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Omeruo, Simon Make Copa Del Rey Debut; Osimhem, Awoniyi Fire Blanks in Belgium

Omeruo, Simon Make Copa Del Rey Debut; Osimhem, Awoniyi Fire Blanks in Belgium

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By Johnny Edward:


Kenneth Omeruo made his Copa Del Rey debut for Leganes who forced Rayo Vallecano to a 2-2 draw in Tuesday’s first leg round of 32 clashes at the Butarque stadium reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Two goals in five minutes from Alvaro Garcia and Alexander Alegria gave Rayo Vallecano a two-goal lead in the first half but a brace from Youssef En-Nesyri earned Leganes a draw ahead of the second leg billed for the 5th December at the Estadio del Rayo Vallecano.


The game was Omeruo’s fourth for Leganes since he joined the club this summer. The 25-year-old Omeruo is one of the eight defenders called up by Gernot Rohr for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg.


At the Anxo Carro stadium, Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez made his third Copa Del Rey start of the season for his Spanish Segunda club, CD Lugo in Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw against Levante who paraded another Nigerian international Moses, Simon for 83 minutes in the draw.


Simon was subbed off for Enis Bardhi in the encounter. Cristian Herrera gave the hosts, CD Lugo an 11th minute lead before Borja MAryoral earned Levante a share of the spoil in the 53rd minute.


In the DFB Pokal Cup in Germany, Jamilu Collins played the entire duration of Paderborn’s 3-0 away win at BSG Chemie Leipzig, a fifth tier club in the German football league.


Victor Osimhen fired blanks in his eight starts for his Belgian club, Sporting Charleroi who defeated Sint-Truiden 1-0 in a Belgian Jupiler clash. The 19-year-old who was recently recalled back to the senior national team after a year out has scored five league goals.


Taiwo Awoniyi came on for Roman Yaremchuk for the last six minutes in Gent’s 3-1 away loss to Royal Excel Mouscron. Awoniyi is yet to score a league goal in 11 games. His compatriot Anderson Esiti played the entire duration of the defeat.

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  • Let Rohr pair Ekong and omeruo in our defence since they both are getting game time in their club. Balogun is match rusty

    • @Goal it will depend on what they show in training. Balogun’s coach recently commented that Balogun is giving him selection headaches and is very close to being a regular starter.

      If Balogun performs better than Omeruo in training the next Balogun gets the starting spot. If Omeruo performs better then he gets it.

      Omeruo’s defence let two goals in with their yesterday game against a second division side