those goals they where so wonderfull it reminds me of didier drogba at chelsea. The guy is everywhere around the goal. mr rohr please start this guy for me. Ighalo is not a turnament player i dont trust him in big games. At list see how the resqued us from the hands of lybia with confirm hatrick. Please keep the fire burning for this guy dont dull him at all. Jah bless naija

    • Olupotan 2 years ago

      I am of the school of thought that experience is key and can’t be bought. Many of us clamoured for the inclusion of in experienced player to prosecute our games prior to the South African game in Your. The result was a total annihilation, as we were beaten 2 nil. We had then the likes of Etebo, Iwobi, Iheanacho, to mention but a few, being canvassed as the Messiah of our football.We totally pressurized Gernot Rhor to ignore established players and we all know what the outcome was. The next game we had five of our experienced players inbthe starting eleven. Ighalo, Victor Moses, Leon Balogun, John Mikel Obi and the last guy I can’t remember his name. We completely dominated and destroyed Algeria, who virtually most pundits tipped to beat us at our backyards. It was then we realised in the game of football experience cannot be undermined or sabotaged.
      Unfortunately, many don’t learn. We are going into a major tournament and we still want most of our rookies to be in the starting line up of a championship we can’t afford not to make impact, lasting one for that matter, and we keep clamouring for untested players. The young guns Chukwueze, Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru and Co, are definitely very good and are going to take our national team to the level we once experienced in in the 90’s but their integration should be gradual.
      Why would we clamour for the inclusion of Mikel Obinye if not for His experience. We haven’t had it good in the goalkeeping department because the present ones never was tutored by the legendary Enyeama before he was prematurely retired. As good as Engrams was in 2002 he had Ike Shorunmu to tutor him and we enjoyed the best of him like never before. No one excels without first being an understudy to one who has experienced such.
      Let us not bring this unnecessary pressure on these players. As good as they may be we need the services of the established experienced players,gradually introducing the youngsters till they are ready to totally take over.

      • My goodness, what a perspective!

        With all this clamour for Chukwueze and Co, I thought thinkers/analysts like you were as extinct as the dinosaurs!

        Olupotan, now I know.

        You have said it all and have given a perfect example in the embarrassing home loss to South Africa.

        Oshimen and Chukwueze are good no doubt but if they come against an experienced team (with players not as good as them), the result will be defeat!

        There are players (like Moses Simon) who – on the face of it – may not look as good as Chukwueze.

        But like you said, and I quote :”in the game of football experience cannot be undermined or sabotaged”

        Thank you so much.

        • Yes of course cannot discount experience in certain circumstances but your reasoning is absolutely flawed. Chuckwueze plays in la liga against the likes of Messi, Marcelo, Iwobi in epl, Kalu against likes of Neymar and Mbappe…he did very well against top sides even with pure talent and very few years In international coaching.

           Some people just have IT while others have work hard. Let’s stop with the nonsense seniority that always holds Nigeria back. European countries don’t give one flying f who is older and more experienced. That’s why Mbappe goes to WC and Lacazette stays home.
          It’s all about which player can deliver and fits into to tactics/ philosophy of the manager( park the bus, possession, attacking football on the press) etc.

          Btw your Ighalo plays in the Chinese league  not taking anything from him because some games he does deliver. But I’m sorry he just doesn’t have the no.9 ( Suarez, Giroud, Firminho, etc) fear factor for me. When I see Chuckwueze In Villarreal line up I know some insane attacking football is on horizon. 

          • Gbich 2 years ago

            Don’t forget that Mbappe had Griezmann to assist him to perform, Chukwueze has other experienced players like Carzola and the other strikers to give him the passes and dimensions to operate, thrusting three young but skillfull attackers in a starting line up will be suicidal. They need to be introduced into the games gradually after watching from the bench. They will make more impact having seen how the experienced guys would have played and whatever else would be a contribution of their passion and skills coupled with the experience of having read from the bench. Someone said if they come against an equally talented but more experienced defence, it would be a disaster. We are not undermining nor underestimating the capacity and capabilities of these supremely talented young men.

  • Rez, I hear you – believe me I do. You made very valid points.

    Having said that I don’t think my reasoning is not flawed and I don’t think your point of view necessarily invalidates mine.

    You see, I try to keep away from certain arguments simply because a) the space on the platform will not allow me to do it justice and b) frankly speaking, I think it is an exercise in futility as people are usually hard wired in the way they think.

    If you want to have a proper chat about this,let me know. I am not averse to leaving my number for us to have a phone conversation.

    Chukwueze is playing in a high calibre league against quality opponents no doubt however at the age of 20, even he has come out to say he has a lot to learn.

    For all his attributes, he will make mistakes and learn from this.

    However, if you ask me to choose between youthful exuberance and experience, I know the one will pick.

  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    This guy is a born striker, naturally scoring at will. Been a very long time we had a team of in form players on fire. It’d really be a big disaster if Nigeria does not win the nations cup with these crop of talented players and Rohr knows that. If paraventure we didn’t get to win the cup eventually, the team should be kept intact and build for the world cup. Wonderful players, wonderful team of talent. No other country in Africa parades the array of stars like Nigeria prior to the nations cup.

