Following another weekend of action in leagues across Europe, several Nigerian players were in action for their respective clubs, while some others were missing in action. Who featured and who did not? Found out here as we take through the major leagues across Europe and more and inform you how Nigerian players abroad fared over the weekend.
England (Premier League)
He was an unsused substitute for Manchester City in their 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday. The 19-year old saw the entirety of the game on the bench and he has not had more minutes on the pitch as one would have expected considering his performances last season.
The 25-year old continued his impressive start to the new season by scoring another goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley, coming off the bench in the 71st minute.
John Obi Mikel
He was given a rest by the Chelsea manager following his exertions at the Olympic Games and wasn’t listed for the win over Burnley. He is due back in Nigeria on Tuesday for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania next weekend.
He came off the bench for the last 15 minutes in Leicester’s 2-1 win over Swansea, being their first win of the season.
Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom
While Iwobi was expectedly missing following his thigh injury, Akpom was not listed for Arsenal as they beat Watford 3-1, having already played and scored for the Gunners’ U23s on Friday.
Odion Ighalo and Isaac Success
Ighalo started as expected and saw the entirety of the game but fired blanks once again as they fell to Arsenal. Compatriot Success made his Premier League bow for the Hornets coming off the bench in the 77th minute but couldn’t do much either.
Hope Akpan and Sone Aluko
Akpan was on for all 90 minutes for Blackburn Rovers as they lost 1-0 at home to Aluko’s Fulham. Aluko was also on for the entire duration of the encounter and put in a fine display to help them continue their impressive start to the season.
Dominic Iorfa and Carl Ikeme
The duo played all 90 minutes for Wolves but couldn’t stop their side from going down 1-0 to table-toppers Huddersfield Town. Ikeme is expected in Nigeria this week for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.
As usual, he played the entirety of Lille’s 1-1 draw with Nice on Saturday. While he didn’t keep a clean sheet, he was able to stay away from the referees books.
Leon Balogun and Karim Onisiwo
Both players featured prominently for Mainz and for the entire duration but couldn’t prevent a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. While defender Balogun avoided the referees book all game, it wasn’t the same with Onisiwo, who was booked in the 88th minute for rough handling an opponent.
Chinedu Obasi started for AIK but failed to reenact his form from last week where he scored, as he fired blanks in their 0-0 draw with Hammerby in Sweden. He lasted for 69 minutes, while John Chinuike also came on at the same time. The third Nigerian at the club, Dickson Etuhu got no game time as he sat on the bench all through.
Former Nigeria U20 striker John Owoeri played for 81 minutes but not before scoring BK Hacken’s second goal in a 3-0 defeat of Ostersunds.
Wlliam Troost-Ekong, still fresh from winning the Bronze medal with Nigeria at the Olympic Games, scored in the 45th minute for Haugesund as they beat Brann 3-2. The other Nigerians at Haugesun, Jude Izuchukwu and Shuaibu Ibrahim were not so lucky as they spent the entire game on the bench.
There were a host of Nigerian players in action here, as HJK Helsinki defeated KuPs 1-0. Nnamdi Oduamadi was on for the entire duration for HJK, and enjoyed a win even though he fired blanks.
On the other side, three Nigerians started and ended the game; Azubuike Egwuekwe, Aliyu Abubakar and Gbolahan Salami were on parade for KuPs but couldn’t stop them from losing the game.
Meanwhile, former Sunshine Stars midfielder Paul Onobi was on the bench all through for KuPs and his services were not needed.