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Sunday Review: How Nigerian Stars Performed

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

On Sunday, more exciting fixtures took place with many surprising results emanating from the (119) fixtures played on Sunday

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

1. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left footed defender who has been handful for Scottish bd side continued where he stopped at the midweek as his side were held to a (2-2) stalemate against, Motherwell

2. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed Super Eagles midfielder alongside other of his compatriots were on parade in their side (2-2) disappointing home stalemate against, Motherwell.

3. Innocent Bonke (Lorient, France)
The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder was ever present in the Lorient team as they bagged a slim (1-0) win against, Brest.

4. Terem Moffi (Lorient, France)
The Nigerian international was on parade with his French side on Sunday afternoon as they ran out with a slim win against, Brest

5. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The Big Paul who marked 100th appearances for Genk added to his goal tally as his goal aided his side to a (2-0) home win against, Kortrijk.

6. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper failed to record another clean-sheet following his side (2-1) loss against, PSV.

7. David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)
The former Nigeria junior international added to his goal tally tho wasn’t enough to avert his side (3-1) defeat against, Hellas Verona.

8. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The Super Eagles’ left full back was on parade in his Portuguese side (1-1) stalemate against, Gil Vincente.

9. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
The Nigerian international who shone like a million stars against, PSG, was handful for his side as they played out a (0-0) draw with Metz.

10. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)
The Super Eagles center forward who has always come through for his side played out all 90mins in his (2-1) dramatic win against, Lazio

11. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)
The Nigerian international who was on parade at the midweek in the Champions League against, Juventus, played a pivotal role in his side massive (5-1) win against, Espanyol.

12. Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)
The workaholic defensive midfielder played out all 90mins in his side (4-1) loads against, Club Brugge.

13. Stephen Odey (Randers, Denmark)
The Nigerian international who was on target in his side loss in the Europa league fired blank in his side Barren draw against, Nordsjælland.

14. Paul Mukairu (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)
The new boy was on parade as his side record a (2-0) win away from home against, Viborg.

15. Raphael Onyedika (Midtjylland, Denmark)
The Nigerian eligible midfielder featured for all 90mins in his side (2-2) draw against, Odense, away from home.

16. Sunday Akinbule (Mosta FC, Malta)
The dreaded Nigerian international came off the bench to net a brace to help his side record a (4-3) away from homes against, Gzira.

17. Sunday Adetunji (Shkupi, Macedonia)
The Nigerian international recorded his 15th goal of the season Courtsey of his brace against, Tikves.

18. Bede Osuji (Koper, Slovenia)
The Nigerian international was on target in his side (2-2) draw against, Olimpija.

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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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