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Top Nigerian performers in 2023/24 season

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In the 2023/24 season, Nigerian footballers have been making headlines across various leagues, showcasing their exceptional talent and proving themselves as key players for their respective teams.

From Serie A to the Premier League, from the Bundesliga to the Saudi Women’s League, these Nigerian athletes have been nothing short of remarkable.

Nigeria renowned Journalist Nwosu Chigozie, takes a closer look at some of the standout performers who have soared to new heights and are making their marks this season.

1. Igoh Ogbu (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Unarguably one of the best performers of Nigerian stars abroad. Joining Slavia Prague from Lillestrom, Ogbu within a short time clinched a permanent shirt in the stars studded Slavia Praha side.

Not only recording plethora of clean-sheets,Rock-solid Igoh Ogbu came through with handful of Decisive goals for Slavia Prague.

2. Victor Boniface (Bayern Leverkusen, Germany)

Not a new person, Boniface exploits in year 2023 was vivid even to the blind.

Coming from Norwegian side, Bodo/Glimt . Boniface made an instant impact in Belgian side, Royal Union, conquering the Belgian league which earned him a juicy contract with German Bundesliga side, Bayern Leverkusen.

Still maintaining the same tempo, Boniface within the year under-review achieved a whole lot earning him a National Team Call-up to ranking amongst 25 Super Eagles players for AFCON.

3. Peter Michael (Vaasan Palloseura, Finland.)

Might be slightly unheralded to many readers and sports enthusiasts, Peter Michael, lists amongst red-hot Nigeria stars abroad.

The Nigeria forward, Peter Michael painted the Finnish elite league with goals playing for Vaasan Palloseura, as he ended the league and club top scorer with 17 goals.

4. Victor Udoh (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

Highly rated youngster, Victor Udoh, was phenomenal in the year under-review.

Arriving from Nigeria based side, HB FC, Udoh marked instant impact, painting the league with goals in back to back games. The Nigeria star already recorded double digit (10) goals.

5. Hoang Vu Samson (Quang Nam, Vietnamese)

Doesn’t seem to be stopping goal scoring any time soon, Lethal forward and Vietnamese V-league all time top scorer, Hoang Vu Samson, was phenomenal in the year under-review.

Moving from Ho Chi Minh City to Quang-Nam, Hoang Vu Samson maintained his trademark jaw-dropping kind of goals.

6. Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista, Portugal)

Highly rated Bruno Onyemaechi broke into the scene in the current year following his outstanding performances playing for CD-Fereinse in Portuguese second tier league.

Onyemaechi ‘insane’ pace and the balance he brings into the team playing from the left-back position made him a potential National team player.

A golden fish can’t be hidden, Joining Boavista Bruno raised eyebrows with back to back impressive performances games after games, a top-notch performance which earned him a call-up to the Nigeria National Team for the first time.

7. Bobby Sokari (Pharco FC, Egypt)

Household name Sokari Bobby in the year under-review was spectacular for Egyptian topflight league side, Pharco Football Club, game after game.

Playing from the middle of the park, energetic Sokari obviously ran the show for Pharco Football Club, a top level performance which was crystal clear.

8. Umeh Emmanuel (Botev Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

The former Right2win graduate witnessed immense success in the year 2023.

Teaming up with Russian based side, FDC Vista, down to Botev Plovdiv B from where served a stepping stone as he continually worked hard which earned him promotion into the Botev Plovdiv main team.

Umeh continued to show class in his debut season with Bulgarian giants, a top level consistency which earned a place in the Nigeria Under-20 team that represented Nigeria in the last Under-20 World Cup.

9. Tochukwu Nnadi (Botev Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Just like Umeh, box to box midfielder, Tochukwu Nnadi shined like a million star in the year 2023.

Clinching a players in stars Studded Botev Plovdiv midfielder at a young stage was loud. Nnadi sustained a high level of consistency which earned him a place with the Nigeria Under-20 team at the last Under-20 World Cup.

10. Abdullahi Tanko (Banik Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Unheralded Abdullahi Tanko broke into the scene in the year 2023.

The little known Nigeria forward showed glimpses of greatness playing for Varnsdorf Fc playing in the Czech Republic second tier league.

Ending the season with huge goal numbers, the gangling forward was deemed the right man to replace fellow compatriot, Mohammed Tijani at Banik Ostrava who moved Slavia Prague.

11. Mohammed Tijani (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Gangling Tijani was absolutely phenomenal in the year 2023 playing in the Czech Republic Fortuna Liga.

The Nigeria Under-20 ace enjoyed a swell time with Czech side, Banik Ostrava, banging goals week in, week out, an outstanding performance which earned him a place to replace fellow compatriot, Peter Olayinka, who was on his way out.

In Slavia Prague, Tijani continued to justify his signing, providing assists and scoring important goals for the team.

12. Christain Ebere (Plaza Colonia, Uruguaya)

World Cup Under-17 winner, Ebere Christain, made a huge impact in the year 2023.

Ebere known for his clinical goal scoring turned dreaded forward with exciting goal scoring prowess which landed his nominations for different awards.

