Nigerian Players Abroad : Moses, Success Off To Winning Starts, Balogun, Iheanacho Suffer Defeat


The English premier League has returned and so is the action in the other major leagues abroad.

Welcome to another edition of Nigerian players watch as we sum up the performances of our foreign exports away from our shores from Friday to Saturday.

EnglandPremier League

The premier league kicked off on Friday night with two Super Eagles players, striker Kelechi Iheanacho and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in the spot light for Leicester City who lost 1-2 to host Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

Both players saw full action, while Ndidi was more pronounced in the action with his tidy tackles, recoveries and passes, while Iheanacho was mostly average and really failed to make a strong statement with his full time opportunity.

   Super Eagles star Victor Moses came in for the last 10 minutes replacing third goal scorer Pedro as Chelsea romped to a comfortable 3-0 win away to Huddersfield Town in new coach, Maurizio Sarri’s first League match for the Blues.

    Moses had very few touches but looked sharp and hungry when ever he got those rare touches.

    It was a straight forward 2-0 win for 
AFC Bournemouth over newly promoted Cardiff City, but English born attacker with Nigerian decent Jordan Ibe was not called up from the bench for Bournemouth.

  A happy return for Nigerian striker on the pitch as a 74th minute sub to take the place of Gray in the colours of Watford who began the season with an impressive 2-0 win over Brighton who did not hand Super Eagles central defender Leon Balogun his debut.


 Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and his Stoke City side are still in search of their first win in the championship after they played out a 1-1 draw against 

   Etebo came on from the bench to replace Bojan Krkic in the 65th minute and was mostly decent until the end.

   In another game central defender Semi Ajayi had a solid game for Rotherham United as they grind out a 1-0 hard fought win over Ipswich Town.

RussiaPremier League

   Midfielder Fegor Ogude, saw full action for FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to 10 men CSKA Moscow.

   Ogude received a 52nd minute yellow card for a rough challenge.


    Austria Wien striker Bright Edomwonyi laboured fruitlessly as they lost 0-2 to Salzburg.

  The striker was taken off the heat in the 65th minute after receiving a yellow card eight minutes earlier.

TurkeySuper Lig

    On Friday, striker Henry Onyekuru  was on for the last six minutes of Galatasaray’s 3-1 win away to Ankaraguru Fc after replacing Algerian playmaker Sofiane Feghouli.

  Rizespor Fc forward and former u-23 Dream team player Aminu Umar was on the losing side against another Nigerian striker Emem Eduok in the colours of Kasimpasa.

   It is important to note that Aminu Umar was subbed off before Rizespor lost 2-3 to Kasimpasa after gifting away a two goals lead, meanwhile, Eduok was taken off before his team sparked back to life.

Czech Republic1. Liga

  Slavia Prague new Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka started in their 1-0 win over Mlada Boleslav on Friday, but was withdrawn early in the second half with only 54 minutes on the clock.

   Meanwhile Ubong Ekpai was an unused substitute for 10 men Viktoria Plzen’s 1-0 win at home to Fc Zlin.

ChinaSuper League

  Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi who returned to full training for his Tianjin Teda team was not in their match day squad on Friday when they beat Henan Jianye by two unreplied goals.

BelgiumFirst Division A

   Club Brugge only needed Nigerian forward Denis Bonaventure for the last 15 minutes of their resounding 3-0 win against Fc Kortrijk, had former Flying Eagles striker Abduljaleel Ajagun from the beginning until he was subbed off in the 79th minute.

In another game, Standard Liege defensive midfielder Uche Agbo was withdrawn with only a minute played in the second half following a 33rd minute yellow card in the first half as his side failed to break down resilient Cercle Brugge in a 0-0 draw.

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