VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria arrives at the stadium prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
It was mixed outing for Nigerian players on match day one of the 2018/2019 UEFA Europa League, with Alex Iwobi the standout player after returning to bag an assist for Arsenal, while there was also good news for 2015 U-17 forward Samuel Chukweze who made his senior debut for Villarreal.
However, Victor Moses’s decision to quit national team football might have just come at a cost with the winger only deemed good enough for the bench as the Blues kept their 100% record with a win away to PAOK of Greece.
Alex Iwobi: The Eagles’ winger started for the first time in two weeks, returning from injury to help Arsenal beat Volrskla Poltava 4-2 at the Emirates.
Iwobi helped setup the game’s opening goal for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang before being replaced by Smith Rowe in 72nd minutes of the clash.
Victor Moses: Despite returning to the Blues bench for the first time in four outings, he watched from the touch lines as Willian’s first half strike was all the blues needed to make it six wins in a role, defeating PAOK 1-0 away from home.
Moses will now hope for more favour on Sunday when Chelsea travel to West Ham on match day six of the Premier League, with the chances of the former Eagles’ star named among the 17 for the clash very slim.
Stephen Odey: The former MFM striker made his European bow for FC Zurich, starting in their 1-0 win away at AEK Larnaca. He was however withdrawn after 75 minutes with his side earning an impressive away victory.
Samuel Chukweze: The 19-year-old forward was introduced for the remaining 11 minutes for Nicola Sunsone in Villarreal’s 2-2 draw at home to Rangers, thus making his first senior appearance for the club.
Chukweze scored 3 goals for the Golden Eaglets in 2015 as they went on to clinch the cadet World Cup and was part of the Villarreal B team last season before being promoted to the first team this season.
Uche Agbo: The Eagles midfielder was introduced for Standard Liege in their 5-1 humiliation by Spanish heavyweights Sevilla.
Agbo however stabilized the match for his side despite playing for just 12 minutes, earning a game rating of 7.0, winning four of his 5 duels and 100% of his tackles.
Samuel Kalu: The Eagles’ forward could not replicate his goal scoring form over the weekend as he featured for all 90 minutes in Bordeaux’s 1-0 loss away at Slavia Praha. The team missed the services of Peter Olayinka who is still out injured.