Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo fired warning shots at Congo and Cameroon as they were on target for their respective clubs over the weekend.
366.football takes a look at how Nigerian players fared across to the world the weekend before international break returns.
Odion Ighalo netted his 5th goal in the Premier League this season. Having been recalled by Sunday Oliseh to the Super Eagles for this week’s friendly matches against Cameroon and Congo the Watford striker will he can replicate club form for country.
Victor Moses started and provided the assist for Carl Jenkinson as West Ham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2. Moses who has played five matches and scored once with one assist is unfortunately going to be missing for Nigeria in the upcoming friendly games.
Kelechi Iheanacho was declared fit and he started on the Manchester City bench as the Citizens crushed Newcastle 6-1, despite going behind in the match. Sergio Aguero scored five goals in the encounter. Iheanacho came on for David Silva in the 75th minute. in the 15 minutes he spent on the pitch he had 17 touches on the ball and got a shot on target which was saved by Tim Krul.
Mikel Obi was not named in the match-day Chelsea squad and the Blues went ahead to lose a second consecutive home game as they were dispatched 3-1 by Southampton even after they took the lead in the first half.
Osaze Odemwingie was not listed in the Stoke City squad that won their second consecutive match of the season on Saturday as they went to Villa Park to beat Aston Villa 1-0.
Vincent Enyeama was understandably absent as Lille hosted Montpellier on Friday. Lille won 2-0 to take an upward swing on the Ligue 1 table.
Elderson Echiejile was not listed for Monaco as the Islanders were held to a 3-3 results away to Guingamp.
Anthony Ujah played all 90 minutes but they lost again away to Hannover 1-0. Ujah has played all eight league matches and scored twice.
Leon Balogun played the last nine minutes for Mainz on Friday away to Darmstadt and they claimed a 3-2 win after last weekend’s 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich.
Both Joel Obi and Jerry Mbakogu were left out of the Torino and Carpi teams respectively when they met on Saturday. Carpi won 2-1, their first of the season and they rose to 17th on the table.
Onazi has played just one league game this season and again he sat out another Serie A encounter – this time against Frosinone on Sunday. Lazio won 2-0 to move third on the table with 15 points from seven matches.
Isaac Success came on for Granada in the second half of their La Liga tie at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Success replaced Ruben Rochina in the 46th minute and was shown a yellow card in added time as they came back to get a point but they stay rooted to the bottom of the table with four points from seven league games.
Joseph Akpala played the last 12 minutes for KV Oostende last Friday as they won 2-0 to keep their lead on table. They have 23 points – five ahead of Anderlecht in second place. Saviour Godwin was not listed at all for the match.
Imoh Ezekiel started in the Anderlecht attack with Stefano Chuka Okaka as they faced KV Mechelen on Sunday.
Onyinye Ndidi played for 82 minutes for Genk on Sunday as they beat Standard Liege. It was the 20-year-old’s sixth league game of the season from which he has made five starts.
Moses Simon played his first 90 minutes of the season on Sunday and Gent thrashed Club Brugge 4-1
John Chibuike scored his first league goal for Gaziantepspor when they hosted Osmanlispor on Saturday. The 26-year-old midfielder scored his side’s second goal in the 35th of the first half after assisting the first goal scored by Muhammet Demir 11 minutes into the game. Gaziantepspor are up to 11th on the table with 10 points from seven matches.
Godfrey Oboabona played all the 90 minutes on Sunday when Rizespor entertained Bursaspor but he ended on the losing side as the home side lost 3-2 and the Nigerian defender was shown a yellow card in the 86th minute.
Raheem Lawal was not listed in the Eskişehirspor team that lost on home soil 2-1 to Besiktas on Sunday. The midfielder has played six games this season with no goals scored and two yellow cards.
Kasimpasa held out for a draw away Antalyaspor without Kenneth Omeruo, who is still out injured.
Ahmed Musa is currently Nigeria’s best player in Europe with his displays in the league and also in the UEFA Champions League. He scored again on Sunday as CSKA maintained their lead on the table with a 2-0 away win over Dynamo Moscow.
He scored the second goal on 77 minutes after Pierre Wernblom had given the away side two minutes into the second half.
Haruna Lukman played 76 minutes for Anzhi on Saturday as they snatched a precious point away to Kuban Krasnodar. Lukman started the match and lasted till the 76th minute.
Sylvester Igbonu played his ninth league game for FC UFA at the Stadion Neftyanik as they were held 1-1 by Krasnodar but that point meant that they will stay rooted to the bottom of the table until after the international break.
Efe Ambrose, recalled to the Super Eagles had a disappointing week as he made two mistakes that cost Celtic three points against Fenerbahce on Thursday and was dropped from the Celtic team that won away at Hamilton Academical 2-1. In the Europa League tie, his weak header back to his goalkeeper was pounced upon by Fernandao before the same player got ahead of him from a corner kick to equalize.