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It was a weekend of very few goals for Nigerian players across the globe, with disappointment for Alex Iwobi, while the likes of Troost Ekong, Musa Muhammed, and Frank Ogochukwu all got sent off for their respective clubs.

 

AOIFootball.com, in our usual style, brings you up to speed with their performances over the past weekend.

 

 

ENGLAND

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Super Eagles’ midfielder Wilfred Ndidi started his 28th league match for Leicester City which forced visiting Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Kelechi Iheanacho was brought on as a 62nd-minute substitute in place of Danny Simpson, but could not help the Foxes to all three points as they settled for a draw.

 

Ola Aina: He was on from start to finish as championship side Hull City returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Aina who was voted the man of the match with a game rating of 8.2, had a passing accuracy of 77%, winning 3 tackles, 3 dribbles and all aerial duels contested.

 

Victor Moses: He featured for 78 minutes as champions Chelsea fell 2-1 away to Manchester United.

Moses, who had a relatively quiet game was replaced by Oliver Giroud with 12 minutes left on the clock.

 

Alex Iwobi: The attacker suffered his first Wembley Cup final heartbreak as the Gunners were humbled by Manchester City in the final of the Caraboa Cup 3-0.

Iwobi who was brought on in the 73rd minute for Aaron Ramsey was unable to inspire his side as goals from Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva ensured Guardiola won his first silverware in England.

 

 

AUSTRIA

Ibrahim Alhassan: Nigerian midfielder Ibrahim Alhassan was in action from start to finish as Admira Moedling beat Austria Wien 2-1in the Austrian Bundesliga.

It was Alhassan’s 10th league start of the season finishing the game with a ration of 6.2.

 

 

BELGIUM

Samuel Kalu: The Nigerian winger continued to be a huge influence for Gent, this time he created an assist for Dylan Bronn in the 82nd minute before they eventually completed the turn around to beat Waasland-Beveren 2-1 away from home.

 

Joseph Akpala and Chuba Akpom: Akpala was in good form for 10-man Oostende who saw off St.Truiden.

Akpala was subbed off in added time, while on-loan Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom played the full 90 minutes for the visitors and received a 49th-minute yellow card for his troubles.

 

Taiwo Awoniyi: The striker was on target for Royal Excel Mouscron as they fell 5-3 away to RSC Anderlecht,

Awoniyi was on for all 90 minute, with the goal been his 7th league goal of the season.

 

Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure and Uche Agbo: Nigeria striker Dennis Emmanuel returned to goal scoring for when he scored the equalizer for Club Brugge in their 1-1 draw against Uche Agbo Standard Liege.

Emmanuel featured for just 22 minutes while Agbo was on from start to finish.

 

Abdul Ajagun, Kingsley Madu, and Peter Olayinka: Former junior international Abdul Ajagun saw 83 minutes of action for KV Kortrijk but could not prevent them from losing 1-0 at home to Zulte who had Peter Olayinka featuring for all 90 minutes, while Kingsley Madu was an unused substitute in the encounter.

 

 

BULGARIA

Stephen Eze and Musa Muhammed: Former under 17 winning skipper Musa Muhammed was red carded for Lokomotiv Plovdiv while Stephen Eze started his second game and played the full 90 minutes for Plovdiv as they drew 1-1 away at Slavia Sofia

 

 

 

DENMARK

Frank Ogochukwu: Nigeria youngster Frank Ogochukwu had an afternoon to forget after picking up two yellow cards thus receiving his marching orders in FC Midtjylland 2-1 win away to Hobro.

The twenty years old striker has scored twice in just two starts for FC Midtjylland.

 

 

EGYPT

Junior Ajayi: The Nigerian striker scored the winner for Al-Ahly in their 2-1 over Al-Entag Al-Harby, the goal was Ajayi’s 8th in just 14 league matches. He has also provided 9 assist in the league.

 

 

FRANCE

Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was rooted to the bench for all 90 minutes as Nantes continued their abysmal form losing 1-0 at home to Amiens.

