Nigerian forward Olanrewaju Kayode marked his debut for Shakhtar Donetsk in spectacular fashion, contributing a goal to their commanding 3-0 away triumph against Zorya in a Ukrainian top-flight clash on Sunday.
Kayode, entering the game as a substitute for Facundo Ferreyra in the 91st minute, swiftly made his presence felt by finding the net in the 93rd minute, sealing a comprehensive 3-0 victory for Shakhtar.
The scoring action commenced in the 41st minute when Taison put Shakhtar ahead 1-0, followed by Ferreyra extending the lead to 2-0 in the 61st minute.
Kayode’s goal in the closing minutes capped off an impressive debut for the Nigerian forward, who recently joined Shakhtar on loan from English Premier League leaders Manchester City. The loan move to Shakhtar followed a stint at Spanish LaLiga club Girona, where Kayode struggled with limited playing time, featuring in 12 games without scoring.
The result against Zorya reflects a promising start for Kayode and emphasizes his potential impact on Shakhtar’s attacking prowess. The goal-scoring debut is poised to bolster Kayode’s confidence and integrate him further into Shakhtar’s strategic plans for success in the Ukrainian top flight. The resounding victory sets a positive tone for Kayode’s tenure with Shakhtar Donetsk and signals his readiness to contribute significantly to the team’s aspirations.