Ninis pops up to strike winning goal in Israeli second division

Ninis pops up to strike winning goal in Israeli second division

Sotiris Ninis has become the forgotten man of Greek football, but on Monday, he finally scored a goal while representing Hapoel Ashkelon in the second tier of Israeli football.

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Since making the headlines for the right reasons at Panathinaikos as a teenager, creative midfielder Ninis has endured an everlasting nightmare, failing to settle at Parma, PAOK, Charleroi, Mechelen and Maccabi Petah-Tikva as his career rapidly took a nosedive. After being dismissed from Petah-Tikva during the 2017/2018 season, it appeared as though his footballing days were practically finished, but the 28-year old recently signed a contract with Israeli second division outfit Hapoel Ashkelon in a move which was missed by everyone in both Israel and Greece.

However, on Monday evening, Ninis was thrown onto the pitch as a substitute for Ashkelon in a home match against Kfar Saba after 68 minutes and he promptly scored the winning goal. Shaping to shoot from long range, Ninis thumped the ball with all his might, unleashing an attempt which was too hot for the opposing goalkeeper to handle. Ashkelon won 2:1.

At the moment, Ashkelon currently occupy fifth place of the Israeli second division with 14 points from seven matches, four behind leaders Hapoel Katamon. Ninis will be hoping to continue in the same vein and remind Greek fans why he was once touted as the country’s biggest talent.


By Shaun Nicolaides

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