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Onyekuru’s Double Powers Galatasary Into Turkish Cup Final

Onyekuru’s Double Powers Galatasary Into Turkish Cup Final

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru scored twice on his return to Galatasaray’s starting line-up in Thursday’s 5-2 win over Yeni Malatyaspor in a Turkish Cup second leg semi-final clash reports Completesports.com.

The goals took Onyekuru’s tally to 14 across all competitions with three assists.


Galatasaray qualified for the finals of the Turkish Cup with a 5-2 aggregate win after the first leg ended goalless last month.

The 21-year-old forward missed Galatasaray’s 3-1 win against Kayserispor in the Turkish Super Lig due to accumulated yellow but made an instant impact for Galatasaray setting up Martin Linnes to score the opener after five minutes.

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The Everton loanee also had a hand in Sofiane Feghouli doubling the lead for Galatasaray six minutes before half time when he stole the ball from a Yeni Malatyaspor and raced through on goal before a string of passes in the edge of Yeni Malatyaspor penalty area set up the Algerian to score a stunner.

Danijel Aleksic reduced the deficit in additional time of the first half from the spot but Onyekuru restored Galatasaray’s two-goal lead in the 58th minute when he rounded off the goalkeeper from close range before tapping into an empty net.

He made it 4-1 in the 74th minute finishing off a counter-attack. Kostas Mitroglou made the win emphatic scoring the fifth goal before Arturo Mina scored a second goal for the hosts, Yeni Malatyaspor with a header in the 89th minute.

Galatasaray will face Akhisar Belediyespor in the final of the Turkish Cup.

Johnny Edward.

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  • Super strikes super striker.

    Onyekuru’s brace is an indication of his goal scoring ability.
    The young Henry has proven beyond doubt that he carries SE goal scoring threat in Egypt.

  • Edoman. 2 years ago

    Henry is the blessed son of Nigeria to whom the Nigerian people are blessed.

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you Onyekuru. Keep scoring goals. This time around, Oga Rohr doesn’t have a choice but to include you in the final list of the Afcon squad.

    As I said before, we are watching the coach so closely. This is not Russia 2018 World cup. We need our best players in Egypt. We all have to let him know what we are expecting from him. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Ikeben 2 years ago

    Good one for Super Eagles as the race for our main striker thickens or a backup to Ighalo for Afcon 2019.

    Odion Ighalo is definitely still Rohr’s first choice. He is still the main, and his numbers are impressive. 21 goals last season, 7 goals AFCON qualifiers and 6 goals in 6 games this season.

    Besides him, who else will join him in banging the goals in Afcon. Which of this guys will be chosen.

    Anthony Nwakaeme 12 goals in 31 games in all competition this season

    Victor Osimhen 15 goals in 30 games in all competition.

    Henry Onyekuru 14 goals in 38 games in all competition this season

    Paul Onuachu 19 goals in 36 games in all competition this season.

    Your guess is as mine. But I know oga Rohr is always full of surprises.

    All data can be verified from http://www.transfermarket.com

    God bless Super Eagles

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Ah….Oga Ikeben…you didnt include Isaac Success in your list…? ‘People who know football’ will come for you o…! lol

      • Oakfield 2 years ago

        [email protected] Drey….. But it’s very good we have striking options, it’s now left to Mr rohr to pick the best. As at now, all of them are doing great. Super Eagles and not Nigeria is blessed. Nigeria as a political entity is already a failed state. Nice one, Henry, keep the scoring flame burning.

      • Ikeben 2 years ago

        @Dr. Drey, Well the Nigerian strikers are much but I just highlighted the ones with very impressive numbers, and have been invited previously by Genet Rohr.

        We still have others like

        Simeone Nwankwo 12 goals in 32 games this season in all competition

        Isaac Success 4 goals in 32 games this season in all competition

        Kelechi Iheanacho 2 goals in 34 games in all competition

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Yea guys. That was on a lighter note.
        But really the coach has that headache of settling for the choice of the 3 other strikers that will make up the centre forwards list alongside Ighalo. Like him or hate him…his miss against Argentina or not….he still remains our most inform striker of the last one and a half years. People forget so easily that he used to be on the bench together with brown ideye in the early days of G.Rohr’s leadership, while Iheanacho was a confirmed starter.Now the tables have turned and nobody should complain because its justified.
        Another interesting fact about the current set-up is that we carry lots of goal-scoring threat from the wings. Almost all our wingers or wing forwards except Moses Simon are direct in their styles and know their way to goal. My only disgust at the moment is this idea of sending Chukwueze to the U20s….what expereince is he going to U20 to gain when in the la liga which is the best league in the world, he’s already consistently making Sergio ramos and Gerard Pique think twice about their retirement. There’s way more experience to be gained at AFCON than at the U20WC. He’s probably the only ex-factor player we can have now after Iheanacho (when he’s in the right shape)
        My other headache is that we dont have much goal scoring threat from the midfield…we dont have such midfielders that can ghost into the box or the holes between the opposition midfield and defence or the edge of the area and rattle the goalkeeper. Mutiu adepoju used to be a master at doing that. One minute he’s winning balls in the centre circle, the next he’s getting unto the head of a loose pass in the box either for a header or to a tap in.
        My fear now is what right combinations of forwards will give optimum results. Rohr has at different times tried to see if a central attacking paring with Ighalo + Others can work, because its obvious Ighalo isn’t a point man and operates better when he’s got a partner who can take lost of defensive attention off him. He did that both against Egypt and Uganda even though some oversabi were misreading it as wrong substitutions.
        Be that as it may, we will keep our fingers crossed and see how things pan out by the time the provisional and final squads are released. But like i always say, I look forward to an enthralling AFCON in a few weeks. I really dont know which one excites me more…..that AFCON will be in June or that my leave will be in June…..or both! Lolz

