Another weekend of football has gone by with several Nigerian players in action for their respective clubs in and across Europe. While it was a good weekend for some, with a few finding the back of the net, it was not so good for some others.
Here, we take a look at how Nigerian players fared abroad this past weekend.
Victor Moses was a late substitute for Chelsea in their 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool and couldn’t do much to help his side get something out of the game. Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel was not listed, while youngster Ola Aina never got off the bench.
For Liverpool, Ovie Ejaria was on the bench all through but have been contented with his side’s win at Stamford Bridge.
Alex Iwobi returned marked his return from injury with a remarkable performance for Arsenal as they drowned Hull 4-1. While he didn’t get on the scoresheet, he was responsible for two of Arsenal’s goals, including a backheel pass for Theo Walcott’s goal, and was replaced in the 77th minute.
Chuba Akpom was not listed for the Gunners while Moses Odubajo remained sidelined for Hull.
Rave-of-the-moment Kelechi Iheanacho continued his impressive start to the season as he netted yet again in Manchester City’s 4-0 defeat of Bournemouth on Saturday. He also had an assist in the game, and lasted the entire duration.
Nigeria vice-captain Ahmed Musa didn’t see action for Leicester as they beat Burnley 3-0. He appears to have been permanently relegated to the bench now.
Odion Ighalo was on the winning side on Sunday, but should have scored in their 3-1 win over Manchester United. He missed a glaring opportunity, and was replaced late in the game by compatriot Isaac Success, who had a hand in the Hornets winning the last minute penalty which secured the win for them.
In the Championship, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was in goal for Wolves as they stunned Newcastle United 2-0 away from home. The other Nigerian at the club, Dominic Iorfa also played all 90 minutes in central defence.
Hope Akpan was an unused substitute in Blackburn Rovers’ 4-2 win at home to Rotterham, while Tom Adeyemi started for the away side and lasted 75 minutes before being replaced.
Former Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama was on the losing side as his Lille were beaten 1-0 by Lorient.
Leon Balogun and Karim Onisiwo both started for Mainz against Augsburg as they won 3-1, with the former going all the way, while the latter was withdrawn after 78 minutes, two minutes after being cautioned.
Former Nigeria U20 captain Abdul Ajagun was sent off for Roda JC in their 3-0 home loss to Heerenveen. He was shown a red card after picking up a second yellow in the 34th minute, leaving his side with 10 men, even though they were eventually reduced to nine men.
Nigeria 2002 World Cup striker Bartholomew Ogbeche was only introduced in the 89th minute in Willem’s 1-1 draw at home to Excelsior.
Wilfried Ndidi was on for Genk for 90 minutes and was shown a 53rd minute yellow card as his side went down 2-0 at home to Anderlecht. Two of his teammates were eventually sent off, leaving them to finish the game with nine men.
Aminu Umar couldn’t carry on his goalscoring form from last weekend and midweek in his side’s 1-0 defeat of Adanaspor. The Osmanlispor striker was also shown a 53rd minute yellow card but hid performance was okay enough to earn them a win.
Against Galatasaray, Godfrey Oboabona played all 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent Rizespor from going down 2-0 to their more illustrious opponents.
It was a different story for Kenneth Omeruo, however, as he helped Alanyaspor to a clean sheet as they beat Ogenyi Onazi’s Trabzonspor 3-0. The central defender went the entire duration unblemished, while Onazi was booked in the 83rd minute for his troubles as he also played the entire duration.
Former youth international Isaac Promise was an 87th minute entrant for Kardemir Karabuk in their 3-2 win over Antalyaspor.
Austin Amutu came off the bench and scored once for Yeni Malatyaspor as they defeated Gaziantep BB 2-0. Sunday Mba and Okechukwu Azubuike –the other Nigerians at the club – also featured Mba taken off after 46 minutes while Azubuike lasted the entire duration.
On the losing side were Ekigho Ehiosun and Uche Kalu, with the former playing all through and the latter getting a 55th minute introduction.