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EFL: Ex-Chelsea Youth-Teamers Oyeleke, Olise in the Spotlight; Ladapo, Solomon-Otabor Score

There were three goals scored by players of Nigerian descent in the English Football League in matches on Tuesday, March 12.

Former Chelsea youth-teamer Emmanuel Oyeleke netted his third goal of the season as Port Vale claimed a comfortable 3-0 win against a Yeovil Town side that contained the giant Nigerian defender Omar Sowunmi in the starting line-up.

The unmarked Port Vale number 8 opened the scoring with a header after a teammate floated the ball into the box in the 26th minute.

Oyeleke was on the books of Chelsea for six years and also had spells with Queens Park Rangers, Brentford, Northampton Town, Aldershot Town, Exeter City and Canvey Island before his shift to Port Vale in 2018.

Another former Chelsea starlet in the limelight is Michael Olise, who made his professional debut after coming off the bench in the 69th minute of Reading’s 3-0 loss to Championship leaders Leeds United.

Three days before his baptism of fire, The Royals first-year scholar was a non-playing substitute against Wigan Athletic.

In the League One, Birmingham City loanee Viv Solomon-Otabor helped Portsmouth beat Walsall 3-2 at the Banks’s Stadium, scoring in the 68th minute.

The Super Eagles hopeful slotted past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0, his first goal in a Portsmouth shirt since joining the club in the January transfer window, and his eighth career goal.


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