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22 Nigerian Stars To Watch Out For This Weekend



League and cup actions are set to come underway across European and Scandinavia leagues with many exciting fixtures lined up for the weekend

Nigerian stars will not be left out as they will be filing out with their various clubs at the weekend as they eye domestic glory with their sides.

Below are the top Nigerian stars to look out for at the weekend .

1. Troost-Ekong (Watford, England)
The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team will hoping to have a change of fortune under it’s new gaffer when the relegation threatened team locks horn with inconsistent Brighton and Hove side at home on Saturday afternoon.

2. Emmanuel Bonaventure (Watford, England)
The Super Eagles striker who has failed to score in his (5) outings with Watford will look forward to regain his scoring form starting from the weekend when his side faces, Brighton and Hove at home on Saturday.

3. Samuel Kalu (Watford, England)
The Nigerian international winger who was an unused sub the last time would look forward to make his debut when Watford host’s Brighton and Hove.

4. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles striker who seemed to have lost his goal scoring form will look forward to add to his goal tally when his Dutch side faces, Waalwijk, on Sunday.

5. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left footed defender and his Scottish side will look forward to aid his side secure next round ticket with his side when they face, Annan, on Saturday in the Scottish Cup.

6. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed Super Eagles midfielder who was on parade during his side big win against, Hibernian, in the Midweek, will be gunning for Victory when Rangers Glasgow face Annan in the Scottish Cup.

7. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)
The Super Eagles big centre back who made a return at the midweek to help his side keep a clean-sheet against, Hibernian, will look forward to continue on as clean slate when his side faces, Annan in the Scottish Cup.

8. Innocent Bonke (Lorient, France)
The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder and his new French side will look forward to continue it’s impressive form in the league when they play face, Monaco, on Sunday afternoon.

9. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
The wing wizard who helped his side bag a win in the French Cups against, Bastia, at the mid-week will file out with his French side as they trade tackles with, Reims, at home at the weekend on Saturday afternoon.

10. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)
The Super Eagles talisman who got a goal the last tim will look forward to add to his goal tally when his side faces, Inter Milan, on Saturday afternoon.

11 Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)
“Samu’ and his Villareal team will be faced with an uphill task as they face Real Madrid, at home on Saturday afternoon.

12. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The lanky striker will look forward to increase his goal tally as his Belgian side, Genk, faces Standard Liege, on Sunday evening in the Belgian topflight league.

13 Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)
The petit winger and his side will be faced with an uphill task when they face, AEK Athens, on Sunday in the Greek topflight league.

15. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper who conceded (4) goals last time will look forward to do better when his side faces, Willem II on Sunday evening..

16. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)
The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper who got a goal at the mid-week in the Turkish cup will look forward to add to his goals when his side faces, Antalyspor.

17.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)
The former Nigeria junior international who has found his goalscoring form will be saddled with the responsibility for another goal when his side face, Torino

18. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)
The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit will be faced with a Litmus test when they face Venzia, on Sunday afternoon.

19. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The left full back is expected to help his side beat stubborn headed Arouca side on Sunday night

20. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain)
The centre back who was impressive at the midweek will file out with Leganes when the face, Real Zaragoza, on Friday Night.

21. Leke James (Sivasspor, Turkey)
The Striker is expected to start for the Sivasspor side at the Weeknd as they face, Yeni Malatuspor on Saturday afternoon.

22. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)
The Nigerian dream team striker who returned from the AFCON to inspire his side to their first win since his absence will ill look forward to increase his goal tally to help his Spanish second division outfit, Almeria, claim maximum points at full time as they face, Malaga.

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Joshua Akpudje: Rock-Solid Nigeria Defender Listed In Erovnuli Liga TOTW



Highly rated Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, has been listed in the Erovnuli Liga Team Of The Week following his stellar performance in FC Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 home win over Samgurali.

