Nigerian star makes Team of the Week

Naija Players Abroad By: Olakunle Brown | 14/03/2017

Samuel Kalu

Super Eagles hopeful, Samuel Kalu made the Belgian Jupiler league Team of the Week alongside teammate Yuya Kubo following the duo’s scintillating performance at the weekend.

The 19-year-old, who joined Gent in January on a three-and-a-half year deal, was in action for 90 minutes at the weekend and scored the last goal as they defeated Mechelen 3-0 at home with Kubo getting a brilliant opener.

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“This gives a lot of confidence,” The excited Nigerian told the club’s official website after the match, he said:

“Nice to finish the regular season in this way. Actually, this was a must win game and fortunately we have brought it to a successful conclusion.  After the loss against Eupen we knew that just went up well enough to reach our goal. We have shown that we are capable, and with this win, we know that we can show such things in Play-Off 1. "

“We played a very strong first half with an important opening goal. If Mechelen finish their chances and scored the first, then it becomes a whole different game. Fortunately we were able to match the kill with the quick goal after the break. "

He then went on to praise the home fans for their support:  “Amazing! They have given the whole match everything. I can say with certainty that they are the ones who gave us that extra boost.”

Here is the list for the Best XI players in Belgium last weekend:

Kalu has now scored five goals with nine assists from 35 appearances in all competitions playing for AS Trencin and Gent this season.