Friday Hits Brace On AZ Debut, Iheanacho Fires Blanks

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian striker Fred Friday scored a first-half brace on his debut for AZ Alkmaar who trounced Dutch third-tier side SDV Barneveld 5-0 in a pre-season game on Wednesday.

Friday who was the top scorer in the Norwegian League this season with nine goals before his exit scored in the 10th and 35th minutes of the game.

The former Lillestrom forward became the third Nigerian player to feature for the club after Pius Ikedia and Mike Obiku.

He scored 28 goals in 65 appearances for Lillestrom before his move to Holland.

In Germany, Kelechi Iheanacho started up front for Manchester City despite in their 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The 20-year-old Nigerian international had a quiet evening before being replaced at half time as Pep Guardiola’s reign began.

Öztürk’s deflected shot earned Carlo Ancelotti’s side victory.

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