Round-Up: Eleke Bags 5th League Goal; Omeruo, Etebo, Osimhen Aina Start

Round-Up: Eleke Bags 5th League Goal; Omeruo, Etebo, Osimhen Aina Start

By Johnny Edward:

Blessing Eleke scored his fifth league goal of the season for FC Luzern who trounced Stanley Amuzie’s Lugano 4-1 in a Swiss topflight division clash on Saturday reports


Eleke came off the substitute’s bench to replace Tomi Juric in the 54th minute to score his side’s fourth goal in the 75th minute of the encounter.


The strike took Eleke’s tally to nine goals in 17 games this season in all competitions. Amuzie on his part was not listed for the game.


In the English Championship, Oghenekaro Etebo played for 76 minutes before he was replaced by Sam Clucas in Stoke City’s goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.


The away draw means Stoke City are unbeaten in their last six away games an have kept four clean sheets in their last six league outings.


Semi Ajayi played as a defensive midfielder for Rotherham United who played a 1-1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers. The game was Ajayi’s 17th Championship game for Rotherham United this season.

Viv Solomon-Otabor came on for Jota in the 23rd minute of Birmingham’s 3-3 home draw against Hull City. The results see Birmingham, who have drawn a Championship-high nine 12 matches this season, drop to 12th position.


In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo helped Leganes to their second clean sheet of the Spanish La Liga season in his fourth start of the campaign against Girona which ended goalless.


Omeruo has made six La Liga appearances since he joined the club on a season loan from Chelsea.


Ramon Azeez was an unused substitute for Lugo who lost 1-0 at home to Alcorcon. The Nigerian midfielder has made five appearances this term.


In the Italian Serie A, Ola Aina played made his 11th appearance (tenth start) for Torino in their 2-1 loss at home to Parma.


In Belgium, Victor Osimhen featured for all 90 minutes as Sporting Charleroi came from a goal down to beat Club Brugge 2-1 in a Belgian Pro Division league game on Saturday.


Osimhen has been called up for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier against South Africa. Despite scoring five goals in ten games, he has failed to score in his last three league games.


In Sweden, Chisom Egbuchunam failed to add to his 15 goal tally on Saturday when he fired blanks in Falkenbergs FF 2-0 home loss to GAIS.


Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan made a cameo appearance for CD Nacional who edged Maritimo 1-0 in a Portuguese league clash.


The Nigerian B team forward replaced Vitor Goncalves in the 89th minute of the encounter. It was his seventh appearance of the season.

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  • Why was Osimhen invited to the Super Eagles team for the match against South Africa? Does he actually deserve the invitation?

    Okay, he has been impressive for his club thus far this season and appear to be coming of age; that said, would it not also be accurate to argue that an invitation to the Super Eagles is premature for the 19 year old ?

    Surely, surely there have to be some mature strikers out there who could have been invited in Osimhen’s place.

    Should the Super Eagles be used as a platform to develop young players when 1) we have a robust youth system for this purpose and 2) there are older players who no longer have the option to feature in youth football but are robbed of a place in the senior national team because of the selection of teenage players.

    • Goal 1 year ago

      You have to name a striker who is better than him and who is presently in good form.

    • Goal 1 year ago

      Name the mature strikers that are in good form and better than him.

      • Goal, you are not actually suggesting to me that there are no over-21/23 year old fully-baked strikers out there worthy of invitation to the national team ahead of Osimhen at this point in time.

    • Bomboy 1 year ago

      @Deo, maybe the coach read some comments on this forum. Osimhen has some fans here who will not take it lightly if the lad is not invited.

      • Bomboy, perhaps that is true. Rohr’s preference for younger players is admirable. But are we not running the risk of retiring some fully-baked highly experienced players senior too early.
        Some of these senior players (like Ambrose) are still playing football at a high level.
        Throwing out their experience in preference of players who are still eligible for Under-20 or under-23 can surely have a detrimental effect on our football.
        I am not clamouring for any particular player. All I am saying is that experience is vital. Inviting a teenager instead of mature legs may be beneficial in the long term but detrimental in the short term.
        Yes, we may be exposing young players and giving them experience but we might at the same time discarding experienced players too early.

    • BigD 1 year ago

      I wholeheartedly agree with this. Osimhen has struggled for 3 years since the 2015 world cup and fumbled last time he played with the Super Eagles. He has 3 months of good football and all of a sudden he is flavour of the month with no track record.

      If he should be involved with the under 20s or at least the under 23 qualifications for AFCON and built up from there. As for an alternative who is currently on form, look no further than Stephen Odey of Zurich FC who is firing on all cylinders, scoring in the Europa league as well as the Swiss premier league and the cup. He has produced consitently over the past two years (was he one of the top scorers for MFM and the NPFL last season?). Yes, he is only a year older, but he has two years consistency as opposed to 3 months. 8 goals in 20 matches this season, 12 this year for his club (thats one every two games)as opposed to 6 in 12 for Victor (a similar match to goal ratio, but thats all since 2015.

      We should stop pushing players beyond their ability and having them burn out and learn to build them up slowly for consistent results. I would be entirely ok if Victor only trains with the senior squad and doesnt feature in the match day squad, allowing Success and Iheanacho a chance to compete for a place as lone striker. With the supporting players we have, either of the two will do well enough in that role.

