Bundesliga: Nigerian Stars Get Busy During International Break

Bundesliga:  Nigerian Stars Get Busy During International Break

During the national break the Bundesliga teams played friendly matches or internal games.

On March 25, 1. FC Union Berlin played a friendly match against Eintracht Braunschweig who played in the second Bundesliga. Anthony Ujah and Taiwo Awoniyi were absent from the Union. On the other hand, in the team from Braunschweig, Suleiman Abdullahi was in the first team. The player is bound by a contract with the club from Berlin, and on loan to the Eintracht team.

1. FC Union Berlin: Karius; Friedrich (Bruns 71), Hübner, Lenz (Knoche 30), Bülter; Gentner, Griesbeck, Dajaku, Endo (Sanogo 71); Teuchert, Gogia

Eintracht Braunschweig: Dornebusch; Schlüter, May (Burmeister 60), Koblyanski (Kupusovic 88), Otto, Kroos, Abdullahi (Schwenk 60), Ben Balla, Behrendt (Bürger 65), Kammerbauer, Ziegele

The first goal in this game was scored in the 12th minute. Martin Kobylanski crossed the corner and Nigerian striker Suleiman Abdullahi was on target.

The next goal came in the 37th minute when Lasse Schlüter crossed for Suleiman Abdullahi in the penalty area. This last Loris Karius and increased the result of the game to 2: 0 for Eintracht.

In the second half of the meeting, Union Berlin set to work harder. Knoche had a chance, and then Bulter. However, neither of them took the opportunity. Eintracht also had a chance, but the attacking second-tier driver showed off ineffectiveness. In the 60th minute, the two goalscorer Abdullahi left the pitch, and Schwenk appeared in his place.

Unionu was hit in the 74th minute of the match. Bulter entered the list of shooters. Thus, he set the result of the match at 1: 2 for the guests.

1. FC Köeln also played an internal friendly match. The players were divided into two teams – Red and White. All the three Nigerian players from the Cologne team was at the field. Emmanuel Dennis appeared in the Red team and Kingsley Ehizibue and Tolu Arokodare at the White team.

Red Team: Zieler – Sponsel, Henning (Özkan 60′), J. Horn, Katterbach (Akalp 66′) – Höger (Castrop 46 ‘), Rexhbecaj – Dennis (Breuer 46′), Drexler, Kainz (Fadeev 71’) – Andersson (Wydra 25 ‘).

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White Team: Köbbing – Ehizibue, Voloder, Czichos, Sechelmann – Meyer, Hector – Thielmann (Lemperle 46′), Obuz – Schmitt, Arokodare (Schwirten 80′).

Goals: 1:0, Andersson 7′; 2:0, Drexler 27′; 2:1, Arokodare 53′; 3:1, Drexler 57′; 3:2, Arokodare 63′; 3:3, Arokodare 69′; 4:3, Breuer 81′.

Both teams went ahead from the start and wanted to show what they could attack. Sebastian Andersson was the Red Team leader and was able to open the scoring early. Matthias Köbbing helped Dominick Drexler, but Andersson managed to push her over the line.

The match was full of chances when Team White responded by Oliver Schmitt. The under-21 striker hit the post with a skidding effort before being kicked off by Ron-Robert Zieler. Marco Höger got close at the other end and Köbbing did well. Florian Kainz looked alive on the left as the Austrian forward also looked ready to return.

Dominick Drexler added a second with a fine finish on the turn from Marco Höger’s through ball. The White Team then went out of their way to find a way to get back into the game before the break. Tolu Arokodare hit the bar from close range twice in two minutes, and Ron-Robert Zieler’s impressive interventions from Max Meyer and Marvin Obuz to maintain their lead.

Several of FC’s talented young players came off the bench during the half-time break as Marco Höger and Emmanuel Dennis were replaced by Castrop and Breuer. Tim Lemperle also joined Jan Thielmann. It was Lemperle who teed up Tolu Arokodare to put Team White on the scoreboard. The young winger crossed into the middle for Arokodare to jab.

Dominick Drexler responded with an almost identical goal, hitting Florian Kainz’s cross. As the saying goes, all good things in threes, Tolu Arokodare scored his second goal in the game. As with the previous two goals, this was a close-range finish.

Arokodare managed to add his third with 20 minutes left after a poor cross from the right. Simon Breuer, however, scored the winner late. Jannes Horn’s free kick fell to the winger who had recently extended his contract to give them victory.

Martin Wojciga

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