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Kudus bags brace as Ghana edge South Korea 3-2 at the World Cup

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Midfielder Mohammed Kudus bagged a brace on Monday as Ghana baffled and ultimately battled to a pulsating 3-2 victory over South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Doha.

South Korea were all over Ghana in the opening 20 minutes of their Group H game forcing seven corners as their intricate passing  threatened reward.

But just after the half hour, Kudus was on the scoresheet. Jordan Ayew swung over a cross from the left and the Ajax midfielder trotted in between Jin-Su Kim and Young-Gwon Kim to glance a header past goalkeeper Seung-Gyu Kim.

The Black Stars, however, threw away a two goal lead following a second goal form Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu in a very quick succession, but Mohammed Qudus scored the wining goal late on.

With the defeat, South Korea’s destiny was taken out of their hands. To progress, they will have to hope Portugal and Uruguay draw in Monday night’s late game and then bank on Uruguay beating Ghana while they see off the Cristiano Ronaldo show in the final phase of Group H games on 2 December.

In the early game in Group G at the Al Janoub Stadium, Cameroon came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Serbia.

The top two – Brazil and Switzerland – meet on Monday night at the Stadium 974.

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KRC Genk beats Anderlecht to Arokodare’s signature

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KRC Genk has signed Nigerian forward Toluwalase Arokodare on the transfer deadline day.

Genk was in the market for a direct replacement for Paul Onuachu, who left for Southampton, and quickly turned to Arokodare who was on the verge of signing for Anderlecht.

The Nigerian was at Neerpede on Tuesday night, having his medicals.

However the striker later left Neerpede and drove straight to Genk after receiving a call from Genk’s Director of football Dimitri De Conde.

Arokodare then signed four-and-half year deal from Valmiera although he had played on loan at French division two side, Amiens.

The deal is reportedly worth €4.5m which could rise to €7m at the end of the contract.

Arokodare netted eight times and provided two assists for Amiens.

Meanwhile, Anderlecht turned their attention to Islam Slimani, the 34-year-old striker from Stade Brest, after the deal for Arokodare fell through.

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Southampton boss Nathan Jones reacts to Onuachu capture

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Southampton coach Nathan Jones is a happy man, following the arrival of Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu at the club.

The Saints completed the forward’s signing from Genk on transfer deadline day.

Striker Paul Onuachu has joined #SaintsFC on a three-and-a-half-year deal from @KRCGenkofficial:

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 1, 2023

Onuachu leaves Belgium with 85 goals in 134 games for Genk, which he joined in 2019 from Danish side FC Midtjylland, where he scored 71 times in 181 appearances.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones described the Nigerian is a “significant” signing for his club.

“Paul is a significant signing for us and completes what has been an extremely positive month in terms of recruitment.

“He’s a handful to play against, has got a tremendous record throughout his career and he’s also someone who brings great experience with him, so he’ll be a really positive addition to the squad,” The coach concluded.

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Terem Moffi’s interesting stats in the French Ligue 1

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Super Eagles striker Terem Moffi is one of the hottest properties in European football this season.

The striker recently completed a switch to Nice from rivals FC Lorient after making solid impression in the ongoing season.

Here are his impressive stats since moving to Ligue 1 three years ago :

The African artived in the French championship in 2020 and in two and a half seasons at FC Lorient, Moffi has registered plenty of goals for Lorient.

He’s most prolific attacker behind Kévin Gameiro in the history of FC Lorient with 34 goals in 87 games.

And since his debut in Ligue 1, he is in 7th place in the scorers’ rankings, just behind his new partner, Laborde (34 in 37).

The 23-year-old also became the 3rd Nigerian with the most goal in the French Ligue 1 behind John Utaka (59) and Victor Ikpeba (55).

And in the 2022/23 season, Terem Moffi is the 2nd scorer for the Super Eagles among the 5 major leagues in Europe. Only Victor Osimhen has more (14 with Napoli).

This season he’s scored three doubles (5 in career + 1 hat-trick) and scored against PSG, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille.

With his 12 goals Terem Moffi is second leading scorer in the league the, just one behind Kylian Mbappé (PSG) who has (13).

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