Super Eagles Star Ademola Lookman Scores Another Brilliant Goal for Atalanta As AFCON Looms: Video

Super Eagles Star Ademola Lookman Scores Another Brilliant Goal for Atalanta As AFCON Looms: Video

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Atalanta secured a much-needed victory against Leece
  • Ademola Lookman was instrumental as La Dea coasted to victory
  • The Super Eagles forward scored another brilliant goal on the night

Atalanta returned to winning ways following their defeat against Bologna with a hard dough victory against Leece.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were made to work for the win as they were held at bay for a huge majority of the game by their visitors.

However, the presence of marquee forward Ademola Lookman appeared enough to provide them the edge of the night.

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Ademola Lookman celebrates after scoring in the Serie A clash against Leece. Image: @SSE_NGA.
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In a gripping contest marked by relentless attacks from both sides, the 26-year-old Nigerian seized the spotlight. Lookman's moment came in the 58th minute when his powerful shot from just beyond the 18-yard box proved too hot to handle for goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone.

This goal, which is his seventh of the season, according to data courtesy of Fotmob, not only sealed the win but also propelled Atalanta back into the European places, reaffirming their pursuit of a return to the UEFA Champions League.

The resounding form of the former RB Leipzig star has not gone unnoticed, drawing praise from fans who eagerly anticipate his performance in the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Supporters took to social media to express their admiration and expectations for the Super Eagles star.

Fans reaction to Lookman’s goal

@BalogunREADONE, visibly impressed, remarked,

"Lookman... we await your wonders at the African Cup of Nations. It is the trophy 🏆 or nothing."

@JideOluwalana offered tactical advice for the Nigeria Super Eagles coach, stating,

"Don't play Ademola too wide on the pitch. In recent times, he flourished playing as a supporting striker. Passeiro, I hope you've been advised on this. Playing him as 11 in a 4-4-2 formation won't see his best."

@ibidunniDoyin2, filled with hope, wrote,

"He has been in good form; hopefully, he will put on a show at the AFCON."

Lookman, set to be a key figure in coach Jose Peseiro's final 25-man AFCON list, is now poised to join the Super Eagles for their pre-tournament camp in the United Arab Emirates, gearing up for the tournament's kickoff on January 13, as reported by Daily Post.

Adepoju backs Super Eagles for AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ex-Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has approved the Super Eagles' final 25-man list for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and believes the team is good enough to win the title.

Manager Jose Peseiro released Nigeria’s final squad to the competition in Ivory Coast, with top stars like Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi and Victor Boniface all making the final cut to the AFCON.

Adepoju opined that this is an opportunity for Nigeria to lift it’s fourth continental title due to the pedigree of the players Peseiro has selected.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).