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Famous 5! Nigerian Made EPL/FA Cup Hat Tricks

Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, takes a look down the history lane, highlighting Nigerian players who hogged the headlines with EPL and FA Cup hat tricks while starring for their English clubs. Only last weekend, Kelechi Iheanacho joined the short list. Who's the next, among the players with international allegiance to Nigeria, will join the honour list?


 

KELECHI IHEANACHO (Man CIty 4-0 Aston Villa, January 30, 2016)

 

Kelechi Iheanacho sealed any doubt about his talents, following his hat-trick in Manchester City's 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Iheanacho. The fringe Super Eagles player struck in the 4th, 24th and 72nd minute to help City clinch FA Cup Fifth Round berth.

 

The youngster has now scored in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup, totally eight goals.

 

OSAZE ODEMWINGIE (Wolverhampton  1-5 West Brom, Feb., 2012)

 

Joining West Brom from Locomotiv Moscow in 2010, Osaze Odemwingie had his best performance playing in England, scoring 30 goals in 87 appearances in three seasons for the Baggies.

 

And in the 2011-2012 season, Odemwingie scored his first Premier League hat trick for West Brom in a 5–1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

YAKUBU AIYEGBENI (Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough, May 2004; Portsmouth 4-3 Fulham Aug., 2004; Everton 3-0 Fulham Dec., 2007)

 

Regarded as one of Nigeria's most prolific strikers to ever grace the English Premier League, Yakubu Aiyegbeni was acknowledged for his goal scoring feat.

 

Not only was Aiyegbeni banging in the goals, he was hitting double figures. And to cap it all, he netted hat tricks on three different occasions in England.

 

Aiyegbeni's first hat trick in England came when Portsmouth hosted Middlesbrough in a league clash. Portsmouth emerged victorious with a 5-1 win. His second hat-trick came in another home league tie, this time against Fulham.  And his last hat trick in England came in the shirt of Everton, again against Fulham, which Everton won 3-0.

 

NWANKWO KANU (Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, Oct., 1999)

 

Nwankwo Kanu's hat trick capped one of the all-time great comebacks as Arsenal stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a London derby in the Premier League. 

Arsenal were trailing 2-0 after former Norwegian forward Tore Andre Flo and Romanian Dan Petrescu got on the score sheet on either half in the match.

And with 15 minutes left, Kanu turned on the style, scoring a hat-trick to give Arsenal a 3-2 win against their London rivals.

 

EFAN EKOKU (Everton 1-5 Norwich, Sept., 1993)

 

Efan Ekoku arrived at Carrow Road when Norwich were in the thick of the title race under the management of Mike Walker. Ekoku scored three goals in ten games in what was left of the campaign, and although Norwich were beaten to the title by Manchester United, Ekoku and his teammates had achieved a third-place finish and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

 

He scored Norwich's first ever goal in European competition, against Vitesse in the UEFA Cup on 15 September 1993. Just 10 days laterhe scored four goals as Norwich beat Everton 5–1 at Goodison Park, becoming the first player to score more than three goals in a Premier League game. He managed a total of 27 league games that season

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