Onyekuru Scores Twice As Anderlecht Claim Nervy Win

Onyekuru Scores Twice As Anderlecht Claim Nervy Win

By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles striker Henry Onyekuru bagged a brace in Anderlecht’s nervy 4-3 away win against KV Mechelen in the Belgian top division on Friday.

Onyekuru, who is on loan from Everton, was also on target for Anderlecht who pipped Standard Liege 1-0 before the international break.

Pieter Gerkens gave Anderlecht the lead in the 18th minute on Friday night before Onyekuru doubled the lead on 30 minutes.

Mechelen pulled a goal back through Rob Schoofs in the 34th minute.

Anderlecht restored their two-advantage thanks to Onyekuru’s 37th minute and just before half-time Anderlecht were 4-1 up through Lukasz Teodorczyk’s goal.

In the 60 th minute Nicklas Pedersen scored for Mechelen to bring score to 4-2.

And in the 92nd minute, Boureima Bande was on target for Mechelen but Anderlecht held on for the 4-3 win.

Anderlecht are now third on 18 points in the league table courtesy of the win against Mechelen.

They are however six points behind leaders Club Brugge who will be guests to Joseph Akpala’s Oostende on Sunday.

Onyekuru’s goal means he has now scored six goals in nine league outings for Anderlecht since joining them on loan from Everton this season.

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  • Settling down at the club gradually.

  • More and more goals bro I pray i will see u come Russia 2018

  • Invite this guy no to national team

  • tayor 4 months

    nice one hope he is able to replicate d form when finally join up with big boys in Everton.also good way to fight for a place in d national team.

  • World is eyeing you

  • Let this guy be invited for the Algeria tie. He may end up as our sharp shooter or what are we waiting for ?

  • This Onyekuru guy is just so good. Onuacho also scored for Midjylland today

  • ubah 4 months

    Happy for you henry . hope super eagles coach will drop musa and bring in this young man

  • DR B.O. Aghedo 4 months

    Mr. Ubah, you are spot on. Henry should or ought to be recall for Russia, Musa and Ighalo should be dropped.

    • charles emeka okwu 4 months

      Hmmm bros there is more to goal scoring when considering a player for a call up. Onyekuru is an immerse talent but i doubt he can displace any of the two players you mention in your comment. I have seen him play couple of times and with what i observed in his game he tend to me selfish and a liability defensively. If he can build on this two flaws he will make it as a top player. Remember he is still very young so even if he doesnt make it to the mundial nxt year he still have a lot of years ahead to play for the national team. Rohr invited him for the france get together prior to the south african match but seem not impressed with his game. His time will definently come so while waiting he should use the opportunity to polish him game. The team having so much depth is a welcome development, this will ginger players to work hard to be noticed by the team selectors. Talents like onuachu,onyekuru,dennis,samuel kalu,adegbenro,nwakali,ajayi,kayode etc finding it difficult to break into the current eagles set up or getting a call up signifies the team is work in progress.

  • flex 4 months

    true bro,drop Musa and ighalo, then bring in onuachu and onyekuru

    • PapaFem 4 months

      Dear Flex, that’s what Onigbinde and the NFF did in 2002, and the SE paid the price at Japan/Korea. The World Cup is not for kids. The fact that they are scoring in second-class European leagues doesn’t mean they’ll do the same at the World Cup. Drop experienced Musa, who is unfortunate with a club and a coach is completely out of place. I pray he gets a better club in Nigeria. That’s enough to put him in proper shape. The two guys you mentioned are World Cup are materials.

      • PapaFem 4 months

        ‘In January’ I meant not ‘Nigeria’

      • PapaFem do you actually know what you are talking about??. How well is Moses Simon Playing for Super Eagles??????????? Well right?,, He Moses Simon Plays in Belgium too did you know that? and he is ahead of Musa in the Super Eagles Pecking Order did you know that too?. This Henry Onyekuru is playing in the best team in Belgium and is doing so well. and he is on loan from a top flight club Everton because of Visa problems not because he needed experience. And by the way the Jupilier League in Belgium is a top flight league, And Henry Onyekuru’s team is playing Champions league football Anderlecht the best team in Belgium. This boy is no fluke and his goals prove it. Musa should be dropped for him Period!!!!, And by the way Wilfred Ndidi was playing in Belgium when he got his Super Eagles Cap. Please guy Your point has no base

  • PapaFem 4 months

    He needs to go to England to brighten his chances. This will toughen him physically and make him stand the test of robust opposition. Techinically, he’s good.

