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Villarreal Thrilled With Chukwueze’s Super Eagles Debut

Villarreal Thrilled With Chukwueze’s  Super Eagles Debut

By Adeboye Amosu:
Spanish outfit, Villarreal are hopeful that their Nigerian import, Samuel Chukwueze will get more chance to feature for the Super Eagles in future following his debut for the three-time African champions in a friendly fixture against the Cranes of Uganda on Tuesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Chukwueze was handed a surprise call-up for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Bafana Bafana and the friendly encounter against Uganda Cranes after making a mark with Villarreal this season.

The former junior international made the bench in the game against Bafana Bafana but was handed his debut against the Cranes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Chukwueze earned huge praise for his impressive performance in the game despite featuring in only the first half of the game.

Villareal posted a short message on their official twitter handle with Chukwueze picture underneath it celebrating the young forward’s official debut for the Super Eagles.

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“Hopefully, that’s the first of many times we’ll be seeing you in the green shirt of your country Samu! 🇳🇬👏💪,” Villarreal tweeted.

The 19-year-old who was part of Nigeria’s U-17 side that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015 joined Villarreal in 2017 and made 11 league appearances for second team scoring once.

He made his first-team debut for Villarreal in September 2018, replacing Nicola Sansone in a 2–2 home draw against Scottish side, Glasgow Rangers,in an UEFA Europa League clash.

The youngster made his league debut this month in the Yellow Submarines’ 1-1 home draw against Levante.

He scored his first LaLiga goal in the club’s 2-2 away draw against Rayo Vallecano before the international break.

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  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    He sure will get more chances in the national team. The coach and all Nigerians needed just 45 minutes to see what a gem he is…..he’s got the maturity of a 27 year old on the ball…so confident, always willing to have a feel of the ball and never scared of taking on defenders. His performances and that of Kalu makes me wanna say every “Retirement” is a blessing in disguise. These two guys have arrived at the right time.

    • Abiola Joseph 2 years ago

      My brother, that’s a jab at Victor Moses o. All the best to the “retiree”.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        My Oga sir…did you see that goal saving tackle Kalu made in the 9th minute agaisnt SA….he tracked back to block what could have been a goal by Percy Tau. Immediately i just remembered how Moses was watching sheepishly as Marcos Rojo ghosted into our penalty box and sunk a dagger into our hearts. Good radiance to bad rubbish. Thats all i can say about these prima donnas retiring from the national team at the slightest discomfort.

        • Drey day, all jokes apart, go back and watch that match and you will see that Moses was not at fault.
          1. The cross came from Idowu’s flank.
          2. Miscommunication between Idowu and Omeruo led to the cross.
          3. Moses was marking an Argentine player at the flank.
          4. Rojo was buried slap bang in the middle of the 18 yard box meaning the task of marking him should have been shared by Balogun and co.
          5. Moses left his own area to run to the aid of his badly positioned central defenders but he was a tad too late.
          Moses served Nigeria with distinction. He chose to retire when he did.
          People should learn to live with it and stop taking needless dig at the guy.
          His club fortunes will surely turn out for the best and he may even come back to the super eagles.
          But, people should leave the matter at that.
          Knowing you, I expect no less than a robust response, so on this one, bring it on, mate.

          • Great observations @Ashy. Moses certainly hold his place in the proud annals of Nigerian football. But you will agree that in the latter years of his service and close to his retirement, Moses began to choose his matches for Nigeria as well as his tackles. Sometimes, he even switches off in a match and at other times, he brings it on and greatly helps the whole team. Respect to him nonetheless.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Hahahahahha…I wont reply you. You haven’t grown up to that level yet. Youtube will.
            Kindly go back and watch the highlight and you will wish there’s a delete button somewhere on this platform….lol.
            If our RWB wasnt marking Argentina’s LWB at such a time in such a game…I wonder who else will.
            When you have finished watching that….go to SA vs Nig and drag to min 9 to min 11 and you will see the difference

          • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

            Drey Day, never dissappoints. It’s either your way or the highway.
            Okay, I will have a look at the match on YouTube to see whether I change my mind. You never know even a ‘child’ like me has to keep an open mind. Some people tend to lose that as they mature.
            At least now I know that in every match on every occasion, only Right wingbacks are to mark left wing backs, other players should leave it at that.
            Thanks buddy. In light of your enlightenment, I will look at the match again but for now, keep your interpretation of the version of that Rojo’s goal to yourself and I will keep mine to myself, sir.

          • Thanks Kel…. That was my interpretation of the version of the events that led to the goal.
            Others are welcome to their versions, it is all about having an open mind.

