With action swinging back to club football after the international break, some Nigerian players have continued from where they left off before the break while others are on a quest to get a look-in from Super Eagles’ tactician, Gernot Rohr ahead of the all-important Zambia Clash.
AOIFootball.com x-rays the performances of Nigerian players across Europe and Asia over the weekend.
Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Super Eagles’ rave of the moment, Victor Moses was on for champions Chelsea as they beat former champions Leicester City 2-1, which also paraded two Nigerians- Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Ahmed Musa was not listed for the fourth consecutive EPL match.
Moses was taken off in the 74th minute as he was replaced by new boy Zappacosta, while Wilfred Ndidi was on for all 90 minutes and was yellow-carded in the 84th minute; his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho, who was on target in Uyo last week, came on in the 78 minute but was unable to rescue a point for his side. Iheanacho is yet to start a game for the Foxes despite joining from Manchester City for a club record fee.
Alex Iwobi: Fit again Super Eagles attacker, Alex Iwobi was on the bench as Arsenal bounced back from their shock 4-0 loss to Liverpool to beat FC Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.
The Nigerian was on the bench for the entire match duration as Arsene Wenger’s side won convincingly.
Isaac Success: The former U-17 World Cup winner was yet again confined to the bench as Watford continued their explosive start to the Premier league season with a 2-0 win away to Southampton.
The Nigerian striker is yet to feature for Watford under Marco Silva and failed to move away on loan on the last day of the transfer window.
Ola Aina: Super Eagles new boy, Ola Aina was on the losing side over the weekend as his club, Hull City were demolished by Derby County 5-0 in the Championship.
Aina, who was cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria last week was on for all 90 minutes.
Henry Oyekuru: Super Eagles’ striker Henry Onyekuru finally got his first goals of the season when he hit a brace for Anderlecht in their 3-2 win over Lokeren.
The striker opened scoring in the 3rd minute, however he picked up a yellow card in the 59th minute as tension began to rise when Anderlecht were down 2-1.
Onyekuru then equalised in the 77th minutes after some poor defending from the Lokeren team. The goals will come as a huge relief for Onyekuru, who was struggling in recent weeks for is loaned club.
Peter Olayinka and Abduljelil Ajagun: Nigerian international, Peter Olayinka and Abduljelil Ajagun squared up against each other in the Belgian league in what is becoming a constant feature in the league.
Olayinka was on the score sheet when he equalised for Zulte Waregem in the 15 minute to level scores at 1-1, while Ajagun was on for all 90 minutes for Kortrijk.
The game ended 2-2.
Taiwo Awoniyi: Former U-23 striker Taiwo Awoniyi was on for 60 minutes as Royal Mouscron pipped Club Brugge 2-1 over the weekend.
It is the first time in four matches that Awoniyi did not score or assist a goal for Mouscron.
Uche Agbo: Super Eagles defender Uche Henry Agbo was on for the entire duration of Standard Liege’s goalless draw with Charleroi; the defender was however yellow-carded in the 45th minute.
Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti: Super Eagles duo of Anderson Esiti and Moses Simon were in action for Gent.
Moses was withdrawn in the 74th minute while Esiti was on for the entire duration but entered the referee’s books in the 41st minute.The game ended 1-1.
John Obi Mikel: The Super Eagles and Tianjin Teda Captain was on for all 90 minutes in China as Tianjin lost 3-1 to Shanghai SIPG.
The midfielder was yellow-carded in the 34th minute.
Odion Ighalo: The Nigerian striker was on the losing side as Guangzhou Evergrande beat Changchun Yatai 3-1, Ighalo was on for all 90 minutes.
Shehu Abdullahi: The Super Eagles right-back was on for 90 minutes in Anorthosis 1- 0 win over Aris.
Paul Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan: Nigerian duo of Hassan and Onuachu were in action for Midtjylland as they lost 4-3 away to FC Copenhagen.
Hassan started the match but was withdrawn in the 67th minute for his compatriot Onuachu.
Izunna Uzochukwu: The former FC Ebedei youth product and one-time capped Super Eagles striker had a mixed first 10 minutes for Odense against Bronby.
The striker opened scoring for Odense in the 7th minute but was sent off 3 minutes later for a needless tackle. The match ended 1-1.
Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was on the bench for all 90 minutes for Nantes as they won away to Montpellier 1-0.
Leon Balogun: The Super Eagles’ defensive rock was in fantastic form for FSV Mainz as they beat Bayern Leverkusen 3-1.
Balogun, who was amazing against Cameroon in the both legs of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, was on for all 90 minutes.
Kelechi Nwakali: The former U-17 World Cup winning captain scored on is debut for VVV Venlo in their 1-1 draw away to Groningen.
The midfielder was introduced in the 75th minute and rescued a point late on with almost the last kick when he scored deep into added time.
John Ogu, Anthony Nwakaeme and Dele Aiyenugba were on parade in a match involving Hapoel Be’er Sheba and Ashkelon.
Ogu and Nwkaeme were on for all 90 minutes for Be’er Sheba, while Aiyenugba picked up a yellow card in the second half as Ashekelon lost 1-0 away to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Joel Obi: The Super Eagles midfielder had a nightmarish start over the weekend.
Obi, who has struggled with injuries in his career, could only last the first 10 minutes of Torino’s win over Benevento as he was stretched out due to another injury.
The midfielder has been in superb form for Torino and will hope this latest setback will end on time.
Sadiq Umar was on the bench for Torino.
Samuel Adegbenro: The Nigeria international put the icing on the cake for Rosenborg in their 2-0 away win at Stromsgodest.
The striker was introduced in the 46th minute and doubled is club’s lead in the 69th minute. He has scored 7 goals this season while contributing another 2.
Moses Ebiye, Chinedu Ezeh and Ifeanyi Matthew: The three Nigerians were in action for Lillestrom in their 1-1 draw away to Haugesund.
Ezeh and Matthew both started and played the full 90 minutes while former Akwa United star, Moses Ebiye was introduced in the 87th minute.
Oghenekaro Etebo: The Super Eagles’ midfielder was in fine form for his club over the weekend.
The Eagles’ star scored in the 80 minute for Feriense and was yanked off in the 95th minute however the substitution proved counterproductive as Feriense conceded 2 minutes later to lose 3-2 to Sporting Lisbon.
Dele Alampasu was not dressed by Feriense for the match.
Kayode Olanrewaju: The Super Eagles’ striker was introduced from the bench as his club Girona lost 2-0 to Atletico Bilbao.
The striker was introduced in the 65th minute.
Ogenyi Onazi: The Super Eagles’ midfielder had a fantastic two minute to remember over the weekend for Trabzonspor.
Onazi was introduced in the 88th minute and scored in the 90th minute in Trabzonspor’s 3-1 at home to Genclebirligi.
Elderson Echiejile: The Nigerian left-back was on for all 90 minutes as Sivasspor lost 2-0 at home to Kayserispor.
Mikel Agu and Troost-Ekong: Super Eagles’ duo of Mikel Agu and Troost-Ekong were both on for the entire match duration as Bursaspor spanked Akhisar Spor 3-0 in the Turkish league.