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ROUND-UP: Nwakaeme Hits Brace As Obi Returns With A Bang; Onazi, Agbo Win

ROUND-UP: Nwakaeme Hits Brace As Obi Returns With A Bang; Onazi, Agbo WinJoel Obi scored for Torino on Sunday.

By Johnny Edward and James Agberebi:

Super Eagles forward Anthony Nwakaeme celebrated his 100th league appearance for Hapoel Beer-Sheva by scoring a brace as the Camels came from a goal down to defeat FC Ashdod 3-1 in an Israeli league clash on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Nwakaeme scored his goals after Maharan Radi’s equalised for Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the 56th minute. Mauricio Cordeiro had handed hosts FC Ashdod the lead in the 42nd minute.

The 28-year-old Nwakaeme has now scored three goals in nine league games this season, while in all competitions he has score nine goals in 17 games. He has now scored 37 goals in 100 league appearances for Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

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Also on Sunday, Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi made a goal scoring return from injury as he netted the winning goal in Torino’s 2-1 home win against Cagliari in Serie A.

Obi, who has been out since September 10, scored what was the winning goal on 66 minutes in the win for Torino.

Nicolo Barella had given Cagliari the lead on 30 minutes before Iago Falque equalised for Torino 10 minutes later.

The goal was Obi’s second goal in four league appearances this season.

In the Turkish top flight, Ogenyi Onazi was in action for Trabzonspor who stunned nine-man Galatasaray 2-1.

Trabzonspor also had a player sent off in the game.

Onazi was however replaced with just one minute left in the encounter.

Still in Turkey, Rio 2016 hero Imoh Ezekiel featured for Konyaspor in their 1-0 home win against Osmanlispor.

Ezekiel, who started from the bench, was brought on in the 84th minute of the game.

Also in action for Osmanlispor was Aminu Umar who played for 90 minutes while his Nigerian teammate Raheem Lawal was benched.

And in the Belgian league, Super Eagles defender Uche Agbo made an appearance for Standard Liege in their 3-1 home win against Waasland-Beveren.

Agbo played the full 90 minutes of the game.

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  • Kingmaker 4 years ago

    Hello Coach Genet Rohr,
    Nigeria can win the world cup.. This might look a huge expectation, but why not.. This great nation boasts of some of the best potentials in world football and this has been repeatedly and convincingly demonstrated at age-grade levels.
    In U-17 global events alone, Nigeria had played seven (7) finals, winning 5 against top nations including, Mexico, Germany, Spain, etc.
    Three (3) final appearances in U-21, where it pulled in 2 Silvers (1989, 2007), and 1 bronze medal in 1985.
    The Mikel Obi led U-23 Olympic dream team almost repeated what our Atlanta Olympic team did in 1996, thus bringing Nigeria total haul in Men’s Olympic football events to One Gold, one Silver & one Bronze medals competing amongst the Worlds bests.
    Against this backdrop, I agree with the NFF Chairman that Nigeria won’t be in Russia to make the numbers but to challenge for the most coveted trophy.
    This can be achieved given the quality of talents at the disposal of the Coaches for selection.
    Three aspects of the preparations for the Russia 2018 must not be neglected because they hold the keys for successful participation. Starting with Algeria and Argentina matches billed for November, 2017 we can start demonstrating how serious we consider our world cup participation.
    Success at the mundial for Nigeria must involve targeting the following:
    1. Searching and assembling the right quality of players
    2. Ensure top quality and best preparations against top teams
    3. Ensure players motivation and bonuses are top priority.
    The quality of players to execute the job are already known. The four departments of goalkeeping, defence, midfield and attack must enjoy the sort of balance witnessed in great tournaments.
    Goalkeeping remains the major headaches but Enyeama Vincent, if fit enough, would bring enough wealth of experience and cover between the poles.
    Our defences are suspect, particularly at left back where Echijele has lost steam due to injury, complacency and age. The team needs competition for the central and left back positions. The Coach should use his influence to attract German-Nigerian defenders in the German league to pledge for Nigeria.
    Our midfielders are perhaps the best in Africa, supervised by our vastly experienced John Obi Mikel, the Captain. Challenge can still be sort out here with the inclusion of one or two British talents of Nigerian descent, Jordan Ibe comes to mind.
    Our attack is the strongest unit of our team. Nigeria is blessed and must take advantage of the current goal poachers to pick the best for the World Cup.
    Nigerians would need the inclusion of poaching instincts of Anthony Nwakaekwu, Israel and Paul Onuachu, Mitdtjyland to supplement whatever Ighalo brings to the table. We have Iheanacho who is still improving with every game for Eahles.
    Henry Oyenkuru, Moses Simon, Iwobi & Victor Moses would add width to the options forl wide attackers.
    Given the right tactics, energy and fitness level, determination and inborn Nigerian-will to succeed in adversity, Super Eagles cannot only mix with the big teams but can threaten to lift the cup for Nigeria and for Africa for the first time.
    The CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad equally voiced optimism of the continent’s chances of lifting the Trophy, and this came on the heels of Cameroon Coach’s word for Nigeria. Coach Hugo Broos stated emphatically that Nigeria can surpass their past levels and win if they can concentrate on football for 30 days.
    This is the challenge before NFF and its leadership who must show dedication and commitment to write their names in gold. Nigerians are optimistic and are waiting.
    Over to the NFF and Coach Gernot Rohr..

    Kingmaker.. Benin.

    • fidelenny 4 years ago

      KINGMAKER: Great assessment of the strengths and weakness of the sUPER Eagles of Nigeria.

      Given the right mix of players, strong mental character and sound tactics, i believe we can surpass our previous world cup outings.

      The area of serious concern is the defence; we need a very water tight back four of players. While Balogun looks to be assured, yet his lack of game time at club, slow start to most games as seen in Senegal and Zambia leaves alot to be desired. The left back position which has experienced but aging UWA Echiejile as the only option is a cause for worry. Though players like untested Ola Aina, TYRONE eBUEHI HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED as options however, we need to look at better options and one that comes to mind now is the Wolfsburg teeanger left back who doubles as a centre half, Felix Uduokhai. the 6ft 2 defender with slim body frame has shown he can add quality to the national side having scored two goals in his last 3games for the German outfit. Nigeria needs to present a stong delegation to convince him to lace for fatherland ahead of Germany as Balogun has done, otherwise the search for the left back position continues. At right back where Shehu Abudullahi holds sway, one hopes he keeps his form which earned the MOTM award against Zambia, and move away from Cyprus to the mainstream Europe should also helped his cause.

  • fidelenny 4 years ago

    Anthony Nwakeme’s brace is a cheering news for Nigeria ahead of the Algeria tie. it’s also great to know that a good number of Nigeria players over the weekend put in a great shift for their club sides.ONE HOPES THEY WOULD BE ABLE to replicate such wholesome displays against Algeria and Argentina when given the opportunity.