Super Eagles star shines Bright: Makes compelling case for return in 5-goal showdown

Nigeria Super Eagles target 4th AFCON (Photo Credit: Imago)

Super Eagles star shines Bright: Makes compelling case for return in 5-goal showdown

Izuchukwu Akawor 10:01 - 18.09.2023

The Super Eagles superstar was one of those dropped for the game against Sao Tome and Principe but seems to have made a solid case for his return with a brilliant display for his club in Turkey.

Super Eagles defender Bright Osayi-Samuel has made a solid case for his return to the team following an excellent outing for his club in Turkey. 

Just a few weeks ago, Osayi-Samuel found himself on the outskirts of the Super Eagles squad, watching from the sidelines as his compatriots soared to victory against Sao Tome and Principe.

But instead of letting the disappointment consume him, he channeled it into a dazzling performance for his Turkish club, Fenerbahce, and sent a resounding message to Super Eagles selectors. 

Super Eagles drop Osayi-Samuel

The 25-year-old has been a beacon of excellence under the managerial guidance of Nigerian coach, Jose Peseiro, delivering standout performances for the Super Eagles.

Osayi-Samuel stars for Fenerbahce
Bright Osayi-Samuel in action for the Super Eagles. (Photo Credit: Francis/X)

Yet, to the surprise of many, he was left out of the squad for the last game of the AFCONQ2023 against the Falcons and True Parrots. 

Osayi-Samuel has been one of the heroes of Nigeria’s journey to AFCON 2023. His brilliance on the field helped the Super Eagles secure back-to-back victories, including a crucial penalty that led to Moses Simon’s match-winning goal in Guinea-Bissau away.

Osayi-Samuel has been superb this season for Fenerbahce
Bright Osayi-Samuel was impressive agianst Guinea-Bissau and won the decisive penalty. (Photo Credit: Imago)

Even though his heroics were undeniable, it seemed like Peseiro was determined to embrace change, opting for a fresh defensive lineup against Sao Tome and Principe in Uyo.

Nigeria hardly missed the Fenerbahce fullback following a thumping 6-0 win against the Parrots, with Tyronne Ebuehi and Ola Aina sharing the right-back spot. 

Osayi-Samuel in form for Fenerbahce

On Sunday, the former Reading star returned to the pitch for Fenerbahce and was exceptional as they defeated their visitors 3-2. 

Bright Osayi-Samuel has scored one goal in three matches for Fenerbahce this season. (Photo Credit: imago)

Osayi featured in his third game in the Super Lig this season and looked solid as he has been for the Turkish giant so far this season. 

While he picked up a yellow card, his first of the season in three matches, the Nigerian ended the encounter with the most dribbles completed (6) and won the most duels (10).

Osayi, who has one goal to his name this season, shone brightly indeed as he also completed 90% of his passes, created one chance, made one key pass, and seven recoveries. 

Super Eagles boss Jose Peseiro and Jordan Torunarigha during the international break. (Photo Credit/X)

He also won the one aerial duel he attempted and made two interceptions and two clearances.

With the Super Eagles gearing up for a showdown against Saudi Arabia next month, in an international friendly, Osayi-Samuel is making a compelling case for a swift return to the national team.

The prospect of seeing the defender don the Super Eagles jersey again in the game against the Falcons slated for Portugal is looking Bright. 

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