Onyekuru Hits Brace To End 6 Game Goal Drought In Galatasaray Win As Kehinde Makes 5th Sub Appearance

Onyekuru Hits Brace To End 6 Game Goal Drought In Galatasaray Win As Kehinde Makes 5th Sub Appearance

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru scored twice to end his goal drought of six league games on Saturday as Galatasaray defeated ten-man Kayserispor 3-0 in a Turkish Super Lig game played at the Kadir Has stadium reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


The 21-year-old Onyekuru last scored a league goal for Galatasaray in their 6-0 thumping of Alanyaspor on the 27th of August (four months ago).


The Nigerian international, Onyekuru struck the opener for Galatasaray in the 18th minute when he fired in a rebound shot after Soufiane Feghouli’s shot was parried to his path.


He bagged his brace in the 75th minute when he outpaced a Kayserispor defender before firing home from close range his third goal in 13 appearances this season for Turkish club Galatasaray, where he is on loan from English side Everton.

He was booked for his goal celebration shortly afterward.


Omer Bayram scored the third goal for Galatasaray in the 88th minute five minutes after Tiago Lopes was sent off for a second bookable offence.


The win was Galatasaray’s first in their last six games in all competitions. The game was Onyekuru’s 10th league appearance of the season and he has scored three goals.


Galatasaray are now second in the Turkish Super Lig table with 23 points from 12 games- four points adrift league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.


They will face Konyaspor in their next league game after the international break on the 23rd of November.


The Everton loanee who has been called up to replace injured striker Odion Ighalo for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa next Saturday in Johannesburg and an international friendly against Uganda three days later is expected to arrive the Super Eagles camp in Asaba Sunday evening in preparation for the game.


Nigeria currently leads Group E with nine points from four matches, a point ahead of second-placed South Africa. Gernot Rohr’s men will seal qualification to next year’s tournament in Cameroon if they beat South Africa.


At the Konya Buyuksehir Belediyesi stadium, in Turkey, Nigerian striker Lanre Kehinde made his fifth substitute appearance for Ankaragucu who lost 2-0 away to Konyaspor on Saturday.


The 24-year-old Nigerian came on for Anton Putsila in the 78th minute of the encounter. He is yet to score this season.


  • That means South Africa must be in trouble

  • Omo9ja 2 months ago

    Chai, I am shaking my head for South Africa comes next Saturday the 17th. Eagles can’t wait to roast Bafana Bafana team for the weekend fiesta while the Super Falcons will make Bayana Bayana for weekend pepper soup. Kai,
    Next weekend would never be forgotten in the history of South African football history because both Super Eagles and the Super Falcons will teach them complete football. The 17th and 18th of November will be remembered forever in South Africa.

    Mr. Rohr……Mr… Rohr…. and I called again, Mr. Rohr…. you must not make a mistake against Bafana Bafana. This match is vary important for the Nigerians. All what Nigerians wants is to beat South Africa. We want to beat them hands down, that is the goal. A goal that is not negotiable. Our players are ready for this match. Apart from Afcon qualifiers, we just want to teach them football. We just want to humble Bafana Bafana’s coach. No long thing.

    For example, during the world cup qualifiers, Cameroonians were making mouths and boastful before the match and we humbled the Indomitable in the end.

    However, a huge congratulations to Onyekuru. I know say one day, you go make me proud. Your goals are sending messages to South Africa to be ready before the match day. God is in control. Good luck Super Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Edoman 2 months ago

    Of course, they are in trouble. I heard that the South Africans are prematurely celebrating Ighalo and Ndidi absence as a big plus for them, forgetting Nigeria has Onyekuru, Musa and Iwobi to content with.

  • Ash Williams 2 months ago

    Against South Africa I will play a 4-1-4-1 formation.
    Ajayi—Omeruo—Ekong—–Ola Aina
    ———–Mikel Agu—————

    *Success for Iheanacho in 60 minutes
    *Collins for Aina in 75 minutes.
    *Chukwueze for Simon in 80 minutes.

