This week on Nigerian players abroad, we take a look at the Nigerian players that featured and did well for their clubs, and those that didn’t.
We start off from Italy, where Ogenyi Onazi was an unused substitute in Lazio’s 5-2 win over Verona. The Nigeria international has struggled for game time this season. And in France, Vincent Enyeama was in goal for Lille in their goalless draw with PSG. Elderson Echiejile returned for Monaco and played all 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with St Etienne.
In Germany, Leon Balogun once again played all 90 minutes in Mainz’s 2-1 win over Shalke 04. He however got a 93rd minute yellow card. Chinedu Ede scored the only goal for Twente in their 1-0 win over Roda in Holland. And in Spain, Ikechukwu Uche made his debut for Malaga but only featured for four minutes as he came on in the 86th minute in the 1-0 loss to his former side, Villareal.
Isaac Success played all 90 minutes but fired blanks in Granada’s 3-0 loss to Real Sociedad. In the Scottish Premiership, Efe Ambrose was missing for Celtic in their 2-0 win over Ross County. And in Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo received a 42nd minute yellow card but featured all through in Kasimpasa’s 3-1 loss to Fenerbahce.
Godfrey Oboabona played all 90 minutes in midfield but couldn’t stop his Rizespor side from losing 2-1 to Sivasspor. John Chibuike played all 90 minutes and received a 64th minute yellow card as Gazientepspor were beaten 1-0 by Akhisarspor. Meanwhile, Gbenga Arokoyo remained missing.
And in the lower league, Chikeluba Ofoedu scored the second goal in Samsunspor’s 3-2 win at Sanliurfaspor.
In England, Kelechi Iheanacho ame off the bench to score for Manchester City but it was enough as they lost 2-1 to Tottenham. Victor Moses came off the bench to assist West Ham’s first goal in their 2-2 draw with Norwich, while Emmanuel Emenike also came off the bench in the game.
Osaze Odemwingie remained unused in Stoke City’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth. It was the same fate that befell John Obi Mikel in Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Newcastle United. And in the Championshp, Sammy Ameobi received a stoppage time red card in Cardiff’s goalless draw with Charlton.