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Nigerians Abroad : Good day in office for Osimhen even as Ekong suffers defeat with Udinese




Former Golden Eaglets sensation Victor Osimhen was on fire on Sunday as he netted a brace to help his Belgian side Sporting Charleroi to a surprise 3-2 win over Zulte-Waregem.

Charleroi opened the scoring in the 44th minute as Cristian Benavente’s shot found the back of the net.

The lead lasted for just 29 minutes before Hamdi Harbaoui equalized for the visitors.

Harbaoui got his second of the night in the 83rd minute and his goal put the visitor ahead and in pole position to pick the maximum three points.

However, Osimhen , who was on loan from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, scored his first goal of the game in the 85th minute to bring the scoreline to 2-2.

As it looks like both teams were settling for a draw, the young Nigerian put the home crowd in a joyful mood when he rose the highest to nod home an inviting and beautiful cross from Cristian Benavente.

The youngster has now scored six goals in all competitions since his move to the Belgian club.

In other Super Eagles news, Udinese defender Troost Ekong endured a difficult game against Napoli on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was at fault for the first goal conceded by his team as he failed to clear the ball completely out of danger, therefore, giving room for Napoli to take the lead with a fine curler.

After another unexpected error from the former Tottenham player, Udinese manager Julio Velázquez substituted him with just 35 minutes into the encounter.

The game ended 3-0 in favour of Napoli who are now four points behind Juventus on the League table.

To be fair with Ekong, fatigue could be responsible for his shambolic display.

He played 180 minutes against Libya during the international break. He also had to make a long trip back to Italy on Wednesday before playing his third game in one week on Saturday.

Nonetheless, Ekong still remains an integral part of Julio Velázquez’s team and he would be hoping to redeem himself against Genoa on Sunday if given the opportunity to start the game.

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