        • Yes @Dr. Drey, I saw that tackle in SA too (and he made several others) and I was like “wow, a raw talent that fights both in the front and the back.” Now, that’s rare. Respect to Moses, but he wouldn’t have bothered to try to block that goal-bound shot with such speed and fierceness and deftly done too so it’s not an infringement/penalty. Suddenly, Nigerians no longer rue Moses’ retirement. I don’t. And with Chukwueze and Osimhen (a natural goalscorer that needs just a little more polishing. I’ll prefer him as a deputy to Ighalo, ahead of Isaac and Iheanacho), the SE is buzzing with excitement in every department. I’m smelling the Afcon 2019 trophy already.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Pls dont smell the trophy yet. Even the hosts and defending champions cant really claim to be smelling anything yet. Some really tough teams are going to be at this afcon, plus the fact that it will be an expanded afcon, meaning more matches. However, were are still going to be one of the front runners. It promises to be an interesting afcon tho.

          • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

            Kel my mind, many thanks to Drey’s video, I have now seen that tackle by Kalu and, man, it was awesome.
            It reminds me of Moses goal-mouth clearance against France in 2014.
            Moses’ clearance was all the more impressive as he wasn’t actually playing as a wingback in that match. He came all the way back to help his defence.
            Selected retention and selective recollection theories mean that all many remember moses for now is his early retirement…..

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            In which rediffusion box did you watch moses make a goal line clearance against france in 2014…??? lol

  • Raphael 2 years ago

    True talk Bro !!!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    We thank God for the arrival of Chukwueze (19) to the scene at this time. Moses, good luck as you battle your early retirement from a career that brought you fame & fortune. Where you go from there Moses, is none of our business. With Kalu and Chukwueze, Nigeria moves on.

  • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

    Won penalties, scored penalties. Goal mouth clearances, yet all many make reference to is early retirement…

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    Ahhhh, it’s none of our business ke? @Edoman of New Jersey, USA my man, you guys are not seeing what I’m seeing ooooo.

    Let me do some analysis here, before the Argentina match, everything was going on well but after the match, most of the senior players believed coach Rohr betrayed our country.

    Moses is gone, Mikel is not sure of make the team again and if all is going well between the coach and Mikel, coach Gernot Rohr would never handed the no 10 shirt to Chukwueze. Come on guys, NFF have to take a look at this scenario before it is too late.

    Did you think for Musa to asked Victor Moses to be back in the team made a mistake by saying that?

    If we all watched the Uganda match, we are not the most strongest team in Africa but intelligent. I’m a bit busy today to give you guys all the details but some other time. I love Gernot Rohr and his team but all I’m really concerned about is equality. For example, Onyekuru is not given enough time to prove his worth. To be continued. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Jones 2 years ago

      Guy you are a bloody clown. Must you twist everything to make Rohr the enemy. Every time you comments its always negative. Fool moses retired because his starting berth at Chelsea wes being threatened. 2 moses was never patriotic to was Nigeria and super eagles he was always selecting matches to play. It had nothing to do with Rohr.

  • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

    Dr Drey, I think this link will show you the rediffusion box where I watched Moses make a goal line clearance.
    Just before you get to the middle of the footage you will see it.
    After watching, tell me what you think, Sir.


    • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

      Na only you Sabi football, sir.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hoahahaha….are you feeling inferior already…? lol

        • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

          You call it ‘inferior’, I call it ‘stating my mind’.
          Perhaps it’s just differing opinions.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      O jebi…..! lolz. So because he cleared one in 2014 he now chose to show himself in russia 2018 nde…! E do well.
      Many thanks to him for the many time he won penalties and scored penalties and put smiles on our faces. When he’s realized his mistakes like the prodigal son, he should give the coach a call…..but for him to be begged….he’ll wait till eternity. When next you see him…kindly tell him the team has moved on. hehehehe

      • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

        I will accept your entry above as saying: ‘thanks Ashy for proving me wrong. Yes, Victor Moses did make a goal mouth clearance in 2014′.
        To which I will gladly say.’you are most welcome Dr Drey.’

        • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

          Yea….for proving yourself wrong that his non-chalance and unpatriotism cost us a place in the last 16 of Russia 2018 as evidenced by Samuel Kalu’s tackle and a half in a similar situation at an even less auspicious and perilous moment as the 86min of the match against Argentina when Moses was feeling too larger than life to make such a tackle that would have saved 200 million people lots of heart ache.
          By the way..kindly point out where i said Moses NEVER made a goal mouth clearance…??? Pls copy such and paste and lets see…hahahaha

          • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

            Okay, you did not put it quite that way sir. You said: “Dr. Drey 2 hours ago
            In which rediffusion box did you watch moses make a goal line clearance against france in 2014…??? lol”.
            And I showed you the diffusion box. At least I deserve a “pat in the back” for that.
            Don’t you think so?

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            oohh…wow….just behold how much he yearns for an acknowledgement from Dr.Drey….akin to the way ladies yearn for autographs from Critiano Ronaldo. u deseave more than a pat on the back son…..you deserve more…I doff my hat for you

          • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

            Like I said earlier, you are most welcome.

    • I’m shocked they didn’t show the pivotal mommy in the match when Matuidi took Onazi out with a cynical tackle and removed the defensive cover.
      As 94 (Albertini on Amuneke) as 2004.

      This is one difference today. Strength on the bench. Take out one, someone else as good will come on.