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Europa League: How Nigerian Players Performed On Thursday

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The quest for continental glory in the Europa league and the Conference league was underway on Thursday night with 30 fixtures on offer in th two European clubsides competitions.

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

Below is a review of the performances of Nigerian players in the Europa league and in the conference league on Thursday.

1. 1. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos Piraeus, Grecce)

Former Monaco dashing winger and his Greek side suffered a bad day in office in the Europa league as their quest for continental glory suffered a big dent in the hands of German Bundeliga outfit, Eintracht Frankfurt, in the Europa league.

The Super Eagles winger, Onyekuru Henry, came off the bench at 60mins in the second half.

2. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)

The arguably hottest striker in Europe continued his impressive form on Thursday night as he came off the bench to score in his Italian side (3-0) win against Polish side, Legia Warsaw, on Thursday in the Europa league.

3. Leon Balogun (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles of Nigeria rock solid defender opened his goal account in the UEFA Europa league to help his clinch a (2-0) home against Dannish side, Brondby.

4. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The left footed Super Eagles midfield maestro was in action for 90min in his side (2-0) big win on Thursday night in the Europa league.

5.Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left full back was a second half substitute, he was thrown into his foray to help defend his side win against, Brondby.

6. Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany

The Super Eagles Striker who was involved in the double header during the International break was on target for his German side in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Union Berlin suffered a big defeat against Dutch side, Feyenoord.

6. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles Striker was involved in his Dutch side (3-1) win on Thursday night against German Bundeliga outfit, Union Berlin in the Europa Conference league

7. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The Super Eagles tailsman, Paul Onuachu, and his Belgian side suffered a big (3-0) defeat against English Side, West Ham.

The big man striker fired blank in the fixture.

8. Stephen Odey (Randers, Denmark)

The Nigeria professional football league ‘Goal King’ continued his impressive form in the Europa league on Thursday night to help his side bag a point away from home against Czech Republic based outfit, Jablonec.

9.Esiti Anderson (PAOK Thessaloniki, Greece)

The former Super Eagles midfielder played all 90mins as his Greek side recorded an away win against Dannish side, FC Copenhagen.

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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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