It was another weekend of action as Nigerian players abroad trotted their stuff for their clubs abroad. It wasn’t the same story all over though, as while some of them were in action, some others weren’t and here, we take a look at how it was for Nigerian players abroad this past weekend.
It was a big win for Liverpool over Hull City but none of the players with Nigerian descent featured for either club in the game. The trio of Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and Tiago Ilori were not listed by the Reds in the 5-1 win, same also with Moses Odubajo at Hull. The latter is still recovering from injury.
Victor Moses was on the bench for Chelsea as they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates, and he didn’t feature at all, while the duo of Ola Aina and John Obi Mikel were not even considered.
For the Gunners, Alex Iwobi was yet again impressive and was voted the man-of-the-match as he lasted 69 minutes in their comfortable win. Chuba Akpom was however not listed.
At the Stadium of Light, Victor Anichebe was called into action in the 86th minute for Sunderland but couldn’t do much to help them as they squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Crystal Palace.
Kelechi Iheanacho was on the bench all through as Manchester City defeated Swansea 3-1 to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
And in the Championship, Hope Akpan was an unused substitute in Blackburn’s 2-1 win at Derby County. Sone Aluko’s Fulham lost 4-0 at home to Bristol and while the Nigerian was on for the entirety of the game, he couldn’t do much to help his side.
Carl Ikeme was in goal again for Wolves but couldn’t keep a clean sheet as they defeated Brentford 3-1. Dominic Iorfa was also in action for the Wolves and saw the entire game, playing from the center of defence.
Former Super Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama was in goal for Lille but couldn’t help them avoid a 3-1 defeat to St Etienne.
Leon Balogun is now a doubt for Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia after his afternoon in Mainz’s 3-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen lasted only nine minutes after being taken off injured. Meanwhile, Karim Onisiwo was not listed for the game.
Injury-prone Joel Obi suffered yet another injury after being replaced in the 23 minute of their 3-1 defeat of Roma. The Nigeria international assisted Torino’s first goal but only lasted a few minutes more before being replaced.
Elderson Echiejile was not listed for Standard Liege in their 3-1 win over Eupen, but the duo of Anthony Bassey and Chukwuemeka Onyekuru started for the latter and lasted the entire duration, while George Jamabo was a 76th minute substitute.
Wilfried Ndidi was on from start to finish but couldn’t stop Genk from going down 4-1 at Kortrijk.
Godfrey Oboabona was on from start to finish in Rizespor’s 2-1 loss to Kayserispor, while Believe Atiemwen started for Rizespor, he fired blanks and was replaced in the 72nd minute.
Emem Eduok was an unused substitute in Kasimpasa’s 1-0 loss to Bursaspor. Ogenyi Onazi saw only two minutes of action as he was introduced in the 88th minute of Trabzonspor’s 1-0 win over Konyaspor.
Still in Turkey, Aminu Umar fired blanks and was taken off after 80 minutes as Osmanlispor battled to a 2-2 draw at Basaksehir and Emmanuel Emenike was on target for Fenerbahce in their 2-1 defeat of Gazientepspor. He also lasted the whole duration.