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Onyekuru, Dennis Hit Brace; Kalu Also Ends Goal Drought

Onyekuru, Dennis Hit Brace; Kalu Also Ends Goal Drought

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru bagged a brace for Galatasaray who came from a goal down to beat Sivasspor 4-2 in a Turkish Super Lig clash on Sunday reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The goals took his tally to six in 15 league appearances this term.

Robinho gave Sivasspor the lead in the ninth minute before Eren Derdiyok equalised in the 20th minute.

Sofiane Feghouli put Galatasaray ahead in the 30th minute but 11 minutes later, Robinho restored parity.

He scored in the 51st minute before slotting home in the 60th minute.

The victory means Gala finish the first stanza in fifth place, a spot above Besiktas and six points adrift of pacesetters Istanbul Basaksehir.

Their next fixture of a Turkish Cup tie against Boluspor on January 15.

In Belgium, Emmanuel Dennis also hit a brace for Club Brugge in their 5-1 win over Royal Antwerp.

Dennis opened scoring for Club Brugge in the 21st minute and scored his second of the game in the 65th minute of the encounter.

In France, Samuel Kalu scored his second Ligue 1 goal for Bordeaux who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Amiens.

Kalu shot his side into the lead with a header but Eddy Gnahore earned the visitors, Amiens a share of the spoil from the encounter.

In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo made his 10th straight La Liga start of the campaign for Leganes who drew 1-1 at home to Sevilla


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By Johnny Edward

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  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    I Am immensely glad about the form of our men, they r really working hard and the result is coming forth.This does not mean they will perform the same level all season cos they r human.This latter statement is apposite cos some of us who feel that when a striker does not score in two, three matches he’s a bad player.As humans ur body cannot maintain the same level of performance all season.The most important thing is their contribution to the entire team.In all all am impressed by our guys in Europe.

     
    • Patrick 2 years ago

      The coach of super eagles must base invitation to national team on the form of players. We need Dennis , chukwueze ,osemehin and others in super eagle.

       
      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Thanks Sir Patrick. I dont know why the names of Dennis, Onauchu, Esiti, Afeez Aremu and Ifeanyi Matthews never comes up on this forum. These guys have been the most consistent non invited players in europe in the last 2 seasons or so. It is names of unknown quantities that fronts will come here to shove down our throats and rain insults on our coaches for. Players that arent even better than the many fringe players currently waiting for gametime in the current eagles set-up

         
        • Jones 2 years ago

          Onuachu plays in Denmark. We can’t have players from half leagues in the SE. I know he’s leaving Denmark at the end of the season so until he goes to a better league I don’t think he should be invited to the SE. We have strikers in better leagues doing just as well.

           
          • @Jones are the Saudi, South African or Isreali leagues full leagues? What of the Chinese league? And by extension should we be calling for Mikel, Ighalo, Musa, Ogu and Akpeyi to forfeit their place in the squad until they move?

            Should we also collectively clamour for NO PLAYER currently playing in the Nigerian league to be called up once the NPFL starts? I’m sure the NPFL is way lower than the Danish league.

            My view is that it depends on the form of the player, their performance and whether their skill set and experience is needed and will fit into the Super Eagles squad.

            Of the names mentioned, I would suggest Ifeanyi Matthew, Bonaventure be given the opportunity to show what they can do, if they cannot force their way into the senior squad, they qualify for the Under 23s by age, they have a match in March to qualify for the under 23 AFCON. So plenty of scope for them to grow.

            Other names include Stephen Odey in Zurich FC, Kingsley Michael (U17 2015) currently performing to a high standard at Perrugia in Serie B, Saviour Godwin (U17 2013) at Roeselare in the Belgian second division, Orji Okonkwo (U17 2015) at Bologna in Serie A, Sam Adegbenro in Rosenbourg etc.

            Plenty of room in the Under 23 if they cannot make the Super Eagles

             
  • #patrick osimhen and chukwueze had all got invitation….bonaventure need to had little to his game. as for onuachu From de midfield to de attackers in super eagle are all beta dan him.

