The major leagues across Europe are up and running once again and as we do, we bring you the exploits of Nigerian players abroad. How did they fare? Who was on target? Who was left on the bench? Find out as we take you through how Nigerian players abroad fared this past week.
England – Premier League
The 19-year old came off the bench in the 83rd minute and within three minutes of his introduction, was making an assist for Manchester City’s third goal as they beat Stoke City 4-1 on Saturday.
Unlike on the opening day of the season when he started alongside Jamie Vardy in Lecicester’s attack, Musa was only in action for less than three minutes as he came off the bench in the 87th minute in their 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
Chuba Akpom & Alex Iwobi
Both players were not listed for the game with Leicester. While Iwobi is out with a hamstring injury, Akpom did not travel with the squad to Leicester.
Victor Moses & Odion Ighalo
The former Wigan Athletic forward came off the bench for Chelsea in the 71st minute as they rallied from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Ighalo also fired blanks and was on the losing side as his Watford side suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. He played all 90 minutes but his efforts weren’t enough to help get a result.
The 23-year old missed out again through a knee injury as Hull City continued their 100% start to their return to the Premier League as they beat Swansea 2-0.
Carl Ikeme & Dominic Iorfa
Ikeme was in goal for Wolves and conceded a 24th minute goal but put up a solid display as they came from that setback to beat Birmingham City 3-1. He is one of the players invited by new Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania next month.
Meanwhile, Iorfa was also in action for the entirety of the game and played at right-back.
He was on from start to finish in Blackburn Rovers’ 2-2 home draw with Burton. The midfielder was a regular during the latter part of late Stephen Keshi’s reign as Nigeria coach but has been overlooked ever since.
The former Nigeria captain was in goal as usual for Lille in Ligue 1 and kept a clean sheet as they beat Dijon 1-0.
The left-back failed to feature for the second game running but this time they were winners, beating Nantes 1-0 away from home.
The 21-year striker played for 59 minutes for AZ Alkmaar as they beat Utrecht 2-1 in the Eredivisie. He fired blanks and was replaced after 59 minutes.
Bartholomew Ogbeche & Funso Ojo
Came off the bench in the 87th minute as his side Willem II beat Ajax Amsterdam away 2-1. He was on the pitch for barely three minutes and had very little time to open his account for the season.
Meanwhile, Belgium-born Ojo played all 90 minutes for Willem and put in a strong performance to help the side beat Ajax.
Eddy Ogenyi Onazi began his career in Turkey with two goals for his new club Trabzonspor in their 2-0 defeat of Kasimpasa. He lasted the entire duration of the match.
Godfrey Oboabona was on from start to finish as Rizespor were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Konyaspor. The former Sunshine Stars defender played at right-back.
Chinedu Obasi opened scoring for AIK in the Swedish Allsvenskan as they beat Orebro 2-0. The former Shalke 04 striker scored in the 37th minute and lasted 83 minutes on the pitch.
Meanwhile, his compatriot at the club, Dickson Etuhu was an unsued substitute and watch the game from the bench.
Little-known Nigerian Michael Omoh was introduced for Orebro in the 72nd minute, but couldn’t do much to stop his team from going down at home.
Super Eagles winger Moses Simon played all 90 minutes for Gent but fired blanks as they beat Westerlo 4-2 in the Belgian Jupilar.
It was the same for fellow Nigeria international Wilfried Ndidi, who played all 90 minutes in midfield for Genk as they routed Lokeren 3-0 away from home, also in Belgium.
In Spain’s La Liga 2, Ramon Azeez secured a draw for Almeria as his 69th minute goal earned them a point at home to Cadiz.