It was a relatively quiet weekend for Nigerian players across the globe, with very few scoring goals; but the good news was the fantastic display of Alex Iwobi, who returned to the Gunners’ first-team line-up, creating two assists in their 3-2 win against Southampton to keep their slim Champions League qualification alive.
Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Iheanacho was confined to the bench for the second game running as Leicester City lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle United. Wilfred Ndidi missed out through suspension.
Victor Moses: The Eagles’ winger was on for 78 minutes as Chelsea’s slim hope of Champions League football next season suffered a setback after they drew 1-1 at home to West Ham United.
Alex Iwobi: The Eagles’ attacker returned to the starting line-up with a bang as he produced two assists for the Gunners when they came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2.
Ola Aina, Eberechi Eze, Nedum Onuoha and Bright Osayi-Samuel: Eagles’ left-back Ola Aina was in impressive form as he helped Hull City thrash QPR 4-0.
Nedum Onuoha was sent off while Eberechi Eze was on for the entire duration; Osayi-Samuel saw only 23 minutes action as they could all not Stop QPR from going down 4-0.
Sone Aluko: The former Eagles’ striker put in a good shift for Reading as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Preston North End.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Abdul Ajagun: Awoniyi was on the scoresheet as Royal Excel Mouscron beat Abdul Ajagun’s Kortrijk 2-1 with Ajagun seeing 72 minutes of action.
The goal was Awoniyi’s 9th of the campaign.
Uche Agbo: The Eagles’ midfielder saw 83 minutes of action as his side, Standard Liege lost 1-0 away to KRC Genk
Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Anderson Esiti and Emmanuel Bonaventure: The trio of Simon, Kalu, and Esiti all started for Gent as they beat Club Brugge 1-0 at home, with Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure also seeing 7 minutes of action for the hosts.
However, it was Samuel Kalu who grabbed the headline as he scored the game’s only goal after being put clean on goal by the ever-impressive Moses Simon to earn his side all three points.
Peter Olayinka: The Nigerian attacker was on for the entire match duration as Zulte Waregem defeated Waasland Beveren 2-1 away from home.
Chuba Akpom: Super Eagles’ hopeful, Chuba Akpom was on the scoresheet for Sint-Truidense VV as they made light work of Royal Antwerp in a 4-0 bashing.
The goal was Akpom’s second since joining the Belgian club in the winter transfer window.
Joseph Akpala: The striker was in action for all 90 minutes as KV Oostende drew 1-1 at home to KAS Eupen.
Odion Ighalo: He was in action for all 90 minutes when Changchun Yatai lost 2-1away to Hebei China Fortune.
Mikel Obi: The Eagles’ skipper was on for the entire duration as his side Tianjin Teda drew 1-1 away at Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah: Leon Balogun was on for the entire match duration and picked up a yellow card just before the half-time whistle, whilst compatriot Ujah saw just two minutes of action as Mainz 05 drew 1-1 away at FC Koln.
Victor Osimhen: The young striker was on the bench for the entire match duration as his side Wolfsburg claimed a 2-0 win away at Freiburg.
Sadiq Umar: the Nigerian attacker was in action for 79 minutes as NAC Breda beat Vitesse by a lone goal.
Fred Friday: He came off the bench in the 72nd minute to inspire Sparta Rotterdam to a 3-2 win over VVV-Venlo, setting up the equalizer for Robert Muhren in the 81st minute.
Friday has scored 4 goals in 9 league starts while also chipping in 2 assists.
Joel Obi: The midfielder was in action for 88 minutes as Torino claimed a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Inter Milan.
David Babajide, Anthony Ideki, and Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim: David Babajide got the only goal for Haugesund as they drew 1-1at home to Sarpsborg. The goal was Babajide’s second in just four games.
Anthony Ideki was on the bench for the entire duration.
Chidere Ejuke: The 19-year-old striker was on target for Valerenga IF, as the goal proved to be a mere consolation as they lost 4-1 at home to Stromsgodest.
Aaron Samuel, Brian Idowu, and Fegor Ogude: All three Nigerians were on from start to finish as they inspired Amkar Perm to a 2-0 victory away to SKA-Khabarovsk, with Fegor Ogude being the standout player.
Hillary Gong Chukwah and Philip Azango: Both players were on for the entire match duration as AS Trencin lost 3-0 at home to DAC Dunajska Streda.
Rabiu Ibrahim: The midfielder was in action for all 90 minutes as Slovan Bratislava lost 1-0 away to Spartak Trnava.
Oghenekaro Etebo and Imoh Eziekel: The Nigerian duo featured for all 90 minutes in Las Palmas’ 1-2 loss away at Levante, a result that leaves them needing a miracle to escape the drop.
Brown Ideye and Isaac Success: Isaac Success was on for 56 minutes as Malaga slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna. Brown Ideye missed out through injury.
Chima Akas: The left-back was in action for all 90 minutes as he helped Kalmar FF keep a clean sheet to earn their first win of the season as they beat IF Elfsborg 1-0 at home.
Stephen Odey: The former MFM striker was on the bench for the entire match duration FC Zurich drew 1-1 at home to Grasshopper.
Ogenyi Onazi: The Eagles’ vice-captain limped off after just 28 minutes of play with a hamstring injury in Trabzonspor’s 4-0 thrashing of Keyserispor
Kenneth Omeruo, Samuel Eduok William Troost Ekong, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu: All five Nigerians were on from start to finish as Kasimpasa, led by the impressive Omeruo in defence, defeated Bursaspor 1-0 at their own backyard. Omeruo, Abdullahi and Mikel Agu all particularly impressed in the match with a game rating of 7.3, 7.1 and 7.5 respectively
Aminu Umar: He was on for 70 minutes as Osmanlispor lost 2-0 away at Fenerbahce.
Olanrewaju Kayode: The on-loan Manchester City striker was on the bench for the entire match duration as Shakhtar Donetsk won 2-0 away to Veres Rivne.