Europa League: Chukwueze Relishes Villarreal Win Vs Rapid Wien

Europa League: Chukwueze Relishes Villarreal  Win Vs Rapid Wien

By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigerian midfielder, Samuel Chukwueze, has celebrated his Spanish club, Villarreal’s 5-0 home win against Austrian side, Rapid Wien in an Europa League clash on Thursday at the Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, reports.

Chukwueze ,19, entered the fray for Villarreal in the 65th minute and provided the assist for fellow substitute, Gerard Moreno’s fifth goal five minutes from time.

The game was Chkwueze’ third appearance for Villarreal in the Europa League this season albeit he is yet to make an appearance for the club in the LaLiga.

He has made one start and two substitute appearance in the three games.

“💛💛💪🙏 great win yesterday,” reads a tweet on Chukwueze’s Twitter handle.

The win against Rapid Wien was Villareal’s first in the group stages after draws in their first two games against Glasgow Rangers and Spartak Moscow.

The Yellow Submarines occupy second position in Group L with five points same as Rangers who top the group by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Rapid Wien are third with three points, while Spartak Moscow have two points.

Chukwueze signed for the Spanish outfit in 2017 and first starred for their reserves in the Spanish third tier league.

In his first season, Chukwueze made 11 Segunda B appearances, scoring two goals in the process and was promoted to the senior side ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.


  • Jones 3 months ago

    I watched the game. And I have to admit this kid is talented tho he came on as sub. Very fast and skillful. Guys the future is really bright for Nigeria.

    • And is that it? Analyse his gameplay — not just a blanket “he’s talented” blab. What position does he play? Where will he provide competition in the SE? How does he compare with the current preferred player in that position? How can you juxtapose his skills with the competition in the squad in his wing? Who are the other players in his age and prospects category that should be looked into? That is what is called contribution and the hardwork regular commenters do before pressing Enter. Not the generic, empty statement like you wrote above.

      • He came in for their number 10 attacking midfield position. He is usually on the left wing but can play right wing as well.

        Given that our left wing has major competition (Musa, Onyekuru, Simon Moses) I’d be happy to see him challenging for the Super Eagles number 10. Competing with Iwobi and maybe eventually with Nwakali if he makes the grade.

        He still has a way to go before breaking into the SE and I would like to see him play that position in the under 20s or under 23s with that set up mirroring the senior squad’s formation.

        I would put him as a wild card for AFCON next year. Nigeria is all of a sudden blessed with attacking players with Ighalo, Success, Iheanacho, Odey all in prime position for the central striker. With Osimhen coming through now behind them.

         Add on a midfield attacking trio made up of Musa, Onyekuru, Simon, Etebo, Iwobi, Kalu at this time if they are all fit and coming through  Chukwueze, Orji Okonkwo, Kingsley Sokari, Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure and Ovie Ejaria. And we have a very fast, very fluid, very dangerous attacking threat for next years competition.

        First team dangerous and a bench pushing them all the way for a starting slot 

        • Exactly BigD, so many talents at our disposals. The days of 1993/1994 is slowly coming back. I think it’s largely the fruit of the the 2013 and 2015 Under 17 FIFA World Cup triumphs. What most African countries don’t realize about the secret of Nigeria’s senior team dominance on the continent is that we take FIFA age grade competitions serious and the 50% of the graduates go on to bigger things for themselves and their country. We don’t rely on local league stars to make up the SE unlike the SA senior team. This is besides the fact that Nigerian youngsters naturally excel in European football academies.

          I think about 70% of the current SE squad came through the age-grade teams at different times (Under 17, 20 & 23)– Kelechi, Musa, Ighalo, Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo,, Simon Moses, Samuel Kalu (not sure about him though) Uzoho, Isaac, possibly Chukuweze, Osimhen, Musa Mohammed and Nwakali.

          Then blended with the European-groomed stars like Iwobi, Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Victor Moses (retired now), and possibly Haruna Lookman, Seyi Ojo etc.

          Zambia was at the 2017 World Cup and till today, they are grateful the competition produced Patson Daka and Enock Nwepu. Ghana is another country that has benefited a lot from FIFA age-group competitions, but no country beats Nigeria in Africa in that regard. Brazil used to rely on that system too.

