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Saturday Review: How Nigerian Stars Performed

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Weekend actions kick started on Friday evening across many top European and Scandinavia leagues.

On Saturday, more exciting fixtures took place with many surprising results emanating from the (1070) fixtures played on Saturday.

In this piece, we would take a look at Nigerian Stars who featured for their various clubsides in one of the Saturday fixtures played across European and Scandinavia leagues.

1. Alex Iwobi (Everton, England)
The Nigeria Super Eagle’s midfielder was on parade for all 90mins in his side (3-0) win against, Leeds.

2. Emmanuel Bonaventure (Watford, England)
The Nigerian international was the only Nigerian included in the team to face Brighton Hove but fired blank with one of his effort ricocheting off the woodwork.

3. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)
The Nigerian Super Eagles striker was involved and won a penalty in his side share of spoils against, Inter Milan.

4. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)
The Super Eagles star and his Yellow Submarines were held to a (0-0) draw against, Real Madrid, with Samu featuring for 76mins.

5. David Okereke (Venezia, Italy)
The Nigerian international was on parade in his side (2-1) win against, Torino.

6. Kingsley Edwuo (Espérance, Tunisia)
The Espérance new boy started off on a good note as he got a goal in his side (4-0) win in the Champions League.

7. Anayo Iwuala (Espérance, Tunisia)
The former Enyimba Int’l winger was on parade alongside his fellow Compatriot, Kingsley Edwuo, in their side (4-0) win in the champions league.

8. Ubong Ekpai (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
The former Akwa United striker was on parade but fired blank in his side (4-2) disappointing lose at home against, Teplice.

9. Jose Maja (Stoke City, England)
The Nigerian international got a goal to his name in his side (2-2) stalemate against, Nottingham Forest.

10. Agada William (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)
The Nigerian international was on parade but had a bad day in office as his side were condemned to a (2-0) defeat against, Netanya.

11. John Ogu (Nof HaGalil, Israel)
Ogu was a second half substitute in his side (1-1) home stalemate against, Hapoel Hadera.

12. Sunday Akinbule (Mosta, Malta)
The In-form Nigerian international fired blank in his side (2-0) lose against, Floriana.

13. Sopuruchukwu Bruno (CD Feriense, Portugal)
Bruno played out all 90mins in his side (2-1) win against, Academia, away at home.

14. Michael Omoh (Farul Constanța, Romania)
The Nigerian international was pivotal in his side picking maximum points against, FC Voluntari.

15. Rabiu Ibrahim (Slovak Bratislava, Slovakia)
The Nigeria international midfield maestro was on target in his side (5-0) audacious win against, Senica.

16. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)
The Nigerian international scored the only goal to aid his side to a massive win against, Malaga.

17. Francis Momoh (Grasshopper Zurich, Switzerland)
The Nigerian international netted a brace to inspire his side to a win.

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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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