Midweek action: Akpom scores, assists for Musa, injury scare for Obi


Joel Obi Photo credit: Torino media

There has been plenty of footballing action during the week that we decided to give you a quick recap of Nigerian interests in most of the games.

We begin in Belgium where the League playoffs are on-going to determine the Champion and European qualification places.

Uche Agbo

Super Eagles defender Agbo started from the bench for Standard Liege until the 77th minute when he was brought on to successfully help seal a narrow 2-1 win over Anderlecht who were without the services of recuperating striker Henry Onyekuru on Wednesday.

Chuba Akpom

There was joy for English born forward of Nigerian descent Chuba Akpom who is on loan at St Truiden from Arsenal. Akpom converted from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute for his side’s second goal in what was a 3-1 win over Beerschot-Wilrijk in a game played Wednesday night.

Peter Olayinka

On Tuesday, Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka posted a full shift for victorious Zulte-Waregem while providing a 54th minute assist for Hamdi Harbaoui who went on to score a hat trick in a 4-1 demolition of Lierse.

Abduljaleel Ajagun

Still on Tuesday, former U-20 flying Eagles striker Abduljaleel Ajagun lasted 69 minutes after which Tyrone Ivanof replaced him for Kortrijk, in their 2-1 win over Oud-Heverlee Fc.

On Thursday night Nigerian striker Dennis Bonaventure was not listed in the Club Brugge team that mauled Sporting Charleroi by 6 unreplied goals.

Moses / Kalu

Finally from Belgium, there was action for Super Eagles winger Moses Simon who lasted the whole 90 minutes, and Samuel Kalu who came on as a 46th minute substitute in the place of Rangelo Janga before getting booked as well in the 77th minute as their club Gent FC were forced to a 0-0 draw by Genk FC.

Ahmed Musa

In the Russian – Premier League match played on Wednesday, Super Eagles pacy winger Ahmed Musa laid 2 assists in the space of 60 seconds for Vitinho 44’ and Fedor Chalov 45’ to help rout Amkar Perm 3-0 at their VEB Arena home ground.

Aaron Samuel on loan from CSKA Moscow led the lines for Amkar Perm, while Super Eagles left back Brian Idowu combined unsuccessfully with Fegor Ogude at the back.
Samuel and Ogude were subbed off in the 46th and 71st minutes respectively, while Idowu was yellow carded in the 72nd minute.

Joel Obi

To Italy where Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi was subbed in for Torino in the 57th minute replacing Tomas Rincon, but was again subbed off with an injury in the 85th minute, with Ghanaian Afriyie Acquah taking his place.

Torino who received a late red card, forced resurgent AC Milan to a 1-1 draw at home in Wednesday’s parked Serie A fixtures.

Tyronne Ebuehi

In the Netherlands’ Eredivisie Super Eagles right back Tyronne Ebuehi was not listed in the ADO Den Haag squad that lost 2-0 to SC Heerenveen on Tuesday, due to injury.

Onyeka / Onuachu

In Denmark’s Superligaen Championship Playoff game on Thursday, FC Midtjylland threw away a 2-goal lead to lose  2-3 to Broendby.

The only positive for Midtjylland would be the return of Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu on the bench after another injury laid him out for weeks.

Break through young star Frank Onyeka on the other hand came in for Mikkel Duelund in the 74th minute but failed to make much of an impact.

Brown Ideye

In the Spanish La Liga, Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye toiled in vain for relegation fighting Malaga who lost 0-1 away to Levante.

Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo started for Las Palmas who lost 0-1 to Real Betis in one of the late Laliga kickoffs.

His Nigerian teammate Imoh Ezekiel was subbed in to replace Nacho Gil in the 84th minute, while striker and former Super Eagles player Emmanuel Emenike is still out injured.

Ndidi / Iheanacho

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi returned from a 2 games suspension along side striker Kelechi Iheanacho in their 0-0 draw to Southampton on Thursday night. Iheanacho was recalled to the bench with Fousseni Diabate taking his place in the 74th minute.

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