Chidozie Awaziem Starts For FC Porto, Mikel Agu Subbed On, Onazi Drops To Trabzonspor Bench

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Super Eagles World Cup 2014 defender Chidozie Awaziem was handed a start for FC Porto in their test game yesterday following his return to training following the conclusion of the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

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Awaziem who spent last season on loan to French Ligue 1 side Nantes started in yesterday’s 1-2 loss to Portimonense in a pre season tie while his Nigerian counterpart at the club Mikel Agu was introduced as a substitute.

Agu who was on loan to Turkish side Bursaspor last season played the final 25 minutes of the game, which is part of the friendly games lined up to help keep them in shape ahead of the start of their competitive engagement.

In Turkey, Super Eagles vice captain Ogenyi Onazi was left on the bench for 67 minutes before coming on in the 1-0 win over Croatian side NK Lokomotiva Zagreb. Already Trabzonspor have made it known that they are open to offers for the 25 year old Nigerian.

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In Spain Samuel Chukwueze fail to make his first team bow for Villarreal in their 1-1 draw against Hercules, a game which witnessed the return of former Arsenal midfield ace Santi Cazorla to the pitch after an 18 months ‎injury lay off.

Isaac Success marked his return to Watford after spending the second half of last season on loan to relegated Spanish LaLiga side Malaga with a second half appearance in their 1-1 draw against German side FC Cologne.

Later today as many as nine Nigerian players are expected to be‎ in action and betting tips site www.olbg.com shows high support for a win for Hannover 96 with Nigerian forward Sarenren Bazee expected to be in action when they take on FSV Wacker Nordhausen in a pre season game.

Stoke City marquee signing Oghenekaro Etebo is also expected to play some part when they take on German side VFL Bochum while the duo of Dennis Bonaventure and Danjuma Arnold Groeneveld are also expected to line up for Club Brugge againt KV Mechelen.

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Osas Mahawi