Matches to watch with Nigerian players in action this weekend


Matches in the top leagues across the globe will resume this weekend after an eventful international break.

Here we bring to your notice some matches involving Nigerian players, mostly with the intention of monitoring some players expected to fight for spots in the Super Eagles after the unconvincing performance of the team against both Poland and Serbia respectively.

Kalu, Moses, Onyekuru (Gent vs Anderlecht)

We begin in Belgium where there is a strong possibility of four Nigerians featuring in this encounter on Sunday.

The trio of Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu and Anderson Esiti are expected to play for Gent while striker Henry Onyekuru who just returned from a serious injury might find this game too soon to play in based on fitness.

Only Moses Simon is a regular for the Super Eagles, but he has been outshined by tricky left footed winger Samuel Kalu who has scored 7 goals and provided 7 assist amongst numerous chances created this season for Gent.

Kalu could provide the spark the Super Eagles need from the flanks with his crosses and ability to take on defenders, so this game is one to keep an eye on.
Etebo (Las Pamas vs Real Madrid)

This truly will be a huge game especially if Oghenekaro Etebo is fit enough to make the Las Pamas team that face European and Spanish Champions Real Madrid on Saturday afternoon.

Etebo who missed the friendlies played by the Super Eagles against Poland and Serbia, will be accessed late on for his fitness ahead of the mouth-watering clash.

Etebo was colossal against Barcelona. His midfield play was spotless, something Nigerians will like to see against Real Madrid with the non inspiring midfield play of the Super Eagles still fresh in our memories.
Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK vs Konyaspor)

There has been a strong case for 27 years old creative midfielder Raheem Lawal to be given a chance to show what he can do in the colours of the Super Eagles after impressive performances for his Turkish club Osmanlispor.

Sunday’s game against Konyaspor provides a great opportunity for fans to take a peep at the man who has been tipped to bring the Mikel like presence in the midfield of Nigeria.

Ideye against Valencia

Ideye ( Malaga vs Villarreal )

Striker Brown Ideye still believes he has a chance to make the Super Eagles squad to the World Cup, and that means he has to start now against in form Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga match billed for Sunday, to catch the eyes of the national team manager Gernort Rohr.

Ideye needs to score more goals,his last and only effort for Malaga coming against Valencia over a month ago.

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins – (Shanghai Shenhua vs Hebei CFFC)

Veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins at 33 is still rated highly by several football experts across the country and even tipped to make the World Cup with Nigeria exposing the frailty of the Super Eagles current attacking ammunition.

The former Inter Milan star has missed the first 3 matches of Shanghai Shenhua in the young Chinese Super League season, but is in line to make their Saturday home game against Hebei CFFC .

Fans can follow this game to see if Martins still has what it takes to play for the Super Eagles.

Victor Moses

Victor Moses – (Chelsea vs Tottenham)

The biggest game involving a Nigerian this weekend has to be Chelsea hosting Tottenham Hotspur at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the blues fighting to overhaul Spurs from the top four standing.

Super Eagles goal scorer in the friendly against Poland Victor Moses is expected to start for Chelsea at the right wing back position.

Moses is guaranteed a World Cup slot in the squad of the Super Eagles if he stays fit.


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