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Weekend Review: How Nigerian Stars Performed



League and cup actions returned at the weekend and as usual all fixtures in the offing lived up to its billing with many exquisite goals scored.

Nigerian internationals were not left out in the exciting weekend fixtures with their various clubs across many top flight league across European and Scandinavia countries.

Here is a general review of how best Nigeria stars performed at the weekend with their various Clubsides.

1. Ndifreke Effiong (Ah Ahly Bengahazi)

The lethal striker who has been handful for the Libyan side continued his impressive form in the new Libyan top-flight league season as he scored on Matchday One and will be hoping to double his goals when his side welcomes, Shababa Al Jabal on Monday.

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

The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, his fellow compatriot and the Watford team were in action in their side disappointing (4-2) defeat away from home against, Leicester City.

Super Eagles Star, Dennis Bonaventure, was on track to score his Fiveth (5) of the season.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)

After a successful outing in the Europa league, the Leicester City striker fired blank and was a second half Subsistute in his side big win against Watford.

4. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)

Frank the ‘Tank’ was on parade with his side as they piped their visitors (1-0) to clinch maximum points against Everton.

5. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)

The Super Eagles striker who was a second half Subsistute fired blank as he came off the bench as his drew with Twente.

6. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles left footed defender featured all 90mins in his Scottish side (3-1) win against, Livingston on Sunday afternoon.

7. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The left footed midfielder bagged a goal in the keenly contested fixture in his side (3-1) win at the weekend against, Livingston.

8. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)

The Super Eagles big centre back was missing in action in his side win against, Livingston.

9. Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden)

The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder and his Swedish side bounced back to winning as they piped their host, Kalmar by a lone goal.

10. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)

The wing wizard was involved in his stalemate away from home against, Lille on Saturday afternoon.

11. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)

The Winger and his French side suffered another big defeat at home as Brest ran away with all points at stake

12. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)

The Super Eagles talisman was missing in action after suffering as cheekbone injury against, Inter Milan.

13. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)

“Samu’ and his Villareal team got punished at home with the Nigerian Star scoring his side only goal as they failed to beat Barcelona.

14. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)

The lanky striker was missing in action owing to a muscle injury.

15. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)

The petit winger played an important role in his side (2-1) win against,Volos, on Sunday afternoon.

16. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper suffered a big set back as he was stretched off the field in his side stalemate against, Ajax.

17. Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

The CSKA wing wizard was on parade as his suffered a big lose at home against, Zenith St Petersburg.

18. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)

The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper and his side were unfortunate as they gotta beaten by Trabzonspor at home.

20.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)

The former Nigeria junior international who has found his goalscoring form fired blank on his side (2-0) lose against, Inter Milan.

21. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)

The box to box Midfielder and his side is Sidelined from games this weekend.

22. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)

The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit were unlucky to be piped by Jose Mourinho AS Roma.

23.Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)

The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal is expected to be up for selection when they face, Ararat-Armenia

24. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)

The Nigeria U20 skipper was on parade in his stalemate against, Rijeka.

25. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)

The former Nigeria professional football league goal king fired blank in his side lose against, Brondby on Sunday afternoon.

26. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)

The 24years old forward fired blank as his side meeting with Stabaek on Sunday afternoon ended in a stalemate.

27. Jackson Ipalibo (Strømsgodset, Norway)

The Box to box Midfielder and his compatriot duo of Attah Kadiri and Friday Fred all fired blank as their sides suffered a big Defeat against Lillestrom.

28. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The 19 years old Midfield maestro and his side were unfortunate as they got battered by Degerfors on Sunday afternoon.

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 fired blank as his side fixture with Halmstad ended in a draw.

31. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City)

Ndidi who banged a goal against, Legia Warsaw in the Europa league was on parade for all 90mins in his side win against Watford.

32. Ezekiel Henty (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)

The Slovakian top flight league highest goal scorer will look forward to add his goal tally when his side faces Sered on Monday night.

33. Samuel Adegbnero (Norrkoping, Sweden)

The lethal striker who leads the goal chart in the Swedish Allsvenskan league with 17goals fired blank in his side defeat..

35. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

The left full back was on parade in his side big win on Sunday night.

36. James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza, Spain)

The skilful left full back was a second half substitute in his side draw against, will square up, Amorebeita, 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 Las Palmas on Sunday Night.

38. Leke James (Sivasspor, Turkey)

The Striker fired blank in his side defeat against, Hatayspor.

39. Wisdom Kanu (MFK Zemplín Michalovce)

The midfield maestro was on parade for all 90mins in his side away win will be relied on Sunday afternoon for killer passes and goals when he faces, L.Mikula.

40. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)

The Nigerian dream team striker was on parade in his side win against, Huesca on Saturday night.

41. Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)

The Super striker was a super Sub as he came off the bench to net a goal in his side win against, Watford.

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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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