Top five Nigerian players of the week


Ogenyi Onazi

Welcome once again to another edition of the top five Nigerian players who really ranked high with their performances across various Leagues in the world over the weekend.

We love it when our Chinese based players get into the mix, especially because some of our very important Super Eagles players ply their trade in the Asian super power nation.

Here are our top five picks of Nigerian players for last weekend:


1. Odion Ighalo  ( Changchun Yatai )

Odion Ighalo

Super Eagles number one striker Odion Ighalo warmed up for the Nigerian friendlies that comes up this week, by opening his goal account in the Chinese Super League for his side Changchun Yatai’s 1-1 draw at home to Beijing Renhe.

Ighalo’s goal was a 42nd minute equalizer that earned his team a draw, he was indeed very lively in the match and a constant threat to the opponent.



2. Mikel Obi  ( Tianjin Teda  )

Mikel with Ghanian team mate Archeampong

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi was truly in inspired form which saw him create one chance leading to a goal and assisted another for hat trick Ghanian hero Frank Acheampong as they battled from a goal down to win 3-2 at home to star studded Tianjin Quanjian.
Obi who was a huge influence in the midfield, creating the opportunity that led to the first goal in the 16th minute before laying down an assist for Acheampong to grab his brace and equalizer in the 84th minute.


3. Ogenyi Onazi  ( Trabsonspor  )

Ogenyi Onazi

Assistant Super Eagles captain Ogenyi Onazi also joined the warm up for the national duty with a goal of his own for his Turkish Super League side Trabsonspor who thrashed Yeni Malatyaspor 4-1.

Onazi was not deterred by a yellow card he received in the 61st minute, as he popped up to score the 4th goal for his team in the 86th and his 3rd goal of the season in all competitions.


4. Efe Ambrose ( Hibernian )

The only Nigerian player on the top five players list who is not currently active in the Super Eagles but still performed credibly to get a mention is non other than veteran versatile defender Efe Ambrose.

Ambrose scored his second goal of the season for high flying Scottish side Hibernian in their 1-1 draw against St Johnstone in the Scotland premier League.

His second minute headed goal was not enough as his side who played 10-man for much of the match conceded a late equalizer that did nothing to take away Ambrose’s great work in the heart of the Hibernian defense.


5. Victor Moses  ( Chelsea  )

Victor Moses

Victor Moses recovered from a poor performance against Barcelona in midweek to help Chelsea beat Leicester City 2-1 after extra time in the English FA Cup quarter final match on Sunday.

Moses lasted the entire 120 minutes and was especially important in the defensive tackles to stop the likes of Vardy, Iheanacho and Ndidi for the Foxes.


Okay folks, that’s our top pick for this week, we wish all the Super Eagles players great outings as they confront Poland and Serbia this week.

Don’t forget to give us a feed back of who you think we missed or tell us if we picked the right guys, have a blessed week everyone until another edition.

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