Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Emenike continued to prove his worth to Turkish club, Fenerbahce as he scored his fifth league goal of the season in the Super Lig on Saturday.
Emenike also provided an assist in the game as Fener drew 3-3 against bitter rivals, Besiktas in a bad-tempered contest at the Sukru Saracoglu.
His goal arrived in the 12th minute as he reacted instinctively to poke home after the Besiktas goalkeeper, Tolga Zengin could only palm away a Moussa Sow effort towards his path.
Moments later, he almost scored Fenerbahce’s second goal of the night but could only drag his effort wide with just Zengin to beat.
He was to atone for that miss in the 37th minute as he sprang the offside trap before delivering a pin-point pass from the right gobbled up by Sow who kept his composure to dispatch past Zengin and put the Yellow Canaries 2-1 in front.
Shortly before the end of the frenetic encounter, Emenike felt he had won a penalty that would have given Fener the chance to level matters at 3-3 from 12 yards but the referee, Cuneyt Cakir gave nothing as he ruled that Besiktas’ Tomas Sivok’s tackle on the Nigerian was not over the top.
Emenike then appeared to headbutt Sivok as he squared up with the defender to press home his point.
He could have easily been sent off for that and was relieved to see Cakir produce only a yellow card. It was his third booking in the league this season.
The encounter is one Emenike will not forget in a hurry for the right and wrong reasons.
The 26-year-old has been capped 19 times by Nigeria and has scored nine goals for the Super Eagles.