There were lots of top flight matches played over the week, involving Nigerian players that are either eligible to play for the country or have already donned the colors of the National senior team. Once again, here is a review of their performances.
Austria Vienna 2-0 Strum Graz
The Nigerian duo of Olarenwanju Kayode and Bright Edomwonyi where made to battle against each other in the weekend’s fixture. Kayode won the battle for Austria Vienna against Edomwonyi’s Strum Graz, firstly, by creating a penalty opportunity for Austria’s Raphael Holzhauser to score from the penalty spot. He later handed a 49th birthday gift to his coach, Thorsten Fink, by scoring Vienna’s second in the 67th minute.
Strum Graz still retain their position at the top of the table with 29 points. Whereas, Austria Vienna is 4th. Kayode has now caught up with compatriot, Edomwonyi in the scorers chart. They are now both tied at 4 goals.
Charleroi 2-1 Genk
At midweek, Onyinye Ndidi had a hand in Genk’s goal, but they lost away to Charleroi. Ndidi provided the assist for Nikolaos Karelis to score early in the 4th minute.
Genk 2-1 Westerlo
At the weekend, Ndidi clocked another 90 minutes, but was cautioned in Genk’s home win over Westerlo. Onyinye has been a super regular for Genk, playing mostly as a left midfielder or left-wing-back.
Genk are 7th in the Jupiler Pro League table, one spot below the Belgian Jupiler League Championship Group qualification zone.
Kortrijk 1-1 Eupen
At midweek, Henry Onyekuru continued to enjoy game time, as he started again for Eupen, in their away draw with Kortrijk. Eupen also fielded two other Nigerians on match day – Right Back, George Jamabo, and midfielder, Anthony Bassey. While Onyekuru and Jamabo started, Bassey was brought in for Suarez Bermudez in the 76th minute of play. Onyekuru and Bassey were both cautioned in the 56th and 80th minute respectively. Eupen are 12th on the table.
Eupen 2-2 Lokeren
At the weekend, Onyekuru scored the first goal in the 20th minute for Eupen, in their score draw at home to Lokeren. This time, only Jamabo, of the trio, was cautioned, while Bassey was left in the bench during the encounter.
St. Truiden 0-2 Waregem
At midweek, Waregem won on the road at St. Truiden, with Kingsley Madu left to watch proceedings from the bench. Waregem’s Madu was not among the players invited by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, this weekend, probably due to his lack of game time.
Waregem’s 0-0 Club Brugge
At the weekend, Madu also remained in the bench in Waregem’s home draw with Club Brugge.
Gent 1-0 St. Liege
At midweek, the trio of Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Rabiu Ibrahim were on Gent’s match day squad that took on visiting Elderson Echiejile’s St. Liege. While Rabiu was not involved in the encounter, Moses Simon started, and Esiti was cautioned 10 minutes after he was introduced (in the 75th minute). Echiejile did a 90 minutes full shift for Standard Liege in an unfamiliar left midfield position, after impressing on his debut the previous weekend.
KV Mechelen 2-0 Gent
At the weekend, Gent could not continue their good run away from home, losing at Mechelen. Rabiu Ibrahim was handed his debut appearance, but was pulled out immediately at the commencement of the second half. Moses Simon, on the other hand, started as expected and clocked 90 minutes. Dropped Nigerian midfielder, Anderson Esiti, came in from the bench in the 55th minute.
Lokeren 1-2 Oostende
At midweek, Joseph Akpala was left in the bench by Oeestende’s coach, Yves Vanderhaeghe, for the second game in the row, however, the selection worked in their favor as they defeated Lokeren away from home. Akpala is still yet to score this season in the Belgian Jupiler league.
Oostende 3-1 St. Liege
Another clash between Nigerians, Joseph Akpala and Elderson Echiejile, took place in the weekend. With Echiejile continuing in an unfamiliar left-midfield role, Standard Liege lost this time, away to Akpala’s Oostende. However, it was good news for Akpala, as he was pulled out of the bench in the 80th minute. At least he saw some game time, this time around.
