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Frank plays as Nigeria win again

Onyeka helps his nation make it three from three at Africa Cup of Nations

20 January 2022

Brentford midfield player Frank Onyeka helped Nigeria to make it three wins out of three in the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday. After wins over Egypt and Sudan, Nigeria took on Guinea-Bissau last night, Wednesday 19 January. Nigeria took the win thanks to two second half goals as Frank came off the substitute’s bench for the last minutes of the contest.

Nigeria took the lead in the 56th minute when Sadiq Umar scored. They doubled that lead thanks to a goal from Watford defender William Troost-Ekong. Frank was brought on immediately after the second goal and helped Nigeria seal the win.

Nigeria ended the group phase with nine points, to secure top spot in Group D. Egypt beat Sudan to secure second spot and will also play in the knock-out phase. Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have been eliminated.

Nigeria, as Group D winners, will play in the Second Round on Sunday, 23 January. Their opponents will be a third-placed team, confirmed today. The Africa Cup of Nations Final will be held on Sunday 6 February. Frank will return to Brentford when Nigeria are eliminated.

Frank earned his fifth cap for his country in the win. It was the fourth he has earned since he joined Brentford last summer. When he played for Nigeria in October, Frank became the 50th Brentford player to have won a full international cap while on our books and has now joined a very select group.

Only two others – Kamohelo Mokotjo, of South Africa, and Julian Jeanvier for Guinea – have played in the Africa Cup of Nations. Both did so in 2019. Frank has also joined a list that also includes Mathias Jensen, Christian Nørgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Marcus Forss and Halil Dervişoğlu, to have appeared in an international tournament.

The midfield player has been a regular for The Bees in the Premier League this season. He was involved in 17 of Brentford’s 19 Premier League games before leaving for the tournament, starting 11 of them. He was an unused substitute in one other match. Frank has made 21 appearances in all competitions since joining from FC Midtjylland in the summer and contributed two assists.


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