Euro Watch: Awoniyi bags assist, Moses shines, Olayinka sees red


Even though most of the European major leagues are on break, there was action on boxing day in England, Belgium and Turkey with Nigerian players in action.

Super Eagles winger and Chelsea right full back Victor Moses, was in fine form to help the blues see off Brighton by two goals to nill at Stamford Bridge.

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, was on for the whole duration of Leicester City’s 1-2 loss at Watford.

A concern for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, will be the sudden disappearance of striker Kelechi Iheanacho from the squad of the foxes in recent games.

Iheanacho becomes the second Nigerian player after Ahmed Musa, to be frozen
from the squad of the former champions.

Watford did not include Nigerian forward Isaac Sucess in their squad, after
he recovered from a long term injury.

English born player with strong Nigerian links Jordan Ibe, started for Bournemouth in an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to West Ham, who featured Italian defender of Nigerian decent Angelo Ogbonna for 90 minutes.

In the championship, Super Eagles full back Ola Aina and English born Nigerian full back Fikayo Tomori both started and finished the game for Hull City who were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Derby County.

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi provided a 35th minute assist for Benjamin Durmen, in Royal Mouscron 2-4 loss away to Club Brugge.

The host did not call upon Nigerian young forward Dennis Bonaventure from
the bench.

Striker Peter Olayinka saw red in the 27th minute for Zulte-Waregem who finished the game with 9 men and eventually lost 0-2 at home to Sporting Charleroi.

His Nigerian club teammate defender Kingsley Madu was an unused substitute.

Super Eagles central defender William Troost Ekong was on for the entire
duration for Bursaspor, who lost 0-1 away to Genclerbirligi in the Turkish FA Cup.

His national and club teammate, midfielder Mikel Agu was not listed in the match day squad.

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