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Super Eagles star scores in pre-season friendly

Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi scored for Salernitana during their 3-1 defeat to premier league side Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.

The 30-year-old joined the newly promoted Serie A side this summer on a one-year deal with the option of an extension from Chievo.

The Nigerian was bright for his new side and opened the scoring when he reacted quickest to a freekick. But the home side equalized through new signing Danny Ings.

The Clarets took the lead when Anwar El Ghazi converted a penalty and former Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young made it a comfortable win with the third goal for the home side to end the encounter 3-1.

Aston Villa begin the new premier league season with an away match against Watford next week Saturday while Salernitana start their 2021/22 campaign with a Coppa Italia fixture against Reggina on August 16.

Also, Frank Onyeka netted his first goal for Brentford as they beat Valencia in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the premier league on Friday when they travel to the Emirate to face Arsenal.

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