SPOTKIK TEAM OF THE WEEK (FEB ’17 WEEK 4)
Once again we present our team of the week which is based on player’s form in the latest round of matches. Two NPFL players from Mountain of Fires Ministry (MFM) make the list for their classy build up to their winning goal in the expense of League champions Rangers International. Ebuehi, and Omeruo also make the team for this week. Ndidi returns due to his sublime performance against Liverpool. Agbo takes Oboabona’s position from last week in central defense. Victor Moses and Henry Onyekuru retain their places. Whereas, Fred Friday of Alkmaar dislodges Osaguona for the top 9 position. Our player of the week goes to Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City.
AUSTRIA (ROUND 23)
Austria Vienna 1-3 Altach
Former Flying Eagles striker, Olarenwaju Kayode started for Austria Vienna in their home loss to Altach. He lasted 80 minutes, failing to score, before he was replaced by Kevin Friesenbichler. Kevin failed to reenact his super sub form from the previous round, as he also failed to score the consolation goal which only came later in the 89th minute via a penalty awarded to the home team.
BELGIUM (ROUND 28)
Club Brugge 5-0 Waregem
Kingsley Madu suffered a heavy fall with Waregem, in the hands of homers, Belgian powerhouse Club Brugge. Madu started again and lasted the entire encounter in the expense of former favorite left back Brian Hamalainen, who was confined to the bench. Would Waregem manager, Francky Dury, likely consider returning Hamalainen to the starting role in their next encounter? This can only be answered when Waregem entertain Westerlo in Round 29.
Lokeren 1-2 Eupen
Eupen stole three points at Daknamstadion (Lokeren), with new Nigerian sensation, Henry Onyekuru scoring the winner. Henry has scored 12 goals so far in the Jupiler League, and is reported to be attracting interests from all over Europe. The player who tried to push a move to Celtic during the winter transfer is expected to make a move to a bigger club in the Summer. Eupen also featured Jamabo George in the game after introducing him in the 89th minute. Their other Nigerian representative, Anthony Bassey was left in the bench to watch proceedings.
Gent 3-1 Mouscron
Of Gent’s five Nigerian players, only Samuel Kalu lasted the entire encounter when they entertained Mouscron over the weekend. The exciting young Nigerian forward scored Gent’s opener, and his debut Jupiler League goal to justify his starting role. Anderson Esiti also started but made way for Birger Verstraete in the 67th minute. Moses Simon, who was in the thick of action in their return Europa League clash with Tottenham Hotspurs was again rested as was the case in the previous round. The duo of Rabiu Ibrahim and dependable Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong were also listed for this encounter, but unused.
Westerlo 0-4 Oostende
Ooestende made amends for their home loss to Anderlecht in the previous round by winning on the road to Westerlo. Joseph Akpala contributed little to the away rout as he was not brought in until the 85th minute of play when Oostende were already running away with 4 goal lead.
St. Liege 2-2 K.V. Mechelen
Ighodaro Osaguona was introduced in the 80th minute by Mechelen in their away score draw at Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Liège).
CROATIA (ROUND 22)
Hadjuk Split 4-0 Istra 1961
Theophilus Solomon once again failed to score his first goal of they year, falling heavily with Istra away to Hadjuk Split. He was cautioned in the 37th minute and subbed out in the 73rd.
Zapresic 1-2 Rijeka
Rijeka recorded a second successive away win without Goodness Ajayi in their line up. This time, their victory came in the expense of Zapresic.
ENGLAND (ROUND 26)
Arsenal (Alex Iwobi), Manchester City (Kelechi Iheanacho), were not involved in Premier League action, meaning they both have a game on hand.
Everton 2-0 Sunderland
Ademola Lookman looked quiet with a paltry three shot at goal for the 60 minutes that he lasted on the pitch for Everton, in their victory over visiting Sunderland. Sunderland did not list Victor Anichebe who is still out due to muscle complaint.
