Onyekuru Fires Blanks, Awoniyi, Shehu Missing As Azeez Stars In Granada Win

Onyekuru Fires Blanks, Awoniyi, Shehu Missing As Azeez Stars In Granada Win

Henry Onyekuru fired blanks for Galatasaray in their 3-0 home win over Yeni Malatyaspor in Saturday’s Turkish Super Lig 1 clash reports Completesports.com.

A double from Mbaye Diagne and another strike from Emre Akbaba secured a crucial win for Galatasaray and move them within a point of league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir who have a game in hand.

The Nigerian forward, Onyekuru has gone two games without a goal. He was replaced in the 83rd minute by Sinan Gumus in his 22nd game of the season. The 21-year-old has scored 11 league goals and provided three assists.

Shehu Abdullahi was not listed for Bursaspor in their 1-0 loss away to Alanyaspor.

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Ramon Azeez came on for Angel Montoro in the 62nd minute of Granada’s 1-0 win over Malaga. The 2014 World Cup star has made six appearances since joining the club during the January transfer window.

In the German Bundesliga 2 division, Jamilu Collins saw yellow in Paderborn’s 1-1 draw away at SV Sandhausen in a game that saw nine yellow cards issued by referee Patrick Alt. The Nigerian left-back has made 26 appearances this season.

In the Belgian first division Championship game, Anderson Esiti featured for 62 minutes on his return from injury for Gent who slumped to a 2-1 loss away to Genk.

He was replaced for Roman Bezus in his 21st appearance this season.

Taiwo Awoniyi was missing in action for Royal Excel Mouscron who lost 3-2 to Cercle Brugge in a Belgian Europa League group B playoff clash. Awoniyi has scored seven goals and delivered two assists in nine games for Royal Excel Mouscron.

By Johnny Edward.

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  • olabode samuel 2 years ago

    Pls can you give us the list of names of Golden Eaglets to AFCON U17 which will commence in Tanzania next week 14th April 2019.

  • Round-up

    – With Granada probably playing in the Spanish La Liga next season, as they presently occupy second position in the second division, it will be hard to resist extending national team invitations to 26 year old Azeez.

    – I thought Balogun was bought to play in cup competitions for Brighton? The supposed best defender in Nigeria was nowhere near the match day squad yesterday as his club succumbed 1:0 to mighty Man City .

    – Although the coach of Kaiser Chiefs said the other week that Akpeyi hadn’t lost his starting position, it has now been at least 3 league matches that Akpeyi has been benched. Chiefs have had 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss with the goalkeeper, Bvuma, conceded 2 goals in those league matches.

    – Although he assisted in his team’s last victory, Musa’s goal drought in Saudi Arabia across recent matches should now start being a thing of mild worry.

    – Nwakaeme and Simmy are making late pushes to be invited to Nigeria’s Afcon squad with sterling performances for their clubs of late. However, with news making the rounds that Rohr has closed the door to any fresh invitees (other than the ones he has used in recent matches), their rich vein of form may have come too little too late for afcon consideration.

    • Walking 2 years ago

      Look at the well noted analysis from you Deo… I respect you for that..

      I love the competition in the current super eagles squad as many of the players are doing just superbly well.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Thanks @ Deo for the heads up.
      I have been following with keen interest the situation at Kaizer Chiefs with Akpeyi. Dude should just kiss his starting position goodbye. They did a nice job of tactically phasing him out with that excuse of ‘preparing Bvuma for the cup ties with a league macth’. Ithumeleng Khune, the man whom akpeyi was signed to provide cover for, is on his way to full recovery and will be back in no time. Akpeyi once again had his chance and now he’s fluffed it.

      • Thanks, if he had spoken to me, I would have asked him to stay at Chippa United.

        At least there he was guaranteed of a starting spot come-what-may.

        It was a time when his confidence and composure were questionable.

        I won’t change jobs to a higher profile role if I can’t guarantee myself that I was in an ideal state – mentally – to step up to the demands of the role.

        In fact, I have actually turned down some job offers from my agency for exactly that reason.

        I wish him well and remain his fan but, as you predict, the future for his starting prospects at Kaiser Chiefs doesn’t look promising…..

        • Ironically, the Bvuma dude was not considered a starting choice in their last Afcon qualifiers against Libya (even though he was selected into the squad). The debate before the match was who between Keet and Williams would man the post.

          I’ve watched Bvuma a couple of times (with Akpeyi sitting humbly on the bench) and I think I would pick him ahead of the Nigerian too. The striking difference? Confidence. It kind of hides any shortcomings in skills and experience and magically derobes opposing strikers of confidence (and vice versa). I’ve seen Ezenwa try to use this trick too and make himself look more skillful and experienced that he actually is.

          It’s a shame really that Bvuma is benching Nigeria’s top choice goalkeeper and it’s a greater dilemma that our these 3 guys with Rohr are the ones heading to Egypt. Can I really believe this? None of them convinces me, and if our Afcon opponents read this website (they sure would as the tournament approaches)and observes this critical weak link in the SE, we may be done for!

          So, Rohr can get impatient with Kelechi and co, but chose to continue to “manage” this 3? I suppose the gap was created cos there was no natural succession from Enyeama. No thanks to Oliseh who directly or indirectly caused the current logjam.

  • Meanwhile, SKF Sered of Slovakia Goalkeeper, David Nwolokor was also in action for his clubside,making him the most capped Nigerian goalkeeper in Europe.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    @Deo, thanks for bringing us the current news,as for Akpeyi and Uzoho these guys shouldn’t be in Egypt ooooooo,we are taking a big gamble with these guys, I don’t have any In these two,I wish Rohr can take better alternatives to the Afcon.

  • @Kel, You are so on point!! I also like the way Ezenwa uses theatrics to hide his shortcomings.

    I am not fooled ; he is not as good as he acts but who cares! You have to look confident at all times, particularly a goalkeeper.

    See the way Uzoho reacted when he conceded that cheap goal against Seychelles: he was bold, confident and reassuring – waving his team to move on and put that goal behind them (I like that).

    Go back and watch highlights of Nigeria vs Egypt at Afcon 2010. See the way Enyeama looked like thunder after mistiming and conceding a goal (even if you wanted to blame him, his scary look may make you think otherwise)

    Akpeyi’s singular problem is inferiority complex that shows many times he is behind the sticks.

    Conversly to Ezenwa and Uzoho, Akpeyi’s demeanour actually makes him come across as incompetent whereas he is a marginally above average (not poor) goalkeeper.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      It is not only inferiority complex. The guy seems to drift in and out of consciousness, so to speak. He is alert one minute, the next minute he is sleepwalking. Case in point, the Argentina game. He made some brilliant saves in that game. He also made some mind boggling errors. He had no business handling the ball outside the box. Now, that error, as bad as it was, is forgivable in my book. What is not forgivable is allowing Aguero, of all people, to collect the ball from his hand! He pretty much handed the ball to Aguero – oya, take, carry go. I was dumbfounded! Ball dey ya hand one second, the next second, you carry ball give Aguero! Anyway, no need to flog a dead horse.