    • @Ash, a variation to your personnel and formation. This would be my preferred:



      Mikel Agu——John Ogu




      Subs if required depending on need/performance:
      Chukwueze for Onyekuru (60 mins) or Iwobi (80 mins)
      Kalu for Onyekuru (70 mins)
      Osimhen for Success (70 mins)
      Ajayi for Agu/Ogu as required
      Simon for Musa as required

      • Omo9ja 2 months ago

        @BigD, I agreed with you 100% bro. Which ever way, Eagles must beat this boastful South African team. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Akpe what ? Was he not the one on post in the first game?

    He is keeping in south Africa and the opponent know his weakness.

    I heard that Enyimba first choice keeper has been invited. If it’s true, let him man the post. Lobatan.

  • abdulrahman 2 months ago

    Oyekuru must start against south Africa, period

  • As for me, I still remember why Akpeyi lost his place to Ezenwa.  It was the match against south Africa here at home. Imagine a keeper that wasn’t settled at home, what will happen when he keeps away match?

  • Some coaches here with there strategy sa. How can u say this player will come in for this and this one for that? What of if they all perform, will they still be substituted? 

    • @Sean, fresh legs will probably be required two thirds of the way into the match to control the game. Depends on how the game goes. Rohr has been accused (rightly so) of leaving his substitutions too late for them to be effective in killing off the game

  • Their*

  • Bomboy 2 months ago

    I was getting worried that Onyekuru wasn’t reproducing the form that attracted much attention in Belgium before he got injured.

    Today, I am glad he scored twice. It’s a good thing he will be part of the squad in South Africa.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

    In a 4-3-3 formation. I will start Afelokhai in goal although Ezenwa and Akpeyi’s form in training will determine who is who among the trio. Collinso, Ekong, Omeruo, Aina in defense. Even though Rohr will probably prefer Balogun ahead of Omeruo so as not to distrupt a winning team. Ogu, Etebo, Iwobi in the middle. Kalu, Musa, Success in the attack. We need pace upfront to run SA defense ragged then Onyekuru, Iheanacho, Simon can provide options from the bench.

    • We have pace by the bucket full. Onyekuru, Chukwueze, Musa, Simon, Kalu are all speed merchants. We also have players that can find that killer pass: Iwobi, Chukwueze, Musa, Onyekuru. Whichever, formation we put on the pitch we will run them ragged. Then bring in fresh legs after 60 or 70 minutes to continue the onslaught.

      I hope they all remain fit. This week saw Man of the match performances from Onyekuru, Kalu and very good performances from Chukwueze, Iwobi. Musa is always reliable. If there was a weak link, I would say Simon as he has only played 80 minutes once this season and has largely been used as a sub, so I’d keep him on the bench and bring him on to terrorise them late on.

      Either one of Success, Osimhen or Iheanacho should do well if Iwobi and Musa continue with their defence splitting passes and Onyekuru continues with his link up play and ability to find a player better placed than him to find a shot. I would use them as lone striker in that order.

      But yes, depends on what they show in training and tactics and formation

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

        I seriously doubt if Rohr will alter his first 11 that much. Success based on Pedigree and current form together with playing regularly in a top league will surely start upfront in place of Ighalo. In terms of experience and match fitness Akpeyi may be preferred in goal, but if i have my way it will be Afelokhai in the absence of Uzoho. The only other shuffle could be Omeruo in place of Balogun, but that is most unlikely unless if Balogun is not actually fit to start or if the gaffer deployed a 3-5-2 formation to make room for 3 center backs. In a game of this magnitude the likes of Osimhen and Chukwueze will only get to play if we’re leading comfortably in the second half. Only the likes of Onyekuru, Iheanacho and Simon can be entrusted if we need help in the second half (non of them is guaranteed to start). Chukwueze and Osimhen will most likely be starting against Uganda. The SA match will pretty much be another learning experience for both that’s if they get any playing time.

        • Dr. Drey 2 months ago

          You have just spoken my mind sir.
          G.Rohr is not known to be one to make wholesome changes to his team, except in the case of injuries or serious loss of form. Afelokhai might be keeping thousands of clean sheets in enyimba as if he was born into a family that manufactures bed sheets, but being his very first time in the main national team under Rohr, he is very unlikely to start. he could have fancied his chances if there was a major goalkeeping crises, like the one that saw Ezenwa start against cameroun. Recall on that occassion, our 1st and 2nd choices were not available for selection…and ezenwa thankfully grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Ezenwa is our de-facto No 2…he’s been with the team ever since…he kept our last non-competitive match against liberia….he is as fit as a fiddle and the coach still has confidence in him as his no 2…hence he gets to start ahead of afelokai. In defence…even thou Omeruo has been posting very impressive displays in the la liga….G.rohr doesnt seem like one to change his central defensive core at the moment…given the fact that this pairing has forged a good understanding with themselves, the full backs and the goal keepers. This is further compounded by the fact that Omeruo has a similar style to Ekong….they are both smash and grab tough tacklers that at times can get sucked out of position by opposition strikers. At the highest level…playing two central defenders with similar styles is always a recipe for disaster. Most central defensive partnerships often tend to adopt the “Beauty and the Beast” set up…(I will find time to discuss the beauty and the beast one of these days)…The beauty and the beast is simply a combination of brawn and brains in central defence. So on the basis of this, except Balogun is seriously off form and lacking in pace, but he still has the odds on to start. People say the SA strikers are pacy….but we’ve played Libya 2ce and Algeria 2ce in competitive matches and leon balogun has held his own…and we all know that in football, the north africans are far pacier than the sub-saharan africans….coupled with the fact that the Rohr rarely plays a high line. In our fullbacks remain Collins and Aina. In midfield…Etebo and Ogu starts. Even though Agu seems to be in a sort of resurgence, but there was a reason he was dropped from the WC squad, despite having had more minutes in qualifying than Ogu. Ogu’s steadying influence when he came on in the last match is also a plus for him. Iwobi, Musa and Kalu are sure bankers. They’ve earned the gaffers confidence in the last few matches. Upfront its too close to call…even though i dont expect any of osimhen or chukwueze to start….I still feel they arent ‘experienced’ enough for a match of this magnitude….the match agaist uganda is the one for them for now. Success, Onyekuru and Iheanacho have to work their buts off in camp to convince the coach of their competence to lead our attack on saturday. Nacho should have had the edge…since he’s been the most regular in the team and has a better understanding with the earlier mentioned 10 players…however, his form both for club and country is suspect, coupled with the fact that the boy seems not to be giving his ‘all’ during games. he seems to have adopted the “if goal go come, e go come’ philosophy and so really doesnt ‘hussle’ for goals. Thats one attitude I personally dont like and whc is denying him a lot of opportunities. Success on the other hand is a bison….burly and sturdy….he has the ability to give every defence a tough time…..but his positioning is terrible, hence he rarely gets the right balls in the right places. modern day strikers are more of brains rather than brawn. To be a successful striker nowadays, you just need to save your brawn energy for finding spaces behind the defenders and finishing at the slightest oppotunity. Aguero, G.jesus, suarez, Aubamyang etc…..they let their well timed runs, positioning and finishing do the job…rather than engaging defenders in ‘Ijakadi’. Defensive strikers are kinda old fashioned. Henry Oyekuru seems to be the only striker in the team right now with pace, dribbles, positioning and finishing….but he’s always been in and out of the team and gets injured just when it matters most. Of the 11 positions, this seems to be the one that will give the coach the most headache…..so only time will tell….but till then…we’ll all keep our fingers crossed

  • Rohr should allow onyekuru a full 45 mins or 45mins and then some before subbing him. He has never given onyekuru a lot of time to come on and prove his worth. There are some players that rohr has not managed very well case in point uche agbo. For some reason Rohr chooses to favor and stick to certain players ALL the time whether rain or sunshine, it’s terrible. We have an abundance of talent, try out new players in some positions, change it up a bit, mix it up to confuse opponents and let other players feel involved instead using the same ones over and over again and not giving others a chance to show what they can do.. This problem is a small one now because we are winning but i bet you it will be a very big issue one day and could cost rohr his job.

  • winning the match against the SA is the most important thing here…..whom ever rohr field must work well nd stay focus in other to progress…….god bless nigeria