Chelsea 3-1 Swansea
The Blues made sure to remain 10 points clear at the apex of the EPL log, after they beat visiting Swansea in Stamford Bridge. Victor Moses started for Chelsea — as usual — and was not substituted out for Kurt Zuma until the 85th minute of the encounter.
West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth
Jordan Ibe was unlisted in Bournemouth’s away loss to West Brom
Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool
Leicester City began a new lease of life without fired Claudio Raneiri ironically, with a stellar performance reminiscent of the form they maintained throughout their fairy tale run to the EPL title last season. Wilfred Ndidi was one of Leicester’s best, clipping the wings of Klopp’s men. Ndidi amassed a total of 11 tackles with interceptions combined, according to whoscored.com statistics, making him the highest in this category all season. Super Eagles vice captain, Ahmed Musa, however, was not pulled off from Leicester’s bench all encounter. Oviemuno Ejaria was unlisted by Liverpool as he is still out due to injury.
Watford 1-1 West Ham
Watford’s Isaac Success was a late sub in place of M’baye Niang in the 81st minute when the Hornets welcomed West Ham. Success failed to add to his lone goal tally as both sides were forced to settle for a draw courtesy of a Troy Deeney penalty goal and an Andre Ayew equalizer.
FRANCE (ROUND 27)
Lille 2-3 Bordeaux
Vincent Enyeama followed his shootout performance at Caen in the previous round with a disappointing home loss with Lille — conceding three times to Bordeaux.
Angers 3-0 Bastia
Angers trashed visiting Bastia without Dickson Nwakaeme in their match-day squad. However, it was teammate, and Cameroonian AFCON winning forward, Karl Toko Ekambi who scored a brace for the home team. The Super Eagles will have to watch out for him.
GERMANY (ROUND 22)
Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 FSV Mainz
Mainz reversed last week’s home loss to an away win at Bayern Leverkusen in Round 22. Leon Balogun returned to Mainz’s training before their loss to Werder Bremen the previous week, but has not been declared fit enough to be listed. Karim Onisiwo, however, was still out of Mainz’s squad due to illness.
ITALY (ROUND 26)
Genoa 1-1 Bologna
Sadiq Umar was an unused sub, and Orji Okonkwo was unlisted by Bologna as they failed to steal three points away to Genoa, who equalized in the dying minutes through super substitute Olivier Ntcham.
Fiorentina 1-1 Torino
Joel Obi is still yet to shake off his thigh injury as he was again unlisted in Torino’s away draw to Fiorentina.
Crotone 1-2 Cagliari
Simeon ‘Simy’ Tochukwu made a 68th minute entrance from the bench as he fell with Crotone at home to Cagliari.
NETHERLANDS (ROUND 24)
Nijmegen 0-1 Sparta Rotterdam
Taiwo Awoniyi followed his previous round’s dugout status with an introduction in the 46th minute as their 16 minute penalty miss compounded them to another loss, this time, at home to Rotterdam.
AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Zwolle
Nigerian descent and Holland-born forward, Kingsley Ehizibue was on for 90 minutes before he was subbed out. But it was his fellow Nigerian descent in the opposing side, Fred Friday, that got on the score sheet. Friday scored his third Eredivisie goal for Alkmaar ten minutes after his introduction in the second half, to force a draw at home to Ehizibue’s Zwolle.
Heerenveen 3-0 Roda
Abdul Ajagun was conspicuously missing in Roda’s squad-list when they fell heavily away to Heerenveen.
Excelsior 0-2 Willem II
Bartholomew Ogbeche did not get any credit in Willem’s away win over Excelsior, as he was listed as injured. However, Nigerian decent, and Belgian former youth teamer, Funso Ojo lasted all encounter for Willem II and was cautioned in the 19th minute. Funso is still eligible to play for Nigeria as he has not been capped at the senior level by Belgium. With the Super Eagles having so many options in the defensive midfield position at the moment, Coach Gernot Rohr may likely not look his direction.
