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Tornado storms into Newquay

By Tom Howe 23rd August 2017

Tornado storms into Newquay
GOAL GETTER: New signing Tornado Bello has scored once and set up two others, as well as winning a penalty, during his first two appearances for Newquay AFC

TORNADO Bello is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Newquay AFC’s Mount Wise following his protracted move from St Blazey.

Bello, 22, featured for Nigeria at the Under-17 African Nations Cup in 2011 before moving to England a year later to study business administration at Plymouth University.

He was picked up by Newquay’s South West Peninsula League rivals Blazey after playing a starring role for Plymouth Hope - a club who provides football opportunities to the wider community of Plymouth, including but not exclusively, under represented ethnic groups and asylum seekers.

His powerful attacking play earned him quite a reputation around the local football scene, making moves to St Austell and Callington Town last season before settling with Newquay over pre-season, a decision that frustrated former club Blazey who thought they had done enough to hold on to their star man.

Speaking exclusively to the NewquayVoice, Bello revealed it was a promise to former Blazey teammate Danny O’Hagan, now at Newquay, that paved the way for his move to the Peppermints.

He said: “Signing for Newquay is one of the promises I made to Danny O’Hagan last year. Danny and I used to play together at Blazey. Ever since he left St Blazey he wanted me to play for Newquay.

“There are very good people in the club. We have good players and the manager is one of the best in the league. My target for Newquay this season is to score as many goals as possible to keep the team on top.”

Bello, pictured, made his competitive debut for Newquay in last week’s curtain raiser against Helston Athletic, creating two goals and winning a penalty in a 5-1 win - with Jack Bray-Evans (2), Hayden Turner, Glen Squires and O'Hagan getting on the scoresheet.

He went on to score his first for his new club during the 2-1 loss at Sticker on Saturday, opening his account moments into the second-half before Matt Lloyd and Frankie McAvoy struck back for the hosts.

“We played very well against Helston. We dominated the game both in the first-half and second-half. We listened to the manager’s plan and it worked for us.

“The second game was 50/50 in the first-half but we started the second-half well. Then we made a mistake and they scored. I must say we were unlucky.”

Friend Nelson Eseleghye, who joined Bello at Blazey, is also expected to join the Peppermints to provide defensive cover.

By Tom Howe 23rd August 2017

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