In this week’s edition of the Nigerian players’ abroad review, we start off from Russia where Ahmed Musa both goals for CSKA Moscow in their 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnoda. He was eventually replaced by his Nigeria teammate, Aaron Samuel in the second minute of stoppage time. Sylvester Igboun was a 57th minute entrant for FC Ufa, but couldn’t help them as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Dynamo Moscow.
And in the Bundesliga, Anthony Ujah was a 71st minute entrant for Werder Bremen but fired blanks in their 1-1 draw with Mainz. His compatriot, Leon Balogun was expectedly missing after suffering an injury which has ruled him out of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.
In Serie A, Ogenyi Onazi returned to the bench for Lazio in their 1-1 draw with AC Milan, while Joel Obi was also on the bench all through in the Turin derby as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Juventus.
Elderson Echiejile was on for the entire duration as they recorded an unlikely 2-0 win at champions PSG in Ligue 1. Former Super Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama kept another clean sheet as Lille pipped Toulouse 1-0.
In La Liga, Ikechukwu Uche was an unused substitute in Malaga’s 1-0 win at Real Betis, while Isaac Success played for 70 minutes before receiving a second yellow card for elbowing an opponent and was subsequently sent off as Granada were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Rayo Vallecano.
Alex Iwobi shone the brightest amongst the Nigerians in the Premier League as he scored his first Premier League goal in his full debut for Arsenal in their 2-0 win at Everton. John Obi Mikel played all 90 minutes as is now customary for Chelsea as they came from behind twice to play out a 2-2 draw with West Ham.
Emmanuel Emenike came on in the 75th minute but fired blanks while Victor Moses was not listed for the encounter. Kelechi Iheanacho failed to get off the Manchester City bench as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Odion Ighalo failed to add to his tally as Watford were beaten at home 2-1 by Stoke City.