Den Haag 1-1 Twente
Den Haag halted their string of losses with a home draw with Twente. Tyronne Ebuehi, was on from start to finish in right-back for Den Haag. Den Haag is at the summit of the Eredivisie table with 18 points. Excelsior (19 points) and G.A Eagles (19 points) are the other clubs currently in the relegation zone.
PORTUGAL (ROUND 23)
Nacional 0-0 Feirense
Oghenekaro Etebo returned to Feirense’s starting line up for the first time since returning from injury in the previous round. He lasted 88 minutes in their draw on the road to Nacional.
Vitoria Setubal 1-1 Braga
Mikel Ndubuisi Agu started for Setubal and lasted the entire encounter and their home draw with Braga.
RUSSIA (ROUND 17)
The Russian Premier League will resume on the weekend of March 3rd. The league has been on recess since December last year. Here is an update as of December 5th, 2016.
UFA 1-0 Tomsk
Kehinde Fatai returned to UFA’s lineup as a reserve player in their home game versus Tomsk. He was given the nod to play in the 64th minute. Teammate, Sylvester “Sly” Igbonu, worked a full shift, as they both helped UFA beat visiting Tomsk.
Amkar 3-0 Orenburg
Fegor Ogude was in action to help Amkar trash visiting Orenburg 3-nil. But it was Brian Idowu who put himself in the scoresheet to vindicate Nigerian national team coach, Gernot Rohr, who recently named him as one of his next prospect for the Super Eagles troubled Right-Back position. Idowu scored Amkar’s second in the 35th minute. Both Nigerians lasted the entire encounter. Nigerian decent, and Norwegian-born, Chuma Anene was introduced in the 68th minute by Amkar Perm. Anene is still eligible to play for Nigeria, as he has only featured for Norway in the underaged categories.
SPAIN (ROUND 24)
Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Granada
Uche Agbo started for Granada, and lasted 67 minutes in thier away loss to Bilbao.
Gijon 1-1 Celta Vigo
Elderson Echiejile is still yet to taste action for Sporting Gijon since his latest loan move from parent club Monaco of France. He was unlisted in Gijon’s home draw with Celta Vigo
TURKEY (ROUND 22)
Osmanlispor 0-1 Basaksehir
Aminu Umar’s Osmanlispor fell at home to newly promoted Istanbul Basaksehir. Umar was not listed for the encounter
Konyaspor 1-1 Trabzonspor
Eddy Onazi posted a third consecutive man of the match performance as he helped Trabzonspor secure a draw away to Konayspor. He lasted 89 minutes before he was subbed out.
Alanyaspor 4-1 Adanaspor
Keneth Omeruo continued his great recent form scoring Alanyaspor’s second from a central defense position, in their home rout of Adanasspor. The Super Eagles defender picked up a yellow card in the 70th minute.
Rizespor 2-4 Kayserispor
Rizespor started all three Nigerians in their roaster in their home loss to Kayserispor. The duo of Godfrey Oboabona and Nosa Igiebor lasted all encounter. Igiebor was credited for an assist in the 5th minute for the game’s opener — thanks to Cameroonian forward, Leonard Kweuke who scored. Bright Edomwonyi, however was subbed out in the 67th minute. Bright had picked up a yellow card earlier in the 27th. Leonard Kwueke completed his brace to give Rizespor some hope but a late goal from little known Brazillian and Kayserispor forward, Welliton compounded the woes of the home team.
Gaziantepspor 1-1 Fernabahce
Emmanuel Emenike was unlisted by the Yellow Canaries in their score draw at Gaziantepspor.
Kasimpasa 4-0 Bursaspor
Kenny Otigba remained in Kasimpasa’s bench as they trashed visiting Bursaspor. Sam Eduok was an 82nd minute sub in for Kasimpasa.