Alex Iwobi celebrates after scoring Arsenal's second against Brighton. Photo credit: The Sun Uk



Alex Iwobi fired a strong warning to Zambia ahead of next weekend’s qualifier as he scored his first goal in 8 months while Onyekuru, Awoniyi and Gabriel Reuben continue to bang in the goals for their club sides.

This is this the weekend’s review of Nigerian players abroad, as compiled by



Alex Iwobi: The Super Eagles’ striker was on target for English topflight Arsenal as they comfortably dispatched Brighton & Hove Abion 2-0 on Sunday.

Nacho Monreal had put the team ahead Iwobi doubled the Gunners’ lead after latching on to a stunning back heel from teammate Alexis Sanchez to seal all 3 points. The win leaves Iwobi’s team at six wins from seven matches.

Victor Moses: He was on the bench for the entire duration as Chelsea lost their second league game of the season.

The Blues have now lost both their EPL matches in which the Nigerian has failed to play, losing 3–2 also on the opening day of the season.


Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa

In what is becoming a disturbing occurrence for one of Nigeria’s brightest star, Kelechi Iheanacho was once again listed on the bench for the Foxes as they drew goalless away to FC Bournemouth.

The attacker was however introduced in the 69thminute for Shinji Okazaki but could not make any difference.

Wilfred Ndidi was on from start to finish, while fellow Nigerian, Ahmed Musa might just be thinking of life away from the Foxes as he was yet again deemed not good enough by Craig Shakespeare’s first team.

The former CSKA Moscow player is yet to be listed for an EPL match this season.


Isaac Success: The former U17-winning striker continued a frustrating start to the season as he was yet again not listed for Watford over the weekend. The attacker is yet to feature this season.


Ola Aina: The Super Eagles’ utility defender was on for the entire duration of Hull City’s 6-1 thrashing of Birmingham.

The full-back however grabbed an assist when he turned provider for Bowen to score the 3rdgoal, while British-born Nigeria defender, Nuha Dicko was introduced in the 74th minute.



Ibrahim Alhassan: He scored his first goal for Austria Wien as they beat Altach 2–0 in the Austrian Bundesliga.

The midfielder opened scoring when he volleyed home Salamon’s cross from the flank to make it 1-0.

He was on for the entire match duration.



Abduljelil Ajagun: The Nigeria international was on target for Kortrijk as they lost 2–1 at home to Joseph Akpala’s Oostende.

Ajagun was on for the entire duration while Akpala was introduced in the 71st minute.


Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure, Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu

19-year-old Emmanuel Bonaventure scored his 5th league goal of the season when he scored against Gent which had three Nigerians in their books.

Dennis opened scoring in the 15th minute and was later substituted in the 74th minute of the match.

Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu all featured for Gent as they continued their abysmal start to the season with yet another loss to table toppers Club Brugge.

Henry Onyekuru and Uche Agbo

The Super Eagles’ striker put aside Wednesday’s disappointing home loss in the hands of Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, as he fired Anderlecht to all three points when he scored the only goal against Uche Agbo’s Standard Liege in the 89th minute.

Henry Onyekuru celebrates his match winner against Standard Liege
Henry Onyekuru celebrates his match winner against Standard Liege

Both players were on for all 90 minutes and were both cautioned by the referee.


Taiwo Awoniyi: The on loan Liverpool striker scored his third goal of the season as Royal Muscron drew 2–2 with KV Mecheien.


Peter Olayinka: The Nigerian scored what proved to be a mare as Zulte Wregem were beaten 3–1 at home by Lokeren.

With Zulte 2-0, down Olayinka reduced the deficit but the home team were further punished when De Ridder scored the third for Lokeren to seal all three points.




Gbolahan Salami and Gabriel Rueben


Gabriel Reuben was the hero for Kups Kuopio for the second consecutive week as they beat Inter Turku 1–2 away from home in the Finnish Veikkausliga.

Reuben equalized in the 37th minute after the home team took an early lead in the 11th minute before completing the turnaround in the 88th minute as he grabbed his brace and Kups’ second to ensure all three points.

Gbolahan salami was introduced in the second half of the encounter.



Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was introduced in the 64th minute for French side Nantes in their 1–0 win over Metz.


Desire Oparanozie: The Super Falcons’ striker was in action in the French Women League over the weekend but could not stop her team Guingamp from losing 3–0 at home to PSG Ladies.