    • You Are Making absolutely no Sense because Moses Simon Plays in Belgium And So does Henry Onyekuru. And Henry Onyekuru is playing In the best team in Belgium and playing Champions League so whats your point?????????. Point Please????

  • Greenturf 4 months

    Onyekuru needs to prove himself in a better league.I don’t rate the Belgian jupiler which is apparently a developmental league.However,when he moves eventually to his parent club I believe that would put him in good stead for the super eagles.Musa is proven both in the European champions league and the world cup respectively.His performances at the highest level was very impressive.Onyekuru is a greenhorn and needs to prove he is good enough by doing the same in a bigger stage otherwise Musa is ahead in the pecking order.What Musa is going through is a hick-up hopefully he should move club temporarily in the winter transfer windows.We need experienced players for the world cup and Musa is top on the list.

    • luomo 4 months

      Musa did very well in a 2nd rate league but got to the premiership and failed to excel…despite that he is still being called..when this guy burst on the scene with a small club they said maybe he is a fluke and he should play with a bigger team…now he is replicating the form of last season and now the league is developmental…2 of his colleagues are regulars in the national team of Senegal and Algeria…i remember our USA 94 squad had many players from the Belgian league who excelled against established players like Stoichov of the then Barcelona team…Onigbinde’s 2002 team’s case is different cos he didn’t pick the team based on merit…i believe this guy has what it takes to slug it out with the eagles…after all, we will be seeing many youngsters debut for their national teams at next year’s Mundial

      • PapaFem 4 months

        My dear Luomo, many of the Belgium-based stars you alluded to were established internationals before securing European contracts. Stephn Keshi had attended at least two nations cup before joining Lokeren in 1987. In fact, be was the captain of the Green Eagles in one those comletitons. Same goes for Peter Rufai who joined the Belgium same team, same year. Finidi George had spent at least 2 years in the national team before moving to Ajax in 1993. Not some dudes from remote academies or semi-professional clubs, who were lucky to secure Eupropean contracts at the first time of asking. The point I’m making is: you don’t throw your salt away because you’ve got a cup of honey. Both have different purposes to serve in your delicacy. A good balance of old and new is what we need; not some hasty and senseless elimination by sibtitution.

    • You Are Making absolutely no Sense because Moses Simon Plays in Belgium And So does Henry Onyekuru. And Henry Onyekuru is playing In the best team in Belgium and playing Champions League so whats your point?????????. Point Please????.. How Can Musa Be ahead in the Pecking Order when Moses SImon WHo Plays in Belgium is ahead of Musa in the Super Eagles. And Like I said Onyekuru is in a Better team than Simon Moses in Belgium. Do you actually know football well or you are just talking??????

      • charles emeka okwu 4 months

        Oga being in a bigger team is no yardstick for been called up but what a particular player offers to the team and how the coach tends to play(his formation). Mind you onyekuru plays more as a 2nd striker who cuts in from the flank and rohr mostly prefers playing a lone striker with 2 wingers who can cross and defend as well when the team is under presure. Even the simon moses you guys are mentioning here wont be a starter in the world cup unless injury raises its ugly head. Rohr’s prefered players on the flank is victor moses and alex iwobi where the former will be an out and out winger who will work tirelessly when the team is attacking or defending and the latter a playmaker who will tuck into the midfield frequently and alo as an auxilliary winger. Iwobi not starting against zambia was just a tactical decision rohr took to surprise the zambians and it worked out. Musa and simon moses will be substittutes who may be called upon if there is need. From what am seeing musa will be used as a super sub to weigh the defence of the opposing team down with is pace and direct play. Onyekuru definently will get his chance but breaking into rohr’s team to the world cup will be a tough one for him

        • it is also important and stipulates that for a player to secure a work permit in England they have to be active in their national team so for Gernot Rohr not calling Henry Onyekuru to the national team he is actually not doing his Everton Career any good. This was also the case with Ezekiel Imoh back in 2014 World Cup, When Stephen Keshi didn’t select him and Opted for Michael Babatunde instead who was playing in the Second Division in Ukraine at the time. Tottenham wanted to sign Ezekiel Imoh from Standard Liege after the world Cup but needed him to secure 8 international games for the Super Eagles before they could do so, but couldn’t eventually sign him because Stephen Keshi Took Michael Babatunde on basis of bribe by Babatunde’s Agent and that hampered Ezekiel Imoh’s Tottenham deal. This is why it is important that our coaches make the right decisions especially going to World cup because that is where a Countries best Talents get scouted by big Clubs. So it does Nigeria no good taking average players to the grand Stage of Football. because the Ripple effect is very dangerous and normally a country will have to wait 4 years to recover like what happened to Nigeria. Subsequently missing out on 2 Afcon’s and Ezekiel Imoh going to Qatar eventually for Money out of anger. Onyekuru is Ripe and Ready to make the break into the Super Eagles. All this Mentality of a Player Is not ripe enough to break into the team is Rubbish as far as I am concerned. After all Michael Owen broke into Englands national at the age of 18, Pele for Brazil at 17 both at World cups and went on to achieve great things in their careers because of it. Marcus Rashford Broke into the England Set yp at 19 years old. Once again you guys are not making sense Onyekuru’s Movement pace and finishing is miles ahead of Ahmed Musa and he Onyekuru is also in form.

