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ROUND-UP: Four Nigerian Stars On Target, Awaziem Shines; Success, Musa Dropped

ROUND-UP: Four Nigerian Stars On Target, Awaziem Shines; Success, Musa Dropped

By Johnny Edward:
Four Nigerian players William Troost-Ekong, Michael Odibe, Taiwo Awoniyi and Abdul-Jeleel Ajagun were on target in Europe for their respective clubs who recorded mixed results on Saturday.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses was an unused substitute for Chelsea who were outclassed in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, London on Saturday.


It was Chelsea’s second home defeat this season without Moses after their 3-2 opening day loss to Burnley. The only goal of the game was scored by former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne in the second half. Moses has made five English Premier League starts this season.

Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi made his seventh English Premier League start of the season for Leicester City who forced AFC Bournemouth to a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

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His compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho came on in the 69th minute for Shinji Okazaki as the game ended in stalemate. It was his Iheanacho’s appearance for Leicester City while Ahmed Musa was not listed for the game.

At the Hawthorns, Isaac Success was not listed for Watford who forced West Brom to a 2-2 draw. Success is yet to feature for Watford in the EPL this season.

In Italy, Orji Okonkwo was an unused substitute for Bologna on Saturday against Genoa in Serie A. Orji has made three appearances with his only goal for Bologna coming against Sassuolo.

Michael Odibe scored his first goal of the season for Akzhayik Uralsk who lost 3-2 to Ordabasy Shymkent in the Kazakhstan first league. The former Nigerian international has made 29 appearances for Akzhayik Uralsk who are 10th in the table with 29 points from 30 games.

Super Eagles stars William Troost-Ekong and Mikel Agu both made their seventh Turkish Super Lig starts of the season for Bursaspor who lost 3-1 away to Kayserispor on Saturday. Troost-Ekong  scored his second goal of the campaign in the defeat.

Kelechi Nwakali made his first Dutch Eredivisie division start for VVV Venlo in their 1-0 away win over Excelsior. It was Nwakali’s fourth appearance in the Dutch Eredivisie division since he joined on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.

In France, Chidozie Awaziem played for 63 minutes in Nantes 1-0 win over Metz. Awaziem has made seven appearances this season and has been called up for Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Saturday. He was replaced by Yassine El Ghanassy.

In Belgium, Taiwo Awoniyi  scored his second goal of the season for Royal Excel Mouscron who were held to a 2-2 draw at home to KV Mechelen. Awoniyi  doubled his side’s lead in the 26th minute after Fabrice Olinga had opened scoring in the ninth minute. Late goals from Rob Schoofs and Elias Cobbaut earned  KV Mechelen a share of the spoils from the encounter.

Ajagun scored his second goal of the season in his 10th appearance for Kortrijk who lost 2-1 to Oostende who featured Joseph Akpala for 19 minutes.

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  • charles emeka okwu 4 years ago

    Awaziem is turning out to become what we hoped omeruo would become. With the way the kid is going i forsee him being a mainstay in super eagles 1st 11 in no distant time. The career decisions omeruo have made so far have stunted his progression as a player. I see no reason why he loves going out on loan to a league that has little or no pedegree in nurturing young talents. Last summer he had offers from the laliga for a loan move but rejected them in favour of alanyaspor in turkey where he will be paid more. His sojourn in turkey for the past 3 seasons havent done any good to his career instead has regressed a whole lot. Awaziem i must say is on the right part. Few good appearances for porto’s main team, back to porto’s 2nd team that plays in the portuguese 2nd division where he performed marvelously well as one of the top defenders in the division and now on a season loan move in french ligue 1 under the guidiance of respected claudio raneiri. He has been a good player for nantes so far this season and even made the league’s best team of the week few weeks ago. Omeruo has to retrace his part and move to a league where he will be tutored well.

    • Paschal 4 years ago

      So so true my brother. Kenneth is young, I pray he gets it right soon. I felt so sad to discover that he has not been invited for the Zambia game. But can u blame the coach? I b3lieve Omeruo still has great quality just that something very little is still missing in there. We pray he gets it right soon. God bless my country Nigeria.