Awaziem Starts; Mikel Agu, Success, Onazi Subs


It was a case of different strokes for different Nigerian players in pre-season matches all across Europe, as Chidozie Awaziem was on from the start for FC Porto of Portugal, but Mikel Ndubuisi Agu was a substitute, as were Isaac Success in England and Eddy Ogenyi Onazi with Trabzonspor of Turkey.

The best outing of the evening on an individual level came for Awaziem, who was on from the start for Porto, but he could not save the team from a 2-1 loss against their much less fancied foes, Portimonense.

Awaziem, who spent last season on loan at FC Nantes of Nantes got average personal marks, while his compatriot, Mikel Agu, who spent last season on loan at Bursaspor of Turkey, played the final 25 minutes of the game.

In England, Isaac Success marked his return to Watford with a second half appearance in their 1-1 draw against FC Cologne of Germany.

Success is seeking a return to relevance with The Hornets, after spending the second half of last season on loan at Malaga of Spain, but could not save them from relegation from La Liga.

In Turkey, Onazi went on in the 67th minute of Trabzonspor’s 1-0 win over Lokomotiva Zagreb of Croatia, but speculation persists about a possible summer transfer exit for him.


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