  • I think a weighted approach should be applied to those goals based on the quality of the league and calibre of defenders/defensive midfielders and coaches (Klopp, Guardiola etc) that these strikers have to contend with week in week out.

    -5 points to the English premier league (a league that has 2 teams in the UEFA champions league; arguably the most popular league in the world)
    -3 points to leagues Germany, Italy (serie A) .
    -2 points for other European leagues.
    -1 point for Chinese and other leagues around the world.

    So we have :

    Isaac Success : 20 points
    Iheanacho : 10 points
    Simmy: 24 points
    Paul 0: 38 points
    Onyekuru: 28 points
    Osihmen: 30 points
    Nwakaeme : 24 points

    My Iheanacho still came last regardless of how I manipulate the data! 🙁

    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      According to your analysis, this should be the rating of our strikers:

      1. Paul O.

      2. Oshimen

      3. Onyekuru

      4. Simmy/Nwakame

      5. Isaac Success

      6. Iheanacho : 10 points

      If the above is to be accepted, then Coach Rohr is in order with his recent invitations of players.

      Good one deo.

      • Thanks Bomboy, I never really thought about it that way! 🙂

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Hmmmm….that massive leap from 3pts for Seria A and Bundesliga to 5pts from epl….hmmm @ deo…have you worked for FEDECO before…??? Lolz

      • Hmmmm, Not exactly @Dr Drey, I have however read the ratings of football leagues on kickalgor.com (link below) where they rate the leagues in the following order:

        English Premier League: 1 million circa points.

        Spanish La Liga : 700,000 circa points

        Italia Seria A : 600,000 circa points

        Germany bundasliga: 500,000 circa points.

        English Championship : 110,000 circa points
        China Super League : 84,000 circa points

        Nigeria’s NPFL: 11,000 circa points.


    • and why do we keep excluding Chukwueze ho much doe the La Liga score??????

  • I think it’s about time we emphasised more on quality of goals. Not a case of ball heading a player n entering d net n we shout 20 goals.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Oga….e get the kind of goal wey fifa nor dey count as goal…? Even maradona ‘hand of god’ till today na still goal. e still dey count among total number of goal we ‘el-dios’ score for in career. Bebeto is remembered today as the player that ‘passes into the net’ (tap-ins). Players like Ruud Van Nistelroy, Rooy Makay, Jurgen Klinsman, Jose Luis Caminiero are legends of the art of being in the right place at the right time to tap into the net. For some people, goal scoring nor be by gragra. They can be anonymous for 89mins and then pop out in the 90th minute from who-knows-where to score the wining goal. So whatever way any player knows how to find the back of the net….let him remain consistent with it. A certain Martin Dahlin of sweden was top scorer at USA 94….dude scored 90% of his 7 (or so) goals with his head…..same with Angelos Charisteas of that fairytale greek side that won the Euros in 2004…. 5 headed goals and he was walking home with both the winners’ medal and the top scorer award.
      That is why I always laugh when bad belle people try to water down Ighalo’s efforts with “tap-ins” and “fishermen teams” excuse. Those same fishermen teams where the ones against whom our legends scored in years past to become legends.

      • Oga I no mention anybody name here oo.. Ighalo wey u dey talk self always score beautiful goals. I m only trying to get our players not to relent but continue to improve their skills.

  • Edoman. 2 years ago

    Seriously, under no circumstances should Samuel Chukwueze be down graded to u20 matches in Poland this summer. Equally so, is Victor Osimhen. l am on my kneel. Take these two wonderful players to AFCON, Nigeria will rule Africa once again. Believe me.

    • I concur with you bro. Samuel Chukwueze has to be there along with Henry Onyekuru and Osimhen with Ighalo and Musa Onachu too, Iwobi should be included as a Midfielder

  • Edoman. 2 years ago

    Is Rohr looking at Noah Okafor who is doing his thing in Spain ? He is very hot o. Check him out.

  • daniel 2 years ago

    I believe some big shot in NFF impose players on our coach,Nigeria and politics, how can you drop a hot young boy that play with best players in the world,Nigeria will regret droping chukwueze in the middle of semi finals, maybe with bigger team with experience defenders, that is the time we need skillful and left footed player like chukwueze, dont forget that left footed players are difficult to handle specially skilful ones like chukwueze