The past weekend was a great one for football lovers in Nigeria as top Super Eagles stars fired on all cylinders.
Red-hot Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, helped his English club, Leicester City, to qualify for their first FA Cup final in 52 years (1969) after scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday, April 18, 2021.
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The Nigerian found the back of the net in the 55th minute to set up a final against Chelsea, boosting his goal tally for the season to 15 in all competitions.
In Belgium, Paul Onuachu edged closer to hitting the league’s all-time highest goal scorer mark (30 goals) after scoring twice in KRC Genk’s 3-2 loss to Antwerp in the Belgian league on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Onuachu ended the season on 29 goals in the league so far. Just one goal away from equalling Wesley Snock‘s all-time record of 30 goals.
Samuel Chukwueze grabbed a brace in Villareal’s 5-1 win over Levante in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday, April 18. Chukwueze scored in the 63rd and 75th minutes to help Unai Emery’s men climb to fifth in the league table as they continue their quest for a place in Europe next season.
Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare, finished third with a Season’s Best (SB) of 22.66s (+1.0m/s) in the women’s 200m at the Tom Jones Memorial, Florida. Sha’Carri Richardson finished first as the fastest (22.11s), followed by Lynna Irby (22.57s).
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At the War Eagle Invitational, Esther Isa was remarkable in the women’s High Jump event, soaring over 1.85m to win the event. Amarachukwu Obi was equally outstanding at the War Eagle Invitation, hitting a Personal Best (PB) of 23.02s to finish second in the women’s 200m event.
Her time is the fastest by a Nigerian so far this season as she also went on to finish 2nd overall in the 400m (54.38s).
Favour Ofili has continued to impress as she narrowly missed on a Personal Best at the Boots Garland Invitational. Her 22.30s time earned her the prize for the women’s 200m event. Ofili’s time is the fastest by all-conditions in the NCAA, 2021, and the fastest by a Nigerian this year.
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