FA Cup: Emenike scores double, Mikel wins big with Chelsea

Emmanuel Emenike

The impressive display by Nigerian players in the FA Cup in England continued on Sunday as three Nigerian players made the quarter finals with their clubs.

Emmanuel Emenike scored twice and compatriot Victor Moses was also on target as their team, West Ham United, came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 5-1.

Ben Marshall had put Rovers ahead with a low, left-footed strike after 20 minutes, before Victor Moses equalized for the Hammers after a run from the halfway line.

Dimitri Payet then put West Ham ahead with a free kick from 25 yards.

Making his first start for the Hammers, Emmanuel Emenike opened his goals account as he struck twice in the second half to make West Ham safe, before Payet put the icing as it were with his own second goal in stoppage time.

Elsewhere, in-form Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel, played for 82 minutes as Chelsea made a light work of Manchester City in Sunday’s Fifth Round FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge as they recorded a 5-1 win.

Nigerian youngsters, Kelechi Iheanacho and Oluwatosin ‘Tosin’ Adarabioyo, were in action for the weakened Manchester City team but they were unable to curtail the rampaging Chelsea team who placed more premium on the FA Cup compared to their opponents.

Already, Odion Ighalo has pulled through to the quarter finals with Watford. Either of Alex Iwobi of Arsenal or the duo of Sone Aluko and Moses Odubajo will be progressing also when the replay between Arsenal and Hull City is decided.

The FA Cup quarter-final draw:

Reading vs Palace

Everton vs Chelsea

Arsenal or Hull vs Watford

Shrewsbury or Man United vs West Ham United


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