Super Eagles Duo Paul Onuachu, Bright Osayi Samuel Earn Spots in Turkish Süper Lig XI of the Season

Super Eagles Duo Paul Onuachu, Bright Osayi Samuel Earn Spots in Turkish Süper Lig XI of the Season

Robert Abong'o
updated at May 28, 2024 at 4:25 PM
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  • Paul Onuachu and Bright Osayi-Samuel have been named in the Turkish Süper Lig's Team of the Season
  • Onuachu scored 15 goals for Trabzonspor, while Samuel helped Fenerbahçe to a second-place finish
  • Osayi-Samuel received widespread praise for his bravery during a dangerous pitch invasion incident

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Two Nigerian stars, Paul Onuachu and Bright Osayi-Samuel, have been named in the Turkish Süper Lig's Team of the Season following the conclusion of the 2022-23 campaign.

Onuachu, a Southampton loanee, made a significant impact for Trabzonspor, helping the club finish third in the league.

The 29-year-old striker found the back of the net an impressive 15 times in just 21 appearances, making him the joint-highest scorer for the Black Sea Storm in the last four seasons.

Nigerian duo Paul Onuachu and Bright Osayi-Samuel have been named in the Turkish Süper Lig's Best XI of the Season. Photos: Hakan Burak Altunoz and Ahmad Mora.
Trabzonspor striker, Paul Onuachu, and Fenerbahçe's Bright Osayi-Samuel have been named in the Turkish Süper Lig's Team of the Season. Photos: Hakan Burak Altunoz and Ahmad Mora.
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With a rating of 7.43, Onuachu was the second-highest-rated player in the league, trailing only Mauro Icardi, who finished as the top scorer, per WhoScored.

The Fenerbahçe right-back, Osayi-Samuel, played a pivotal role in his team's success, featuring in 23 games throughout the season and starting all but two matches. The 26-year-old Nigerian international scored four goals and provided two assists, the most he has registered for the Yellow Canaries, earning a rating of 6.90.

Interestingly, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, the league's top two teams, each have five representatives in the prestigious side, while Trabzonspor, where Onuachu plies his trade, had one player selected.

Osayi-Samuel's inclusion in the team has also been celebrated for his brave actions during a recent league match against Trabzonspor. As reported by Punch Nigeria, he stood his ground and fought off a fan who approached him with what appeared to be a weapon moments after the final whistle.

Osayi-Samuel honoured with mural

Sports Brief also reported that Fenerbache fans honoured Osayi-Samuel with a mural on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey.

The Super Eagles right-back confronted a Trabzonspor fan following the invasion of the pitch by home side supporters.

He stopped his attacker with a quick reaction, which led to a heroic moment, with fans immortalising the player with graffiti.

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