    • Greenturf Musa is a liability and will be Dropped Soon Watch it, you are talking Rubbish.. This guy Onyekuru is way better than him He is proving it Musa Will be dropped And, besides Moses Simon Who plays in the same “So Called” Development League you are talking about Belgium is ahead of Musa in Super Eagles Pecking order so your Argument has no base. I believe by the next Super Eagles call up Musa won’t be there because of Onyekuru and then the sky is Onyekuru’s limit

  • Toks 4 months

    If we aren’t doing well enough in U20 and other developmental grades and we are pushing our them into the senior team we’ll have a gap which is what we are experiencing right now.

  • flex 4 months

    onuachu, a kid? papafem

    • PapaFem 4 months

      Yes, my dear, football-wise. No insult intended. The World Cup is a different ball game. We need a combination of experience and energy. Onuachu, by every standard, is a developing player. He’s good, I must admit. I’ve watched few of his matches, especially the one against MAN U. We’ll be asking for too much, if we throw him into a World Cup match just like that. He needs that mental toughness to face the very best. Playing regularly in a league with sizeable number of world-class players will help him build this. Musa won’t come up against Messi and fidget. He scored twice against an Argentine team with Messi at the last World Cup. Ighalo won’t play against Gary Cahill and tremble. He has played against him many times before moving to China. Balogun won’t lose his composure if fate pitched him against Lewondowski. He has kept him quiet more than once in the Bundesliga. Genot Rohr openly admitted that we lost against South Africa because of lack of experience. He was right because when the big boys returned, we disgraced the African Champion.

  • I don’t see why Rohr is not giving Onyekuru the opportunity he deserves in the Super Eagles. He is a natural clinical striker. He should start against Algeria in our last game

  • PapaFem 4 months

    We should not make the mistake of peppering our World Cup team with neophites. They may be good. They may be talented. But in the final analysis, experience counts. Olishe was good, I mean very good for the Eagles at USA 94. But if he had been better equipped with experience and big match exposure before our match against Italy in the Second Round, he wouldn’t have kicked the ball out the way he did with a minute to regulation time. Even at Brazil 2014, we acquainted ourselves well against France in the second round. But we still lost to Le Blues’experience. Had the Zambian team we played in the last AFWCQ been a bit more experienced, we could have possibly lost or drew that match. The energy was there. The athleticism was conspicuous. But they were low on exposure and experience, hence the loss. I’m not against some talented young individuals coming into the team, but to drop the old ones because they are not getting enough playing time now or plying their trade in China could be disastrous. After all, they are still very active and contributing meaningfully to the national team. Ighalo scored against Cameroon. Musa provided an assist when he came on agsinst Algeria. Why drop them because one player is scoring in Belgium or Denmark? How sure are they will replicate that at the World Cup?

  • iniobongugochukwu 4 months

    we can’t throw away obvious talented players because of lack of world cup experience.How did the likes of Musa get theirs, by Invitations.Onyekuru and Onuachu has been knocking on the doors of international call ups.We should give them this much needed call ups.We may never know.

  • Greenturf Musa is a liability and will be Dropped Soon Watch it, you are talking Rubbish.. This guy Onyekuru is way better than him He is proving it Musa Will be dropped And, besides Moses Simon Who plays in the same “So Called” Development League you are talking about Belgium is ahead of Musa in Super Eagles Pecking order so your Argument has no base. I believe by the next Super Eagles call up Musa won’t be there because of Onyekuru and then the sky is Onyekuru’s limit

  • PapaFem 4 months

    Dear Ugo, you’re missing something in my points. Any player doing great for his club should be given a chance. But we should be very careful not discard the old guards just because we have some good upcoming ones. If Onyekuru continues to do what he’s doing, scoring goals the way he does now, chances are there that bigger clubs would come and no sane coach will drop him even from SE. Same goes for Onuauchi and others. All I want is a good balance, that perfect blend of the new and old. Because if care is not taken, with the way players are springing up everywhere, we may be tempted to populate our team with very young, talented but inexperienced players.They may do well but might not make much impact at the world cup.

