Nigerian striker shines in Mainz win over Balogun’s former club


Nigerian/Austrian striker Karim Onisiwo scored in the 67th minute to inspire Mainz to a 3-1 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.


2013 FIFA Confederation Cup flop Anthony Ujah didn’t taste action for the home side.

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun, who is currently on the payroll of Brighton & Hove Albion featured for Fortuna Duesseldorf in the past.

On Saturday at the OPEL ARENA in Mainz, Onisiwo inspired Die Nullfünfer with a brilliant performance to record a deserved win.

Jean-Philippe Mateta was at the right place to score the first goal of the game from Onisiwo’s assist in the first minute to send the fans into ecstatic mood. Onisiwo got his name on the scoresheet in the 67th minute.

Onisiwo has played a key role for Mainz in campaign making 23 appearances and netting six goals.

The 27-year-old forward was on the books of Austrian side SV Matterburg before he joined Mainz.

He has a cap for Austria as he played in a friendly game against Switzerland in 2015.


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