Naz back with spring in his step af­ter ‘goal’

Coventry Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - By ANDY TURNER Sky Blues Re­porter andy.turner@trin­i­tymir­ Duck­ens Na­zon scores against Lu­ton Town and cel­e­brates (inset) Mark Robins

LEAD­ING Coven­try City scorer Duck­ens Na­zon re­turned to the club this week with an­other in­ter­na­tional spring in his step.

The on-loan Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers striker was away with Haiti last week for their friendly clash with the United Arab Emi­rates and against whom the 23-year-old claims he in­creased his sea­son’s tally.

Na­zon, who is a hugely pop­u­lar fig­ure with Sky Blues fans af­ter wad­ing in with six goals to date – his last to help Mark Robins’ men see off then league lead­ers Lu­ton Town 3-0 at Ke­nil­worth Road just over a fort­night ago – be­lieves he took his sea­son’s tally to nine at the week­end af­ter adding to his in­ter­na­tional haul.

The front man scored two to help the Gre­nadiers to a 3-3 draw with Ja­pan in Yoko­hama last month and is claim­ing the goal that gave his coun­try a 1-0 vic­tory over UAE in the Sheikh Khal­ifa Sta­dium in Al Ain on Fri­day night. Ac­cord­ing to some web­sites in­clud­ing, Na­zon is cred­ited with the only goal of the game in the 25th minute, while soc­cer­ says the de­ci­sive strike was ac­tu­ally an own goal, cred­ited to UAE player Mah­moud Khamis.

Na­zon makes a wel­come re­turn to the Sky Blue fold fol­low­ing Satur­day’s Ri­coh Arena de­feat to Mans­field Town when City failed to score for a fifth time in their last six League Two matches.

The bar­ren spell started in Oc­to­ber when City played out a goal­less draw at Bar­net, lost 1-0 at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat at home to For­est Green and were held 0-0 to Colch­ester United at the Ri­coh.

Robins’ men bucked that trend with a 3-0 win over the Hatters but their woe­ful fin­ish­ing in the divi­sion re­turned to haunt them again on Satur­day when mid-table Stags snatched a 1-0 vic­tory in Coven­try’s back yard. The last time Na­zon was away on in­ter­na­tional duty he missed the trip to Bar­net, af­ter which Robins ad­mit­ted City had missed him at the Hive Sta­dium when he was re­placed by Marc McNulty in the start­ing eleven. Na­zon had scored the win­ning goal in both of City’s pre­vi­ous two league matches, and Robins thought the way the game panned out in Lon­don would have suited the striker’s style of play. Speak­ing at the time, Robins said: “We have missed Duck­ens Na­zon to­day. In fair­ness, I think he would have made a bit of a dif­fer­ence be­cause of the way the game was set up.”

Na­zon’s loan is due to run out in Jan­uary but Robins has al­ready re­vealed he’s keen to ex­tend his stay for the rest of the sea­son.

Robins says he will be a pri­or­ity to keep be­yond the New Year but is also look­ing to do ‘other busi­ness’ to help his League Two side get over the pro­mo­tion line dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“He’s not our player so it’s dif­fi­cult but yes, we’d like to keep hold of him,” said the man­ager.

“But I want to do other busi­ness as well.”

The fact that Wolves al­lowed Na­zon to play in the FA Cup, and there­fore be in­el­i­gi­ble to play for his par­ent club when they en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion in Jan­uary, ap­pears to in­di­cate that man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo will be open to keep­ing the 23-year-old out on loan.

Whether that be at the Ri­coh Arena or else­where re­mains to be seen.

He’s not our player so it’s dif­fi­cult but yes, we’d like to keep hold of him. But I want to do other busi­ness as well.

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