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7 Nigerian Stars Playing In The USA Topflight League

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Nigeria from time immemorial has been described as the ‘Talent Hub’ of Africa in the football Fraternity following the exploits of it’s retired internationals as well as the exploits of it’s active Internationals little wonder Scouts troops in often in search of untapped talents.

Across European and Scandinavia leagues, Nigerian Stars keeps on making headlines and carving niche for themselves which has brought the country and it’s football stars into limelight.

Across many leagues, Nigerian Stars are present and in it’s piece, we would take a look at Nigerian Stars playing in the United States Of America topflight league.

1. Obinna Nwobodo (Football Club Cincinnati, USA)
The former Enugu Rangers midfielder lists amongst Nigerian Stars plying their trade in the USA topflight league.

The midfield maestro teamed up with, Cincinnati in the current transfer window from Turkish based outfit, Göztepe.

2. James Omonigho Igbekeme (The Columbus Crew, USA)
The former Nigeria U17 ranks amongst Nigerian stars in the USA. Igbekeme teamed up with, The Columbus Crew in the current transfer window from Spainish based outfit, Real Zaragoza.

3. Orji Nelson Chukwuma (Atlanta United, USA)
The Superstars Football Academy, Uyo Graduate list amongst Nigerian stars plying their trade in the USA.

The left footed, rock solid defender landed in the USA from Prominent Nigerian and Uyo based Academy side, Superstars Football Academy.

4. Emenike Nwaogu (Atlanta United, USA)
The box to box midfielder ranks amongst Superstars Football Academy, Uyo graduates in the USA.

Nwaogu and Nelson teamed up with Atlanta United at same time.

5. Chinonso Nnamdi Offor (Chicago Fire, USA)

The former Ambassadorr Football Academy, Lagos and Real Sapphire FC of Lagos graduate lists amongst Nigerian Stars playing in the US topflight league.

6. Ifunanyachi Achara (Toronto Football Club, USA)
The Unheralded Nigerian Striker adds to the list of Nigerian stars in the USA league.

Ifunanyachi Achara since joing the US based side has been handful for the team.

7. William Agada (Sporting Kansas City, USA)
Agada joined the ever increasing number of Nigerian internationals in the USA after joining from Israeli based side,

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Nigeria Striker, Leke James Bags Degree In Business Management

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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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Bulgarian Cup: Ukaki Success Shines In Botev Plovdiv Quarter-Finals Win.

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Promising Nigerian youngster, Success Ukaki came through with another top performance in the colors of Bulgarian outfit, Botev Plovdiv, as he shone like a million stars in the keenly contested quarter-finals fixture between Botev Plovdiv and Spartak Varna in the Bulgarian cup.

Arriving from FDC Vista, Ukaki within a short term has continued to garner minutes of action under his belt as he delivered excellently haven started against Spartak Varna in the Bulgarian Cup quarterfinals.

Playing from Right-wing back position, Ukaki was a menace down the channels as he was a major threat offensively and still kept it solid defensively.

Ukaki and his Botev Plovdiv side squared up for a tricky clash in the quarter finals of the Bulgarian cup haven been drawn to trade tackles with Spartak Varna.

Spartak Varna has their quest for glory put to a litmus test haven been drawn to face top ranking Botev Plovdiv side away from home in the quarterfinals.

First half of the exciting fixture had Botev Plovdiv establishing a 1-0 lead at half time courtesy of Nigerian striker, Samuel Akere 22nd minute goal.

On return for the second half, Akere continued from where he stopped and this time provided assist for Popov.I 72nd minute goal which doubled Botev Plovdiv lead.

Spartak Varna fought back only to get a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to cause upset for Botev Plovdiv

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Bulgarian Cup: Red-hot Samuel Akere Scores, Bags Assist As Botev Plovdiv Edge Spartak Varna

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Highly rated Nigerian winger, Samuel Akere, was the hero for Bulgarian outfit, Botev Plovdiv, as he scored and recorded assist to inspire Botev Plovdiv to a 2-1 win against Spartak Varna in quarter-finals played today in the Bulgarian cup.

Unarguably one of Botev Plovdiv best players, Akere has continued to evolve rapidly as he his exciting performances week in, week out has earned him a starting place in the stars studded Botev Plovdiv team.

Akere and his Botev Plovdiv side squared up for a tricky clash in the quarter finals of the Bulgarian cup haven been drawn to trade tackles with Spartak Varna.

Spartak Varna has their quest for glory put to a litmus test haven been drawn to face top ranking Botev Plovdiv side away from home in the quarterfinals.

First half of the exciting fixture had Botev Plovdiv establishing a 1-0 lead at half time courtesy of Nigerian striker, Samuel Akere 22nd minute goal.

On return for the second half, Akere continued from where he stopped and this time provided assist for Popov.I 72nd minute goal which doubled Botev Plovdiv lead.

Spartak Varna fought back only to get a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to cause upset for Botev Plovdiv

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