Chuba Akpom Nets Hat-Trick for Middlesbrough Against Wigan Athletic

Chuba Akpom Nets Hat-Trick for Middlesbrough Against Wigan Athletic

Ibitoye Shittu
  • Chuba Akpom scored three goals for Middlesbrough on Monday, 26 December, as they won 4-1
  • Some fans have now claimed that the former Arsenal player should be invited into the Super Eagles
  • So far this season in the Championship, Akpom has netted 12 goals for Boro after 16 games played

Nigeria eligible Chuba Akpom was on Monday evening, 26 December, the hero for Middlesbrough in their Championship game against visiting Wigan Athletic winning 4-1.

It was a great performance from the 27-year-old forward who has been impressive so far this season for Middlesbrough in all competitions.

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Chuba Akpom scores hat-trick for Middlesbrough against Wigan Athletic. Photo by George Wood
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Akpom has now scored 12 goals in 16 Sky Bet Championship appearances for Michael Carrick’s side this term.

When did he score?

Marcus Forss put Boro ahead on 26 minutes before Akpom then took control of the game in the second half.

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The former Arsenal player scored his first goal in the 49th minute, netted the second in the 59th minute before getting his hat-trick in the 90th minute.

There have now been talks for the Nigerian Football Federation and Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, to invite Akpom to the three-time African champions.

But that will depend on if the player wants to play for Nigeria or not as the African nation have in the past lost some players born in England.

Where was he born?

Born in London to Nigerian parents, Akpom is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria and has also represented England in all youth levels.

Karim Adeyemi seen in Ibadan

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Borussia Dortmund forward Karim Adeyemi was spotted at the Olubadan Stadium in Oyo State, Nigeria, where he was seen watching a local football encounter.

Fans at the stadium were in joyous mood to see the Germany international who is of Nigerian descent even though he did not play for the West African nation.

But making a return to his route made fans happy with many seen taking pictures with the 20-year-old footballer.

According to the report by Nigerian journalist, Jide Taiwo, Adeyemi travelled to Oyo State to watch a team named after him against 3SC.

Shooting Stars is the number one football team in Oyo State and they are playing in the Nigeria's topflight known as the NPFL.