Top 5 Nigerian players in Europe over the weekend


Welcome again to another episode of the top five Nigerian players whose performances were outstanding for the second weekend of the month of February.

BROWN IDEYE – (Malaga)

Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye scored his first goal for Spanish La Liga side Malaga against third placed Valencia on Saturday in what was his third game since joining the relegation threatened team.

Ideye netted in the 27th minute but a late collapse in the closing stages by Malaga who conceded a penalty and got a man sent off meant Ideye’s goal failed to earn the homers a result as Valencia went on to win 2-1.

Ideye has been really superb since joining Malaga from Chinese side Tianjin Teda but his team-mates will need to meet him half way if they are to survive the relegation scrap.

FRED FRIDAY (Sparta Rotterdam)

Striker Fred Friday scored in the 62nd minute for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie match played on Sunday against fellow relegation strugglers FC Twente in what was his second goal from 7 matches.

Twente eventually scored in the 85th minute to secure a draw.

Friday has been a very useful outlet for Rotterdam, having been used as a winger and striker in different games.

FRANK ONYEKA (Midtjylland)

Just 20 years and Frank Onyeka is not daunted by his promotion to the senior team of title chasing FC Midtjylland in Denmark’s Superlliga.

Onyeka scored his second goal in as many matches to help his side secure a 3-1 win over København scoring the equalizer in the 28th minute moments after the visitors took the lead.

Uche who is originally a midfielder for the U-19 side of Midtjylland was used as a striker two weeks ago on his debut, and scored a goal despite coming on as a very late substitute.

Keep an eye on the name Frank Uche, a big future lie ahead of the young star as long as he keeps working hard.


Having moved on loan from Italian Serie A side FC Roma to Eredivisie side NAC Breda, the Olympic bronze medal winning striker is beginning to find his feet.

Umar scored for Breda in the 85th minute having come on as an 61st minute substitute, to net his second goal.


Nigerian Winger Samuel Kalu led the come-from-behind victory for Gent after they went down 0-2 at half-time to visiting KV Mechelen on Sunday.

Kalu  provided a 57th minute assist for Rangelo Janga to help his team secure a 2-2 draw at the end of the match.

Kalu has been very active scoring important goals and providing assists for Gent who have been starved of the services of the other two Nigerian players Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti.

That’s it for this week top five Nigerian players over the weekend. Do tell us who you think should have made the list and why.

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