The UEFA Europa League entered its business round on Thursday with no fewer than 18 Nigerians showcasing their skills. It was a sweet sound of victory for the trio of Tosin Aiyegun, Seyi Ojo and Joe Aribo who all found the net for their respective clubs.
AOIFootball.com brings you up to speed on how they performed as Eagles midfielder Mikel Agu was also in action after making his debut for new club Vitoria Guimaraes.
Tosin Aiyegun: The 21-year-old continued his fine form on the continent netting his second goal this season in the competition as he helped his Latvian side FK Ventspils to a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of visiting Gizra United.
Theophilus Solomon: He featured for 57 minutes before being replaced by Ghana’s Joseph Ekuban as he failed to lift homes side FK Partizan Tirane as they lost 1-0 to visitors Sheriff Tiraspol.
Eke Uzoma: left-back Eke Uzoma was on from start to finish, showing plenty of composure at the back to help his Hungarian side Budapest Honved to a goalless draw at home to visitors CS Universitatea Craiova.
Anthony Ikedi and Emeka Eze: Anthony Ikedi was confined to the bench for all 90 minutes as his side Haugesund defeated SK Strum Graz 2-0 at home, with the visitors introducing forward Emeza Eze in the final 20 minutes but they failed to grab the all-important away goal.
Umar Sadiq: On-loan AS Roma forward Umar Sadiq featured for 46 minutes as his side FK Partizan claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win in Wales after downing host Connah’s Quay Nomads at the Belle Vue Stadium.
Solomon-Otabor Viv: The English born Nigerian hopeful was rooted to the bench for all 90 minutes when Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over NK Osijek.
Stephen Eze: The Super Eagles defender continued to make a name for himself in Bulgaria as he marshaled Lokomotiv Plovdiv defense as they defeated visitors Spartak Trnava 2-0 to stand a good chance of progressing to the next round of the competition.
Richard Emeka Friday: He featured for 72 minutes before being replaced by Danu Spataru but failed to lift his Latvian side FK Liepaja as they lost 2-0 away at IFK Norrkoping.
Blessing Chibuike Eleke: The lanky forward came off the bench to inspire FC Luzern as they had to be patient to snatch a 1-0 win over visitors KI Klaksvik who stood firm for most of the match before been broken deep into added time.
Brown Ideye: The former Super Eagles forward made his first competitive debut for Greek side Aris Thessaloniki as they drew goalless at home to Cyprus side AEL Limassol with Ideye featuring all 90 minutes.
Abdulrahman Taiwo: The 20-year-old was rooted to the bench for the entire match duration ad his side DAC Dunajska Streda lost 1-2 at home to Atromitos Athens.
Mikel Agu: The Eagles midfielder made his debut for Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes coming off the bench in the 87th minutes as he inspired them to a1-0 win over Jeunesse Esch.
Sheyi Ojo and Joe Aribo: They were the heroes for Scottish side Rangers as they struck either side of the half to help Steven Gerrard and his lads to an impressive 2-0 win over visitors Progress Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium.
Ikouwem Udo Utin: The former Flying Eagles skipper was not listed after sustaining an injury over the weekend against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, watching from home as Maccabi Haifa lost 3-1 away at French side Strasbourg.
Haruna Garba: The forward came off the bench at half time but could do nothing to inspire Debreceni VSC as they lost 3-0 away at Italian Side Torino who missed the services of Ola Aina who has been given an extended rest following his participation in the 2019 AFCON.