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Euro RoundUp: Ezekiel, Azubuike On Target In Belgium, Turkey; Eleke Sees Red In Switzerland

Euro RoundUp: Ezekiel, Azubuike On Target In Belgium, Turkey; Eleke Sees Red In SwitzerlandEzekiel scores for Kortrijk

Imoh Ezekiel scored his first Belgian league goal of the season for KV Kortrijk who were beaten 2-1 at home by Sporting Charleroi who featured Victor Osimhen for the entire duration of the encounter on Saturday, reports Completesports.com.

The goal ended Ezekiel’s 17 game goal drought for Kortrijk this season.

Ezekiel scored three minutes after the restart to hand his side the lead but goals from Ryota Morioka in the 66th minute and Jeremy Perbet in the 90th minute secured an away win for Sporting Charleroi.

The 25 year old Ezekiel was replaced in the 73rd minute by Teddy Chevalier.

Super Eagles young forward, Osimhen who is on a three game goal drought has scored nine league goals and in 20 appearances.

Also Read: Simon Makes First La Liga Start In Levante Win At Celta Vigo

In Turkey, Victor Moses made his first Turkish Super Lig start for Fenerbahce in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Konyaspor. The former Nigeria international who was making his fifth appearance since arriving at the club, was replaced in the 82nd minute by Alper Potuk.

At the Timsah Arena, Okechukwu Azubuike was on target for Rizespor who spanked Abdulahi Shehu’s Bursaspor 2-0 also on Saturday.

Azubuike gets heroic lift as Rizespor teammates join him in goal celebration

Azubuike sealed his side’s win in the 78th minute after Aatif Chahechouhe had shot Rizespor ahead after 12 minutes. His compatriots; Chidozie Awaziem and Aminu Umar both featured from start.

While Awaziem played in the entire duration of the match, Umar was replaced in the 76th minute by Braian Samudio.

The win moves Rizespor out of the relegation zone after staying unbeaten in their last five league games with four wins and a draw.

Azubuike (40), Awaziem, Aminu celebrate away win with Rizespor teammates inside the dressing room

Shehu on his part, came on for Ramazan Keskin in the 30th minute for his fourth substitute appearance.

In Switzerland, Blessing Eleke was sent off in the 65th minute as his side, FC Luzern lost 3-0 at home to Lugano in their Saturday’s league clash. Lugano did not list Nigerian left-back, Stanley Amuzie in their match day squad.

Eleke has scored seven league goals and three assists in 19 games for FC Luzern.

By Johnny Edward

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  • What a round up!!

    One of the more productive days in the office for the players mentioned in the article above.

    Imoh Ezekiel’s fantastic centre forward display was marked by a powerful header in 33 minutes that beat the goalkeeper neat but crashed the crossbar before lashing on to a delicious through-ball in the second half to race through on goal then sliced home beautifully a goal that turned out to be irrelevant as his team went on to lose 2:1.

    Ezekiel is a player that can fit neatly in Liverpool’s style of play as he can interplay effectively as a winger and a striker in a fluid system.

    Osimhen was quite predatory as he was inches away from connecting with an eloquent cross in the first half before timing his run to perfection in the second half to meet a through-ball only for him to denied by good timing and effective blocking of his goal bound effort by the opposition goalkeeper.

    In Turkey, the Red Sea to regular-football has surely given way for Victor Moses as he put in a shift to remind all why he should rescind his resignation and put back on the Super Eagles Jersey for Nigeria this summer.

    The Chelsea loanee was at the heart of several key periods for Fernabahce as his excellent positioning and precision pass found Dirar whose cross was met by Tailson’s vicious volley for Fenerbahce’s goal.

    His link-up play with fellow recent-Premier league striker Slimani culminated in a move that almost led to a goal but Ayew’s powerful header was met by an equally forcefully save to deny Fenerbahce a lead they so desperately need to improve their league position as the match ended 1:1.

    In the same league, 2016 olympics star midfielder Azubuike put himself in the Super Eagles shop-window with a volley that nestled in the back of the net to underscore why he should be given an opportunity to wrestle Ndidi and Co for a slot in Nigeria’s saturated midfield position.

    Game times for Awaziem, Shehu and forgotten Super Eagles winger Aminu Umar all make for riveting reading at a time we fans want our players active for the challenges ahead.

    • Well scripted @Deo.

