Nigerian Players Abroad: Abraham scores, Friday with an assist, Mikel shines


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Let’s go  round various football centers around the globe to supply you with action summary of Nigerian players and their performances.

England – Premier League

English born striker of Nigerian descent, Tammy Abraham scored in the 75th minute for Swansea City to help force a 1-1 draw against relegation bound West Brom.

Leicester City were without their Nigerian midfield enforcer Wilfred Ndidi, and it showed in their 1-2 loss to Newcastle at the King Power Stadium for the first time in matches between both clubs.

Kelechi Iheanacho observed proceedings from the bench for the whole duration of the match.

China – Super League

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is really passing through a tough spell in front of goal for Changchun Yatai, he fired blanks to leave his team without a win in the Chinese League this season after a 1-2 loss to Hebei CFCC.

On Friday, Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi was influential in midfield for Tianjin Teda, helping them secure a 1-1 draw away to Beijing Guoan.

Turkey – Super Lig

There should be concerns for Super Eagles midfielder and assistant captain Ogenyi Onazi who was withdrawn with only 28th minutes played. His team Trabzonspor however coped well with his absence, winning 4-0 over Kayserispor.

Scotland – Premiership

Veteran Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose posted another 90 minutes to continue his consistent form for Hibernian who held Ross County to a 1-1 draw.

England – Championship

Hull City and Super Eagles defender Ola Aina and his teammates produced one of their season’s best performance smashing QPR 4-0. Aina lasted the whole 90 minutes.

Austria – Bundesliga

Former Akwa United forward Alhassan Ibrahim continues to struggle for playing time at Austria Wien, coming on with just 2 minutes left of regulation time in their 2-0 win away to Sturm Graz.

Spain – Primera Division

The chances of Brown Ideye making the Super Eagles World Cup squad continues to fade as he was yet again missing in the Malaga squad that lost 2-3 to Deportivo La Coruna.

His Nigerian teammate Isaac Success started in the game but lasted 56 minutes when he was subbed off for Samuel Garci.

Russia – Premier League

Striker Aaron Samuel and Fegor Ogude  both started in Amkar Perm’s 2-0 win over 10 men SKA-Khabarovsk with both players posting full time.

In another game, Nigerian striker Sylvester Igboun came on in the 68th minute for Ivan Oblyakov, but his efforts could not help FC Ufa draw level at Arsenal Tula who edged the tie 2-1.

Germany – 1. Bundesliga


Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun returned to the starting line up for Mainz 05 in their 1-1 draw away to FC Cologne.

Balogun was booked in the 44th minute but was disciplined enough to see out the reminder of the match.


His teammate Anthony Ujah replaced Mete Oztunali in the 88th minute while a late red card to Giulio Donati of Mainz in the 90th minute did little to change the result.

Victor Osimhen watched from the bench in Wolfsburg’s 2-0 win over Freiburg away from home.

France – Ligue 1

Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem continues to struggle for playing time for Nantes FC since the second half of the season, and it was the same situation in their 1-2 loss to Monaco.

Switzerland – Super League

The indifferent form of Stephen Odey for FC Zuerich continued with an added time sub in for Raphael Dwamena in their 1-1 draw against Grasshopper FC.

Belgium – First Division

Super Eagles defender Uche Agbo was yellow carded in the 24th minute while representing Standard Liege in a 0-1 loss to Genk. Agbo was recalled to the bench with seven minutes left to play.

Netherlands – Eredivisie

Nigerian Olympic Dream team IV striker Sadiq Umar was unsuccessful in front of goal for
NAC Breda and he was replaced by Mitchell te Vrede in the 79th minute in their narrow 1-0 win at Vitesse.

It was a spectacular game of football with Nigerian forward Fred Friday coming on as a 72nd minute substitute to provide an assist for Robert Muhren to score the winner for Sparta Rotterdam in the 81st minute. Friday’s influence helped complete a turn around to win a 3-2 against VVV-Venlo.

On Friday night, veteran Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche made a late show for 10 men Willem II ,coming on with three minutes left in their eventual 1-2 loss to Excelsior.

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