Aminu Umar celebrated his inclusion in Nigeria’s final squad for the Olympics in Rio with a hattrick in Osmanlispor 5-0 victory over Zimbru in the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League.
Umar who has four caps for the Nigeria senior national team struck his first goals via the spot in the 16th minute before adding another in ten minutes later to give them a 2-0 lead going into the half time break.
The forward who is still being heavily courted by Turkish league Champions Besiktas earned himself the match ball five minutes after the break with his third goal to put his team 3-0 up with less than an hour played.
Erdal Kilicaslan increased the tally for the Turks with a 4th before Raul Rusescu rounded up the comprehensive victory over the Moldovans with a 5th to give them a 5-0 win, confirming their passage to the next round on a 7-2 aggregate score.
Since moving to Europe in the 2013/2014 season from Nigeria Premier League side Wikki Tourist, this is the first time he is scoring a hattrick in his professional career ironically it is also his first taste of European continental football.