Ekong warms up for Zambia clash with goal for Bursaspor

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BELGIUM

Former U-20 flying Eagles attacker Taiwo Awoniyi was on target for Royal Excel Mouscron in their 2-2 draw against visiting KV Mechelen.

Awoniyi scored the second goal for Mouscron in the 26th minute to give his side a two goal lead, he was subbed off in the 79th minute only to watch his team throw away their advantage to end the match in a 2-2 draw.

Awoniyi is on loan at Royal Mouscron from Liverpool.

Another ex Nigerian junior international Abduljeleel Ajagun was on target for Kortrijk  FC who lost 1-2  to Oostende who had another Nigerian of their own in ex super Eagles striker Joseph Akpala.

Ajagun scored on the stroke of half time and lasted the entire 90 minutes but ended up on the losing side.

Joseph Akpala on his part was introduced in the 71st minute of the second half to help his side secure victory.

TURKEY

Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for  Bursaspor in their 1-3 loss away at Kayserispor.

More encouraging for Nigerian fans ahead of Zambia clash was the fact that on loan FC Porto midfielder Mikel Agu provided the assist for his national team-mate.

The battle of Nigerians ended with Sadiq Umar grabbing a 59th minute goal for Osmanlispor FK who also paraded Raheem Lawal in their comfortable 3-0 win over Kasimpasa who had the Nigerian duo of Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea loanee) and Emem Eduok.

While goal scorer Sadiq Umar lasted the entire duration of the game alongside Kenneth Omeruo in the opposite camp, Raheem Lawal was taken off for Osmanilspor in the 83rd minute while Emem Eduak joined Omeruo from the bench in the 46th minute.

Super Eagles left back Elderson Echiejile came in as a 90th minute substitute for 10-man Sivasspor who secured a 3-1 win over visiting Antalyaspor.

NETHERLANDS

Tyrone Ebuehi played the whole 90 minutes  for ADO Den Haag in their 1-0 win over NAC Breda in the Eredivise.

Ebuehi who is named in the Super Eagles standby list for next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier clash against Zambia was booked in the 76th minute while putting up a solid performance.

On loan Arsenal player and former U-17 golden Eaglets star Kelechi Nwakali was taken off in the 61st minute of the second half for VVV-Venlo who beat Excelsior 2-0 away from home.

GERMANY

Super Eagles reliable central defender Leon Balogun was an unused substitute in Mainz 1-1  draw at Wolfsburg.

Since returning from international duty for Nigeria early this month, Balogun has struggled for game time at Mainz.

Victor Osimhen came on for Wolfsburg in the 84th minute replacing on loan Liverpool forward Divok Origi as his team eventually ended the match with a man less after a late red card was issued to substitute Paul Georges Ntep.

PORTUGAL

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo suffered another defeat with Portuguese side Feirense losing 0-1 to Boavista, their fourth consecutive defeat.

Etebo lasted the entire 90 minutes of the fruitless encounter.

ITALY

Orji Okonkwo was an unused substitute in Bologna’s 1-0 win at Genoa in the Italian Serie A. Okonkwo scored last weekend for Bologna when he came on as a substitute, but there was no place for him in the starting line up as Bologna recorded their third consecutive victory away from home.

RUSSIA

Nigerian defender Brian Idowu was on for 90 minutes in Amkar FC narrow 0-1 win away at Rubin Kazan.

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