  • This is war!!! and we are enjoying it. This is what we were missing when CS was on that old format. @PapaFem, @Uyo Iwunze cease fire. Two of you have very valid reasons for/against Musa, Onyekuru/Onuachu. You can throw Tammy Abraham into the equation. These are all Nigerians and they are all doing well. Definitely Ahmed Musa and Shehu Abdulahi will be going to the WC as they are representing the North. Apart from that Musa is experience and no player on earth can intimidate him. So some other player(s) will be dropped if Onyekuru or Tammy will come in. I tell you something. Most coaches love players like Ahmed Musa who are humble and easily abide by the law. He has never missed a call up. After all only 14 players has the opportunity to play the 90+ minutes. So Musa can be used as a sparing partner or training partner. I heard Onyekuru will going to Everton in January. Maybe the visa matter has been settled. Whatever it is Onyekuru and Tammy at the moment are the hottest material that should be included in the Eagles’ squad. Some other player(s) should be dropped. All said and done suggesting, the onus lie on the coach and the NFF technical department and to some extent Amaju Pinnick to put heads together and invite the best. The argue for and against had been heard and will be acted on. Thank you guys. You all have the interest of Nigeria doing well in Russia. As we say, this Russian project must succeed.

  • Sean 4 months

    Hmm…onyekuru is a developing player but Musa has already developed?…@ the 2013 nations cup, I can remember that our front three were Emenike, Ideye And Moses. Musa comes from d bench.
    @ the world cup, we played 4 total number of games..but can someone remind me of another game where Musa performed apart from the game again Argentina? Now, we are all talking about the league..our man of the match against Zambia plays where?… Cyprus!!!!.. Even Brazil have players from Shaktar Donetsk, CSKA Moskva in their team. In our first eleven, we have Balogun, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Ighalo..so what experience do u still need in d team?…I’m not against any player, only want the best for super eagles..no matter where they play, so far they are good and inform…oops but I’m sorry..its obvious that Musa is not just among them at present. Sorry musarities..may b he can be our joker at the world cup sa..which I doubt.

  • charles emeka okwu 4 months

    This onyekuru’s hype is becoming something else. For christ sake i have seen this guy play couple of times and must admit he is talented but still very raw. He tend to be selfish and when his team is defending he is a liability. There is no way rohr will make that mistake of throwing our experience just for a rookie who is just coming up. What musa and simon moses offers to the team i doubt if onyekuru can do the same. Here we are talking about the fifa world cup not an under 20/23 tournament ooooo. Musa maybe a bench warmer in leicester but his immerse experience and exposure cant be disregarded. Rohr invited onyekuru to train with the team in france prior to the SA match where he featured against togo and corsica but had a below par game. Even against SA in uyo he didnt make rohr’s match day squad. This signifies that for now he isnt better than those in rohr’s possession. Maybe he may be invited to fight for a shirt during the world cup preparation but musa or s.moses being dropped for him i doubt if it will happen unless he gives rohr the reason to think otherwise. He is just 20 and doing very well in anderlecht but he still have alot to learn inorder to polish his game. Talking about the US 94 world cup team where bunch of the players that made the team were based in belgium it was so because unfortunately the best we had were playing in the belgian league. Its was the same inexperience and lack of exposure cost the team moving to the quarter finals against italy. The likes of paul onuachu(midtyjlland),onyekuru(everton),dennis(club brugge) etc will get their chance in no distant time but as it stands now with what is at stake they wont be much room for experimentation in rohr’s team. The inclusion i forsee in the team is getting 2 or 3 european born talents who can add more depth to areas which need to be fortified. The nff will be meeting tammy abraham again, felix udokhai who plays have been an ever present figure for wolfsburg in the bundesliga have been approached and hertha berlin’s jordan torunarigha who was a revelation in germany last season may be reapproaches.

  • @Charles Emeka Okwu, you have hit the nail on the head with a sledge hammer. Of course anything can happen. We are not in Gernot Rohr’s oyibo mind but the chances that Ahmed Musa(a northerner) will be dropped for one ‘small’ boy is like 5000-1. Musa is not finished yet. Musa is not in the class of Obafemi Martins or Ambrose Efe or Emmanuel Emenike. Instead of Musa not to go Mikel Agu or that 3rd goalkeeper will be dropped. A not too regular defender can be dropped. Zonal factor and humility will play in favour of this young(?) man. Why are you arguing? Musa is untouchable for now.