     
    • Jones 2 years ago

      Well said.

       
    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Well we don’t know about that until we get to see him in a super eagles strip

       
      • Yep, until they are given an opportunity we do not know. people were clamouring for Kelechi Nwakali until his performance during the Liberia game. Now everyone is silent as he did nothing to prove his mettle during that game.

        The players all know that if they perform well, they will be given a shot. that is how now we have Ajayi (championship), Collins (second division Germany)who have edged out premiership players from the Super Eagles squad (Awaziem and Idowu).

        Same way Kalu, Chukwueze, Onyekuru, Agu, have all but cemented themselves in the squad.

        The tall and short of it is, it doesn’t matter where they play, if they are good enough, they are in.

        Nigerian players are performing in whatever league they play in Denmark, Norway, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Croatia, Lithuania, Finland, China, Saudi, SA, Tunisia, Morocco.

        The ones that get the headlines are those we see on our TV stations and in the news. Every week we get between 10 and 14 goals across the world, but we only hear of some. That is why we have a scouting network to cast a net far and wide. Who has heard of Paddeborn before Jamilu Collins, or Rotherham before Ajayi? Not top clubs, not top leagues either, but they have proved to be fixtures in the Super Eagles squads

         
        • @BigD
          You nailed it.

          A league where a player plys his trade does not determine the quality of the player.

          Not all players have the agents to help them land a top quality offer that will see them playing in the premiership.
          As a matter of fact, players have grown from back water leagues to big spending leagues as it is the case with Ndidi Wilfred who once starred for little known Genk in the Belgian league to Leicester city.
          The likes of Paul Onuachu, Onyekuru, 
           

           
  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    Onyekuru! I know you won’t disappoint. Premier league is calling. Just complete your quota of international games and move on to the Premiership where you truly belong.

     
  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    I honestly feel Onuachu can add something to our Super Eagles team. He has been a constant performer for his team in Denmark before and after his injury this year.
    Same goes for Bonaventure Dennis,one of the few Nigerians that played in this year’s UCL.
    Not forgetting Anderson Waiting, what a bully..we need him in our midfield, atleast as part of the reserve team.
    My 23 for AFCON-Gk-Uzoho,Osigwe,Ezenwa,
    Df-Ebuehi,Aina,Ekong,Balogun,Semi,Omeruo,Collins,Idowu,
    MID-Ndidi,Etebo,Ogu,Esiti,Iwobi,Akpom,
    ATT-Musa,Ighalo,Kalu,Ihenacho,Onuachu,Onyekuru.

     
    • WOW!! no Mikel, Chukwueze, no Agu? I’d swap Iheanacho for Chukwueze, Akpom for Agu and Esiti for Agu. Also will have Osimhen (top ten player in Belgium)for Onuachu.
      But to be honest, Onuachu is as good, the thing that puts Osimhen above him in the pecking order is that he has played with Rohr before and he showed enough to warrant a place in the squad and he has been part of the set up since 2015 with the under 17, under 20 squads as well, so knows the drill and many of the styles of play.

      We have so many waiting in the wings: Onuachu, Odey, Nwakaeme, Esiti, Bonaventure, Matthew, Eleke (top ten player in Switzerland), Atiemwen, Saviour, Kingsley, Sokari, Pius Junior, Seth Sincere, Eduok, Adegbenro to mention a few, that we can almost field two squads of decent quality and populate the under 23s with high level pro players in a way of teaching them the system that the senior team plays getting them ready for the step up as players retire (Mikel, Ogu) or are injured (Onazi, Ebuehi) or are suspended (Ndidi).

      The future is indeed bright for the run up to AFCON and the next world cup, but only if we are consistent with the building of the squad and in style of play

       
    • Jones 2 years ago

      Akpom is a striker.

       
    • @Xhuxu, regarding your list of probable 23, this is what I think :

      Goalkeepers:
      It will take either 1)an exceptionally exceptional goalkeeper to displace any of the 3 goalkeepers that Rohr has worked with for the better part of the last 2 years or 2) injury/dramatical loss of form to any of the established 3.

