The Nigerian players’ abroad wrap continues this week as we take a look at the performances of Nigerian players abroad from the last weekend.
We start from the MLS, where the new Super Eagles invitee Fanendo Adi came off the bench to score a brace for Portland Timbers as they defeated San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. It was his 11th brace since moving to the United States from Denmark. Meanwhile, Innocent Emeghara was a 71st minute entrant for the Timbers, while Fatai Alashe was taken off 11 minutes later.
Still in the MLS, former Spain youth international Sunday Stephen was not listed in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps.
Aaron Samuel opened his account for CSKA Moscow in Russia over the weekend. The striker scored an 84th minute equalizer in the Moscow derby against Locomotive to earn his side a point in the encounter. His compatriot at the club, Ahmed Musa also featured for the entire duration but couldn’t add to his tally.
On the other side, another Nigerian led the line for Locomotive Moscow. Henty Ezekiel played the entire duration but fired blanks as his side failed to maintain their lead.
Also in Russia, Sylvester Igboun led the attack for 90 minutes for Ufa, but failed to find the back of the net in their 2-0 win over Anzhi Makachkala.
And in Turkey, it was good news for former Flying Eagles defender Gbenga Arokoyo, who marked his return to action after a three-month injury lay-off with a goal for Gazientepspor but it proved to be a mere consolation in the end as they were reduced to 10-men and beaten 4-1 by Basaksehir. The other Nigerian at the club, John Chibuike was introduced after 84 minutes but it was too late for him to have any impact.
Kenneth Omeruo lasted 86 minutes in Kasimpasa’s 1-2 home loss to Kayserispor. Godfrey Oboabona was also on the losing side over the weekend, as his Rizespor side lost at home 1-0 to Osmanlispor, who featured Aminu Umar for 90 minutes.
Down a division, the duo of Azubuike Okechukwu and Sunday Mba played all 90 minutes in Yeni Malatyaspor’s 0-1 home loss to Altinordu, while Izu Azuka was hooked at half time after earning a 36th minute yellow card.
In Serie A, Sadiq Umar watched all through from the bench in AS Roma’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Atalanta, while Joel Obi lasted 80 minutes in Torino’s 1-0 at Bologna. Ogenyi Onazi however had a better outing as he scored in the 44th minute to help Lazio to a 2-0 win over Empoli. He also played for all 90 minutes.
In England, Odion Ighalo’s goal drought stretched to 10 games as he once again fired blanks in Watford’s 1-0 win at West Brom. Victor Anichebe started and played 68 minutes for the Baggies, before being withdrawn as he also failed to find the back of the net.
Alex Iwobi started his fourth straight Premier League game for Arsenal, but couldn’t do much to help the Gunners as they were held by Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw. He was on for 75 minutes. John Obi Mikel started in Chelsea’s humiliating 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge to Manchester City, but was replaced by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after 80 minutes following the sending off of Thibuat Courtois. Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced with only stoppage time left to play.
The duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses started in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City. While Emenike lasted the entire duration, Moses was hooked after 72 minutes of the encounter.
Leon Balogun was in action as expected for Mainz in Germany and found the back of the net, but couldn’t stop them from going down 2-3 at home to FC Cologne. Anthony Ujah, meanwhile, was on the bench all through in Werder Bremen’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg.