Red Hot Shanghai Shenhua forward Obafemi Martins



What a weekend it was for Nigerian players as the battle to make the Super Eagles’ 35-man provisional list for the world cup intensifies, with the likes of Obafemi Martins, Aaron Samuel and Kayode Olanrewaju all laying claim to that exquisite list. takes you through the highs and lows of their performances with plenty to smile about for most of our attackers in Europe.




Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Wilfred Ndidi had a terrible afternoon at the Amex Stadium as he was sent off for Leicester after receiving two bookable offenses in their 2-0 away win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Kelechi Iheanacho was on the bench for the entire match duration.


Victor Moses: The Eagles’ winger was on for 81 minutes and provided the assist for Morata to score what later proved to be a mere consolation as Tottenham Hotspur won for the first time at Stamford Bridge as they came from behind to trash Chelsea 3-1.


Alex Iwobi: The Eagles’ attacker was on the bench for the entire duration when Arsenal thrashed Stoke City 3-0 to maintain their slim chances of making it into the top four.


Ola Aina: The left- back was on for all 90 minutes as Hull City played out a goalless draw at home to promotion chasers Aston Villa.


Ola Aina of Hull City
Ola Aina of Hull City

Eberechi Eze, Nedum Onuoha and Sone Aluko: Former Eagles’ striker Sone Aluko was the hero for championship side Reading as they pipped QPR 1-0, with Nedum Onuoha and Eberechi Eze featuring for Rangers.

Aluko got the game’s only goal after just 13 minutes as Reading survived a late scare from the away side who missed a penalty in the closing seconds of the match.



Taiwo Awoniyi: He was on the scoresheet as his side Royal Excel Mouscron thrashed Lierse Sk 3-0 away from home.

The goal was Awoniyi’s 8th of the campaign.


Uche Agbo: The Eagles’ midfielder was in action for all 90 minutes and helped Standard Liege to a 1-0 win over RCS Charleroi in the Championship Playoff round.


Abdul Ajagun: He was on the scoresheet for KV Kortrijk as they made light work of visiting Waasland Beveren with a 4-1 thumping.

The goal was Ajagun’s fifth of the season.


Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Anderson Esiti: All three Nigerians started for KAA Gent as they beat RSC Anderlecht 2-0 away from home.

Kalu and Esiti were on for the entire match duration while Simon was withdrawn after 73 minutes.


Peter Olayinka: The Nigerian attacker was on for the entire match duration as Zulte Waregem drew 2-2 against Oud-Heverlee Leuven.




Stephen Eze and Musa Mohammed: Musa Muhammed was on for all 90 minutes while compatriot Stephen Eze came off the bench after 88 minutes as Lokomotiv Plovdiv were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Dunav Ruse.



Obafemi Martins: The former Inter Milan attacker marked his first CSL game of the season with a bang as he scored a hat-trick for Shanghai Shenhua in their 4-2 spanking of Hebei China Fortune.

Red Hot Shanghai Shenhua forward Obafemi Martins
Red Hot Shanghai Shenhua forward Obafemi Martins


Odion Ighalo: He was in action for all 90 minutes when Changchun Yatai lost 2-1 at home to Guangzhou R&F, with the attacker getting into the referee’s book deep into added time.


Mikel Obi: The Eagles’ skipper was on for the entire duration when Tianjin Teda suffered their second loss of the season as they went down 2-1 at Jiangsu Suning.



Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah: Defender Leon Balogun was confined to the bench for all 90 minutes while compatriot Ujah saw just one minute of action as Mainz 05 drew goalless at home to Borussia M’gladbach.


Victor Osimhen: He started just his third league game of the season as Wolfsburg drew goalless away to Hertha Berlin. The young striker was however replaced by Daniel Didavi by halftime.


Osayamen Osawe and Kingsley Onuegbu: Relatively unknown Nigerian striker, Osawe Osayamen got a hat-trick for Bundesliga 2 side FC Kaiserslautern in their 4-1 thrashing of MSV Duisburg which had Kingsley Onuegbu in their ranks.

The former Manchester City youth product had a game rating of 8.8, winning 6 of his duels and scoring thrice from four shots fired.



Sadiq Umar:  Umar continued his fine goalscoring form since joining Breda from Roma in the winter as he scored what became just a mere consolation for NEC Breda as they lost 5-1 to league leaders PSV.

The goal was Umar’s 4th in just four starts for Breda.


Tyronne Ebuehi: The Eagles’ right back lasted for just fifty minutes as he was withdrawn after sustaining an injury as his side ADO Den Haag lost 0-3 at home to AZ Alkmaar.



Joel Obi: The midfielder came off the bench to score his 5th goal of the season as Torino trashed Cagliari 4-0 away from home.




Ahmed Musa: The former VVV Venlo attacker was on for 84 minutes as CSKA Moscow prepared for the visit of Arsenal as they beat FK Rostov 2-1 away from home.


Aaron Samuel, Brian Idowu, and Fegor Ogude: Eagles’ striker Brian Idowu continued to make a case for himself ahead of the world cup as he scored a brace to help Amker Perm off the relegation zone in their 2-1 win over league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

Brian Idowu and Fegor Ogude also featured for the entire match duration for Amkar Perm.




Hillary Gong Chukwah and Philip Azango: Nigeria young star Hillary Chukwah got a brace for his side Trencin as they made light work of their host Zilina in a 5-1 win in the Slovakian Superliga.

The goal was Hillary’s 6th of the campaign, while Philip Azango was withdrawn in the 90th minute with his side 5-1 up already.


Rabiu Ibrahim: The midfielder was in action for 72 minutes as his side Slovan Bratislava beat Ruzomberok 1-0.



Brown Ideye and Isaac Success: Isaac Success was on for 66 minutes as Malaga recorded their first league win in recent weeks as they beat Villarreal 1-0 at home.

Brown Ideye was not listed on the home side as he out injured.



Stephen Odey: The former MFM striker was on the bench for the entire match duration when FC Zurich drew 1-1 away at FC Sion.




William Troost-Ekong, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu: Eagles’ trio of Ekong, Agu, and Abdullahi all featured for 90 minutes for Bursaspor as they lost 2-0 away at Antalyaspor.


Aminu Umar: The former dream star was on for 80 minutes as his side Osmanlispor drew goalless at home to Konyaspor.


Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok: Eagles’ defender Omeruo started his 22nd league game of the season as he helped Kasimpasa to a 2-0 away win at Goztepe.

The on-loan Chelsea defender was however substituted in the 81st minute with a minor injury, while fellow Nigerian Samuel Eduok was introduced in the 66thminute of the match.


Azubuike Okechukwu: The former dream team captain saw 69 minutes of action for Yeni Malayatspor as they trashed Genclerbirligi 4-1 at home.




Olanrewaju Kayode: the on-loan Manchester City striker needed just three minutes to announce his arrival to Ukraine as he came off the bench to score Shakhtar Donetsk’s third goal in their 3-0 away at Zorya Luhansk.