Akpudje and his FC Dinamo Tbilisi side squared up against Samgurali in its first Matchday of the season hoping to start on the front foot with a victory when the two sides lock horns at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.

The keenly contested fixture had the host, FC Dinamo Tbilisi opening scoring at the 10th minute and doubled its lead at the 32nd second goal to end the first half infront and all maximum points at full time.

Rock-solid Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, who lasted for all 90mins in the fixture was a beauty to watch as he marshaled the team backline expertly to ensure a win with a clean-sheet.

Joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Joshua Akpudje heartwarming display in the fixture against Samgurali earned him a place in the team of the week alongside other players who were outstanding with their various clubs.

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Weekend Review: Nine (9) Nigerian Stars Who Found Back Of Net



Actions resumed over the weekend across many leagues as teams continue their quest for domestic and continental glory in various Matchdays.

In over a thousand games played across top leagues at the weekend, Nigerian players were outstanding with their various clubsides and here are (9) Nigerian stars who found back of the net at the weekend.

1. Chidera Ejuke (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

The Nigerian ‘magician’ was in his usual element as he scored and bagged assists to help Royal Antwerp clinch a 3-0 win.

2. Rasheed Sodiq (Rabotinick, Macedonia)

The Nigerian defender came through with a goal to help Rabotnicki Skopje secure a win at home.

3. Terem Moffi (OG Nice, France)

The Nigeria Super Eagles star scored his side only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Tolouse.

4. Boluwatife Ogungbayi (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)

The highly rated forward fired in a brace to help Slavia Prague B clinch a 3-0 against Admira Prague.

5. Ahmed Abdullahi (Genk, Belgium)

Red-hot Ahmed Abdullahi in his scoring element scored twice to help Jong Genk down Royal Antwerp B at home.

6. Aliyu Ibrahim (Houston Dynamo, USA)

The Nigerian winger opened his goal account in the new season regardless his side 2-1 lose.

7. Effiong Nsungusi (FC Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan)

Nsungusi started off life with, FC Neftchi Fergana, on the front foot as he fired a brace to inspire the team win.

8. Olakunle Olusegun (FC Krasnodar, Russia)

The Nigerian striker opened scoring for his side to earn the team a point in their 1-1 stalemate.

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Nigeria Striker, Leke James Bags Degree In Business Management



Nigeria forward, Leke Samson James, has completed his Business and Sports Management course at the, University of Hertfordshire in United Kingdom.

James follows in the footstep of former Nigeria International, Seyi Olofinjana, Nigeria Super Eagles midfielder, Ndidi Wilfred as well as Nigeria Super Falcons duo of Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu. who bagged degrees in same discipline.

He started out his career in his native homeland playing for Bridge Boys.

He transferred to Aalesund on 6 January 2012,

On 26 July 2012 he made his first appearance for Aalesund coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half of the game versus Tirana in Europe League scoring twice in Aalesund’s 5–0 win. On 29 July 2012 he made his debut in Tippeligaen and also started his first match, against Stabæk.

Between 2016 and 2017 he played for Chinese club Beijing Enterprises Group in China League One.

On 30 April 2018, Molde FK announced the signing of James on a three-year contract.[2] He got his Molde debut on 26 July 2018 when he came on as a 67th minute substitute in Molde’s 3–0 win against Laçi in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. James scored Molde’s third goal in the game

On June 2019, James scored a perfect hat-trick in the first half in Molde’s 4–0 away win against Strømsgodset.[3]He scored with his right foot, left foot and his head and completed his hat-trick in 13 minutes and 45 seconds. On 11 July 2019.

After a short spell in the Saudi Pro League, James joined Süper Lig club Sivasspor on a two-year on 14 July 2021.[6]

On 30 December 2021, James scored two goals in Sivasspor’s 2–1 win over MKE Ankaragücü in the fifth round of the Turkish Cup.[7] Sivasspor would eventually defeat Kayserispor in the final to secure the club its first major honour.[8]

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