It was not the best of weekends for Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, as three of his key players- Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi and Moses Simon all suffered injuries that would see them miss the clashes against Algeria and Argentina this weekend.
However, there was a bright side concerning Anthony Nwakaeme who continued to show why he is the right man to replace Odion Ighalo in the team’s upcoming matches.
In our usual style, AOIFootball.com brings you up to speed on the exploits of Nigerian players abroad over the past weekend.
Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa: Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi grabbed an assist for Leicester City in their 2-2 draw away to Stoke City.
The midfielder was provider for the Riyard Mahrez goal, while Iheanacho was introduced in the 58th minute of the encounter. Fellow Nigerian, Ahmed Musa was again not listed by the new manager.
Alex Iwobi: The attacker started his first league game in almost a month, but could not save the Gunners from going down 1-3 to table toppers, Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Iwobi was on for 78 minutes.
Ini Umotong: The Super Falcons’ striker scored twice for Brighton Ladies in their 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham.
Ibrahim Alhassan: the former Akwa United midfielder was on for 30 minutes as Austria Vienna lost 3-1 to Mattersburg.
Joseph Akpala, Peter Olayinka and Kingsley Madu: Nigerian striker Joseph Akpala started for KV Oostende in their 4-2 victory over Zulte Waregem which had Nigerian duo of Olayinka and Madu in their ranks.
Akpala was on for 60 minutes, while Peter Olayinka and Kingsley Madu were on the bench for the entire match duration.
Henry Onyekuru and Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure: Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru was introduced by Anderlecht in the 71st minute in their goalless draw with Club Brugge which also had Dennis Emmanuel on their team.
Emmanuel was introduced in the 73rd and got a late yellow card as both players could not find the back of the net.
Abdul Ajagun: The Nigerian international was on for an hour as his side Kortrijk lost 2-0 away at KV Mechelen.
Taiwo Awoniyi: the forward was on for the entire match duration but could not save Mouscron from going down 2-0 against Waasland Beveren.
Abdullahi Shehu: The Super Eagles’ defender captained Anorthosis Famagusta to a 5-1 thrashing of Olympiakos Nicosia.
Ubong Ekpai: The Nigerian international opened scoring for Fastaz Zlin in their 2-2 draw at home Sparta Prague.
The 22-year-old striker has now scored 5 goals this season.
Paul Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan: Nigeria striker, Paul Onuachu was on for 63 minutes as Midtjylland in got their 2-1 win over Helsingor.
Fellow compatriot, Rilwan Hassan was not listed for the encounter.
Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was not listed for Nantes in their 2-1 victory over Toulouse.
Desire Oparanozie: The Super Falcons’ now bulky striker scored the winner for Guingamp in their 2-1 win away to Soyaux.
Leon Balogun: was on the bench for all 90 minutes in Mainz’s 1-1 draw away to Borussia M’gladbach.
Tyronne Ebuehi: The Super Eagles’ right- back was on from start to finish as Den Haag drew 2-2 at home to Feyenoord.
Kelechi Nwakali: was not listed by Vitesse in their goalless draw against PEC Zwolle.
Joel Obi and Sadiq Umar: Super Eagles’ midfielder Joel Obi was on for 73 minutes as Torino played out a 1-1 draw away at Inter Milan.
Sadiq Umar was on the bench for Torino.
Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu: The Super Eagles’ striker scored the second goal for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their 2-0 win over Maccabi Petach Tikva.
The striker has now scored 4 goals in his last 3 league games after failing to score in his first four league outings.
John Ogu was on the entire match duration.
Osaze Odemwingie: The former Super Eagles’ striker scored his 16th goal of the campaign as Madura beat Barito Putera 3-1 at home.
Samuel Adegbenro: Nigeria international Samuel Adegbenro was introduced in the 78 minute but could not prevent his side from losing 2-1 away to Aalesunds.
Anthony Ikedi and Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim: Nigerian duo of Anthony Ikedi and Shuaibu Ibrahim started for Haugesund but could not prevent them from losing 1-3 at home to Stromsgodest which had Anthony Izuchukwu on the bench for the entire match duration.
Chidiebere Nwakali: New Super Eagles’ invitee Chidiebere Nwakali was on for 71 minute as Sogndal fell 2-0 at home to Tromsol.
Chidere Ejuke: The 19- year-old Nigerian striker was on for 81 minutes as his side Valerenga lost 1-2 at home to Molde Fk.
Oghenekaro Etebo: The Super Eagles’ midfielder was on for the entire duration as CD Feirense lost 1-0 to Maritimo.
Sylvester Igbonu: The Super Eagles’ striker scored his fourth goal of the season for FK Ufa, however the goal was just a consolation has they lost 3-1 away to Spartak Moscow.
Olarenwaju Kayode: The Super Eagles’ striker was on the bench for the entire match duration as Girona beat Levante 2-1.
Stephen Odey: The former MFM striker was only good for the bench as his side FC Zurich drew 1-1 at FC Sion.
Ogenyi Onazi: The Super Eagles’ vice captain lasted for just 40 minutes when he was stretched off with an injury for Trabzonspor in their goalless draw away to Kayserispor.
Kenneth Omeruo, Samuel Eduok, William Troost Ekong and Mikel Agu: Nigerian international Samuel Eduok was on target for Kasimpasa in their 2-2 draw against Bursaspor, in a game that featured four Nigerians.
Eduok opened scoring for the home side in the 32 minute and was replaced in the 86th minute.
While Kenneth Omeruo was in action for Kasimpasa for all 90 minutes, Mikel Agu saw 46 minute while Troost-Ekong was on for the entire duration for Bursaspor.
Aminu Umar and Raheem Lawal: Olympic bronze medallist Aminu Umar scored a late equalizer to deny Fenerbahce all three points against relegation threatened Osmanlispor in a game that ended 1-1.
The goal was the striker’s second of the season while Raheem Lawal was on for just 4 minutes for Osmanlispor.
Edafe Egbedi: The former junior international scored his side’s second goal in their 2-0 victory over FK Karlskona in the Swedish Division One League.