Samuel Kalu played all 90 minutes on Saturday, in a competitive game, for the first time since January 2019.
Kalu suited up for Bordeaux in this season’s Ligue Un opener against Angers, but Les Girondins got off to a bad start, as they hammered 3-1 on the road.
They had taken an early lead; inside the opening four minutes, but the hosts struck in the 27th minute to draw level.
In the 33rd they took the lead and a third goal came in the 45th minute to extend the domination and jump into a comfortable lead.
But it wasn’t a quite night for the Nigerian, who was rated 7.0 per whoscored.com – the second best performance by a Bordeaux player.
Playing from the wings, in a five-man midfield, the Nigeria international showed his dribbling skills and unusual aerial prowess.
His performance on Saturday confirms the player has the clear to return fully to action after a major scare at the AFCON 2019, when he collapsed during a practice session.