Noah Okafor’s third senior goal rescues FC Basel vs. Young Boys

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The 18-year-old Swiss-Nigerian's third senior goal prevented the hosts from going down against the runaway league leaders at the St. Jakob-Park

FC Basel held Young Boys to a 2-2 draw in Sunday's Swiss Super League encounter, with youngster Noah Okafor scoring the all-important equaliser for the hosts.

A slice of luck had Basel up front after 17 minutes of action as Michel Aebischer put the ball in his own net but they went into the break behind after two strikes by Cameroon striker Jean-Pierre Nsame in the 41st and 44th minutes.

Before the hour mark, Okafor levelled proceedings with a well-struck shot from outside the area - his third goal in 16 league appearances this season and his first senior goal at the St Jakob-Park.

The 18-year-old, who received a caution in the first half, was subbed off late in the game.

With the stalemate, second-placed Basel [45] are still 21 points adrift table-toppers Young Boys [66] after 25 Swiss Super League encounters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

happy for my first goal in this Stadium 🏟 🔴🔵 Thx for all the support!!!!! 🦁👊🏽⚽️ #NO11

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Two weeks ago, Okafor's progress in Basel's senior setup was rewarded with a contract extension.

With the international break next up, he is set to help the Switzerland U19 set-up in three Uefa U19 Championship fixtures against Israel, France and Poland on March 20, 23 and 26 respectively.

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