BELGIUM (ROUND 13)
Club Brugge 4-1 St. Truiden
Club Brugge ended St. Truiden’s unbeaten run after three league games at Jan Breydel Stadion (Brugge). Brugge’s Nigerian import, Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure, was once again involved from the start, but failed to get on the scoresheet for the 53 minutes he remained on the pitch. The former Zorya Luhansk forward had lighted up the Jupiler League at the start of the season and shot to the top of the scorers log with 4 goals and 1 assist, after just three round of matches. However, a ligament injury forced him out of the subsequent three league games, and he has added just one goal since his return in mid-September. Bonaventure is currently placed 8th in the top scorers log.
St. Liege 3-1 Waasland Beveren
Standard Liege extended their unbeaten run to four by overcoming visiting Wassland Beveren. Super Eagles defensive midfielder, Uche Agbo was again in action for Standard Liege. The 21-year-old versatile midfielder, who can also play as a center back, have been ever present, starting in all of Les Rouches’ matches since the start of the season. Agbo has scored one goal so far.
Waregem 2-1 KV Mechelen
Peter Olayinka scored a 29th minute opener, adding to his goals tally unintentionally. His perfect cross from the left flank, fell on the path of an advancing Sandy Walsh, who missed the ball completely, leaving the opponents goalie stranded. Olayinka now has 5 goals and 4 assists to his name — the highest goals contribution by any Nigerian in Belgium so far this season.
However, Waregem’s other Nigerian imports, left-back Kingsley Madu and Aliko Bala were missing in action. The former returned to the dugout after his first appearance of the season in their loss to Anderlecht in the previous round. Whereas, Aliko Bala on his part, was not listed. The 20-year-old forward has only been listed once this season — at the Belgian Super Cup.
Eupen 2-3 Anderlecht
Henry Onyekuru, traveling with Anderlecht, returned to familiar grounds, and he made sure to remind former club, Eupen of what they had been missing. With Jamabo George in Eupen’s dugout, it was Henry who drew the first blood forcing Eupen to an own goal in the 33rd minute for Anderlecht’s second of the game. Onyekuru still top Nigerians in Belgium for goals scored (6), and has been rewarded with a call up to the Super Eagles.
Lokeren 0-3 Oostende
Oostende were rampaging away to Lokeren, with Joseph Akpala the initiator. Akpala scored his first goal of the season as early as the 6th minute, when he headed in a rebound to the left bottom corner. Akpala was subbed off in the 70th minute with Oostende two goals up. Akpala has 3 starts and 9 substitutions so far.
Charleroi 2-1 Gent
Gent fell away to Charleroi with Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu missing from their matchday squad. However, Super Eagles petit winger, Moses Simon, was in action for the entirety of the match.
Kortrijk 0-0 Genk
Ex-flying Eagles (Class of 2013) forward, Abdul Ajagun was on from start to finish in Kortrijk’s home draw with Genk. He was cautioned in the 84th minute. Ajagun has been cautioned 3 times this season after 13 league matches.
Mouscron 2-2 Antwerp
Taiwo Awoniyi was pulled off Mouscron’s bench in the 57th minute while Mouscron were ahead by a goal. He did not score but was cautioned in the 85th minute.