Watch as Incredible Gift Orban nets four goals in Zulte Waregem rout
Gent striker takes tally to nine goals in eight appearances
Nigerian starlet Gift Orban has continued to shine for KAA Gent in the Belgian Pro League as he scored four times for his side in their 6-2 rout of second-bottom Zulte Waregem. The 20-year-old became the first player to score four goals in a game for his side in the 21st century.
Orban was named the club’s Player of the Month and his goal was voted as the Goal of the Month in his debut month, and he started the month of March with a goal in the UEFA Europa Conference League against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Defensive midfielder Julien De Sart opened the scoring for Gent in the 37th minute before Alessio Castro-Montes scored his side’s second goal in the 41st minute to hand them a two-goal cushion at the break.
Seven minutes into the second half, Zulte Waregem pulled one back through veteran defender Timothy Derijck before Gift Orban took over.
The 20-year-old scored his first of the game straight from kick off as he latched onto a misplaced clearance from a Zulte Waregem defender before firing past the goalkeeper with his left foot to make it 3-1.
Experienced striker Jelle Vossen scored in the 65th minute to put Zulte Waregem back within one goal, but Orban scored a terrific free-kick from 25 yards after 68 minutes to complete his brace.
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Gift Orban scored his hat-trick in the 75th minute as he fired home from inside the box following a cutback from 17-year-old winger Malick Fofana.
He rounded off the scoring in the 83rd minute with another accomplished finish as he curled one home first-time from the edge of the box following a pass from Laurent Depoitre.
KAA Gent remain in fifth place in the league, one point outside the Championship playoff places. Gift Orban has now scored seven league goals for the side, the most of any player in Europe’s top ten leagues since January 2023.