Nigeria World Cup goalkeeper VINCENT ENYEAMA marked his first appearance with FC Hapoel Tel Aviv in Ligat ha’Al for the calendar year of 2011 by posting yet another shutout, his third straight and the team’s fourth in the Israeli top flight; the 28-year-old has now turned in seven clean sheets from his 16 league games on behalf of the defending champions of Israel. (Kerstin Joensson/AP)
FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV have certainly shifted into a higher gear after going out of the UEFA Champions League with honor in early December. The club have won five games on the trot and six of the last seven. What’s more, manager ELI GUTMAN’s charges have lost just once on their last 10 outings in Ligat ha’Al with eight victories achieved in that span.
The defending champions of Israel continued the strong run of results Saturday with a 2-0 defeat of FC Hapoel Ashkelon, a fourth consecutive victory by shutout for FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, then.
23-year-old Israel international defender DANI BONDARV, playing in only his sixth Ligat ha’Al match this season on account of battles with injury, bagged his first-ever goal for FC Hapoel Tel Aviv in only the sixth minute of the contest.
31-year-old Israel international winger SALIM TOAMA, returning to Ligat ha’Al this season after two years in Belgium with Standard Liege and another in Greece with PAE Larissa, added an all-important insurance strike with his third goal of the season in the 79th minute.
Nigeria World Cup goalkeeper VINCENT ENYEAMA, who sat out the New Year’s Day 5-0 thrashing of FC Hapoel Haifa in order to allow FC Hapoel Tel Aviv reserve goalkeeper GALIL BEN SHANAN to get a game against his former employers from last season, returned to action between the sticks for Gutman’s club.
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv remain in second place on the chart for the Israeli top flight, two points behind the leaders Maccabi Haifa, who, thanks in large part to the pair of goals from Georgia international striker VLADIMIR DVALISHVILI, defeated Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-1 on Sunday.