Naija Players Abroad: Musa returns | Omeruo shines
Naija Players Abroad By: Linus Onyeze | 20/03/2017
Ahmed Musa featured for the first time since the sack of Claudio Ranieri in their 3-2 win over West Ham.Another weekend of football across several leagues in the world, and as always, there were Nigerians in action for their respective clubs. There was no action in China over the weekend, so the Nigerian contingent in the Chinese Super League were not in action, but the Nigerian players in other leagues were in action for their clubs and we bring you their exploits over the past weekend.EnglandWatford went down 1-0 at Crystal Palace but there was no place from the start for Isaac Success, who only came on in the 80th minute but fired blanks as his side suffered yet another defeat.Chelsea closed in on another Premier League title as they scored a late goal to win 2-1 at Stoke, and Nigeria international Victor Moses was in action for the Blues from the start, before being replaced in the 70th minute.And at the London Stadium, Ahmed Musa returned back to reckoning at Leicester, as he came off the bench in the 76th minute in their 3-2 defeat of West Ham, making it his first appearance for the side since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Wilfred Ndidi was also in action for the Foxes, but unlike Musa, he started and saw the end of the game as they continue their resurgence.Arsenal’s miserable run continued at the Hawthorns as they were beaten 3-1 by West Brom, and there was no start for Nigerian youngster Alex Iwobi, who was only considered for action in the 78th minute, replacing Alexis Sanchez. But he couldn’t get on the scoresheet to help the Gunners stage a comeback.In the Championship, Super Eagles number one goalkeeper Carl Ikeme failed to keep a clean sheet for Wolves, but still helped them to a 3-1 win at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, with Sone Aluko, who led the line for Fulham failing to find the back of the net. In the same game, Bright Enobakhare and Dominic Iorfa were both not listed for Wolves in the win.At Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers were held to a 2-2 draw by Preston North End, with Nigeria international Hope Akpan on the bench for the entirety of the match for Blackburn.FranceIn Ligue 1, former Super Eagles goalie Vincent Enyeama kept a clean sheet, but it wasn’t the best result, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Marseille.Spain
In La Liga, Uche Agbo started for Granada as they took on Elderso Echiejile’s Gijon, with the left back on the bench. Gijon won 3-1, but Echiejile was not considered for action, while Agbo lasted the entire duration of the fixture for Granada but couldn’t stop them from going down.GermanyLeon Balogun was again watched the entire proceedings from the bench as Mainz 05 were beaten 2-1 at Darmstadt.ItalyBologna were 4-1 victors over Chievo, but none of the two Nigerians at the club featured for the winning side. Nigeria U23 star Sadiq Umar was on the bench for the entire duration of the match, while Orji Okonkwo was not listed for the encounter.HollandNew Super Eagles call up Tyrone Ebuehi played for 90 minutes for Ado Den Haag, and was a recipient of a 64th minute booking, as his side was pummeled 4-0 at AZ Alkmaar. The full back is expected to make his debut for Nigeria this week in an international friendly match against Senegal in London. And in the same game, striker Fred Friday had a much better game as he did not only last for the entirety of the game, but found the back of the net for Alkmaar in the emphatic win.Former Flying Eagles captain Abduljeleel Ajagun played all 90 minutes but failed to help his team to a victory as they were hammered 3-0 at home by Twente.TurkeyIt was a bad day at the office for the trio of Godfrey Oboabona, Bright Edomwonyi and Nosa Igiebor, as their club, Rizespor, went down 1-0 at Genclirbirligi. While Oboabona and Edomwonyi started and played for the entirety of the game, Igiebor was on the bench all through.Kenneth Omeruo bounced back from scoring an own goal last weekend to marshalling the defence for Alanyaspor as they defeated Bursaspor 3-1 away from home. The Nigeria international defender played all through in the heart of the defence for Alanyaspor in the win.Trabzonspor scored a big one, beating giants Galatasaray 2-0 with Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi staring the game, before being withdrawn in the 70th minute. It was also a win for Kasimpasa as they defeated Osmanlispor 3-2, with Emem Eduok coming on for the final 11 minutes of the game, but fired blanks. On the other side, Aminu Umar started, but failed to hit the back of the net like he did last week, before being withdrawn in the 70th minute.