  • This boy is the real deal a pure, raw and talented stricker cut from the cloth of the late great Rashidi Yekini. Check out the below and see the power and pace of the Super Eagles Supreme No.9:



    • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

      I will be doing a disservice to conscience and good reasoning if I do not commend @ Olupotan, ur point though concise but very reasonable.In making our analysis we should put a lot into consideration,such as playing pattern,adaptability,team chemistry/coercion and agility.Football is way beyond just playing very well,u must be able to fit into the Coaches idea and plan.How on earth will a sane Coach drop a Lacasett for a bench warmer like Gouroud,the reason is team Chemistry.Even though Gouroud warms bench in Cheseal the coach want him for whatever reason that is working for him.Think of any player in that 25 man team that does not deserve to be there.
      For your information, it is impossible to put an Igalo on bench for an Osimhen,Osimhen and the rest of the young ones will be integrated gradually. Let’s leave sentiment out of this and face reality.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Adding the aforementioned players as stated by CJ with mikel and Ndidi in the middle should be a mix of youthful and experience alongside our 4 defence should do the magic. Then 3 of the likes of Musa, kalu, simon, etebo, ogu, etc can come in depending on the match situation to finish a good job.

  • See guys we have 11 players can’t we have every position 2 players each that will give us 22 then add 1 keeper aND one other players to make it 24,then we will have both youth ad experience

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    I know say, one day will be one my pikin, you go make me happy. Keep scoring goals. Coach Rohr havr no choice but to includes you on the final list.


    Rohr Doesn’t Encourage Competition In Super Eagles – Mobi Oparaku

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    Former Super Eagles defender Mobi Oparaku says the Franco-German coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr need to do more in terms of inviting players who will battle the regular players for spots in his team, Owngoalnigeria.com reports.

    Reacting to the 25 man provisional list of the Super Eagles, the Atalanta 96 Olympic gold medalist said the list contains same players the coach has remained loyal to since he took over as coach.

    Oparaku said his unwillingness to try other players bar the regulars in his team has made some of the players complacent as they know that even if they don’t play at their clubside they will still be invited to the team.

    ” The names on the list is same guys we all know as his regulars. One or two guys have been invited to the squad but generally he has this loyalty to some group of players since he took over as coach and that has killed competition for places in the team to an extent “, Oparaku told Owngoalnigeria.com.

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    ” Most of the players know their spot in the national team is not under threat even if they don’t get to play for their club. I really understand his idea of trying to build a team but he should drop players who are not playing games at their clubs for new ones who are regulars”.

    God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    When I wrote here many months ago that V.Osimhen is the next successor to Ighalo in the national team ahead of Isaac success….some people wanted to set themselves ablaze. Make dem nor worry…na sidon look we dey…!Lolz

  • Why would Rhor not hand this young man jerssey #9? flanked by Onekuru and Chukwueze and Iwuobi in #10.
    It will be such an unstopable force, full of energy. It will be like our Atlanta 96 attack.
    As a matter of fact, if not for our coach’s conservativeness, we have a team here that can beat Africa now, conquer the under 23 in in 2020 Olympics and challange the world for the World Cup in 2022.
    If only Rhor is adventurous and confident in himself and the talents at his disposal, he will accomplish great things.

    Imagine a team like this:
    1 ?
    2 Shehu (WB), 3 Kalu (WB),
    5 Ekong, 6 Omeruo / Balogun,
    4 Ndidi, 8 Mikel, 10 Iwuobi
    7 Onyekuru, 9 Osimhen, 11 Chukwueze


    If we are two goals up and need to kill off a game,
    Bring on Ighalo for Osimhen and Etebor / Ogu for Iwuobi / Mikel.

    No African team can withstand this attacking machine.
    Mass attack and Mass defense.

    And a few subtractions and additions to this team from the under 20 we will have an Olympic team .


    • Omo9ja 2 years ago

      Ah fired ke? Do you want Rohr fans to fight you bro? I think some of us are begins to see what I’m seeing o.

      Many people will change their user names soon. Many of them will run away because they have nothing left to prove to Nigerians. No excuses this time around.

      Mr. Rohr has what it takes to excel in this tournament. Can he? 85% guarantee that he can’t. Upon all the players and decent goalkeepers we have and we can be bold enough to see we going to win the tournament in Egypt?

      This is very disturbing and shameful. All we are hearing is my team is young till the next world cup. Fingers crossed. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • I hope he knows no more excuses. He was talking of a young team at d last WorldCup,I was just looking at him.
        We had d players to go very far in d WCup. See Argentina, were dey not a really weak team? Even Croatia dat beat us,were a team d SEagles cud beat, if d set-up was right. I insist we have d players.

        Look at Dennerby,he’s new here, see how he is working. See his confidence going into his first WCup with d girls. Apart from d fact dat friendlies were organised, unlike previously, his confidence stems from d deluge of talents he sees in d land. At home,talents,abroad,talents. You don’t see dis in most countries. So Dennerby is enamoured by dis and ready for war at d female WCup.
        I insist we have d talents,d players, Mobi Oparaku is right.
        E dey pain me say, “Rohr dey use full Naija senior team, dey learn work.”
        But, but, I want to believe he is listening. You never know if he has learnt his lessons. So we remain optimistic.
        I wish dem d very best.

  • Nawa o! Be it Osimhen (18 goals), be it Onuachu (17 goals), wether Ighalo Mr experience or Chukwueze the up coming…they are all in Rohr’s team for the tournament.
    We’ve had different cases in the past… Ghana/Nigeria 2000. Ikpeba was tipped Aghahowa from under 20 1999 shines, Tunisia 2004, Agali, Yakubu tipped Odemwengie..22 then shine… And at the world cup 2014..an old and already forgotten Odemwengie came and shine..so let’s wait and see.

  • mutum 2 years ago

    osimehen is 10 times a better finisher compared to ighalo. no offense to ighalo….in soccer, talents don’t hide. if u good u good.

  • mutum 2 years ago

    osimehin is good and a better finisher than our present number 9. in soccer, if u r good,u r good. it can’t be hidden. 18 goals per season no be joke for belguim league o.