Belupo 2-0 Istra 1961
Theophillus Solomon continued to be one of Istra 1961’s untouchables, however, Jamilu Collins did not taste action for Istra in their away loss to Belupo. Solomon has four goals to his name after 14 round of matches in the 1. HNL.
Lok. Zagreb 0-2 Rijeka
It was a different tale for Goodness Ajayi, who did not appear in Rijeka’s match day squad, as they won on the road to Lokomotive Zagreb.
Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal
Alex Iwobi started ahead of Oliver Giroud, lasting for 69 minutes, in Arsenal’s away win at The Stadium of Light. Ironically, Giroud stole the show with a brace after coming in as a substitute for Iwobi. However, Victor Anichebe of Sunderland did not come face to face with compatriot, Iwobi, as he was left to sit out for the entire encounter.
Tottenham 1-1 Leicester City
Ahmed Musa struck again for Leicester City, for the second consecutive time, to draw level with Spurs. He appeared to pick up an injury in the process, but lasted for another 20 minutes before he was substituted out.
Watford 1-0 Hull City
Odion Ighalo and Success Issac claimed victory at home, by virtue of Michael Dawson’s (Hull) own goal. Ighalo lasted the entire encounter, but Success is still out due to an injury picked up penultimate weekend.
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
The Blues continued their resurgence away at St. Mary’s Stadium, with Victor Moses playing as a right-wing-back again, in a newly favored 3-4-3 formation. Moses provided an assist which culminated in Eden Hazard’s brilliant effort for Chelsea’s first of two unreplied goals. Victor Moses lasted 87 minutes before he was substituted out. Ola Aina and John Obi Mikel were not listed by Chelsea.
West Brom 0-4 Manchester City
The Citizens replied Arsenal later in the evening with a massive win of their own at The Hawthorns, holding tight to the top spot on the table, this time without Super Eagles star striker, Kelechi Iheanacho taking part in the game.
Guingamp 1-0 Angers
Angers lost by a lone goal at Guingamp with Dickson Nwakaeme missing in their Line up.
Lille 0-1 PSG
Vincent Enyeama failed to post a shutout for Lille at home, letting in an Edison Cavani strike in the 65th minute.
Mainz 2-0 Ingolstadt
After last week’s loss to Shalke, Mainz’ Leon Balogun was sacrificed and made to only see action in the dying minutes of their home win versus Ingolstadt. Leon is expected to make a return to the Super Eagles for the World cup qualifier against Algeria on November 12th.
Damstadt 0-2 Liepzig
Obinna Nsofor, was again unlisted, when his club, Damstadt lost to visiting Liepzig.
Inter Milan 2-1 Torino (Midweek game)
Joel Obi started for Torino, this time, and clocked 76 minutes before he was substituted, in their loss on the road to Inter.
Udinese 2-2 Torino (Weekend game)
Torino still remained win-less all week. This time, Joel Obi watched all proceedings from the bench in their draw away to Udinese.
Chievo 1-1 Bologna (Midweek game)
Sadiq Umar rewarded Bologna immediately after his introduction at the start of the second half, with an assist for Chilean Erick Pulgar, to put Bologna in the lead away to Chievo. But an own goal by teammate and Senegalese, Ibrahima Mbaye leveled matters for Chievo.
Bologna 0-1 Fiorentina (Weekend game)
Umar’s introduction this time in the 57th minute, did not help restore parity for Bologna, after conceding a goal earlier via a Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) spot kick.
Fiorentina 1-1 Crotone (Midweek game)
Simmy posted a cameo performance after being brought in for Marcelo Trotta in the 88th minute, as he did his little bit to help Crotone share the spoils away to Fiorentina.
Crotone 2-0 Chievo (Weekend game)
Crotone beat Chievo at home with their number 99, Simmy, on the bench.
