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31 Nigerian Stars To Watch Out For This Weekend



As we welcome the weekend, actions are set to come resume across European leagues with many derbies and nail biting fixtures in the offing.

Nigerian eligibles 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. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)

The Nigerian tallish striker will look forward to increase his goal tally in the Spanish second division league as well help his Spanish team in their promotion pursuit as his side comes toe to toe with Burgos CF.

2. Troost-Ekong x Dennis Emmanuel (Watford, England)

The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team will look forward to return to winning ways as they face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium. Dennis Bonaventure who was missing in his team slim lose on Matchday 10 will be available for selection after completing his suspension.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)

After a disappointing result in the Europa league on Thursday night, Iheanacho and his side will have their hands full when they visit Leeds United.

4. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)

Frank Onyeka will look forward to help improve its team fortune and position on the log as they host Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

5. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)

The Super Eagles striker who scored on Thursday night in the Europa League will turn up again with his Dutch side on Sunday afternoon as they play host to AZ Alkmaar.

6. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left footed defender who was a second half substitute will look forward to help his side overcome Ross County at home on Sunday afternoon.

7. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The left footed midfielder who played all 90mins in his side (1-1 ) draw against, Brondby in the Europa league will look forward to lead his side to winning ways when they meet Ross County at home.

8. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)

The Super Eagles big centre back played out all 90mins on Thursday in the Europa league will be available for selection as his Glasgow based side face , Ross County on sunday.

9. Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden)

The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder and his Swedish side will look forward to continue it’s impressive form as they face, Goteborg, on Suandy afternoon.

10. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)

The wing wizard will file out with his French side as they trade tackles with, Strasbourg at home at the weekend on Sunday afternoon.

11. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)

The Winger and his French side will face, PSG, on Sunday afternoon as they strive to improve its position on the log.

12. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)

After missing out in Napoli big win on Thursday night in the Europa league owing yo as muscle injury, Osimhen is expected to lead the Frontline against, Hellas Verona on Sunday evening.

13. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal, Spain)

“Samu’ and his Villareal team will be faced with an uphill task as they host, Getafe, at home in an early kick off on Sunday.

14. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)

After a (2-2) on Thursday against, West Ham, in the Europa league, the striker who has double digits goals already in the league will look forward to continue the goal count as they face, Cercle Brugge on Sunday night.

15. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)

After a brilliant display in his side lose in the Europa league, Onyekuru will surely sort all possible means to continue his goal count in the league.

16. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper is expected to come in between the sticks for his Dutch based outfit as they face, Willem, on Saturday afternoon.

17. Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

The CSKA wing wizard will look forward to continue tormenting the Russian topflight league defenders and add to his goal count as they face, Sochi, away from home on Saturday afternoon.

18. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)

The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper will look forward to contribute immensely to his side pursuit for survival when they face, Galatasaray on Sunday evening.

20.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)

The former Nigeria junior international is expected to be avaliable for his Italian side as they face Jose Mourinho AS Roma team

21. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)

The box to box Midfielder who has been exceptional for his Italian outfit will look ahead to help them gain point(s) when they face Lazio on Sunday evening.

22. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)

The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit who recorded a big home win against, Sampdoria, will strive to maintain winning ways when they face Spezia.

23.Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)

The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal who were second half substitute in their side defeat at the mid-week will sort for way to help their side bounce back to winning ways.

24. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)

The Nigeria U20 skipper who played out all 90mins in his side MOL Cup campaign will forward to improve its position on the log.

25. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)

The former Nigeria professional football league goal king who was sent off in the Europa league will be hopeful for another league goal when his Danish side face, Aalborg away from home on Sunday afternoon.

26. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)

The 24years old forward who came off the bench and went straight to the goal scorers sheet at the mid-week against, ODD will look forward to increase his goal tally when they face, Stromgodset, on Saturday afternoon.

27. Jackson Ipalibo (Strømsgodset, Norway)

The Box to box Midfielder and his compatriot duo of Attah Kadiri and Friday Fred will look forward to propel their side to another win when they face, Tromso, on Sunday evening.

28. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The 19 years old Midfield maestro who bagged an assist at the mid-week will look forward to be on score sheet when they face, Kalmar away from home on Sunday evening.

29. Godswill Ekpolo (Hacken, Sweden)

The big centre back and his compatriot, Tebo Franklin, who guided their side to a point away from home against, Ostersunds, the last time Will look forward to keep a clean sheet when they face, Degerfors on Sunday afernoon.

30. Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby Sweden)

Thee influential winger who was involved in his side lose on the road against the last time Will look forward to recover his scoring form when his side faces, Orebro, at home.

31. Ubochima Meshack (Zalaegerszegi)

The wing wizard will be leading his side when they face MOL Fehevar, on Saturday afternoon. The Nigerian international will be all out to continue his goal count.

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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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