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The Man, The Myth, The Legend! Meet Benedict Akwegbu and Why He is called “The Austrian Bomber” – Latest Sports and Football News in Nigeria


He was not just elegant, he was smooth, clinical and sharp. Benedict Akwegbu, the Austrian Bomber as they call him will be remembered in history as the first Nigerian to . in France and the Chinese League.

Akwegbu, who is now based in London, caught up with pressmen in his base, w. he opened up on his illustrious career, both at club and international level.

*Why He is Called the Austrian Bomber*


Ben Akwegbu earned the nickname from .ers and the press in Austria after series of fantastic dis.s in the Austrian Bundesliga.
He won the Austrian League, Austrian Cup and Super Cup. He was also voted Best Foreign Player in the league. This earned him the nickname “Austrian Bomber”, that is remembered till date in Austria.

*First Nigerian to Play in France*


History also has the name “Benedict Akwegbu” as the name of the first Nigerian to . in Austria.
When speaking to pressmen, he said “I was the first Nigerian to . in France, when I joined Lens, as far back as 1991, before late Stephen Keshi later signed for Stratsbourg”.

*First Nigerian to Play in China*
On this feat, Akwegbu said “when I went to China, some people were laughing at me. They did not know I was visionary. Now, .ers like Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel amongst many others have .ed in China”. Akwegbu .ed for Guangzhou City F.C when he moved t. on loan in 2002 and returned to . for Tiajin Teda.


*UEFA Champions League Goals Against Fabian Barthez*

On the 20th of October, 1998, Akwegbu’s Grazer AK took on AS Monaco in a UEFA Champions League in Austria, which ended 3-3.
Akwegbu became the toast of European clubs after he scored a brace in the game for Grazer AK, against the legendary French goalie, Fabian Barthez.


Akwegbu will remain in history as one of the best foreign .ers to grace the Austrian league, and his legacy would live on.

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