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“They defended in numbers and took responsibility” — Okocha on how Morocco stunned Belgium

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Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Okocha is excited withMorocco’s 2-0 win over Belgium in Sunday’s 2022 World Cup game.

The North Africans stunned the World number two, winning 2-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Zakaria Aboukhlal and Abdelhamid Sabiri got the goals that earned the Atlas Lions their biggest in the history of the tournament.

Reacting to the result, Okocha said he is proud of the Moroccans.

“We said it before the game that records are meant to be broken and that we hope that it would be today and now they’ve gone on to make us proud because it’s a well deserved win,” Okocha said on Supersport

“What I love about this win is that after they scored the way they managed the game, defended in numbers and took responsibility to ensure that this Belgium team did not get anything.

The former Super Eagles captain, stressed that, Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech deserves credit for his role in the game.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy and I think I think we have to say congratulations to Morocco. Take nothing away from this goal and you have to give credit to Ziyech for the hard work he put in making sure he picked out his teammate. I mean, that sealed the game.”

Morocco has four points after two game, and faces Canada in their last Group game.

A draw or a win will guarantee them a place in the round of 16.

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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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