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Jonathan Okoronkwo: Unsung Nigerian Painting Europe With Goals

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Little-known FC Arsenal Tula striker, Jonathan Okoronkwo, has delivered goals and some superb displays this season in the Russian First League and arguably the most in-form African striker in Europe this season, at least his goals can attest to that.

Relatively unknown back home, Jonathan has contributed to the successes of FC Arsenal Tula after joining the team on loan from FC Krasnodar. His performance has shoot up FC Arsenal Tula to the 5th position on the league table as they slowly emerge as title and promotion contenders.

He has grabbed all the headlines in Russia, as his impressive goal scoring form has made him the fans favourite.

In previous seasons, it has been customary for the Nigerian top scorer charts to be headed by Napoli’s Victor Osimhen or Genk’s Paul Onuachu, who both scored over 20 goals in the 2021/22 season, however, Jonathan has ushered in a new era with a bang, and looks poised to break both strikers’ records this season.

.However, Coming on loan to FC Arsenal Tula, Jonathan didn’t waste time to get down to work in the Russian First League, and he continues to find the net both in the domestic league..

Jonathan’s tally for this season blows both elite strikers’ out of the water with 12 goals scored this season.

Gangling and galloping like a gazelle, Jonathan is quick off the mark despite his huge frame, which stands at 1.93 metres. He is strong and has two useful feet, as well as also operate as a winger or a second striker.

Jonathan is also a good sight to behold playing behind the strikers when he isn’t foraging from the wings and this versatility will come in good for the Super Eagles, someday





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UEFA Conference League: Nigeria’s Abiodun Ogunniyi Scores To Inspire FK Auda 1-2 Win Over Cliftonville

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Nigeria Under-23 ace, Abiodun Ogunniyi, was pivotal and inspirational for Latvian side, FK Auda, as he came through with the much sorted after goal which inspired his team 2-0 win away from home in one of the UEFA Conference league qualifiers fixture played today against Irish side, Cliftonville.

The Nigerian wing wizard outstanding performance in the first qualifiers fixture earned him a starting place in the all important fixture against Irish top flight league giants, Cliftonville.

After it’s triumph against, B36 Tórshavn, in the first qualifiers tie, FK Auda, shifted focus to the second qualifiers tie hoping to amass winnings when they face off with Nothern Ireland side, Cliftonville in a double leg clash.

Hoping to make it to the Conference league group stage, Northern Ireland league side, Cliftonville were faced with an uphill task in its second round qualifiers fixture haven been drawn to face Latvian side, FK Auda in a double header.

First half of the keenly contested fixture lived up to its billing with the visitors, FK Auda, bossing the half and rewarded with a lead off the boot of its Nigerian wing-wizard, Abiodun Ogunniyi, who broke the deadlock at the 32nd minute.

Host, Cliftonville fought back before the half time break and leveled up at the 39th minute to end the first half on stalemate.

A tough battle for the leading goal in the second half felled to the part of the visitors, FK Auda, as they restored lead off the boot of another of its Nigerian import, Abdulrahman Taiwo, at the 77th minute, a goal which separated the two sides at full time.

On a 2-1 scoreline aggregate, Latvian side, FK Auda, will hope to finish up the work when they face Cliftonville at home in a fortnight.

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Official: Nigerian Forward Ikwuemesi Joins Belgium Pro League Club, Leuven

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Belgium Pro League club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, have announced the signing of forward Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi from
Serie A club, Salernitan.

The former Flying Eagles striker joined the Belgian outfit from Serie A side, Salernitan, after a year stint with the club before relegation.

After passing club routine medicals and completed paper works, the Nigerian striker has been unveiled by his new employees, arriving his arrival.

Last campaign in the Italian Serie A with Salernitan, Ikwuemesi who joined from Slovenia side NK Celje enjoyed a good run of form which made him handful for the club.

Ikwuemesi will add to the increasing numbers of Nigeria stars playing in the Belgian Pro League when the new 2024/2025 season gets underway.

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Transfer: Armenian Club FC Van Snaps Up Promising Nigerian Youngster

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Ambitious Armenian topflight league side, Football Club Van, has completed the transfer of highly rated Nigerian youngster, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, from Bulgarian club, Botev Plovdiv.

Started his football career with Nigerian based side, Izuchukwu was scouted by topmost Nigerian Super Agent, Paul Ojo Omamomo, and shipped off to Russia to continue his development with the Russian based outfit, FDC Vista, combining his football career with formal Education.

Golden Fish has no hiding place, top talented Izuchukwu enjoyed a rapid development owing to his hardwork, a rapid development which made his stood out in back to back games with Russian team, FDC Vista.

Upon his maturity, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, attracted lots of offers but inked a deal with Bulgarian giants, Botev Plovdiv to take his development to the next level.

In search of quality playing time, the sensational player has penned a year deal with  Armenian side, Football Club Van, where he will feature for the team in the 2024/2025 Armenia topflight league season.

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