Onyekuru Hits Brace In Galatasaray Win, Fires Seychelles Warning

Onyekuru Hits Brace In Galatasaray Win, Fires Seychelles Warning

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru scored a brace for Galatasaray who spanked Antalyaspor 5-0 in a Turkish Super Lig clash on Monday reports Completesports.com.

The Nigerian forward scored twice in the second half – in the 65th and 78th  minutes of the encounter.

The goals ended Onyekuru’s six-game goal drought in the Turkish Super Lig.

Sofiane Feghouli, Badou Ndiaye and Mbaye Diagne were also on target for Galatasaray.

The win moved Galatasaray back to second place in the Turkish Super Lig table with 49 points from 25 games.

Istanbul Basaksehir currently leads the log with 57 points from 25 games.

Onyekuru who has been called up for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier against Seychelles and for an international friendly against Egypt in Asaba Delta State, has made seven appearances for the three-time AFCON champions.

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  • Asoko Emmanuel 8 months ago

    What a pleasant selection headache for gr.he will be so happy with array of credible choice he’s having right now.

     
    • I Won’t be suprised to see this Stupid coach Rohr, leave Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze out of the final Afcon Squad. and, take washed up mediocre players that have already shown thier not so good enough best at international level. VERY VERY SAD!!!!!!!!

       
      • Oakfield 8 months ago

        I wish u could be given his job so that we can see what u can do with the team, won’t that be a good idea? Why call a coach who has been performing very well names? Show some respect….

         
      • Jones 8 months ago

        Why call him stupid.?

         
  • Asoko Emmanuel 8 months ago

    Mr Ugo, plsss it is not acceptable to insult anyone on this forum let alone the coach.That coach is old enough to be many of us father including yourself and besides he has a right just as you.Make your opinion known and don’t insult personality thanks.

     
    • I am frustrated to see the name of some of this players in the team, I am frustrated with Gernot Rohr’s flimsy excuses as to why he selects some players and not others. It is time we start voicing it before we have a situation again!!!!!!! as always is. Where we reach a tournament without our best legs..

       
      • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

        No…you are frustrated because those whom you are fronting for aren’t getting a look-in. As far a every reasonable Nigerian football fan is concerned, the crop of 35 players G. Rohr has in his pool at the moment are the best Nigerian players anywhere on this planet. If he didnt “take washed up mediocre players” to the world cup, and didnt use “washed up mediocre players” during the AFCON qualifiers and friendlies we have played so far, why then will he “take washed up mediocre players” to the AFCON. Your assertion lacks every ingredient of logic and rationality. If we say you should list your own best 23 SE now, just like your other brother did some months ago, you will still repeat over 85% of the names this same coach you insult has been using in the last 2 years. Yet you call them “washed up mediocre players”. Please kindly roll out your own list of 23 that you think should be in today’s SE, but pls dont repeat any name this ‘stupid coach’ has invited in the last 2yrs. Lets see if he’s really ‘stupid’

         
        • Listen my friend I Have clearly stated the two players that are currently the best young prospects in African Football at present. Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze proven by the type of clubs monitoring them. in other positions we are covered Mikel Obi should be there as he is the leader and the Besty Midfielder Nigeria parades at present with the exception of Wilfred Ndidi. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THESE PLAYERS CAN BE DROPPED. I HOPE AS THE SO CALLED NFF SOURCE SAID CHUKWUEZE IS MISSING BECAUSE HE IS HELPING THE Under 23’s qualify for the Olympics. Thanks other than that the squad is good. But for me Onyekuru and Chukwueze have more goals in the than the whole foward line selected combined. THNK YOU !!!

           
          • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

            So have you checked the recent squad list an not found onyekuru there…? Was chukwueze not part of the sqaud to Joburg and the freindly against Uganda during the last international window…? Has the AFCON final 23 list been unveiled and you didnt see the names of both players in there…? Apart from these 2 and Mikel and Ndidi, can you please name 23 Nigerians playing anywhere in the world that are better than the pool of 35 we have now if you were coach of the SE today….?

             
      • Oakfield 8 months ago

        And who do you think are our best legs? If you really were a sportsman you’ll understand that frequently changing players really affects the chemistry of a team nagatively. The man wants to build a team that would stand the test of time just like westerhof did back in the 1990s. U can’t continue changing a good performing team just in a bid to invite everybody. The super eagles is not an all comers party. Everybody would get his chance in due time, they can grow through the ranks just as we have some of them being invited to the u23 and 20 teams. A coach that qualified u for the world cup with a game to spare from the toughest group in Africa at the time and as well the nations cup should not be joked with. I bet u, a lot of countries are waiting on the sidelines to snap him up if anything should happen to his contract with Nigeria. Our problem is, we don’t value what we have until we lose it.

