Red hot Nigerian teen Orji Okonkwo made his Serie A bow for Bologna as speculated by Owngoalnigeria.com as they ran out 3-1 winners over Palermo.
Okonkwo has settled down nicely in Italy since moving to Bologna in the summer, with four goals in five games for the Primavera side, he was rapidly promoted to the first team.
The injury to Nigerian forward Sadiq Umar opened the door for him to be part of the squad for the tie against Palermo, and the 18 year old was introduced by coach Roberto Donadoni in the 99th minute for Luca Rizzo with Bologna comfortably leading Palermo 3-1.
He was brought in as a substitute on the dot of 90 minutes for his first professional game since turning professional in the summer. Okonkwo was a part of the Nigeria U-17 team that won the World Youth Championship in Chile last year.
Although the Nigeria U-20 team failed to qualify for the Africa Youth Championship, Okonkwo was one of the best players for the team during their ill fated attempt to qualify for the tournament.