13. Ifedayo Olusegun (Kedah Darul, Malaysia)

The big forward sustained his goal scoring form leaving Slengor for Kedah Darul in 2023.

Olusegun brought his goal numbers in the Malaysia Super League to 82 in 84 games with scoring (5) goals in a single match as his highlight of the year.

14. Ade Oguns (Caracas, Venezuela)

Unheralded forward, was in a superlative form playing for Venezuelan side, Caracas in 2023.

Ade remained influential in the team as he sustained a high level of consistency which saw him scoring in every single match. The former 36 Lions Forward recorded his first career hattrick in 2023.

15. Ankeye David (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova)

Regarded as the future of Nigeria Super Eagles, Ankeye witnessed the most exciting moments in his career in the year 2023.

Little known Ankeye carved a niche for himself at Tunis side, Hammam Sousse, where he painted the leagues with goals to announce himself.

The Nigerian youngster who topped the radar of top European club sides teamed up with h Moldovan topflight league giants, Sheriff Tiraspol and continued scoring in the Europa League and in the domestic league.

16. Jonathan Okoronkwo (Arsenal Tula, Russia)

Okoronkwo witnessed the most exciting year of his career in 2023.

Coming from FDC Vista down to FC Krasnodar, Okoronkwo continued showing signs of greatness playing for the B team and main team.

Leaving for Arsenal Tula on loan from FC Krasnodar, Okoronkwo turned out dreaded and defenders nightmare in the Russian Second League.

The Nigerian forward couldn’t stop scoring as he scored in 5 straight matches as he currently leads the goal scorers chart.

17. Eduwo Kingsley (Club Africain, Tunisia)

Arguably one of Nigeria most in-form Striker, Eduwo who staged a return back to Tunisia made it worthwhile in the year 2023.

Eduwo who shouldered Club Africain goal scoring responsibility was diligent in his duties, scoring goals and contributing assist. Fondly called ‘Best Leg’ Eduwo ended the year with a silverware.

18. Ajako James (FUS Rabat, Morroco)

Coming from Nigeria topflight league side, Akwa United and coping a starting place in FUS Rabat tells volume his caliber of talent.

Known for his calmness and ability to run the channels expertly playing from the left-back position made way for him in the FUS Rabat.

Ajako who teamed up within a short while cemented his place in the team and continued to justify it with impressive and consistent performances.

19. Prosper Obah (FC Vizela, Portugal)

Nigeria based side, Supreme Kings FC, graduate enjoyed one of his best years of his career in 2023.

With his incredible pace, Obah lighted up the Portuguese Under-23 league, scoring and contributing assists for his side.

Regarded as one of Nigeria pacey players, Obah is regarded by analyst and pundits as the future of Nigeria Super Eagles team.

20. Ismaheel Taofeek (Beveren, Belgium)

Returning back from injury like he never left, Taofeek continued where he stopped before his injury to mark the year 2023 as a good year for him.

Taofeek returns back from injury and walked into the Beveren team and continued justifying it with exquisite goals.

21. Moshood Morufdeen (Leixoes, Portugal)

Joining to Portuguese side, Leixoes from Nigeria based team, Remo Stars FC, highly rated turned out his 2023 as a remarkable year.

Starting his career as a goalkeeper and turning into a striker, Moshood was an integral squad member of Leioxes team as his contributions with goals for the team was overwhelming.

22. Igbokwe Chukwudi (Gent, Belgium)

Igbokwe enjoyed a swell time in the year 2023 following his feats for team and personal achievements.

Painting the Belgium league with goals, skillful Igbokwe was handed a call-up to the Nigeria Under-23 team all in 2023.

23 Abdullahi Ahmed (Gent, Belgium)

Currently leading the league as the top scorer, Ahmed has continued to show glimpse of greatness as his scoring prowess is second to none.

24. Eboh Johnson (Iraklis, Greece)

Joining Iraklis and commanding a place in the team within a short time upon arrival reveals his immense talent.

His exceptional style of play, scoring ability makes him stand-out in 2023.

25. Abiodun Ogunniyi (Auda, Latvia)

The dashing left-footed winger had one of his best moments in the year 2023.

From joining Auda to winning Silverware, playing for the Nigeria Under-23 team and playing in the Europa League showed how much incredible year Abiodun Ogunniyi enjoyed in 2023.

26. Chinedu Geoffrey (Radnicki, Serbia)

Everblazing Geoffrey enjoyed exciting moments in the year 2023. Ranging from moving to a new club sides to showering the new league with his goal Magic’s.

27. Yenne Tenton (Ararat.Armenia, Armenia)

The Nigeria born wing-wizard enjoyed a swell Time in the year 2023.

Tenton Metamorphosed into a dreaded winger in the league with double digit goals to earn the best player of Armenia league in the first round.

28. Yusuf Otubanjo (Pyunik Yerevan, Armenia)

Coping the top scorer award in the year 2023 and beginning the new season on a platter of goals says much swell time Otubanjo enjoyed in 2023.

The Nigeria forward wrote his name in gold and enjoyed a big year with Pyunik Yerevan.

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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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