         
        • and what did he achieve in the World CUP????????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Mediocre mind My friend find a corner and sit down

           
          • Adisboy 8 months ago

            And what did any African team do (even with more experienced players) at the World Cup. Remember we were less than 5mins away from equalling our best ever World Cup performance.

             
          • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

            What did Joachim Louw achieve at the last worldcup. Going by your summation he must be a stupid mediocre coach and his entire German team must be a bunch of washed up mediocre players.

             
          • Oakfield 8 months ago

            Here comes the type that watches football on the mirrow instead of on TV. Too bad we still have your type.

             
        • @Adisboy Thats why I say Mediocre Mind.. Since when does the Super Eagles Judge their performances on what other African countries Achieve that’s what I am saying over the past few years we have now been forced due to the Selection corruption in our football to accept mediocrity as a normality! ABSOLUTELY SAD!!!

           
          • Adisboy 8 months ago

            I did a comparison to African countries because we are currently preparing for the AFCON. That is the best way to compare as we are not about to face Croatia & Argentina in June. We had the 2nd best result for an African team at the 2018 World Cup so we can expect to be one of the favourites at the AFCON. This is clear as day.

             
          • We benchmark against the opposition we face. if we are going to the world cup we look at our performance against the rest of the world. Hence we played Poland, England, Argentina and Serbia.

            This time we are going to AFCON, so we play against Uganda, Egypt, Liberia and co.

            There is no point measuring against brazil when we are about to face the Seychelles or measuring against Japan if we are going to face Senegal.

            Its only a person not prepared that will face an opponent without adequate preparation to see where changes need to be made.

            One irrefutable fact is that since 2017 we have not lost to an African side and qualified for both the World cup and AFCON with a game to spare.

            That doesn’t measure as “mediocre” to me nor is it “mediocrity as normality”. In fact going from 9th or 12th in Africa to 4th in 18 months is far from normal mediocrity, it is consistent good results over almost two years.

            let us not forget the actual mediocre years between 2014 and 2016 when we could not even qualify for AFCON for two tournaments.

            We have moved away from mediocre and looking at the selection since 2017 and particularly after the recent world cup (the last 9 months) we have consistently picked the best players available to the squad. A core of 35 players who have consistently produced the goods for their clubs(many in the top 5 leagues and others who play in the Europa league, plus reigning league champions in their various countries.

            I challenge you to name one player who deserves a call up and I’ll counter with one in the squad who is more consistent and producing better results. Also you may in return name a player who does not deserve a call up and name someone with better stats who was not picked

             
          • Irrespective of all that lets see what happens.. Paul Onuachu is playing in Denmark if he likes let him score a hundred goals. danish league players cannot even compare to french league players, lets not even talk about England Spain Or Germany. Danish clubs don’t even compete in Champions League. Its sad.. and mind you if a team is to compete the best have to play regularly together in order to build a good team chemistry. Football has evolved so much so that an attacking player in Denmark cannot compete with a La Liga defender or even a defender playing in Premier league or Bundasliga its just too much of a vast gap. So Nigerians if a player playing in Denmark scores a 100 goals in Denmark let him do so in one of Europes 5 top leagues before we can invite him. If Paul Onuachu was so good why is no big European club scouting him?????. I rest my case

             
          • So I’m your mind, we should also drop ighalo who plays in China and pick Isaac Success, regardless of the fact that Odion has scored 30 goals and Isaac has scored maybe 2. Just because one plays in a top 5 league.

            We should also drop Onyekuru, Osimhen, Musa, Ogu, Etebo, Ajayi, Collins, ozornwafor, Awaziem, Shehu, Akpeyi, Ezenwa and Uzoho simply because they do not play in top 5 leagues. What happens then when they change clubs? Where does that leave our home based players or players promoted or relegated with their clubs.
            Your argument is to simplistic and one dimensional.
            We should be inviting players in form and playing regularly. With that in mind I’ll pick Awaziem who was amongst the best players for the month of February in Turkey (12th best league) ahead of Balogun who has been struggling to get games even when fit in England (²nd best)

