With Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup done and dusted, players of Nigerian decent continue to impress for their clubs around the globe in a bid to jostle for positions in the Gernot Rohr tinkered Super Eagles.
In our usual style, AOIFootball.com brings you up to speed on their performances over the weekend.
Victor Moses: The Super Eagles’ dazzling winger featured for just 38 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-2 loss away to bottom placed Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The former Crystal Palace star was replaced by Zappacosta after pulling up with an hamstring which automatically rules him out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home against AS Roma.
Tammy Abraham: The English-born Nigerian striker scored twice as Swansea registered their first three points at home with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.
Abraham, whose international career continued to hang in the balance, has now scored four of Swansea’s five goals in the league this season.
Alex Iwobi: Despite firing Nigeria to the World Cup in Russia last weekend, Alex Iwobi could not replicate the form for his club Arsenal as they dramatically lost 2-1 to Watford at the Vicarage Road.
Iwobi was on for all 90 minutes but Isaac Success was missing for the Hornets as he recuperates from a 9-week injury lay off.
Ola Aina: Fresh from making his debut for Nigeria against Zambia last week in Uyo, Ola Aina returned to the right-back position as 10-men Hull City drew away at Norwich City.
Ibrahim Alhassan: The former Akwa United midfielder was on for all 90 minutes as Austria Vienna were thrashed 3-0 away at Sturm Graz.
Henry Onyekuru: The Nigerian striker continued his impressive form in front of goal as he grabbed a brace for Anderlecht and his sixth goal of the season in a 4–3 win away at KV Mechelen in the Belgium top division.
The 20-year-old striker doubled his side’s lead in the 30th minute before making it 3–1 seven minutes later.
He was however withdrawn deep into added time to a rounding ovation by the away fans.
Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu: 20-year-old Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu scored twice for Gent as they beat Waasland Beveren 2-0.
Kalu scored the first of two goals 40 seconds after coming on in the second half, before sealing all three points five minutes from time when he headed in a Moses Simon free-kick from the left flank.
Moses Simon was on from start to finish while Anderson Esiti featured for 78th minute before been replaced.
Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure and Joseph Akpala: The 19-year-old Emmanuel was unable to add to his five league goals as Club Brugge continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-2 away win at Oostende which featured Joseph Akpala in the match.
Dennis was on for 72 minutes while Akpala was introduced with just 5 minutes of regulation time left.
Uche Agbo and Abdul Ajagun: Nigeria’s pair of Uche Agbo and Abdul Ajagun squared up against each other on Sunday in a Belgium 1st division clash when Standard Liege hosted KV Kortrijk at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium in Liege.
Both players were on for all 90 minutes as Uche Agbo’s side ran out comfortable with a 3-1 victory.
Taiwo Awoniyi: The Super Eagles’ striker saw 85 minutes of action for Royal Excel Muuscron as they played out a 1-1 draw away at KRC Gent.
The on-loan Liverpool attacker could not add to his 3 league goals as he was frustrated for the better part of the match.
Odion Ighalo: Super Eagles’ striker, Odion Jude Ighalo scored twice for Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai as they edged past home team Guizhou Zhicheng 3-2.
Ighalo headed in the first goal in the 50th minute before scoring the winning goal in injury time after rounding off the goalkeeper.
The striker has now scored 14 league goals in the Chinese Super League since his move from English Premiership side Watford.
Mikel Obi and Obafemi Martins: Super Eagles’ captain John Obi Mikel was on the winning side as his club Tianjin TEDA beat Shanghai Shenua which featured former Eagles’ goal poacher Obafemi Martins 2-1 with Senegalese striker Mbaye Niang getting a brace for TEDA.
Both players were on for the entire duration with Mikel picking up a yellow card in the encounter.
Abdullahi Shehu: After being the hero in the game against Zambia, Super Eagles’ right-back Shehu Abdullahi saw red for his Cyprus club Anorthosis Famagusta in their 1-1 draw at home to Apollon.
Shehu, who was voted the Man of the Match against Zambia, was given his marching orders after just 37 minutes with his side leading 1-0.
Paul Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan: Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu continued his fine form in front of goal when he grabbed the all-important goal for FC Midtjylland in their 1-0 triumph away to SonderjyskE in the Denmark top flight.
The 23-year-old attacker has now scored 7 league goals in just 6 starts, while fellow Nigerian Rilwan Hassan was substituted just after 20 minutes when he picked up an injury.
