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How Nigerian Players Abroad Performed At Mid-Week For Their Clubs

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Nigerian eligible players were on parade with their various clubs as League actions and cup games resumed at the mid-week across European leagues.

Below is an overview how Nigerian born and eligible Players performed in the league and in cup games with the various clubs in the midweek.

1. David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)

The former Nigeria junior international fired blank in the Italian Seria A as his side were beaten at home against, Salerinitana.

2. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)

The box to box Midfielder was involved in his side big win away from home against, Venzia at the mid-week. Compatriot, Simy Nwankwo was a second half substitute.

3. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)

The Super Eagles right back suffered a defeat with his Italian side at the midweek against, AC Milan.

4. Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)

The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal was a second half substitute as their side were condemned to a defeat away from home against, Ararat Yerean.

5. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)

The Nigeria U20 skipper played out all 90mins as his side advanced to the next round of the Crotian cup by penalties against, Sibenik.

6. Michael Ugwu (Bohemians, Czech Republic)

The Nigerian eligible centre forward was a second half substitute in his side (1-0) slim win against, Jihlava in Czech MOL cup.

7. Samson Iyede (Fredicia, Denmark)

Iyede saw through all 90mins in the Dannish Landspokal Cup at the mid-week as they suffered a defeat against, Hviodovre.

8. John Okoli (Arab Contractors, Egypt)

Okoli continued from where he stopped last term as his solitary strike earned his side a big win in their first league match in the new campaign.

9. Okoye Ebuka (ENPPI SC, Egypt)

The Centre forward fired blank as his side started the new season with a defeat (2-0) in the hands of Zamalek.

10. Ebenezer Okezie (Zimbru Chisinu, Moldova)

The left full back was on target in his side demolishion of, Drochia, in the Moldovan cup game.

11. Bamidele Yusuf (Tranava, Slovakian)

The big striker was a second half substitute as his side advanced to the next round of the Slovak Cup at the mid week.

12. Henry Offia (Trelleborg, Sweden)

The former Nigeria U20 star came off the bench to help his side seal it’s home win at the mid-week against, Eskilstuna.

13. Tosin Kehinde (Randers, Denmark)

The Dannish forward had a goal to his name as his side demolished, Middlefart, in the Landspokal Cup.

14. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)

The Nigeria professional football league goal king had a goal to his name as his side demolished visiting, Middlefart, at the mid-week in the Landspokal Cup. Compatriot, Onovo played all 90min

15. Rilwan Hassan (Sonderjyske, Demark)

The Nigerian born center-forward and his Dannish side advanced to the next round of the Landspokal Cup through penalties against, Aarhus. Compatriot, Abdulrahman Taiwo was not left out.

16. Aniekpeno Udo (Kups, Finland)

The Midfielder was in action for the Finnish side as they held home team, SJK, to a (2-2) stalemate.

17. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)

The 24years old forward came off the bench and went straight to the goal scorers sheet as his side recorded a big win against, ODD at the mid-week.

18. Jackson Ipalibo (Strømsgodset, Norway)

The Box to box Midfielder efforts couldn’t avert the looming defeat in the hands of Sanderfjord at the mid-week. Compatriots duo of Attah kadiri and Friday Fred all featured in the defeat.

19. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left full back and his compatriot duo of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun played all 90mins in their side disappointing (2-2) stalemate against, Aberdeen at the mid week.

20. Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden)

The big defensive midfielder returned to action at the mid-week in his side (1-0) slim win against, AIK.

21. Godswill Ekpolo (Hacken, Sweden)

The centre back guided his side to a point away from home against, Ostersunds, at the midweek. Compatriot, Tebo Franklin was an unused Sub.

22. Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby Sweden)

Thee influential winger was involved in his side points on the road against, Sirius.

23. Victor Osimhen (Napoli Italy)

Osimhen inspired his side to a win on Thursday night. Osimhen gifted his side a penalty after he was hacked down inside the box.

24. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The 19 years old Midfield maestro played out his assets as his helped his Swedish outfit salvage a point at home against, Mjallby on Thursday night.

25. Samuel Adegbnero (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The big centre forward added to his goal tally as his were held to a stalemate against, Mjallby on Thursday night.

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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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