Mikel stars in Chelsea win; Oduamadi, Moses, Ideye make
debuts, John Utaka scores
John Mikel Obi (Chelsea): Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi made his second substitute appearance for Chelsea as they came out on top in a nine-goal thriller at Everton to move to the summit of the Premier League.
The Blues demonstrated the full extent of their attacking power in the 6-3 victory over Everton at Goodison Park with the 27 year old player who replaced Willan in the 75th minute of the encounter provided an asssit with a cheeky back heel for in-form striker Diego Costa who finally put the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute, rounding Tim Howard to score.
Victor Moses, Osaze Odemwingie (Stoke City): Super Eagles winger Victor Moses made his league debut Stoke City who stunned EPL Champions Manchester City with a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Mame Biram Diouf scored a sensational winner running deep inside his own half to nutmeg Joe Hart after 58 minutes and hand the Potters a first top-flight away victory over City since 1980.
Odemwingie had only entered the action at half-time for Jonathan Walters but it proved his last involvement and he was carried off on a stretcher after 65 minutes with Charlie Adam replacing him.
Moses was subbed off in the 80th minute by Marc Muniesa.
Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe (Westbrom): Westbrom record signing Brown Ideye was handed his first EPL star for the Baggies who got thumped 3-0 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
His compatriot, Anichebe was not listed for action. West Brom still seeking their first league victory under new manager Alan Irvine.
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough): Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo saw action for 90 minutes for Middlesbrough could not help his side from suffering their consecutive defeat in the league as they went down 1-0 to Reading at the Riverside.
Odion Ighalo (Watford): Former Olympic international Odion Ighalo was not listed for action in Watford’s 4-2 win at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Sone Aluko (Hull): Nigeria player Sone Aluko made his debut this season for Hull in their 2-1 away defeat to Aston Villa at the Villa Park. He replaced Tom Huddlestone in the 71st minute of the match.
Anthony Ujah (Cologne): Super Eagles forward Anthony Ujah scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season for Cologne who beat VFB Stuttgart 2-0.
It was his second start of the campaign for the Bundesliga newcomers.
Chinedu Obasi (Schalke 04): Nigerian winger Chinedu Obasi was an unused substitute for Schalke who forced German champions Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at the Veltins Arena on Saturday.
He is yet to feature this season.
Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco): Nigerian stand in skipper Vincent Enyeama conceded his first goal of the season for Lille who missed the chance to leapfrog Bordeaux at the top of the Ligue 1 table as they let the lead slip in a 1-1 draw at Monaco who benched Echiejile.
Enyeama who has kept two clean sheets prior to this encounter in the Ligue 1 was yellow carded in the 41st minute of the encounter. Dimitar Berbatov’s second-half equaliser earned Leonardo Jardim’s side a point.
Nnamdi Oduamadi (Crotone): Nigerian winger Nnamdi Oduamadi played all 90 minutes on his Serie B debut for Crotone who lost 2-0 to Ternana on Saturday night. The AC Milan player who is playing for his fourth team in the lower division was booked in the 41st minute of the encounter.
BARTHOLOMEW OGBECHE (Cambuur): Former Nigerian international Bartholomew Ogbeche failed to score for Cambuur who edged out ADO Den Haag 3-2 on Saturday.
Ramon Azeez (Almeria): Almeria young player of the year winner, Ramon Azeez was left on the substitutes’s bench for the entire duration of Almeria’s lone goal defeat away to Getafe last Friday.
The 21 year old midfielder who is expected in the Super Eagles camp for this weekend’s Nations Cup qualifier against Congo played a total of 32 games and scored twice last season as Almeria avoided the drop.
John Ogu, Obiora Nwankwo (Academy de Coimbra): Super Eagles midfielder Obiora Nwankwo featured for Academica in their 1-1 home draw against Vitoria Setubal. The game was his third game for Academica. His Nigerian team-mate John Ogu was not listed for the encounter.
Efe Ambrose (Celtic): Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose featured for Celtic in their 1-1 away draw against Dundee United. The game was Efe’s third appearance for the Scottish champions and he played for 90 minutes.
Ahmed Musa (CSKA): Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa opened his goal account for the season when he grabbed a brace in CSKA 6-0 thrashing of visiting Rostov.
The former VVV Venlo player struck in the 52nd and 59th minute before giving way for Vitinho in the 69th minute. The game was his sixth of the season.
Chukwuma Akabueze (Odd): Former Super Eagles player Chukwuma Akabueze replaced Fredrik Nordkvelle in the 63rd minute but failed to add to the goal he scored last weekend as they played a 2-2 draw against homers Sarpsborg. The game was his 21st for the current campaign.
Leke James, Akeem Latifu (Aalesund): Former Flying Eagles defender Akeem Latifu was on from the start for Aalesund before he was withdrawn for Jo Matland in the 58 minutes as they won 2-0 at home against Stromsgodset. It was his 21st appearance for Aalesund. His team-mate Leke James, who featured in his 15th game, scoring four goals saw action for 90 minute.
Fred Friday (Lillestrom); Ugonna Anyaora (Haugesund): Nigerian player Ugonna Anyaora made the starting 11 for Haugesund as they lost to home team Lillestrom 2-0. Anyaora’s who his15th appearance for the Norwagian side was booked in the 62nd minute.
His Nigerian counterpart in Lillestrom Fred Friday was however left on the bench throughout the duration of the game.
John Utaka (Sivasspor); Gbenga Arokoyo, John Chibuike (Gaziantepspor): Former Super Eagles forward opened his club’s goal account for the season but it wasn’t enough as they went down 2-1 in front of their fans. The former Montpellier player scored in the 52nd minute but two goals in the 72nd and 78th minute by Muhammet Demir ensured defeat for Sivasspor.
Meanwhile, former Flying Eagles defender Gbenga Arokoyo saw action for 90 minute for Gaziantepspor but his Nigerian team-mate John Chibuike was on the bench throughout the game.
Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor): Super Eagles defender was an unused substitute by his coach as Rizespor were forced to a 1-1 at home by Genclerbirligi in their first game of the new season.