Two rejected Super Eagles star shine for their European clubs after AFCON 2019 snub

Super Eagles star, Olanrewaju Kayode was in action as his European club Shakhtar Donetsk thrashed second-tier outfit Inhulets’ 4-0 in Wednesday’s Ukrainian Cup final. The Nigeria international played a part in the Cup final as the Miners clinched the coveted title for a record 13th time. Mateus Martins’ double and efforts from Junior Moraes and Manor Solomon at the Slavutych Arena sealed the Miners’ fourth Cup title in a row.

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A minute after the hour-mark, Kayode replaced Moraes for his 14th appearance across all competitions this season but could not add to his tally of one goal. The 26-year-old will hope to rediscover his goal-scoring touch as Shakhtar Donetsk gun for the Ukrainian Premier League to complete the domestic double.

Paulo Fonseca’s side lead the league table after gathering 73 points from 28 matches, 11 points in front of second-placed Dynamo Kyiv with four games remaining. Kayode will not be representing at Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after he was dropped from coach Gernot Rohr’s 25-man provisional squad list.

Meanwhile, Stephen Odey helped FC Zurich to Europa League Qualification spot with his goal in their 3-0 victory over Thun in a Swiss Super League game at Letzigrund on Wednesday. The Nigeria international scored his third goal in four games to help Ludovic Magnin’s men past Marc Schneider’s side. The forward scored his 14th goal of the season across all competitions as Ludovic Magnin’s men claimed their second consecutive win.

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Benjamin Kololli opened the scoring in the 31st minute from the penalty spot before Odey doubled the lead four minutes later after he was set up by Marco Schonbachler. Assan Ceesay sealed the victory in the 36th minute to wrap up the commanding first-half performance from Zurich. Odey featured for the duration of the game in his 30th Super League appearance this season.

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On the international scene also, the forward will not be part of the Super Eagles squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations later in the year, having been omitted from Gernot Rohr’s 25-man provisional list for the tournament.

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The three-time Africa Champions kick off their campaign in the tournament against Burundi on June 23. The Super Eagles have been paired against Guinea, debutants Madagascar and Burundi in Group B.

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