Enugu-born Defender Awaziem kicks off Turkish Adventure in Style

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh

Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem enjoyed a brilliant debut for Alanyaspor after scoring the only goal in his side’s 1-0 triumph over Giresunspor at the Bahcesehir Okullari Stadyumu last Monday evening.

The versatile Nigerian star only signed for Alanyaspor a few days ago but has made his impact felt already with his first goal for the club

Awaziem completed a stunning season-long loan switch to Alanyaspor on September 8 from Portuguese side Boavista, a team he had captained a few times this season.

But the 24-year-old needed just eight minutes to score his first goal for his new club, heading home an Emre Akbaba free-kick from close range.

And pairing Nemanja Milunovic at the heart of the home side’s defence, Awaziem then helped Bülent Korkmaz’s men keep a clean sheet for the remaining 82 minutes in the encounter.

Alanyaspor had conceded nine goals in their last two matches before Awaziem’s arrival, including a 5-0 drubbing at Hatayspor just before the international break.

This is Awaziem’s second spell in Turkey, with the FC Porto Academy product spending the last six months of the 2018/2019 season at Caykur Rizespor.

Awaziem’s strike against Giresunspor is, however, is first goal at club level in almost four years.