Bundesliga Review: Ejuke Relegated After Final Day

Bundesliga Review: Ejuke Relegated After Final Day
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The German Bundesliga served up a brilliant finish to it's season as the race for the League title went all the way to the final day. 

It looked like Borussia Dortmund were going to end Bayern Munich’s ten year run as the Champions of Germany but it was not meant to be Bayern Munich claimed their 11th straight league title at the death. 

The Black and Yellow club were held to a 2-2 draw by Mainz on the final day while Bayern were able to pull off a dramatic winner against Cologne to win the title. 

Dortmund fought back to bring the score to 2-2 and at some point, it looked like they were actually going to win the title but a late Jamal Musiala winner in the 89th minute against Cologne meant that their Monopoly at the top was not going to end. 

The Curtain on yet another Bundesliga closed for the season with different Nigerian players playing in Germany ending their season on different notes.

Ejuke fails to impress on loan 

Super Eagles high flying winger, Chidera Ejuke failed to show the full extent of his talents during his loan at Hertha Berlin from parent club CSKA Moscow. 

Hertha Berlin finished dead last in the Bundesliga Standings and got relegated as a result. With the poor season they had, they could not rely on the talents of Ejuke who struggled for game time as well as injuries. His injury sustained in December made him miss action for Hertha Berlin for four months. 

The 24-year-old made 20 appearances in the League for the club but only made nine starts and managed a total of 890 minutes of game time. He got three assists. 

He has won a total of nine caps for Nigeria and has featured in an Africa Cup of Nations tournament where he played two matches for his country. He has yet to score for Nigeria. 

With his performances this season, it is unlikely that he will be picked for Super Eagles appearances in the near future. 

Akpoguma helps Hoffenhiem finish 12th 

The Super Eagles international defender was a crucial part of Hoffenheim’s season and his impressive displays at center back helped his team earn a respectable 12th placed finish. 

After a poor start to 2023 which saw them lose seven Bundesliga games in a row, Die Kraichgauer were able to get back on track and alleviate concerns over a possible relegation. 

Throughout their run back to mid table, Akpoguma was a rock and a consistent presence at the back for his team. He played 28 games and made 21 starts for the club. 

He is a relative newcomer to the Nigeria national football team and has only made seven caps. 

The 28-year-old represented Germany at youth level before deciding to switch nationalities in 2020 to play for the Super Eagles. 

Central defence is an area where the Super Eagles are strong and he will be hoping to force his way into Jose Peseiro’s plans. 

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

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