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NIGERIANS ABROAD: 40 Nigerian Stars To Watch Out For This Weekend



After a dramatic international break, actions are set to come underway across European and Scandinavia leagues with many exciting fixtures lined up.

Nigerian internationals and eligible 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 .

After a successful outing with Nigeria National team during the international break, Iheanacho and his side will have their hands full when they host Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

1. Ndifreke Effiong (Ah Ahly Bengahazi)

The lethal striker who has been handful for the Libyan side will be hoping to propel his side to victory with his first league goal in the new season when his side faces, Khaleej Sirte.

2.Troost-Ekong x Dennis Emmanuel (Watford, England)

The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team will look forward to help their side bounce back to winning when actions resume in the English top-flight league.

Watford will entertain inconsistent Manchester United at the Weeknd.

3.Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
After a successful outing with Nigeria National team during the international break, Iheanacho and his side will have their hands full when they host Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

4. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)

Frank the ‘Tank’ who was an unused Sub during the international break will be fit at the Weeknd to help Brentford cause an upset when they trade tackles with Newcastle away from home.

5. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)

The Super Eagles striker who scored 4goals in a friendly match during the international break will turn up again with his Dutch side on Sunday afternoon when they trade tackles with Zwolle.

6. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left footed defender and his Scottish side will file out for their League cup game against, Hibernian, under a new gaffer after Steven Gerrard resignation.

7. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The left footed midfielder who was on parade during the International break with the Nigeria National will look forward to lead his side to winning ways when they meet, Hibernian, at home in a league cup fixture on Sunday afternoon.

8. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)

The Super Eagles big centre back who was in action during the international break will link up with his Scottish side when they go toe to toe with Hibernian in a league cup match on Sunday afternoon.

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 welcome, Hacken, at home on Saturday afternoon.

10. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)

The wing wizard will file out with his French side as they trade tackles with,PSG, away from home at the weekend on Sunday afternoon.

11. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)

The Winger and his French side will face, Metz, on Sunday afternoon as they strive to improve its position on the log.

12. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)

The Super Eagles talisman who propelled the Super Eagles for qualification for World Cup qualifiers will look forward to increase his goal tally as they face Inter Milan on Sunday evening.

13. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)

“Samu’ and his Villareal team will be faced with an uphill task as they face Celta Vigo away from home on Sunday afternoon.The Super Eagles winger will look forward to help his team bag a win on Sunday.

14. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)

The lanky striker will look forward to increase his goal tally as his Belgian side, Genk, faces Beerschot on Sunday evening in the Belgian topflight league.

15. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)

The petit winger who look silent in past few games will sort ways around to increase his goal tally when they face, AEK Athen, 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 Twente on Saturday 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, Khimki, 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, Kasimpasa, on Sunday evening.

20.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)

The former Nigeria junior international will file out at the weekend with his Italian side when they face, Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

21. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)

The box to box Midfielder who was involved in his side big win away from home against, Venzia before the international break will look forward to continue an impressive form when they welcome Sampdoria.

22. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)

The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit will look forward to bounce back to winning ways when they face Udinese at home on Monday night.

23.Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)

The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal who were second half substitute in their side defeat before the international break will continue their recovery as no action lined up in the Armenian league.

24. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)

The Nigeria U20 skipper and his Crotian side will forward to improve its position on the log when they face,Dragovalijac, on Friday evening.

25. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)

The 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,Vejle on Sunday afternoon.

26. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)

The 24years old forward who came off the bench and went straight to the goal scorers sheet before the international break will look forward to increase his goal tally and propel his side to a win when they face Valrenga 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, Mjondalen, on Sunday evening.

28. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The 19 years old Midfield maestro who bagged an assist before the international break will hope to continue his impressive form when his Norrkoping side faces Djurgarden on Monday night.

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, Degerfors on Sunday afternoon.

31. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City)

Ndidi who featured for the Super Eagles during the international break will look forward to return to the Leicester team and fight for his shirt when the Adegbnero (Norrkoping, Sweden)
The lethal striker who leads the goal chart in the Swedish Allsvenskan league with 16 goals will be smoking hot to help his side to a win against,Djurgarden

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 on Saturday.

35. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

The left full back is expected to help his side beat stubborn headed CD Feirense side on Saturday afternoon in the Portuguese league cup.

36. James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza, Spain)

The skilful left full back will square up against his Compatriot side, Leganes, 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 Real Zaragoza on Monday Night.

38. Leke James (Sivasspor, Turkey)

The Striker is expected to start for the Sivasspor side at the Weeknd as they face, Basaksehir on Saturday afternoon.

39. Wisdom Kanu (MFK Zemplín Michalovce)

The midfield maestro will be relied on Sunday afternoon for killer passes and goals when he face his compatriots in the Slovan Bratislava team.

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, Real Valladolid at home on Saturday night

The gangling striker is speculated to be monitored by Spanish outfit, FC Barcelona

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



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



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



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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