Gbolahan Salami and Gabriel Rueben: Former Kano Pillars midfielder Gabriel Reuben and his compatriot Gbolahan Salami were both on from start to finish as KuPS lost 1-0 away at Ilves.
Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was on from start to finish as Nantes drew away at Bordeaux 1-1.
Leon Balogun: The Super Eagles’ defender was confined to the bench for the 3rd consecutive Bundesliga games as FSV Mainz beat Hamburger SV 3-2.
Balogun last featured for Mainz in a 4-0 thrashing in the hands of champions Bayern Munich last month.
Felix Udokhai and Victor Osimhen: The German born Nigerian young star Felix Udokhai was on from start to finish while Osimhen was introduced in the 84th minute for Dickov Origi as Wolfsburg drew 2-2 away to Bayern Lerverkusen.
Tyronne Ebuehi: The Super Eagles’ defender was on from start to finish as ADO Den Haag lost 1-2 at home to visiting Excelsior in the Eredivisie.
Kelechi Nwakali: The former U-17 World Cup winning captain was introduced in the 74th minute as VVV Venlo were thrashed 5-2 at home by PSV.
Orji Okwonkwo: Nigeria young star Orji Okwonkwo watched from the bench as his side Bologna beat Spal 2-1 in the Italian Serie A.
Sadiq Umar: Olympic bronze medallist Sadiq Umar started his first game for Torino who are still missing the services of Nigeria international Joel Obi through injury as they held home side Crotone to a 2-2 draw.
Sadiq was on for all 90 minutes.
Simmy Nwankwo: was on for 90 minute
John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme: Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu scored his first goal of the season with a powerful strike in Hapoel Be’er Sheva 3-1 away win at Haoel Raanana.
Anthony Nwakeme was also in action for Be’er Sheva.
Samuel Adegbenro: The Nigeria international opened scoring for Rosenborg BK in their 3-0 thrashing of Tromso IL in the Norwegian Eliteserien.
The 21-year-old former Kwara United attacker has now scored eight goals this season in the league while also contributing a further two assists.
Anthony Ideki and Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim: TheNigerian duo were both on song for Haugesund as they beat Sandefjord 2-0 at home.
Anthony opened scoring in the 16th minute before Shuaibu grabbed his sixth of the campaign and Haugesund’s second to seal all three points.
Matthew Ifeanyi, Charles Ezeh, Chikoze Udoji, Moses Ebiye and Chidiebere Nwakali: Four Nigerians were on parade in the Norwegian league in a game involving Lillestrom and Sogndal.
Ezeh and Matthew both started for Lillestrom while former U-I7 World Cup Nwakali winner started for Sogndal.
However, second half substitute Udoji was the game changer when he turned provider for Kippe to fire in the winner for Lillestrom as they won 1-0.
Aaron Olanare Samuel: The Super Eagles’ striker was on from start before been withdrawn in the 68th minute as his side CSKA Moscow pipped home team Krasnodar 1-0 in the Russian league.
Sylvester Igboun: The Nigerian striker scored his third goal of the season as his side FK Ufa beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 at home win in the Russian league.
Francis Uzoho: The former U-17 World Cup winning shot stopper made his professional debut for Spanish top division side Deportivo La Coruna in their goalless draw away at Eiber.
The 18-year-old was voted the man of the match with series of impressive saves as he kept his cool and composure to earn his team a precious away point.
Ikechukwu Uche: The former Super Eagles’ striker, aka Mr. Calm, scored his third goal in the space of five days as his side Gimnastic de Tarragona beat Cordoba 5-1 in the Segunda Division.
Kayode Olanrewaju: The Super Eagles’ striker was introduced at half time to help salvage a point for struggling Girona as they lost 2-1 at home to Villareal.
Kayode is yet to score this season as he was also yellow-carded on the 88th minute.
Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok: Super Eagles’ defender Kenneth Omeruo was on from start to finish as Kasimpasa relinquished a first half lead to lose 2-3 at home to Sivasspor who were missing the services of injured defender Elderson Echiejele.
Samuel Eduok also featured for 20 minutes and picked up a booking in the closing stages of the encounter.
Patrick Friday Eze and Imoh Ezekiel: The Nigerian internationals were both in action for Konyaspor as they were beaten 2-0 at home to Galatasary.
Friday was on from start to finish while Ezekiel was introduced in the 73rd minute but they both could not salvage a point for their side.
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