          • I think you are confusing Ademola Lookman for Haruna Lukman. Haruna Lukman at some point used to be our U-17 and U-20 captain, played at the 2010 World Cup, but never really came through.
            Plus Zambia discovered the likes of Enoch Mwepu and Patson Daka at the U-20(emphasized) World Cup. Thanks

      • Bishop 3 months ago

        You can be more kind and accommodating. We can all learn from each other.. The examiner or censor disposition cannot help.

  • Yeah, Akin, I got them mixed up. I meant to say Ademola Lookman, not Haruna. I know both players. Haruna was the set of goalkeeper Ajiboye and late coach Tella of U17 world cup in 2007.

    Patson Daka and Enock Nwepu were in the U20 World Cup 2017. I think it was implied I was talking age grade please. I know these things – Nigerian football history even back to the 80s. Thanks anyway. It was a mix up.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

    The immediate future of the SuperEagles is indeed incredibly bright. Nigeria is benefiting immensely from the age grade competitions.

    Since 2007 we’ve had a substantial amount of youngsters making it all the way into the SuperEagles. I think the likes of Chukwueze, Orji Okonkwo, Kingsley Michael, Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimhen should continue with the U20 and U23 teams for now to aid their development.

    Even in the present SuperEagles about 10 players among the last call ups are U23 years old. It will be a tall order to see any of the laters make the AFCON next year. Obviously, I wouldn’t mind some exceptional talents among them get a call up to train with the SuperEagles so as to gather some valuable experience.

  • Ikeben 3 months ago

    It true the future looks very bright for the SE. I will expect the NFf to appoint coaches for the U-20 and U-23 teams and draw up programs for the immediate future.
    Let’s remember Victor Osimen, k. Nwakali and co did not qualify for U-20 would cup in 2017. So they should start preparing fo u-23 tournament next year and 2020 Olympics. Coach Rohr always prefer young talents, but any appointed U-23 coach can also pick from Super Eagles if they are still within the age. Afterall, Ahmed Musa in 2010 was playing all the age grade from U-17 to Super Eagles the same time.
    So there is still lots of work to be done for us to harness these abundant talents for more trophies at all levels.

    • Full list of age grade team coaches presently. With Salish Yusuf suspended for a year, Imama is expected to step up. The under 17 and under 20 teams have both qualified for their AFCON competitions next year. Those competitions will serve as the qualifiers for the World Cup. The under 23 have a match in November and are yet to qualify for their own AFCON.

      Super Eagles B /Olympic men team: Salisu Yusuf (Head Coach – Suspended); Imama Amapakabo; Kennedy Boboye; Fidelis Ilechukwu; Alloy Agu (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

      U20 MEN (Flying Eagles): Paul Aigbogun (Head Coach); Abdullahi Maikaba; Abubakar Bala; Hassan Abdallah (Scouting); Suleiman Shuaibu (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

      U17 Boys team (Golden Eaglets): Manu Garba (Head Coach); Nduka Ugbade; Jolomi Atune Ali; Bunmi Haruna (Scouting); Abideen Baruwa Olatunji (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

      U15 Boys team (Future Eagles): Alala Danladi Nasidi (Head Coach); Haruna Usman ‘Ilerika’; Ahmed Lawal Dankoli; Patrick Bassey (Scouting); Ernest Salolome (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

      U13 Boys team: Jolomi Atune Ali (Head Coach); Jude Agada; Abdullahi Umar Tyabo; Adewale Laloko (Scouting); Adeoye Onigbinde (Goalkeepers’ Trainer).

      • Ikeben 3 months ago

        Wow! Thanks for the update. So since all the age grade coaches are already appointed, then we already on the right path.

        I hope all coaches and assistant are working for next year Afcon at all levels (from U-17 to U-23) calling both known and unknown players, both home based and foreign based players for a fruitful 2019. Not repeating the disaster of 2017, when we not only missed out of Nation’s cup but also missed out of U-17 and U-20 world cup. Although we were also compensated by England which won the U-20 world cup (which we have never won) with a team that was made up 50% Nigeria-born talents.

        • Under 20s are already in camp. They are currently screening new additions to the team. The bulk of those who have qualified for the AFCON will join them soon.

          The under 17z have also qualified for AFCON for next year.

          The under 23s have a qualifying game next month.

          All teams are being prepped.

          I only hope that the under 20s and under 23s will also be populated with Osimhen, Okonkwo, Chukwueze, Nwakali, Ezeh, Awoniyi etc for the AFCON proper.

          Only, European teams usually kick against their players being released for age grade competitions.

    • Ashy Slashy 3 months ago

      Nice one Ikebe.