Twente 0-0 Roda
Abdul Ajagun started in central midfield position, and finished the game as his club, Roda JC, drew away to Twente.
ADO Den Haag 0-1 AZ Alkmaar
Tyronne Ebuehi‘s ADO Den Haag lost at home to Fred Friday’s AZ Alkmaar, with Tyronne posting a full game appearance at right-full-back position, without picking a card. Tyronne has indicated he will not honor Nigeria’s invitation because he wants to concentrate on his club career. But he did not rule out future availability for Nigeria. Fred Friday was missing.
Utrecht 1-1 Nijmegen
Nijmegen’s coach, Peter Hyballa, continued to put confidence in former Golden Eaglet (Class of 2013), Taiwo Awoniyi, despite his inability to find the net since joining the Dutch modest side on loan from Liverpool FC. The German coach, did not pull out Awoniyi until the dying minutes of their draw away to Utrecht.
Awoniyi must be showing lots of promise in training. We hope that he starts to explode soon.
Vitesse 0-2 PSV
Abiola Dauda was not listed by Vitesse, in thier home loss to PSV Eindhoven. Gaston Pereiro scored a brace for PSV.
Chaves 1-1 Feirense
Super Eagles returnee, Oghenekaro Etebo, started again, for newly promoted Feirense in thier draw at Chaves. Etebo was on for the entire encounter, playing in the left wing, behind top striker, Anastasios Karamanos, in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The Greek, put Feirense in the lead just before the end of the first half. Feirense is owned by Nigerian businessman, Kunle Soname, and also has Dele Alampasu in their books. Dele is currently on loan to a Portuguese third division side.
Arsenal Tula 0-2 UFA
Nigerian duo of Kehinde Fatai and Sylvester “Sly” Igbonu, scored in the 46th and 80th minute respectively, to provide the unreeled goals for UFA on the road to Arsenal Tula. Sly made way for Russian, Dmitry Sysuev, in the 78th minute. Whereas, Fatai did a full shift.
Barcelona 1-0 Granada
Uche Agbo clocked 90 minutes in defensive midfield position for Granda. He posted a stellar performance preventing Granada from being disgraced by Barcelona in Camp Nou. Barcelona’s Rafinha got the solitary goal.
Gaziantepspor 3-1 Osmanlispor
Super Eagles reject, Aminu Umar was the only scorer among Nigerians in the Super Lig with a solitary strike that did little to prevent his club, Osmanlispor, from losing on the road to Gaziantepspor.
Kasimpasa 2-1 Alanyaspor
Three Nigerians were involved in the Kasimpasa-Aanyaspor duel. Coincidentally, the game which was staged in Kasimpasa’s home, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadyumu (Istanbul), ended based on a Nigerians head count — Emem Eduok and Kenny Otigba for Kasimpasa, while Alanyaspor had Kenneth Omeruo. Interestingly, both Otigba and Omeruo played for the entire duration, and were also both cautioned. Edouk started but made way in the 76th minute.
Trabzonspor 2-2 Rizespor
Again, it was another battle between Nigerians, with Ogenyi Onazi‘s Trabzonspor, drawing with Godfrey Obauboana‘s Rizespor, at home. Obaboana caused a penalty call as early as the 3rd minute, and was booked as a result. Mehmet Ekici converted, for Trabzonspor’s first, after an initial failed attempt. While Oboabona lasted the entire encounter, Onazi was substituted out in the 86th minute.
Fenerbahce 5-0 Kardemir Karabuk
Super Eagles retiree, Emmanuel Eminike was left to watch his teammates from the bench, trash visiting Karabuk.
Basaksehir 5-1 Akhisar
Musa Muhammad‘s newly promoted club, Basaksehir, continued their fairy tale run at the top of the Super Lig, by trashing visitors, Akhisar Genclik. The former Golden Eaglets (Class of 2013) captain was still conspicously missing in the squad.