             
          • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

            @Ugo Iwunze.
            Consistency is what makes a man. It was consistency that made Andriy Shevchenko recognized by AC Milan while he was still playing in dynamo kiev (his consistency eventually led him to a euro best player award), It was consistency that made Alex ferguson recognize Peter Schmicheal while he was still keeping for Brondby (his consistency eventually led him to being the best ever for Man U), It was Sadio mane’s consistency that made him get noticed while playing in Austria before we was snapped up to play in the EPL. Onuachu has been consistent over the last 3 seasons with a 0.5 goals per game average. It was his consistency that earned him this callup to the super eagles. “Show me a man who is diligent in his duties and he will dine with kings”. Its only a matter of time and more international call ups before he is snapped up by teams in the top 5. But its better having a striker who has contributed to 23 goals in 30 matches in all competitions in Denmark this season than one who has contributed just 4 goals in 28 matches in all competitions in the top 5 leagues all season. Asamoah Gyan was playing in UAE when he almost powered Ghana to the semi-finals of the 2010 world cup. Infact he was still playing in Al-Ain when he put 2 goals past the german backline that went on to win the world cup in 2014. When you’ve got it, you’ve got it bro, no matter the league of defenders you are facing. The young man has earned his call-up and no amount of hatred can change that anymore.
            And if I may ask, how many Nigerian strikers do we even have playing in the top 5 leagues of europe. Maybe that’s the first question you need to ask yourself.

             
  • Asoko Emmanuel 8 months ago

    God bless Oakfield

     
  • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

    The NFF should just release the full list to the public already. All this sniff sniff before we know who and who is invited makes absolutely no sense at all and only riddles the administrators of the game

     
    • Dr. Drey 8 months ago

      Rizespor midfielder powerhouse Azubuike Okechukwu is set to add to his international caps at U23 level after receiving a call-up from the Nigeria Football Federation ahead of the forthcoming U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya.

      The 1997-born player was an important member of the Dream Team VI squad that reached the semifinals of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and was the captain of the team before the armband was logically handed over to John Obi Mikel by coach Samson Siasia.

      A year before his appearance at the Olympic Games, he shone as Nigeria won their first U23 Africa Cup of Nations title by beating Algeria in the showpiece.

      Although Okechukwu has played competitively for the Super Eagles, he sees no problems in dropping down to play for the Olympic Eagles again and has given his word that he’ll join the team on March 18.

      Portuguese-based trio Kelechi John, Tosin Kehinde and Kelechi Nwakali have also received call-ups to join the team for the games against Libya, while 2015 U17 World Cup-winning defender Lukman Zakari is no longer in contention to make his debut after holding talks with coach Imama Amakapabo.

      Okechukwu has impressed in the heart of midfield since his return to Turkey in the January transfer window, having contributed to two goals in his last four appearances for Rizespor.
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      Liverpool-owned striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been summoned by the Nigeria Football Federation for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya this month.

      Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the in-form Royal Excel Mouscron man will get the nod of the coaching staff to lead the Olympic Eagles attack against the North Africans on March 20.

      Awoniyi previously collected caps for the Dream Team and was on the roster for the 2015 U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

      A year later, the 21-year-old was named to the provisional roster for the Olympic Games but could only make the standby list despite his goals qualifying the team for the competition.

      It would be Awoniyi’s first international appearance for Nigeria in about three years if he gets game time against the North Africans.

      He has scored in each of his last five games for Royal Excel Mouscron in the Belgian First Division A.

       
    • On the 5th of March in response to the coach inviting over aged players to the under 23 camp, i tweeted two teams of age verified players to the NFF and the Super Eagles handles.
      The teams I drew up are mostly being linked to the squad.

      See my teams below:

      Team one:

      Alampasu gk Feirense
      Zaharadeen Bellow Defender Kano Pillars
      Alitu Abubakar Defender Slutsk
      Musa Yahaya RB Porto B
      Azubuike Okechukwu DM Rizespor
      GodwinSavior MF Roeselare
      Kingsley Michael MF Perugia
      Dennis Bonaventure LW Brugge
      Sam Chukwueze RW Villarreal
      Awoniyi CF RE Mouscron
      Stephen Odey CF Zurich

      Team 2
      Okoye Maduka GK Fortuna II
      Ikouwm Upton DF Eyimba
      FIL Ayo Tomori DF Derby
      Seth Sinclair DF Yeni Matyalaspot
      Abdul Zubairu DM Trencin
      Chidera Ezeh MF Portimonense
      K Nwakali MF Porto B
      Orji Okonkwo attacker Montreal Impact
      Hilary Gong Attack Vittesse
      Daniel Okereke Attack Spezia
      Adeleke Akinyemi Attack IK Start

      Most of them foreign based, most have been involved in Nigeria games from under 15, under 17, under 20 and under 23 since 2013.
      Local based players are also age verified. Of the lists, since I posted it at least 9 have been said to have been contacted or have confirmed to be in the plans for the squad.

      Also connected with the under 23 squad in Abuja are Kelechi John of Rio A r and Tosin Kehinde of Feriense.

       
      • Excuse the typos jare.

        I had C Nwakali in DM but changed my mind to Azubuike after posting.
        Also had Chisom Chiaha of Enugu Rangers originally, but changed it to Okoye