Leon Balogun, Felix Udokhai and Victor Osimhen: Super Eagles’ Leon Balogun was on the bench for the second consecutive week as Mainz drew 1-1 away to Wolfsburg which featured Nigeria’s duo of Victor Osimhen and Felix Udokhai.

German-born Nigerian youngster, Felix Udokhai was on from start to finish while Osimhen was introduced in the 84th minute for Dickov Origi.



Tyronne Ebuehi: He was on from start to finish as ADO Den Haag beat Breda 1-0 away from home but was however yellow-carded in the 78th minute.

Kelechi Nwakali: He started his first game of the season in VVV Venlo 2-0 defeat away to Excelsior.

The midfielder was however taken off in the 61st minute.



Matthew Ifeanyi, Charles Ezeh, Shikoze Udoji and Moses Ebiye


Nigeria’s trio of Matthew, Ezeh and Udoji, all started for Lillestrom SK as they lost  2-1 away to Tromso, while Moses Ebiye was introduced in the 76th  minute for Udoji.


Chidiebere Nwakali:

The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles’ star was on target for Sogndal as they drew 2–2 at home to Molde.

Nwakali scored the second goal in the 23rd minute to put Sogndal up but were pecked back before half time as both teams shared the spoils.


Simmy Nwankwo

Simmy Nwankwo scored his first league goal of the season for his club Crotone in their 1-1 away draw at SPAL 1203. Nwankwo’s goal came in the 59th minute off an assist from Adrian Stolan. The big Nigerian forward was on from start to finish. He was also instrumental to his side’s first win of the season last week.

Orji Okonkwo

Despite being the hero of his side last week, Okonkwo was an unused sub in Bologna’s 1 nil away win at Genoa.



Oghenekaro Etebo


The Nigerian midfielder was on the losing side as Boavista beat CD Feirense 1–0. Etebo was on for the entire duration.



Troost Ekong, Mikel Agu and Pascal Okoli

Super Eagles’ defender, William Troost-Ekong scored his second goal of the season when he equalised for Bursaspor against Kayserispor, but the goal was only a mare consolation as they fell 3–1.

Mikel Agu was also on for all 90 minutes and was provider for Troost-Ekong’s goal; both players are expected to hit the Super Eagles’ camp on Monday morning ahead the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo next weekend.


Umar Aminu, Raheem lawal, Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok


Aminu scored his first goal for Osmanlispor as they beat Kasimpasa 3-0.

Umar Aminu and Raheem Lawal started for Osmanlispor while Kenneth Omeruo was on for all 90 minutes and Samuel Eduok was introduced in the 46th minute.


Elderson Echijele

The Super Eagles’ left-back was featured for just one minute as Sivasspor beat Antalyaspor 3-1.


Ogenyi Onazi:

The Nigeria international started his first game of the season for Trabzonspor but they drew 2–2 away to Besiktas.

The midfielder was however yellow-carded in the 55th minute before being withdrawn in the 64thminute.


Patrick Friday Eze and Azubike Okechukwu

Nigerian striker Patrick Friday Eze scored his second goal of the season as Konyaspor drew 1-1 with Yeni Malatayaspor which featured former Olympic bronze medallist Azubuike Okechukwu in the match.

Friday, who scored his first goal last week was taken off in the 71st minute.



Osinachi Ohale

The Super Falcons’ midfielder scored for Swedish side Vitisjo as they beat Bunkeflo 2–0 in the Swedish women league.

The midfielder scored the second goal of the match in the 61st minute, dedicating the goal to Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day celebration.



Obinna Nsofor and Ejike Uzoenyi

Former Super Eagles’ player, Ejike Uzoenyi and Victor Obinna Nsofor, both squared up against each other in a Cape Town derby over the weekend.

Nsofor, who joined Cape Town City last week, scored his first goal when he opened scoring for the away side in the 34th minute while Ejike was introduced in the 55th minute to try to salvage something for Ajax Cape Town but they ended up on the losing side.


Daniel Akpeyi

The Super Eagles’ and Chippa United goalkeeper was in action for his club as they drew 1–1 away to Golden Arrows over the weekend.

The embattled Super Eagles’ goalkeeper will now turn his attention to the clash against Zambia as he has all to do to get the number one gloves from Ikechukwu Ezenwa.