Nigerian Players watch: Iwobi stars with two assists, Obi shines, Etebo lose on return


We monitored the activities of Nigeria’s foreign exports on Sunday 08-05-2018, with a summary of their score sheet for your reading pleasure

Italy – Serie A

We begin in Italy where Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi was a pillar in Torino’s 1-0 win over his former team Inter Milan.

Joel Obi was so crucial in the heart of midfield that he was left to play until two minutes left to go in regulation time before Mirko Valdifiori took his place.

England – Premier League

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi was in brilliant form for Arsenal with two assists for English striker Danny Welbeck in the 38th and 81st minute to help beat hard fighting Southampton 3-2 at the emirate Stadium.

Both sides finished the game with a man short after late red cards,  but more significant for Nigerian interest was the great form of Iwobi whose second assist created the match winning goal.

It seems the only way to go for Victor Moses and his Chelsea team is down at the moment, after throwing away another three points from a winning position to London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

It was a much improved Victor Moses, who was better with his crosses in attack, but the general lack of believe and sense of direction saw them fail to finish off the hammers who forced a 1-1 draw in the end. Moses was subbed off in the  78th.

Netherlands – Eredivisie

An entertaining 6 goal-thriller ended 3-3 a piece between FC Utrecht and ADO Den Haag.

But Super Eagles right back Tyrone Ebuehi was surprisingly missing in Deen Haag’s squad.

Spain – Primera Division

In the Spanish La Liga, the Nigerian duo of Oghenekaro Etebo and Imoh Ezekiel both went the full distance for relegation embroiled Las Palmas but their valiant efforts failed to earn a result for the yellow canaries, who succumbed to a 90th minute goal to eventually surrender all 3 points to 9 man Levante.

Etebo missed the two previous games for Las Palmas along side the Super Eagles friendly games due to injury.

Turkey – Super Lig

Super Eagles triple contingent of central defender William Troost Ekong, defensive midfielder Mikel Agu and right back Shehu Abdullahi, saw full action but their energy and effort for Bursaspor failed to yield any positive result for the home side.
Bursaspor  failed to over turn a first half goal by Egyptian striker Trezeguet who had on his side the Nigerian duo of striker Emem Eduok  and on loan Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo who helped ensured visiting Kasimpasa claimed all three points with a 1-0 win.

Eduok was subbed off in the 90th minute while Omeruo saw out the entire game despite carrying a 33rd minute yellow card for majority of the match.

Nigerian Olympic Dream team IV forward Aminu Umar lasted 70 minutes for Osmanlispor  who found Fenerbahce a tough nut to crack as they lost 0-2 to the Turkish league giants.


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