      We have options all of a sudden and are not in a desperate situation where we have to gamble. However, if he proves in training to be the best option of the three then kudos

  • Sean 1 year ago

    Experience strikers…like simy Nwankwo, Brown Ideye, Emenike, Aluko , Kayode abi? The names of the strikers we hear thir news in recent months are: Success, Onyekuru, Ighalo, Osimhen..those play in Europe top 5 leagues apart from ighalo. Then…Eleke. u know u are both right but….that’s all we have right now. If Rash ford and Mbappe can make it then let’s hope for something good. 

    • Thanks Sean, always nice to read your contributions.
      In fairness, other strikers/wingers who have made headlines recently include Enem Eduok 24 years old; Paul Onuachu 24 years old and Sylvester Igboun 28 years old.
      Surely, Sean, these are developed players who have already come of age and reasonably well-baked. Granted, they have limited international football experience but the fact that they have ‘been around’for a while has to count in their favour.
      Are we truly saying that inviting any of the aforementioned players ahead of Osimhen will be absurd?

      • Bomboy 1 year ago

        We need a blend of both the you and experienced players.

        Some of these young players are like shooting stars: they start their careers in a blaze and fade out suddenly.

        Rohr is doing a great Job, but he needs to spread his net to cover both the young and experienced.

  • nawao! now in ur suggestion we shld leave young players who have 70% striking force, and invite old players or 25 above ones of 30% striking force, in the name of experience abi… rohr shld invite gbolahan salami,obafemi,osazi, eminike, onuachu, ahead of osimhen abi??

    • Oluwa my brother, don’t be dramatic. A healthy blend of youth and experience is what we need in our national team – or any national team for that matter.

      The challenge is to get the balance just right.

      If we tilt the balance more towards youth than experience ,do you honestly not believe that we are depriving ourselves of the services of some of our most experienced players whilst at the same time using the national team as an unnecessary platform to develop very young players whose errors can be costly at this stage.

      Remember it wasn’t that long ago that Rohr blamed 2 failed missions on his ‘young squad’.
      1) Failure to defeat South Africa at home.
      2) Failure to go past the group stage of the world cup.

  • BigD 1 year ago

    We should be invitin players who are competing at the top and playing against the best of we want to move forward. We currently have 15 Nigerians playing in the Champions league and the Europa league this season only 5 have been invited to the Super Eagles. To play in any of these competitions means you are playin in one of the best clubs or a league that is winninghas 

    I am all for inviting experience as well as youth and a blend is best. There is no reason the following should not be in the camp or considered:

    Champions league:
    Onyekuru, Awaziem already involved
    Dennis Bonaventure, Club Brugge (age 20)
    Ubong Ekpai Club Plzen Vitoria (Czech Rep) 23
    Olanrewaju Kayode (former under 17-2009) Shaktar Donetsk 25

    Europa league:
    Iwobi, Kalu and Chukwueze already in squad
    Stephen Odey Zurich F.C. (20)
    Sam Adegbenro Rosenberg (22)
    Ovie Ejaria Glasgow Rangers (20)
    Uncle Agbo Standard Lierge (22)
    Innocent Bonke Malmo (22)

    That’s a host of defensive midfielders and attacking players some of whom even scored this last weekend and who are playing at the top.

    Yes by all means give the youth a chance to gains experience with the squad if they are precocious enough (Chukwueze and Osimhen for example) but not at the expense of talents that have been expressing themselves at the top for longer.
    Peter Olayinka Slavia Prague 

    • Good points BigD. On the one hand we criticise players like Victor Moses who retire early but look at the case of Jamie Verdy of England.
      Frustrated of being invited to the national team only to be benched for younger players (whom he believes he is better than), the Leicester city star striker retired prematurely from the national team.
      Think of Nosa Igbiebor who was so frustrated at being invited and benched in favour of younger players that he vowed never to play for Nigeria again as far as Rohr is in charge.
      It is demoralising.
      Many players in their mid-20s to early-30s still have a lot to offer in my humble opinion.

      • BigD 1 year ago

        Yes, with the list above we have enough to populate both the under 23 squad and inject quality as well as the Super Eagles. That way we keep more involved. There is no reason why we cannot qualify for under 20, under 23 and senior AFCON if we use our players wisely and keep them all involved in one squad or another.
        There are players who are 19, 20 and 21 that we are ignoring as well as players who are 25 who have been involved in age group football in Nigeria. Bonaventure played under 15 for Nigeria and Olanrewaju played under 17 and under 20, both are playing for premier league champions and in the champions League. So at the very least should be considered when fit for the squad they are eligible for.
        with those names above there is no reason that we cannot qualify for both the under 23 and senior AFCON as well as win all three competitions and use the age squads as a manufacturing line for the Super eagles players. By all means invite the 1o year olds who show precocious talent to train with the seniour team and put them against the seniors who should have no gripe if they prove to be better than them in training.
        That is unless we want to be a country that produces players for export and only use local players for CAF competitions at age group (under 20 and under 23) to give them experience and exposure.
        In the long run, if the under 2p and under 23 teams play the same formation and style as the debtor team, then we will have continuity

  • Tony 1 year ago

    I feel we hav so many untapped players who we have not invited.i don’t hav a problem with inviting young players in as much as they prove themselves,as for oshimen i feel he is been rushed into d team,seems rohr loves d guy,but i feel he should b given time to grow.

  • Tony 1 year ago

    Just watching villareal vs rayo vallacano’s match men dat chukwueze guy is excellent.he will bring something different to d team with dat his left foot.