Nigerian-born Solomon Ime Udo has made his long-awaited and deservedly Armenian debut in their 1-1 draw against Estonia in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday.

The Ararat Yerevan FC midfielder Udo replaced Artak Grigoryan late on in the first half, coming on as a 42nd minute substitute as he played his first game for the Collective boys.

The Akwa Ibom-born midfield maestro anchored the ship from the middle of the park and controlled proceedings as he started his Armenian career on a worthy note.

The Aspire Academy graduate who started his career as a kid in the streets of Uyo played an important role as he shielded the defence with a lot of adventure going forward.

Armenia were not in their best form as captain Henrik Mhikiteryan was part of the fold.

But they secured a point away from home which keeps them third on group C2, one point behind leaders Northern Macedonia and second place Georgia.

The away side were odds on to win the game but had to settle for a draw after the home side Estonia grabbed their equaliser and prevented themselves from further conceding.

Kamo Hovhannisyan gave the away side an early lead in the 8th minute but was cancelled out by Rauno Sappinen in the 14th minute to keep the score on even.

The combative midfielder now finds himself a new home as he hopes to make more appearances for Armenia after writing on his social media (Facebook) page, “not the result we wanted, however we hope to finish our remaining group games in UEFA Nations League with a solid statement.”


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