We review the performances of Nigerian players across Europe, as the season begin to get into the the pick stages.
Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu continued to be a huge influence for Gent, this time he created an assist for Dylan Bronn in the 82nd minute before they eventually completed the turn around to beat Waasland-Beveren 2-1 away from home.
His Nigerian teammates Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti are still out injured.
Both Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo on loan from Chelsea and club team-mate Emem Eduok were both started and equally saw out the entire duration of Kasimpasa’s 2-3 loss away to Kayserispor.
Kasimpasa played a major part of the game with 10 men.
But only two of them finished the game as a 38th minute red card to Ekong subdued the visitors to conceding 4 more goals after they fell behind before the red card.
Super Eagles assistant captain Ogenyi Onazi came on in the 90th minute to help Trabzonspor secure an important 2-1 win away to Alanyaspor.
In Saturday’s early kickoff in the English premier League Wilfred Ndidi started for Leicester City who forced visiting Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at the king power Stadium.
Kelechi Iheanacho was brought on as a 62nd minute substitute in place Danny Simpson, he helped earned his side a point.
English born Swansea City striker of Nigerian decent Tammy Abraham who is on loan from Chelsea, saw his shot deflected for an own goal by Lewis Dunk in the 85th minute after he came on to replace Thomas Carroll in the 66th minute. The goal was a consolation as Swansea lost 1-4 to Brighton in the end.
Full back Ola Aina lasted the whole 90 minutes for Hull City who recorded a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the championship match played on Friday night.
Old Trojan striker Joseph Akpala was in good form for 10-man Oostende who saw off St.Truiden. Akpala was subbed off in added time, while on loan Arsenal young star Chuba Akpom played the full 90 minutes for the visitors and received a 49th minute yellow card for his troubles.
Ryan Sanusi provided a 20th minute assist for Julian Chabot in what was a consolation goal for Sparta Rotterdam who lost 1-2 to host AZ Alkmaar. His teammate Fred Friday was subbed off after 46 minutes.
Kingsley Ehizbue saw 79 minutes of action for PEC Zwolle in a game they lost 1-2 to Heracles before he was replaced by Terell Ondaan.
Jonathan Okpoku came on in the closing minutes for VVV-Venlo’s 2-2 draw at home to Vitesse.
Kelechi Nwakali on loan from Arsenal played the entire duration of MVV Maastricht’s 3-0 win at home to Almere City FC in the Dutch second division. The former Golden Eaglet midfielder received a 79th minute yellow card.
Super Eagles center back Leon Balogun saw full action for Mainz FC, his Nigerian team-mate and striker Anthony Ujah came on in the 86th minute in a 1-1 draw to Wolfsburg.
Victor Osimhen was an unused substitute for Wolfsburg but German born defender of Nigerian heritage Felix Uduokhai was not listed having failed to recover from a long term injury.
AUSTRIA – Bundesliga
ALHASSAN IBRAHIM was in action from start to finish as Admira Moedling beat his side Austria Wien 2-1.
Veteran Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose was booked in the 59th minute as his Hibernian side threw away a two goals lead to share the spoils 2-2 away at Kilmarnock.
Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo put in a good shift in the midfield for relegation threatened Las Palmas who played out a 0-0 draw away to Leganes.
Another Nigerian player in forward Imoh Ezekiel who like Etebo joined Las Palmas this winter, came on in the 80th minute.
Defender Chidozie Awaziem was an unused substitute for Nantes who suffered a 0-1 loss at home to
Amiens. Defeat meant Nantes are now without a win in their last four matches in League 1