Austin Ejide failed to get his eighth clean sheet in the Israeli second-tier league after his former club Hapoel Petah Tikva scored against him even though the Nigerian goalkeeper’s club eventually ran out 3-1 winners.
Nissimi Ness Zamar’s 70th minute strike ended Ejide’s ambition for a consecutive clean sheet in the second division league.
Yet, the Nigeria goalkeeper is on the verge of a swift return to the Israeli Premier League after his side Hapoel Hadera dispatched Hapoel Petah Tikva 3-1 in a match day 22 fixture Friday night.
The win takes Ejide’s club to fourth on the second-tier league standings with 36 points.
All thé goals came in the second half, but Nissimi Ness Zamar’s strike on 70th minute denied the Nigerian an eighth clean sheet record in the Ha’Aghat Leumit.
Hapoel Petah Tikva were Ejide’s first club in Israel when he first arrived the European country after a two seasons at Bastia of France.
Jacob Njoku, a 20-year-old Nigerian striker on the payroll of Petah Tikva, fired blanks in the game.
It was his second appearance for the club and he has a goal to his credit.
“I thank God for the win, it was against my former club and hopefully we keep the fight and see where will be at the end of the season”, Ejide told SCORENigeria
By Sab Osuji