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Europa League: How Nigerian Players Performed On Thursday



Actions resumed in the Europa league and the Conference league on Thursday night with 30 fixtures on offer in th two European clubsides competitions.

Nigerians players weren’t left out in the Thursday night football in th Europa League and in the Conference league.

Below is an overview of the performances of Nigerian players in the Europa league and in the conference league on Thursday.

1. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos Piraeus, Grecce)

The Super Eagles winger and his Greek side were stunned at home as German Bundesliga outfit, Eintracht Frankfurt, carted away all maximum points.

The former Monaco man had an assist to his name in the tie.

2. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)

The Super Eagles talisman was missing in action as his Italian based outfit, Napoli, recorded a big (1-4) win away from home against, Legia Warsaw.

Osimhen was left out in the trip to Poland owing to a Muscle injury.

3. Leon Balogun (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles of Nigeria rock solid defender who had a goal to his name in the first leg this time scored against his side as they were forced to a (1-1) draw against Danish side, Brondby.

4. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The left footed middle maestro was in action for all 90mins, came close on two occasions to pull a goal for his side but his efforts missed back of the net by whiskers.

5. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left full back came from the bench in the keenly contested fixture to help his Scottish based clubside backline defend their goal as to run away with something in the bag.

6. Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany)

The Super Eagles Striker fired blank as him and his German Bundesliga outfit were condemned to a home defeat by their Dutch opponents, Feyenoord.

6. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)

The Super Eagles Striker scored one of his side goals as they secured maximum points in a tough ground against Bundeliga outfit, Union Berlin at away.

7. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)

The Super Eagles tailsman, Paul Onuachu, and his Belgian side suffered another disappointing result as they played out (2-2) draw against it’s English Side, West Ham at home.

8. Stephen Odey (Randers, Denmark)

The Nigeria professional football league ‘Goal King’ was sent off in the keenly contested fixture which ended in a (2-2) stalemate at full tim.

9. Esiti Anderson (PAOK Thessaloniki, Greece)

The former Super Eagles midfielder was an unused sub in his side disappointing home lose against Danish side, Copenhagen on Thursday night.

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



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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