 

 

GERMANY

Leon Balogun, Anthony Ujah, and Victor Osimhen: Nigeria duo of Balogun and Ujah were in action for Mainz in their 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg who had Osimhen on the bench for all 90 minutes.

Ujah featured for 6 minutes, while Leon Balogun was on from start to finish making his 10th league start of the campaign.

 

 

 

HOLLAND

Sadiq Umar: Olympic Bronze medallist Sadiq Umar saw 21 minutes of action as NAC Breda played out a 1-1 draw with FC Groningen away from home.

The on-loan Roma star came on for Thomas Agyepong but was unable to fire his side to victory.

 

Fred FridayNigeria young star Fred Friday saw 45 minutes of action for Sparta Rotterdam in their 2-1 loss away at AZ Alkmaar.

 

Kingsley Ehizibue: Nigerian young star Kingsley Ehizbue saw 79 minutes of action for PEC Zwolle in a game they lost 1-2 to Heracles before he was replaced by Terell Ondaan.

The 22-year-old right winger was born in Munich by Nigerian parents and has been capped by the Netherlands at the junior level.

Kelechi Nwakali: Kelechi Nwakali on loan from Arsenal played the entire duration of MVV Maastricht’s 3-0 win at home to Almere City FC in the Dutch second division. The former Golden Eaglet midfielder received a 79th-minute yellow card.

 

Tyronne Ebuehi: Super Eagles’ right back Tyronne Ebuehi was on from start to finish as his side ADO Den Haag forced Ajax Amsterdam to a goalless draw away from home

 

 

ITALY

Joel Obi: The Nigerian international was in action for 78 minutes as his club Torino lost 2-1 away to Hellas Verona.

 

 

SPAIN

Oghenekaro Etebo and Imoh EzekielSuper Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo put in a good shift in the midfield for relegation-threatened Las Palmas who played out a 0-0 draw away to Leganes.

Another Nigerian player, Imoh Ezekiel, who like Etebo joined Las Palmas this winter, came on in the 80th minute.

 

Brown Ideye and Isaac Success: Nigerian striker Brown Ideye was on from start to finish as Malaga’s relegation woes continued as the lost 2-1 away at Athletico Bilbao. Isaac success was on the bench for the entire match duration.

 

 

SWITZERLAND

Stephen Odey: Former MFM striker Stephen Odey as on the bench for all 90 minutes as his side FC Zurich lost 1-0 to Grasshopper

 

 

SCOTLAND

Efe Ambrose: Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose was in action for all 90 minutes and was booked in the 59th minute as his Hibernian side threw away a two goals lead to share the spoils 2-2 away at Kilmarnock.

 

Chidiebere Nwakali:  Super Eagles’ midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali was in action for 81minutes as his side Aberdeen fell 2-0 at home to run away league leaders Celtic.  

 

 

TURKEY

William Troost Ekong, Mikel Agu, and Abdullahi ShehuOn Friday Super Eagles’ trio of William Troost-Ekong, Mikel Agu and Shehu Abdullahi all started for Bursaspor for the first time but were unable to stop a Bafetimi Gomis-led Galatasaray from bashing them 5-0.

Ekong had a nightmarish game when he received his matching others for a professional foul in the 38thminute, while Agu andAbdullahi featured for all 90 minutes.

 

Ogenyi Onazi: The Super Eagles’ assistant captain came on in the 90th minute to help Trabzonspor secure an important 2-1 win away to Alanyaspor.

 

Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok: Super Eagles’ defender Kenneth Omeruo was on for start to finish as 10-man Kasimpasa lost 3-2 away to Keyserispor.

His compatriot Samuel Eduok was on the bench for all 90 minutes.

 

Aminu Umar and Raheem Lawal: Nigerian international Aminu Umar featured for all 90 minutes and was booked in the 63rd minute as Osmanlispor played out a goalless draw at home to Antalyaspor.

Raheem Lawal also saw 20 minutes of action for the home team.

 

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