Nigeria Rio 2016 Star Sadiq Umar Starts For Torino In Place Of Injured Andrea Belloti

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Sadiq Umar will play his first game for Torino later today from the start when they take on Crotone, the team he was also close to joining in the summer when he left Roma on loan.

Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal that the forward who was top scorer for Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic has been selected to start by coach Sinisa Mihajlovic as replacement for injured star forward Andrea Belloti.

Sadiq is yet to play a game since joining Torino on loan from Roma in the summer, and the game against Crotone will afford him the chance to show the club fans the reason why the club beat off competition from their opponent to sign him on loan ‎.

Last season he failed to score during an injury hit loan spell with Bologna, a fall from his breakthrough season at Roma where he scored three times from eight games in his first season at the club following his move from Serie B side Spezia.

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He made the headlines in pre season when he scored a late equaliser for Roma in a 1-1 draw against French giants PSG after coming off the substitute bench.

Ade Emmanuel