By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles forward Michael Babatunde came off the substitutes’ bench to make his official debut for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Friday night’s 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena.
The Nigerian international who completed his move on Thursday replaced Valeriy Luchkevych in the 64th minute but had to give way in the 82nd minute for Bruno Gama due to a muscle pain in the ill-tempered game that saw nine yellow cards and one red card issued by Anatoliy Zhabchenko.
He however rued his missed chance on goal in the encounter.
“I’m very happy with my debut and should have scored but I was unlucky my header was deflected,” the Super Eagles 2014 World Cup star told completesportsnigeria.com moments after thr match.
“The coach had to replace me because we were under immense pressure from Shaktar but luckily we had a counter-attack which resulted in a goal two minutes when I was being treated on the side line.
“I’m fine and ready for the next game.”
Dnipro are now fourth on the log with eight points from five games. They face Balkany in the Ukrainan Cup before hosting Karpaty in their next league game.