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Nigerian Stars To Watch Out At The Mid-week

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League and cup actions will be underway at the mid-week across European and Scandinavia leagues with many exciting fixtures lined up.

Nigerian internationals will be filing out with their various clubs at the weekend as they eye domestic glory with their sides, below are the top Nigerian stars to look out for at the weekend .

1. Troost-Ekong x Dennis Emmanuel (Watford, England)
The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team who were in action in their side disappointing (4-2) defeat away from home against, Leicester City will look forward to bounce back to winning ways when they face Chelsea.

Super Eagles Star, Dennis Bonaventure, was on track to score his Fiveth (5) of the season.

2. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
The Leicester City striker who fired blank against, Watford will look forward to score another goal when his side face Southampton on Wednesday night.

3. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)
Frank the ‘Tank’ who was on parade with his side as they piped their visitors (1-0) to clinch maximum points against Everton at the weeknd is expected to lead his side Midfield when they face Tottenham.

4. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles striker who was a second half Subsistute at the weekend will hope to bag another goal when they face Hercules on Thursday night.

5. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left footed defender who featured all 90mins in his Scottish side (3-1) win against, Livingston on Sunday afternoon will be hoping to have a revenge when his side face Hibernian in a league game on Wednesday.

6. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed midfielder who bagged a goal in the keenly contested fixture in his side (3-1) win at the weekend against, Livingston will look forward to continue his goal count when they face Hibernian on Wednesday.

7. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)
The Super Eagles big centre back who was missing in action in his side win against, Livingston is expected back when his side face Hibernian on Wednesday night.

8. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
The wing wizard who was involved in his stalemate away from home against, Lille on Saturday afternoon will back in action on Thursday night against, Marseille.

9. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)
The Winger and his French side suffered another big defeat at home will be out to return to winning ways when they face Strasbourg on Wednesday night.

10. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)
“Samu’ and his Villareal team got punished at home against, Barcelona, will be up against, Victoria CF in the Copa Del Rey.

11. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The lanky striker who was missing in action owing to a muscle injury at the weeknd is expected back when they face Club Brugge in the Belgian Cup.

12. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)
The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper and his side who were unfortunate at the weekend will look forward to bounce back to winning ways when they face, Sariyer in the Turkish cup.

13.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)
The former Nigeria junior international who has found his goalscoring form will look forward to return his side to winning ways when they Atlanta.

14. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)
The box to box Midfielder and his side who were sidelined at the weekend will be up against, Juventus, in the Italian Seria A

15. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)
The Nigeria U20 skipper was on parade in his stalemate against, Rijeka will be back with his side when they face, Osijek in the cup game on Thursday.

16. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City)
Ndidi who banged a goal against, Legia Warsaw in the Europa league was on parade for all 90mins in his side win against Watford

17. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The left full back who was on parade in his side big win on Sunday night will back with his side when they continue their quest for domestic glory on Thursday night.

18. James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza, Spain)
The skilful left full back who was a second half substitute at the weekend will look forward to help his side advance in the Copa Del Rey against, Mensajero, on Wednesday night.

19.Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)
The Super striker will look forward to continue his impressive form when they face Southampton on Thursday night.

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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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