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Zaidu Sanusi: from rejected stone to chief cornerstone

The Super Eagles star clinched Porto’s 30th league title after a brilliant finish at Benfica

Fortune, they say, favours the bold. As bold faced Benfica on saturday night, fans waited for a victory to place celebrations in full swing. They’d have to wait.

For 93 minutes, the league leaders struggled to make a breakthrough till 2 minutes to to make of the encounter.

Defending a corner deep, porto latched on to a loose ball in their area and 2 players raced the entire length of the pitch to deliver the sucker-punch. the person who sealed Porto’s fate on saturday was once dubbed not good enough for the club.

Zaidu Sanusi scored a brilliant stoppage-time winner against Benfica to help city secure their 30th league title after a 1-0 victory at Estadio DA Luz.

from rejected stone to chief cornerstone | latest news from nigerian newspapers today

It has been an intriguing journey for the 24-year-old, from playing in lowly Mirandela four years ago to helping city win a record 30th league title.

Sanusi has had quite a rollercoaster of a journey, especially since he joined Portuguese giants. although a tireless speedster, Sanusi wasn’t one among the favourite names at the Dragao, especially to the fans.

The porto fans consider the previous santa clara man to be an average left-back, and they’ve ne’er held back once it comes to criticizing him.

In fact, to give Sanusi some competition, the club had to sign Wendell to take over the left-back role. after the arrival of the Brazilian, Sanusi was linked with a move to Turkey, but nothing concrete was made from those talks.

However, despite Wendell’s presence, city boss Sérgio Conceição never gave up on Sanusi. although Sanusi saw never in game time, the Nigerian star has ne’er been considered second fiddle to Wendell.

The 24-year-old has made 38 appearances all told competitions, whereas Wendell has twenty seven.

Despite the fans’ criticism, Sanusi has always believed in his abilities, then has his boss.

Conceição once again trusted Sanusi to man the left-wing once his facet locked horns with rivals Benfica. Asides from the rivalry between the two needed, city needed a rivalry at Estadio DA Luz to claim the league.

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