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It took the Anglo-Nigerian five minutes after his first appearance for the Smurfs to find the back of the net against the purple and white
Ike Ugbo scored in his first Genk match to drive John van den Broms men to a 1-0 win over Anderlecht on Sunday night.
The former English youth international – who joined the Smurfs from Chelsea – was introduced to the Nigeria international for Paul Onuachu in the 82nd minute of the tough meeting.
And five minutes later he gave his team all three points after firing past goalkeeper Hendrik van Crombrugge with permission from a pass from Kristian Thorstvedt.
After bending 2-1 to Vitesse in their final meeting, the Purples and Whites traveled to the Cegeka Arena with the ambition of returning to winning ways.
They showed their intention to win by threatening in the first minute, although they could not beat goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt, who had an impressive performance.
In the 20th minute, Genk had their first real chance, but he could not find the net. Another opportunity waved a few minutes later, but Junya Ito could not take advantage of Kristian Thorstvedt’s pass.
On the other hand, Jhon Lucumi’s play was disheartening.
Genk stepped up their game early in the second half, but they could not find the breakthrough as Onuachu missed a couple of chances.
When the game seemed to end 0-0, Ugbo had the last word to send the home fans into wild cheers.
Joseph Paintsil (Ghana), Kelvin John (Tanzania), Eboue Kouassi (Ivory Coast) and Stephen Odey (Nigeria) were not dressed for the action by the hosts.
On the other hand, Ghana’s Majeed Ashimeru was introduced to Morocco prospect Anouar Ait El Hadj with five minutes left on the clock, while his compatriot Dauda Mohammed was an unused substitute.
Thanks to this victory, Genk now occupies the fourth position in the Belgian top flight log after increasing ten points from six points played so far.
Onuachu – who now boasts three goals in all competitions this season – is expected to fly down to Nigeria on Monday to join the Super Eagles, who face Liberia and Cape Verde in the September World Cup qualifiers.