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24.04.2005 Sports News

Zambian Immigration Fail to deter JoeTex

By OJEIKERE AIKHOJE

Detained Joetex Frimpong increases goal haul in Champions League

Enyimba's Ghanaian forward, Joetex Frimpong, put behind his detention problems with Zambian Immigration Officers due to visa problems to increase his goals haul in the CAF Champions League to five, on match day.

Joetex, who was briefly detained because he travelled without a Zambian visa when his Nigeria side,Enyimba, went to Lusaka for their return leg against Zambian Champions, Red Arrows, hit target to confirm his status as the leading scorer in the club.

The Black Stars invitee equalised for his Nigerian side in the 18th minute after Abraham Nwamba had scored the curtain-raiser for the homers in the 4th minute.

Teammate Prince Olomu eventually gave the Nigerians the lead in the 30th minute, while Joetex made it three for the African champions in the 57th minute to make it his fifth in Africa's elite club competition.

Apart from scoring goals, Joetex also confirmed his rating as an assist man by inter-changing passes with David Solomon, who hit the fifth goal for the Nigerians in the 63rd minute.

Substitute Obediah Ifeanyi, who replaced the Ghanaian hitman scored the last goal in the 81st minute. Enyimba had battered the Zambians 3-0 in Aba to make it 9-1 on aggregate.

Before leaving Nigeria for Zambia, Joetex assured www.ghanaweb. com that he intends to use the Champions League to get a starting shirt in the Black Stars.

"I am going to Zambia with a mission to score goals in the Champions League. I belong to the Black Stars and the only way to get a shirt is by scoring goals. That is my job in Nigeria and I intend to do it well.," he said.

The Ghanaian is just one goal short of the six goals he scored in the 2003 campaign for Enyimba before injury sidelined him afterwards.

He remains the most successful Ghanaian in the CAF Champions League after back-to-back victories in the Champions League and Super Cup with his Nigeria side, Enyimba in 2003 and 2004 (Champions League) and 2004 and 2005 (Super Cup).

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