Onuachu Leads Nigerian Goals In Pre-season Matches


FC Midtjylland of Denmark striker, Paul Onuachu led the way in a rain of goals for less-fancied Nigerian players last weekend, as the fast-rising attacker hit one in a pre-season game against AZ Alkmaar of Holland.

Onuachu, who shot to limelight with a cracking goal against Manchester United in the continental terrain some years back, made hay again on Saturday, as he drew his team level in the 64th minute with a captivating effort, after Alkmaar got the opening goal.

In England, Eberechi Eze made a world of difference for Queens Park Rangers, after hitting target for the Championship side in a 3-3 draw with Charlton Athletic.

Charlton took the lead through Lyle Taylor in the 29th minute but they were level just ten minutes later, when Eze restored parity for The Hoops.

He fired past goalkeeper Phillips from 18 yards, after Matt Smith’s header was cleared off the line, and was unlucky not to score again, as the keeper tipped his chip over the bar.

With the scoreboard reading 2-1 in favour of The Addicks, ex-Manchester United youth-team player, Nicky Ajose would have doubled the advantage but saw his shot saved in the 54th minute.

QPR duo Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel were in action for the entirety of the first half, while Ajose and midfielder, Joe Aribo played the second half for the League One team.

Elsewhere, Cambridge United made light work of non-league side, St Neots 7-1 in their first game at the Premier Plus Stadium, with David Amoo and Adebayo Azeez linking well throughout the encounter.

Azeez scored in the 62nd minute off a dinked cross from Amoo following a quick counter attack to make the scoreline 4-1.

Also in England last weekend, National League side, Leyton Orient trounced Harlow Town 7-0 in Essex, with James Alabi on target for The O’s.

The 23-year-old Alabi, who was introduced at the end of the first half, struck from close range after a teammate’s excellent run and cross to make it 4-0 in the 75th minute.

Up north, Scottish Premiership side, Heart of Midlothian won their second pre-season tie by beating Dumbarton 2-0, with a brace from Uche Ikpeazu.

The former Reading youth team player opened scoring from the spot in the 13th minute and then notched his second of the game on 86 minutes.


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