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Wednesday Review: How Nigerian Stars Performed

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After an exciting weekend across top European and Scandinavia leagues, clubs continued their quest for laurels in between the week days starting from Monday

On Wednesday, more exciting fixtures took place with many surprising results emanating from the (351) fixtures played on Wednesday.

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

1. Yusuf Otubanjo (Ararat-Aremenia, Aremnia)
The lethal striker was on parade for his side but fired blank as his side settled for a (0-0) stalemate against, BKMA.

2. Samson Okikiola Tijani (Salzburg, Austria)
The Nigerian international was a second half half substitute as his top ranking Austrian based giants were held to a barren draw against, LASK LINZ.

3. Sundya Nwadialu ( Rahmatganj MFS, Bangladesh)
The Nigerian international was on parade as he inspired his side to a (3-1) win against, Baridjhara.

4. Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France)
The Super Eagles winger was the hero for his side as his spot kick earned his team a place in the Coupe de France finals after two decades.

5. Vincent Onovo (Ujpest, Hungary)
The sensational midfielder came off the bench to help his side secure maximum win a 6 goals thriller against, Bekesscsaba.

6. Emeka Atuloma (Al-Rustaq, Oman)
The CHAN Super Eagles star featured for all 90mins as his side win of a place in the Omani Sultan Cup.

7. Anthony Izuchukwu (Hapoel Haifa, Israel)
The Nigerian international was on parade and recorded a clean sheet as his side advanced into the next round of the, State Cup.

8. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The Super Eagles left back was on parade in his side (2-1) win against, Sporting Lisbon, in the Portuguese Cup.

9. Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
The Sleeky winger came off the bench in his side (2-1) win away from home against, Sochi.

10. Leon Balogun (Rangers Glasgow, Scotland)
The big center back returned to keep a clean sheet and help his side bag a win away from home against, St. Johnston.

11. Calvin Klein Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The left back was on ground and played out his heart to aid his side claim a big win away from home against St. Johnston.

12. Joe Aribo (Rangers Glasgow, Scotland)
Just like his fellow Compatriot, Aribo featured for all 90mins as his side carted away maximum points against, St. Johnston.

13. Philip Azango (Trencin, Slovakia)
The big striker was on parade as his side clinch a (3-1) win against, FK Humenne.

14. Kingsley Madu (Trencin, Slovakia)

The left back featured for all 90mins in his side (3-1) win against, FK Humenne.

15. Francis Eze (Tuzlaspor, Turkey)

The Nigerian international goal earned his side a slim win against, Boluspor.

16. Olisah Ndah (Orlando Pirate, South Africa)
Ndah kept it all solid as they were forced to a barren draw against, Cape Town City.

17. Stanley Dimgba (Stellenbosch South Africa)
The former Enyimba Int’l winger was on parade in his side (2-2) stalemate against, Amazulu.

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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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