It was a weekend of goals, goals, and goals for Nigerian players; from England to Turkey to Austria, to Belgium, including a dream debut for Afeez Aremu who scored a screamer in Norway.
However, the only sad news was the fact that midfielder Oghenekharo Etebo and right-back Tyronne Ebuehi could be a doubt for the Eagles’ upcoming games against Poland and Serbia later this month after they were both withdrawn with injuries by their respective clubs at the weekend.
AOIFootball.com reports the performances of these stars penultimate weekend.
Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Iheanacho had a dream 30 minutes for Leicester City as he came off the bench to score and assist another as Leicester City made light work of West Brom, winning 4-1 at the Hawthorns.
Wilfred Ndidi also featured for all 90 minutes.
Victor Moses: The Blues’ wing-back was on the bench for all 90 minutes when Chelsea returned to winning ways to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Alex Iwobi: The attacker was in action for 66 minutes as Arsenal returned to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
Ola Aina: The left-back was on for all 90 minutes in a game that produced four penalties, as Hull City came back from 2-3 down to win 4-3 at the KCOM stadium.
Eberechi Eze, Nedum Onuoha, and Bright Osayi-Samuel: 21-year-old Eberechi Eze was the hero for QPR in their 1-0 victory over Sunderland. The striker scored the only goal of the match in the 62nd minute to further deepen Sunderland’s relegation woes.
Nedum Onuoha was on for all 90 minutes, while Osayi-Samuel was introduced after 72 minutes of action.
Bright Edomwonyi and Emeka Eze: Former Rizespor striker Bright Edomwonyi got a brace for SK Strum Graz as they came from behind to trash Flayeralarm 4-2 away from home.
Emeka Eze was introduced in the 80th minute for two goals hero Edomwonyi but was unfortunately replaced after 8 minutes when he sustained an injury.
Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, and Anderson Esiti: Samuel Kalu put in a man of the match display when he scored one and assisted another for Gent in their 2-1 away win over Genk.
Kalu was on for 80 minutes before being replaced, while Moses Simon started his first game in three months and was on for all 90 minutes, with Anderson Esiti also in action from start to finish as all three Nigerians tested victory with KAA Gent.
Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure and Chuba Akpom: Young star Emmanuel Bonaventure help set up the only goal of the match as his side Club Brugge beat Sint-Truidense VV who had Chuba Akpom on their pay role 1-0 away from home.
Both players were on from start to finish.
Abdul Ajagun : He started for KV Kortrijk as they beat RCS Charleroi 2-0 at home. Ajagun did however enter the referees yellow book.
Joseph Akpala and Uche Agbo: Akpala was on target for the second consecutive week when he grabbed KV Oostende second goal as they surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in dramatic fashion to Uche Agbo’s Standard Liege.
Akpala was on for the entire duration, while Uche Agbo was introduced in 78 minute of the match.
Kingsley Madu and Peter Olayinka: Striker Peter Olayinka scored his eighth league goal of the season when he grabbed the second goal for Zulte Waregem as they beat KSC Lokeren 2-0 away from home.
The on-loan Gent striker was on for all 90 minutes, while Kingsley Madu was missing due to injury.
Stephen Eze and Musa Muhammed: They were both on for all 90 minutes as their club Lokomotiv Plovdiv lost 2-0 at home to Beroe Stara Zagora.
Odion Ighalo: He was in action for all 90 minutes when Changchun Yatai lost 5-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande.
Mikel Obi: The Super Eagles’ captain was in action for all 90 minutes when 10-men Tianjin Teda lost 1-0 away at Henan Jianye.
Chidozie Awaziem: The defender was on for all 90 minutes and helped his side to another clean sheet when the edged pass Troyes 1-0.
Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah: Ujah started his first league game for Mainz but was unable to inspire them to victory as the lost 1-0 at home to Schalke 04. Balogun was missing through suspension.
Sadiq Umar and Tyronne Ebuehi: Umar continued his impressive form when he won a penalty for NEC Breda as they beat ADO Den Haag 2-0 away from home.
Tyronne Ebuehi saw 67 minutes of action but could not present his side from losing. He was however taken off following an injury.
Kelechi Nwakali: The midfielder was on song as he scored twice to help MVV Maastricht to a convincing 3-1 victory at home to Jong FC Utrecht.
Afeez Aremu and Michael Ogungbaro: Former Akwa United midfielder Afeez Aremu had a dream debut in Norway when he got his side’s fourth goal in IK Start 4-1 thrashing of Tromso IL, while Ogungbaro was rooted to the bench for all 90.
Samuel Adegbenro: The former Kwara United striker was on for all 90 minutes when Rosenborg Bk lost 1-0 to Sarpsborg 08.
David Babajide, Anthony Ideki, Izuchukwu Anthony and Shuaibu Ibrahim: Four Nigerians were listed in the matchday squad for Haugesund in their season opener against Odds BK.
However it was only David Babajide that was called upon as he gave an impressive performance that helped his side to 2-1 win away from home.
Ifeanyi Matthew, Charles Ezeh, and Moses Ebiye: Former Kano Pillars midfielder Matthew Ifeanyi was in action for all 90 minutes as his side Lillestrom SK lost 3-1 away to Bodo/Glimt on the opening day of the season.
Moses Ebiye was on for just two minutes while Charles Ezeh had to do with a place on the substitute bench.
All three Nigerians are on the books of Lillestrom.
Ahmed Musa: He was on for the entire match duration and inspired CSKA Moscow to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Akhmat Grozny.
Aaron Samuel, Brian Idowu, and Fegor Ogude: Brian Idowu and Aaron Samuel both started for Amkar Perm but it was Fegor Ogude who grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons after he was sent off just two minutes after coming in as Amker Perm fell 2-0 at home to Arsenal Tula.
Hillary Gong Chukwah and Philip Azango: Nigeria young stars Hillary and Azango both started for AS-Trencin as they lost 1-2 at home to Spartak Trnava.
Both players were on for the entire match duration.
Rabiu Ibrahim: The midfielder was in action for 82 minutes as his side Slovan Bratislava lost 2-0 away at MSK Zilina.
Brown Ideye and Isaac Success: Brown Ideye and Isaac Success both started on the bench as Malaga lost 2-0 to Barcelona.
Both players were introduced in the 78th minute but were unable to stop their side from suffering their 7th consecutive defeat.
Oghenekharo Etebo: Eagles’ midfielder Etebo was on for just 45 minutes after being substituted at halftime with reports that the player was in injured in the first half and could not continue the game. His team went on to lose 2-0 to Villarreal.
Aminu Umar, William Troost Ekong, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu: Aminu Umar was on target for Osmanlispor as they eased their relegation issues with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bursaspor.
Aminu was withdrawn deep into added time for the host, while Mikel Agu and Shehu Abdullahi were on for the away team from start to finish. However, Troost-Ekong, who returned from suspension had to make do with a place on the bench.
Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok: Samuel Eduok was among the scorers as Kasimpasa forced Sivasspor to a 2-2 away from home. He was subbed after 76 minutes while Kenneth Omeruo was on for all 90 minutes.
Azubuike Okechukwu: The former dream team captain was on for all 90 minutes as his side Yeni Malatayaspor lost 2-0 at home to Fenerbahce.