Belgian Jupiler League
Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen continued his red-hot form in front of goal as he scored for the second consecutive league match for Sporting Charleroi ad they thrashed Beerschot Wilrijk 4-0.
On the back of two successive playoffs win, the Zebra Boys were ready to make it three wins in five as they duly opened scoring deep into half time when Adama Niane converted from twelve yards.
The second half became more cagey for both sides as Charleroi turned their dominance into a second goal when the ever lively Osimhen raced clear after receiving a delightful pass from Adama Niane before bending the ball beyond the goalkeeper for his 14th goal of the campaign.
Ryota Morioka then made it 3-0 on the 80th minute before substitute Jeremy Perbet wrapped up the scoreline when he made it 4-0 five minutes from time.
The win lifts Charleroi to second on the Playoffs 2A table with nine points, two behind leaders St. Truidense which has 11 points after 5 round of matches.
Nigerian defender, Kingsley Madu was the hero for KSV Roeselare as they kept their hopes of survival alive after defeating host Lommel United 1-0 on matchday 5 of the First Division B relegation playoffs.
The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist lined up on the left hand side of a 3-4-3 formation with fellow Nigerian Saviour Godwin also starting for the visitors.
With just one win in their opening four playoff games, the visitor’s chances of a second win were aided when midfielder Daan Heymans received his marching orders just on the dot of half time after picking up two yellow cards.
With a man advantage, Roeselare piled the pressure on their host and deservedly got the breakthrough goal when Kingsley Madu volleyed home a corner-kick after he was left unmarked in the box.
The goal was enough to seal all three points as the visitors claimed a morale boosting win away from home.
Super Eagles and Paderborn of Germany left-back, Jamilu Collins has said it has been an amazing season for him at both club and national team levels and hopes to end it in style with a promotion ticket to the Bundesliga.
“For me it’s has been a tough and challenging season all round; we set a goal of getting a promotion ticket at the beginning of the season and I think we are almost there but we must remain focused for the remainder of the league games,” Collins said.
On the national team and his chances of making the final squad to Egypt, the former Abuja Academy youth product believes that staying fit ahead of the competition remains his primary target.
“Obviously, it was an amazing season with the national team since my invitation in September. It has been a learning curve and I just want to remain fit ahead of the competition and help the team to success,” Jamilu added.
With 30 league games under his kitty and featuring in six of the Eagles’ seven games since making his debut against Liberia in an international friendly last September, the left back looks certain to be on the plane to Egypt already.
Chinese Super League
Super Eagles’ forward, Odion Jude Ighalo has scored his sixth league goal of the campaign to help Shanghai Shenhua to a 1-1 draw away at newcomers Wuhan Zall.
With just two wins in their opening five league outings, the Eagles attacker was hoping to fire his side to yet another victory but they fell behind after 16 minutes when Minwen Jiang put the hosts 1-0 up.
The 2019 AFCON qualifiers top scorer, however, equalised just after the half-hour mark when he combined perfectly with Giovanni Moreno to tuck home his sixth league goal of the season.
Despite constant pressure on the hosts’ defence line, Shenhua failed to find the breakthrough as they settled for a point which now sees them move to 9th position on the league table.
With his strike, the former Watford player now seats on top of the goals scorers chart with six goals, one better than the quartet of Johnathan, Talisca, Alex Teixeira and Eran Zahavi who all have five goals after six round of matches.
Former U-23 and Yeni Malatyaspor defender, Seth Sincere was in action for 90 minutes as his club lost 2-1 to Anthony Nwakaeme’s Trabzonspor, AOIFootball.com reports.
Yeni Malatyaspor needed a victory to boost their Europa League aspiration and started the match like a house on fire, scoring in the 22nd minute through Sismanoglu but goals from irrepressible Anthony Nwakaeme and Hugo Rodallega sealed the victory for Trabzonspor.
Sincere said they gave everything but were unlucky to carry the day.
“We gave it all but it was not just good enough and also the red card to Akbas affected us towards the tail end of the match. We live to fight another day,” Sincere said.
Yeni Malatyaspor is currently seventh on the Turkish Super Lig table with 38 points from 29 matches played so far.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde