The season has begun in Europe and as usual, the Nigerian players abroad wrap is back to your screens. Although not all the leagues in Europe have commenced, but a few of them have already begun and we begin the review of the performances of Nigerian players abroad today. Enjoy.
Vincent Enyeama had a bad day at the office as his club Lille were beaten 3-2 in the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season. Added to the three goals he conceded, the former Nigeria captain was also shown an 87th minute yellow card as they fell at Metz.
Elderson Echiejile was not listed as Monaco were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Guingamp in the opening day. The Nigeria international suffered from injuries last season which limited his time on the pitch, and would be hoping for a better campaign this term, but however, couldn’t get a place on the team that played over the weekend.
Nigerian striker Fred Friday made his debut for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie over the weekend but fired blanks as they lost 1-0 to champions PSV. The 21-year old, spotting jersey number 27, started and finished the game as he led the line for Alkmaar but couldn’t do enough as they succumbed to a 52nd Hector Moreno goal.
Bartholomew Ogbeche was an 83rd minute entrant for Willem II but didn’t have enough time to do much as they were thrashed 3-1 by Heracles on the opening weekend. The former Super Eagles striker saw only seven minutes of action, as he came off the bench but couldn’t do much.
Little-known Belgian-born Funso Ojo was also in action for Willem II in the loss to Heracles. The 24-year old played for all 90-minutes from midfield but couldn’t contribute enough to help his side to a point at least.
Alex Iwobi started for Arsenal and laid the pass for the Gunners; opening goal against Liverpool on the opening weekend of the Premier League, but it wasn’t enough as they succumbed to a 4-3 loss to the Reds. He lasted 59 minutes as he was taken off injured.
The other Nigerian at the club, Chuba Akpom remained an unused substitute as they Gunners lost their first league game of the season.
Anglo-Nigerian winger Jordon Ibe made his debut for the Cherries but there no happy endings as they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at home. The former Liverpool forward started at the Vitality Stadium, but was withdrawn after 68 minutes as Bournemouth trailed.
Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench for the Citizens in the 80th minute as they looked for the winner against Sunderland. While he didn’t get on the scoresheet, it was his pressure on Paddy McNair that forced the former Manchester United defender into conceding an own goal which proved the winner for City.
Odion Ighalo fired blanks for the Hornets as they surrendered a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 with Southampton. He lasted 81 minutes, before being replaced by Scottish-Nigerian, Ikechi Anya.
Nigeria vice-captain Ahmed Musa was on from the start on his Premier League debut for the champions, but it wasn’t the sort of debuts he would have hoped for, as they were beaten 2-1 on the opening day by Hull City. The former CSKA Moscow of Russia forward lasted the entire duration but fired blanks.