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Little known Nigerian forward Ugwu Uzochukwu grabbed the headline in Israel by scoring a treble for Hapoel Afula to help them beat Maccabi Kiryat Gan 5-2.

The 19 year old took the match ball home after after scoring in the 52nd,58th and 70th minute of the seven goals thriller that saw his team move up to 7th in the Leumit League in Israel which is the second division.

So far Uzochukwu has four goals from 9 league games a tally that has raise his stock in the country although a move away from Hapoel Afula according to reports gathered by owngoalnigeria.com looks unlikely at least for the next two seasons.

Last season he was at top division team Ironi kiryat Shmona but failed to score a single goal in the 11 games he played for the team a record which makes his present feat more impressive.