      My verdict: the chances of Osigwe gate-crashing the team is slim.

      Defence: unless he fails to recover in time, there is still a place for Shehu Abdullahi in Rohr’s Eagles.

      My verdict : we are likely to witness the dropping of another big-name defender for the 2019 Afcon. I would nominate Idowu.

      Midfield: unless he voluntarily resigns, Mikel Obi still has a place in the team as far as Rohr is concerned.

      My verdict : I predict the unveiling of a relatively unknown international attacking midfielder between now and the commencement of the 2019 Afcon.

      Attack: I stand to be corrected but Celestine Babayaro will have to be recalled from retirement before Onuachu can replace Moses Simon in Rohr’s Eagles.

      My verdict: a big-name striker (like Iheanacho) could be sensationally dropped in favour of a more direct and no-nonsense striker.

       
      • @Deo, I’ll suggest Afelokhai has a better chance than Osigwe of crashing into the squad. That is because Osigwe has lost his starting place at SC Kriens AND only if the NPFL starts in january and he gets game time.

        Afelokhai only saw action courtesy of CAFCC (they are not in it anymore) and the AITEO cup (minimal cup action in the first half of the season. as we stand today, nobody knows when the NPFL will resume with the NNL failing to action the Super * league playoffs last week to bring forth the 4 teams to go up.

        I agree Idowu is in danger of losing his place, however, Shehu has only played one full match all season for his club and is still out with a thigh muscle rupture. How long will it take to heal? Anybody’s guess. Chima Akas maybe? He’s played U17, U20, U23 and Senior squad previously and has performed enough for Kalmarr FF in Sweden to table an improved contract for the next season.

        Midfield, there are plenty who have performed very well in “lower leagues” in the central attacking position: Godwin Saviour (Nig U17 2013, U20 2015) for Roeselare in Belgian second division, Ifeanyi Matthew (Nig Under 20) for Lillestrom in Norway premier, Iyayi Believe Atiemwen for HNK Gorika in Croatia premier division amongst others. All have done enough in their clubs to be given a look in and maybe compete for the second spot as attacking midfield (number 10).

        I think Chukwueze has already taken Iheanacho’s place and the second striker role (sub for Ighalo) or alongside him if playing two strikers will be a 4 way fight between Iheanacho (to regain another spot), Osimhen, Success and Odey.

        Best Moses Simon can hope for is that he can overcome the challenge by Henry Onyekuru as the attacking threat on the left side of the field and sub to Ahmed Musa. So far Simon has made the squads but not the competitive teams and henry is ahead of him, only just because Rohr likes him (Simon).

        One quote by players during training ahead of the South Africa match was that “he – Simon, has so much to offer and the way he dribbles them it is without respect” lol

         
  • Jones 2 years ago

    @BigD your points are fair.

     
    • Thanks Jones.

      I forgot to add Ighalo as another that will probably retire from the national team after AFCON 2019. That’ll give a five or six way battle for the two top striker spots and in turn for the world cup 2022 between Osimhen, Eleke, Onuachu, Odey, Success and Iheanacho.

       
  • This young Nigerian star is definitely going to be a hot cake

     
  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    @Big D-Valid observations and points raised.I agree with your suggestions with regards to Osigwe
    @Deo-you are an excellent Nigerian football analyst right from the kickoff Nigeria days..more grease bro.
    But here are my reasons for having Onuachu and Esiti in this team .
    1.They have been consistent performers in their clubs,with Esiti being part of the set up in Super Eagles at some point.
    2.We need physically built players for the AFCON,because of the physicality of African football.Remember we are going to play the likes of Senegal, Cote d”Ivorie(If they qualify)etc.
    3.Akpom and other players that will be part of the 23 players to the AFCON should earn their places by virtue of their form and fitness.

     
  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    With regards to my exclusion of Simon Moses,good player but have not been a regular after moving to the Spanish LA Liga.