      I am overly impressed with the performance of Azubuike Okechukwu who over the weekend scored a brilliant of a goalfor his team Riezpor where he is relaunching is dwindling career as a loanee.

      Only a week ago he was at brila fm granting an interview over his chequered football careerin the last 3yrs after his illustrious perfromance at the last Rio Olympic where together with the likes of Sadiq Umar, Etebo, Stanley Amuzie and Mikel won a golden bronze for Nigeria under charismatic Siasia.

      On account of his football sense as a midfielder, he should be in the Super Eagles.

  • Greenturf 5 years ago

    We need players with high skill levels and also midfielders who can cover grounds with high degree of skills and finese.Players with high proficiency to spur the super eagles to greatness.
    Notable stars like Victor Moses if he rescind his decision on international exile,Zubby and Efe Ambrose should be closely monitored as well the later did so well in Scotland and now playing in England we hope he replicates that form.
    However,playing a nations cup in the north of Africa and in Egypt for that matter is not a childs play and shouldn’t be treated with kid gloves.Experience is very important if we are to achieve success in this arduous mission.
    Meanwhile,the likes of Morocco,Tunisia and Algeria backed by their offensively vociferous fans as well shall be dangerous and difficult to overrun in a familiar terrain and that’s where experience comes in because this are no games for the fainthearted.
    However,not to forget youth as well because you need their energy levels to make a complete team but any youth coming in should be ready for this important mission and are expected to be at a high level with their older compatriots.
    I don’t think some fans understands how difficult this nations cup would be but a good preparation with the right personal involved is key to success in this biggest tournament in Africa.
    God bless Nigeria.

  • I’ve been monitoring matches this week also and I must say players are on fire with ratings, goals, assists having me struggle to pick a team of the week with many regular SE players still to play. So far I have:

    Lobi Keeper Olufemi Kayode(7.9),

    Defence: LB/LWB Kingsley Madu (Roseselare one goal), CB Awaziem (Rizespor 7.8) second CB to be picked between Omeruo/Troost/Oseide. RWB Moses Simon (Levante 7.3).

    Midfield: Etebo (Stoke 7.1) Azubuike (Rizespor 8.0 goal) and Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza 7.9).

    Attack: Eduok (Erzurum 7.6 goal and assist) Imoh Ezekiel (goal) Victor Moses (Trabzonspor 7.4 assist – Europa league).

    This is with 22 matches involving Nigerian players still to go today.

    Refreshing to see so many either on the fringes or in contention for SE places doing fantastically well this week.

    • The above are for matches Monday to Saturday. Obviously some will change. Omeruo had his first bad match yesterday so unlikely to feature. I’m also hoping Awoniyi will shunt Ezekiel out and the following will post fantastic stats and give me a headache come the end of Sunday’s play:

      Chukwueze, Aina, Maja, Mikel, Nwakaeme, Onyekuru, Uzoho, Nwakali and Odey

  • Ikeben 5 years ago

    This weekend Moses Simon played his first Laliga start, of the season, playing for 90mins and was a joy to watch. Linking up perfectly with other strikers. He was very close to scoring his second goal for Levante, tipping a beautiful cross on target only to denied by a miraculous save of the keeper.

    If he continues like this, he may likely secure his first team place in Levante and also provide further headache to Genet Rohr because of the overcrowded wingers presently in form for Super Eagles.

    • Pompei 5 years ago

      Regarding that headache, Moses Simon has been providing it for Rohr, and hopefully the headache will continue for a long time. Even with him on the bench for Levante, some of us have never doubted his value, not for one second! His being on the bench so often is down to the coach not recognising his value. Hopefully, that will change for the better.

  • Pompei 5 years ago

    Nice one. Great to see Zubby Okechukwu doing his thing. The boy sabi play. Confirmed baller. With more of this, he will soon be joining his Olympic team mate Etebo in the SE midfield!

    • Agree with you 100%, Azubuike Okechukwu is a midfielder with a difference. This is one player whose strong performance won Nigeria a bronze at the last Olympic under Siasia. His quality is never in doubt as he is an all round midfielder with an incredible football sense: an inch perfect passer of the ball, ability to provide long and short passes, goal scoring ability, and has a decent defensive quality.

      If Zubby as he is fondly called can stay off injury and is able to sustain this level of performance in the Super liga then a call up to the Eagles on the horizon.

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