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Tico into Champions League

Posted: 26 August 2009 Time: 09:01

Onyekachi Okonkwo and his FC Zurich teammates sealed their passage into the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory over FK Ventspils.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Zurich were all but assured of progress and Johan Vonlanthen made that even more certain with an untidy goal after just 6 minutes.   His effort was cancelled out two minutes later by Tigirlas as the Latvians played with freedom.   Abdi sealed the victory in stoppage time to send the Swiss champions through.   Elsewhere, Julius Aghahowa put in a 45-mimute shift as Shaktar Donetsk won 2-0 on the night to claim a 5-0 aggregate victory over Turkish side Sivasspor in the Europa League.

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posted: 09:39 am
One of those players that perform excellently with their clubs but woefully with the National teams. If only we can get a good psycologist, this is a player in the mould of the late Marc Vivien Foe.
Maybe when we see him in the group stages, Nigerians will be convinced of his abilities
posted: 10:33 am
You are right @Birikiti - the champions league is surely a good platform to assess him again after his below par performance in the last nations cup.I have my doubts though if he is the kind of midfielder the SE needs now.I wish him and his team success as they seek honours in the new season.
posted: 10:53 am
when he was introduced in the qualifing series of GH2008 nations cup he was impresed even some say he will bench Mikel but he perfomed woefully in the nations cup may be cl will change him
posted: 03:04 pm
Tico was impressive in the game and his intelligent passes were beautiful. He plays in the defensive mid field position I guess and moves up the ball while his team was attacking. I hope he does well to increase Amodu's options.

Another good guy that played yesterday was AGBETU. Saw him play for the first time. He is hardworking. Wish them all injury free season.
posted: 08:29 pm
Good luck to a former Enyimba Int`l fc player, hope to watch you again. When next you are giving opportunity to showcase your talent in Eagles again try to do your best. Left for me i know what you can do.
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