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Nigerian Stars To Watch Out For This Weekend

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League and cup actions are set to come underway 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. Ndifreke Effiong (Ah Ahly Bengahazi)
The lethal striker who has been handful for the Libyan side continued his impressive form in the new Libyan top-flight league season as he scored on Matchday One and will be hoping to double his goals when his side welcomes, Shababa Al Jabal on Monday.

2. Troost-Ekong x Dennis Emmanuel (Watford, England)
The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team who bagged a convincing win against Manchester United will be up for another test when they visit the King Power Stadium to face Leicester United.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
After a successful outing in the Europa league, Kelechi and his side will have their hands full in a tricky game when they square up against Watford at home

4. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)
Frank the ‘Tank’ who helped his side salvage a point against, Newcastle, will be up for selection when his side welcomes, Everton at home

5. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles striker who scored a brace in the European league will fight to continue his impressive form when they trade tackles with Twente.

6. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left footed defender and his Scottish side who were brilliant in the Europa league on Thursday night will be up against, Livingston on Sunday afternoon in a league game.

7. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed midfielder who was on parade during the Europa league will be gunning for Victor when Rangers Glasgow face Livingston at away.

8. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)
The Super Eagles big centre back who wasa missing in action on Thursday night is most likely to be up for selection against, Livingston.

9. Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden)
The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder and his Swedish side will look forward to continue it’s impressive form in the league when they play visitors to Kalmar on Sunday afternoon.

10. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
The wing wizard will file out with his French side as they trade tackles with,Lille away from home at the weekend on Saturday afternoon.

11. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)
The Winger and his French side will face, Brest, on Sunday afternoon as they strive to improve its position on the log.

12. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)
The Super Eagles talisman who suffered a cheekbone injury will not be involved as he is Sidelined for 3 months.

13. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)
“Samu’ and his Villareal team will be faced with an uphill task as they face Barcelona at home on Saturday afternoon.The Super Eagles winger will look forward to help his team bag a win on Saturday.

14. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The lanky striker will look forward to increase his goal tally as his Belgian side, Genk, faces Club Brugge on Sunday evening in the Belgian topflight league.

15. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)
The petit winger who played an important role on Thursday will sort ways around to increase his goal tally when they face, Volos, on Sunday afternoon.

16. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper who recently signed for English Premier league side, Watford, will come in between the sticks for his Dutch based outfit as they face Ajax on Sunday afternoon.

17. Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
The CSKA wing wizard will look forward to continue tormenting the Russian topflight league defenders and add to his goal count as they face Russian defending champions, Zenith St Petersburg, at home on Sunday afternoon.

18. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)
The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper will look forward to contribute immensely to his side pursuit of bouncing back to winning ways when they face, Trabzonspor, on Sunday evening.

20.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)
The former Nigeria junior international who has found his goalscoring form will be saddled with the responsibility for another goal when his side face, Inter Milan.

21. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)
The box to box Midfielder and his side is Sidelined from games this weekend.

22. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)
The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit will be faced with a Litmus test when they face AS Roma on Sunday afternoon..

23.Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)
The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal is expected to be up for selection when they face, Ararat-Armenia

24. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)
The Nigeria U20 skipper and his Crotian side will have their handsful when they trade tackles with Rijeka on Saturday afternoon.

25. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)
The former Nigeria professional football league goal king will look forward to continue his impressive league form and help his team to a win when they face, Brondby, on Sunday afternoon.

26. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)
The 24years old forward will look forward to increase his goal tally and propel his side to a win when they face Stabaek on Sunday afternoon.

27. Jackson Ipalibo (Strømsgodset, Norway)
The Box to box Midfielder and his compatriot duo of Attah Kadiri and Friday Fred will look forward to propel their side to a win when they face, Lillestrom, on Saturday evening.

28. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)
The 19 years old Midfield maestro will hope to continue his impressive form when his Norrkoping side faces Degerfors on Sunday afternoon.

29. Godswill Ekpolo (Hacken, Sweden)
The big centre back and his compatriot, Tebo Franklin, who guided their side to a point away from home against, Ostersunds, before the international break will look forward to keep a clean sheet when they face, Malmo FF on Saturday afternoon.

30. Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby Sweden)
Thee influential winger will look forward to continue his exciting form when his Side trade tackles with, Halmstad on Sunday afternoon.

31. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City)
Ndidi banged a goal against, Legia Warsaw in the Europa league will look forward to return to the Leicester team and fight for his shirt when the host Watford at the King Power Stadium.

32. Ezekiel Henty (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)
The Slovakian top flight league highest goal scorer will look forward to add his goal tally when his side faces Sered on Monday night.

33. Samuel Adegbnero (Norrkoping, Sweden)
The lethal striker who leads the goal chart in the Swedish Allsvenskan league with 17goals will be smoking hot to help his side to a win against, Degerfors.

34. Bruno Sopuruchukwu (CD Feirense)
The Utility player will be giving his all when his Portuguese based outfit, CD Feirense, trade tackles with FC Porto B on Sunday.

35. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The left full back is expected to help his side beat stubborn headed Vitória Guimarães side on Sunday night.

36. James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza, Spain)
The skilful left full back will square up, Amorebeita, on Monday night in the Spanish Segunda division league match.

37. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain)
The centre back who was an unused Sub in Super Eagles team during his international break will file out with Leganes as they face Las Palmas on Sunday Night.

38. Leke James (Sivasspor, Turkey)
The Striker is expected to start for the Sivasspor side at the Weeknd as they face, Hatayespor on Sunday afternoon.

39. Wisdom Kanu (MFK Zemplín Michalovce)
The midfield maestro will be relied on Sunday afternoon for killer passes and goals when he faces, L.Mikula.

40. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)
The Nigerian dream team striker will look forward to increase his goal tally to help his Spanish second division outfit, Almeria, claim maximum points at full time as they welcome, Huesca at home on Saturday night

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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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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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