It was an impressive outing for Nigerian players on the first weekend of competitive action in German as the DFB Pokal first round matches took place across different stadiums in the country, AOIFootball.com reports.
Former Eagles striker Anthony Ujah marked his debut for Union Berlin with a goal, with Jamilu Collins also coming off the bench to score in the shoot out for his team whilst it was a good debut for two eligible Nigerians who recently made their move to the German Bundesliga.
Jamilu Collins: The left-back was named among the substitutes in what was an intriguing game between SV Rodinghausen and SC Paderborn with the host clawing their way back from 2-0 down to force the game to extra time after regulation time ended in 3-3.
Collins was however introduced in the 111th minutes and kept his cool to net his side 3rd penalty to make it 3-2 before Cauly Oliveira fired home the winning penalty after Tobia Steffen saw his effort save to hand Paderborn a 4-2 win in the shoot out.
Anthony Ujah: The new signing was made to start his Union Berlin debut from the bench as they humiliated host Germania Halberstadt 6-0 to book their place in the second round of the competition.
With his side already up by four goals, the 28-year-old was given his debut on 71 minutes as he rounded off the result 16 minutes later to fire home his side’s sixth as Berlin sealed a 6-0 win over their less fancied opponents.
Kingsley Ehizibue: Nigerian born Dutch right back Kingsley Ehizibue made his debut for new side FC Koln as he started in their penalty shoot out win over Wehen Wiesbaden after regulation and extra time ended 3-3.
The 24-year-old who is fully eligible to play for Nigeria had to be replaced halfway into the second half extra time after picking up a knock but the visitors held their nerves in the shoot out as they advanced 5-6 after penalties.
Xavier Amaechi: Former Arsenal youngster Xavier Ameachi made his debut for Bundesliga Liga outfit Hamburger SV as he came off the bench in extra time to help them to a 6-5 penalty shoot out win over Chenitzer FC.
The 18-year-old who is fully eligible to play for Nigeria signed a four-year contract at the Volkspark Stadium after ending a five-year romance with the Gunners.