BELGIUM (ROUND 5)
Club Brugge 4-0 St. Liege
Standard Liege suffered another heavy defeat with an identical scoreline with the previous round, this time in the hands of current table toppers, Club Brugge. This is not a good look for Super Eagles midfielder Uche Agbo, who lasted the entire encounter again for Standard Liege, but could not help the Belgian modest side earn a respectable scoreline. Another Nigerian, 19 year old forward Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure has been out of Brugge’s squad for over two weeks now due to a ligament injury. Bonaventure’s date of return is still unknown.
Charleroi 3-2 Waregem
Peter Olayinka continued from where he stopped in the previous week, scoring again, away to Charleroi, to put Waregem ahead before the break. His nod came on the 44th minute after racing to arrive right in time to connect De Pauw’s cross past onrushing Charleroi goalie, Nicolas Penneteau. However, despite a Charleroi own-goal that put them back ahead, Waregem could not sustain the lead as they eventually lost after their opponents scored twice in the last 5 minutes of the match. The visitors did not have Kingsley Madu in their line-up as he is still out due to an ankle injury. Aliko Bala was not listed as well by Waregem. Olayinka now has two goals and six assists so far this season.
Lokeren 3-0 Eupen
Relatively unknown Nigerian midfielder, Jamabo George continued his season with another dugout appearance for Eupen, as they fumbled away to Lokeren. The 22 year old Rivers State born player is a product of ASPIRE Academy, Senegal.
Oostende 3-4 Royal Antwerp
It was a 7 goal thriller at Versluys Arena (Oostende), with Joseph Akpala making an 83rd minute entry for the visitors while they were down 1-3. Two late goals for Oostende did not prevent them from losing as the visitors ensured to add one more in the 88th. Akpala has only managed a start so far this season. He has been used as a substitute since their season opener against Mouscron.
Gent 0-0 Anderlecht
It ended stalemate when Super Eagles’s Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti entertained Henry Onyekuru‘s Anderlecht. All the Nigerians on parade gave a good account of themselves staying out of the referee’s books and posting a full shift. Anderlecht manager, Rene Weiler deployed Onyekuru alongside Polish forward, Lukasz Teodorczyk in a two prong attack of a 4-4-2 formation, but their most important forward from last season was pulled off in the dot of the 90th minute, whereas, Onyekuru was left on the pitch. KAA Gent did not list their third Nigerian player, Samuel Kalu for undisclosed reasons. Kalu, who has scored one goal this season, had featured throughout in each of Gent’s last 4 rounds of Jupiler league matches.
Kortrijk 1-1 Mouscron
Abduljaleel Ajagun made his fifth consecutive full shift appearance for Kortrijk, highlighting his importance in the team since his move from Roda JC. Ajagun locked horns with compatriot, Taiwo Awoniyi (Mouscron), who pulled off another brilliant performance by helping Mouscron draw level with an assist. Awoniyi bundled his way, forcing the ball across to teammate, Selim Amallah, despite strong resistance from Kortrijk’s back-line. Awoniyi charged forward in expectation of a goal mouth-scramble, but Selim’s following attempt was good enough to earn the visitors a draw — thanks to a 74th minute penalty miss by Kortrijk.