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EUROPA LEAGUE: How Nigeria Stars Performed On Thursday Night

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Actions resumed in the UEFA Europa and conference league as teams continue their quest for survival and domestic glory with clubs from different league in crunch fixtures with their opponents.

After a pulsating fixture in the two UEFA organized competition, here is a review how Nigerian internationals and eligible players performed with their various clubsides.

1. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos Piraeus, Grecce)
The Super Eagles winger continued his impressive form at he helped his side to a hard fought (1-0) against Turkish giants, Fenerbahce.

All thinks to Olympicos Brazilian midfielder, Soares.T last-gasp winning goal.

3. Leon Balogun (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles of Nigeria rock solid defender was not up for selection as his side bagged a convincing (2-0) win against Czech Republic side, Sparta Prague at the Iborax stadium.

4. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed Super Eagles midfield maestro who featured till the 78min and played major role in Rangers (2-0) win against it’s Czech Republic top-flight side, Rangers Glasgow.

5. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left full back who was in action for all 90 minutes as in his side big home win against Czech Republic outfit, Sparta Prague.

6. Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany)
The Super Eagles Striker who had a goal to his name in the ‘Berlin Derby’ at the weekend continued his impressive form as his assist gave his German side a big win away from home against, Maccabi Haifa.

7. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles Striker who was involved the last time in his side win at the weekend against, Zwolle, continued his scoring galore with another brace against Czech Republic top-flight league giants, Slavia Prague.

8. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The Super Eagles talisman, Paul Onuachu, who was a second half fired blank in his side (1-1) stalemate against Crotian outfit, Dynamo Zagreb.

9. Stephen Odey (Randers, Denmark)
The Nigeria professional football league ‘Goal King’ was found missing in action owing to a Red card which it’s suspension barred him from participating in his side win against, Cluj.

10. Esiti Anderson (PAOK Thessaloniki, Greece)

The former Super Eagles midfielder featured for a limited time as his side held Slovakian based outfit, Slovan Bratislava to a barren draw.

11. Raphael Onyedika (Midtjylland, Denmark)
The box to box midfielder featured for all 90 minutes as his bagged a big win in a 5 goals thriller.

12. Ezikiel Henty (Slovan Bratislava)
The Slovakian league highest goal scorer who welcomed a new baby at the weekend fired blank as his were held to a barren draw against, POAK, at home.

13. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)
The Super Eagles striker played the last 5 minutes in his side convincing win against Polish side, Legia Warsaw.

14. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City, England)
The box to box Super Eagles midfielder who just made a return to the Rodgers Brendan team came back with a banger as his first half goal aided his side to a win against Polish side, Legia Warsaw.

15. Alhassan Yusuf(Royal Antwerp)
The Midfielder was a second half substitute in his side (2-2) stalemate against table l anders, Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

16. Rabiu Ibrahim (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)
The left footed midfield maestro fired blank in his side disappointing home outing against, POAK.

17. Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague)
Olayinka continued his goal galore on Thursday night as his side played out a (2-2) draw against Dutch side Feyenoord.

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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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