Nigerian Players abroad Onyekuru Is Important To Our Squad-Kovac

Monaco manager Niko Kovac was full of praise for Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru following their 2-2  draw in their Ligue 1 opener against Stade De Reims on Sunday.

Monaco fought back from a 2-0 deficit at their Louis II fortress to share the spoils in Kovac debut game.

Onyekuru returned back to Monaco after spending the second stanza of last season on loan with Galatasaray.

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Despite training under Kovac for a short period of time, he was handed a starting XI jersey on Sunday game.

However, he played for 46 minutes before he was substituted out.

Kovac while speaking in his post-match conference with said Onyekuru is very important to the club, quelling any transfer speculations.

The former Bayern Munich manager while rating the performance of his players said;

“Henry Onyekuru is an important player in the squad, having only been with us for two weeks.

“As you have seen, Sofiane Diop made a good appearance off the bench. I’m happy with both players. 

“We have a very young bench, we have to take the time to get all of our players on the pitch. 

“As for Aurélien Tchouaméni, he is a midfielder with a great work ethic, playing box to box. 

“He has great physical and technical quality, he is a rock. We will all progress together, there is great potential in this team.”

on the outcome of his first game in charge of the team, the Croatian admitted the game wasn’t easy.

“I must admit that I was surprised and shocked because after two goals by the opponents we were down 2-0. 

“It really was not easy, but in the end I’m happy and proud because the reaction from my team has been very good. 

“We showed that nothing is ever finished after 20 minutes, and we had character. 

“We dominated the game by creating more clear chances but we must not forget also the decisive save by Benjamin Lecomte.

“It has been 5 months since there had been any football in the French championship. 

“It is true that we were surprised by their opening the score, but I will remember in particular the 70 minutes which followed because they were very good. 

“We are on the right track: tactically, technically, we will continue to progress.”


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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