Awaziem edges towards 30-year Hajduk Split record

Awaziem edges towards 30-year Hajduk Split record

  • The former FC Porto defender is on a scoring roll, and he could enter the Croatian side's record books

Super Eagles centre-back, Chidozie Collins Awaziem is one goal away from becoming the joint highest-scoring defender for a single season in the history of HNK Hajduk Split.

Awaziem netted his third goal for Hajduk Split in the club's dramatic 2-1 win over Varazdin on Saturday.

The Nigeria international's stoppage-time winner takes him closer to a 30-year club record held by former Croatian defender, Slaven Bilic.

Only Bilic, who is currently manager of English Championship side Watford, has scored four goals for Hajduk Split as a defender since Croatia gained independence in the early nineties.

Bilic achieved the feat during the 1992-1993 Croatian league season.

Awaziem could match that record with another goal for the Whites.

The 25-year-old centre-back's three goals have come in games against NK Lokomotiva, HNK Rijeka, and NK Varazdin.

It is also a career-high number of goals for Awaziem, who previously starred for Porto, Nantes, Leganes, Alanyaspor, and Boavista.

Awaziem joined Hajduk Split from Boavista on a loan transfer for the rest of the campaign and has already made eight appearances for the Whites.

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