Emenike breaks his duck in Turkey

 

Emmanuel Emenike opened his goals account for Fenerbache after scoring in their 2-1 win over Kayseri Erciyesspor on Sunday evening.

The Nigeria international, a big monery signing from Spartak Moscow this summer, had come on for Emre Belozoglu in the 77th minute with the score at 1-1, and scored the winning goal for the visitors with a 90th minute strike, after heading in a cross from Dirk Kuyt.
 
Emenike had hit an unfortunate goal drought since his move, as he had failed to score in his six previous games.
 
The 26 -year-old had however scored three goals in four games for Spartak Moscow before making the summer switch.
 
A goal drought at club level is in contrast to his form at international level where he can't stop scoring.

With 10 goals in 17 Nigeria matches, Emenike has shown with that he is ready to take on the goal scoring responsibilities for the national team.
 
He is steadily proving to all and sundry that he is very capable of leading the line for the national team and being the true successor to Rashidi Yekini.
 
Yekinin scored 37 in 58 matches – an average of 0.64 goals per game. This compares favourably with Emenike’s, which stands at 0.58; though it must be said that at the early part of his Eagles career, Yekini’s average was closer to 0.4, a number which Emenike's stats currently dwarfs.
 
A team realizes that they have a potent striker when they find that player who contrives to almost always score the most important goals for the team – either the opening goal against a particularly stubborn team, or drags his team back into contention with an equalizing goal. It is much better when he scores the winner in a tight contest.
 
All these attributes, Emenike has shown in the last two competitive matches for the Eagles. When the Flames of Malawi were proving a handful for the Eagles in Calabar last month, Emenike popped up to score the opening goal on the dot of half time to ensure that the Eagles were more relaxed going into the second half.
 
Emenike really announced his arrival as a striker to be feared at the African Cup of Nations in January where he was the top striker with four goals in five matches.

He had injury problems after the South African triumph, but he followed his Malawi goals with the equalizing goal against Ethiopia in the thin air of Addis Ababa and then the winner to almost guarantee the Eagles passage to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
 
Emenike always has been a very confident individual, bordering on arrogance but he seems to have the requisite skills and temperament to become a very successful striker either with his club or with the Super Eagles.

Just look at his career average at club level. So far he has managed 56 goals in 122 matches. Nearly a goal every other game, pretty much bang on for the average of a very good striker.

Emenike missed Nigeria's Confederations Cup campaign and the profligacy in front of goal showed Super Eagles' fans how at the moment he is almost irreplaceable.

The great thing for the fans are the number of chances Nigeria create and the reliabilty of Emenike in finishing them off.

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