    • charles emeka okwu 4 months

      Many here seem to forget that the fifa world cup is meant for men who has played football to the highest level not rookies still learning the trade. Musa is one of the experienced heads in the current super eagles who is willing to do what ever that will profit the team. This guy started from the dutch league where he distingushed himself as a talented rookie, moved to russian gaints cska moscow where he tore the league apart with goals and breath taking performances,featured in the champions league and eurooa league continiously with cska and did very well, now plying his trade in the almighty epl even though they have been conspirancy against him in the team. He has a nations cup winner and featured in a fifa worls cup where he was our highest goal scorer(brazil 2014). I doubt if rohr will just tuss away this bag of experience just for a kid who is just coming up. Moreovee musa is still very young at the age of 25.

      • @charles emeka okwu, it is also important and stipulates that for a player to secure a work permit in England they have to be active in their national team so for Gernot Rohr not calling Henry Onyekuru to the national team he is actually not doing his Everton Career any good. This was also the case with Ezekiel Imoh back in 2014 World Cup, When Stephen Keshi didn’t select him and Opted for Michael Babatunde instead who was playing in the Second Division in Ukraine at the time. Tottenham wanted to sign Ezekiel Imoh from Standard Liege after the world Cup but needed him to secure 8 international games for the Super Eagles before they could do so, but couldn’t eventually sign him because Stephen Keshi Took Michael Babatunde on basis of bribe by Babatunde’s Agent and that hampered Ezekiel Imoh’s Tottenham deal. This is why it is important that our coaches make the right decisions especially going to World cup because that is where a Countries best Talents get scouted by big Clubs. So it does Nigeria no good taking average players to the grand Stage of Football. because the Ripple effect is very dangerous and normally a country will have to wait 4 years to recover like what happened to Nigeria. Subsequently missing out on 2 Afcon’s and Ezekiel Imoh going to Qatar eventually for Money out of anger. Onyekuru is Ripe and Ready to make the break into the Super Eagles. All this Mentality of a Player Is not ripe enough to break into the team is Rubbish as far as I am concerned. After all Michael Owen broke into Englands national at the age of 18, Pele for Brazil at 17 both at World cups and went on to achieve great things in their careers because of it. Marcus Rashford Broke into the England Set up at 19 years old. Once again you guys are not making sense Onyekuru’s Movement pace and finishing is miles ahead of Ahmed Musa and he Onyekuru is also in form.

        • PapaFem 4 months

          My dear, I don’t think it’s wise for a coach to take a player the world cup simply because he wants him to rack up international caps to secure European contracts. National interest should take precedence over any player’s interest. Besides, gone are the days when a player has to wait for a number of caps to secure clubs in England. Isaac Success and Wilfred Ndidi had not played much for us before securing contracts at Watford and Leicester respectively. If you are good, so much so that the intending club paid good money for your service, you’ll surely play in the EPL.

          • PapaFem it is clear that Onyekuru Will be going to the squad on merit rather than being there because Rohr wants to help him secure Work Permit. I am merely just emphasizing my point that which ever way you look at it Henry Onyekuru should be there come World Cup. Imagine calling on Henry Onyekuru and Tammy Abraham in a Tight Game on the World Cup Stage, rather than Having Ahmed Musa because I really don’t see Ahmed Musa doing Anything in a Game against An England Or Germany that needs something Special to break the deadlock. He Ahmed Musa’s Depth on the big stage has been tested he looks really average in the English Premier League and we would be better off taking players like Onyekuru or Abraham ( barring he chooses to play for the Super Eagles)

  • @Ugo lwunze, I am from Delta state and from Warri. Maybe before you were born Nigerian football as it concerns the national team has always been like this- North, South, East and West, when invitation to players are extended. You take or leave it. You like shout from now until the world cup proper, it will be as we know it. Be wise to it.

  • Richie 4 months

    Please federal character does not thrive well in sports. Merit, experience and energy are the driving factors.

  • Sean 4 months

    Why don’t we extend invitation to obafemi martins,emenike,ideye n co since world cup is for big boys?…well..we still have from now till next year..anything can happen…Musa can be at his peak before then and if its onyekuru that will be on form then, all well n good..we still have sarenren bazee,Dessers,no small boys anywhere! If u are on form, u play.I wonder why we are clamouring for mixture of big and young boys for the world cup self.