The Nigerian players abroad review returns this week with some Nigerian players putting in impressive displays and scoring goals for their respective clubs.
We start off from Russia, where Ahmed Musa scored his 10th league goal of the season in CSKA Moscow’s 7-1 drubbing of Saransk. The 23-year old also had a brace of assists as he and his teammates went goal crazy. Meanwhile, Aaron Samuel was a 57th minute entrant in the game but failed to find the back of the net.
Also in Russia, Sylvester Igboun played the entire duration in Ufa’s 1-0 win over Terek Grozny and he received a 52nd minute booking for a foul, but failed to find the back of the net.
Bright Edonwonyi scored his first professional hat-trick in Sturm Graz’s 4-1 win over Altach in the Austrian Bundesliga. Whilst he scored the last three goals, it was his assist that led to his side’s opener after just four minutes.
Still in Austria, former junior international Olanrewaju Kayode and Austria Vienna suffered a shock 2-0 home loss to bottom-placed Grodig. While he fired blanks in the encounter, he received a 63rd minute caution.
In the Finnish Veikkausliiga, Nigeria internationals Azubuike Egwuekwe and Gbolahan Salami and youth international Aliyu Abubakar all featured and played the entire duration for KuPS but couldn’t do much as they suffered a 1-0 home loss to Ilves. The fourth Nigerian at the club, Paul Onobi was not listed.
Nigeria under 23 striker Junior Ajayi was on the score-sheet twice for CS Sfaxien in the Tunisian Ligue 1 as they beat Sidi Bouzid 3-1. The former Shooting Stars striker scored the first and third goals for Sfaxien to record his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign, and also send them top of the table.
In France, Elderson Echiejile saw red as they were thrashed 4-1 by Vincent Enyeama’s Lille in Ligue 1. While Enyeama failed to keep a clean sheet in the game, it was an impressive win for his side, while it wasn’t the same for Echiejile, who received a 64th minute red card.
Leon Balogun returned from injury to star for Mainz as they played out a 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg. The defender was on for the entire duration. While Balogun may have been satisfied with the draw at Wolfsburg, Anthony Ujah cannot say the same as his Werder Bremen side were beaten 2-1 by Augsburg in front of their home fans. The striker led the line for Bremen but fired blanks.
Ogenyi Onazi got what has now become a rare start for Lazio in their win at struggling Palermo in Serie A. Torino’s Joel Obi also started in their 2-1 win over Atalanta but was taken off after 56 minutes.
In the Premier League, Alex Iwobi scored and assisted in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw at West Ham United. In the same game, Victor Moses watched all through from the bench, but Emmanuel Emenike got some game time as he was introduced for the Hammers.
Odion Ighalo’s goal drought continued as they fought to a 1-1 draw with Everton, while Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in Manchester City’s hard fought 2-1 win over West Brom.