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Four (4) In-Form Nigerian Eligible Player’s In Finland

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The search and the quest of Nigeria born footballers to announce themselves in the football biggest stage adds as one reason why there are many Nigeria internationals virtually in every league in the world.

Even in their different leagues where these players are playing, the Nigeria stars are steadily making carving a niche for themselves and with their various Clubsides.

Today searchlight on Nigeria players plying their trade outside the shores of the country takes us to FINLAND where we going to have the names of in-form Nigerian eligible and born players in the just concluded Finnish Veikkausliiga season.

1. Lucky Onyebuchi Opara (AC OULU)


Born 9 December 1999, Lucky Onyebuchi maiden season in the Finnish Veikkausliiga season was breathtaking as the right full back ended the season with 4 goals to his name.

The light skinned Utility player rose to prominence with Latvian based outfit, Spartans Jurmala, where he moved to Swiss based Clubside, Lugano.

Onyebuchi proceeded to the Finnish top-flight league where he exploded in his first season to write his name in gold.

2. Aniekpeno Udo (KUPS)


Born on 11 November 1996, Aniekpeno Christopher Udo through hardwork earned himself the fame he enjoys in the Finnish top-flight league with former league champions, KUPS.

On arrival to the Norwegian OBOS-LIGAEN in 2016, the lethal striker announced his presence in the league where he attracted interest from top European Clubside following his outstanding performance.

Since his arrival to the Finnish top-flight league with KUPS, Udoh has been exceptional for the Finnish based outfit as he helped the team finish Second on the log and Won the Finnish Suomen league cup in the season under review.

The Striker who has made almost 43 apperances for Kups has plethora of goals to his name.

3. Henry Uzochukwu (KUPS)


Born on January 22 1999, Uzochukwu ranks amongst in-form Nigerian born defenders plying their trade outside the shores of the country.

Since joining Finnish top-flight league giant’s, KUPS from Dannish Clubside, Midtjylland, Uzo has been a force to reckon with in the stars studded KUPS side as well as in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

The Petit full back contribution to the outstanding season enjoyed by KUPS cannot be emphasized. The right-full back in the current season under review recorded a handful of Goals and Assists.

4. Usman Sale (AC OULU)


Born on 27 August 1995, Usman Sani Hassan ranks amongst the Nigeria born and eligible players who made huge statements in the current Finnish top-flight league season under review.

Usman kicked off his campaign outside the shores of the country with Norwegian based outfit, Viking, where he scored a handful of goals in his 41 apperances.

After teaming up with Finnish giant’s, AC OULU, Usman and fellow compatriot, Onyebuchi Opara was a steady face in the AC OULU Matchday squad.

The two Nigerians helped the Finnish side escape relegation.

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Joshua Akpudje: Rock-Solid Nigeria Defender Listed In Erovnuli Liga TOTW

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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

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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

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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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