Futbalgalore.com brings you up to speed with the performances of Nigerian players abroad as we countdown to the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Seychelles on September 8.
There were so many excellent performances from Nigerian players across the globe as some of the leagues are starting to take shape.
Anthony Nwakaeme grabbed a brace for Trabzonspor in their 4-0 massacre of Galatasaray.
Ogenyi Onazi was a real leader at the midfield in the Turkish Super League. He opened scoring for Trabzonspor.
Former ABS FC enforcer Ichull Lordson gave a good account of himself and scored a goal in the colours of Kajaani.
Here’s the wrap compiled by Futbalgalore.com.
Victor Moses wasn’t in the Chelsea team that defeated AFC Bournemouth 2-0 in the English Premier League.
Leicester City lost 2-1 to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
Wilfred Ndidi tasted 90 minutes action and earned a booking while Kelechi Iheanacho was brought on after 61 minutes but failed to find the back of the net.
In what is becoming a disturbing occurrence for one of Nigeria’s brightest star, Alex Iwobi wasn’t by Arsenal as they won 3-2 at Cardiff City.
Watford caused an upset with a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Former Golden Eaglets striker Isaac Success was introduced in the 70th minute for Andre Gray.
Defender Leon Balogun was benched as Brighton & Hove fought gallantly to draw 2-2 with Fulham.
Winger Ademola Lookman was a second entrant for Everton who drew 1-1 with Huddersfield. He came on for Theo Walcott in the 57th minute.
In the English Championship, Eberechi Eze played the entire regulation time for QPR in their 0-0 at Birmingham City.
His compatriot Bright Osayi was benched.
Sammy Ameobi scored a goal for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-2 draw with Preston North End.
Sone Aluko fired blank for Reading as the hosts lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
Oghenekaro Etebo played for 81 minutes before being replaced by Bojan Krkic in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss to West Brom.
Utility player Semi Ajayi was in full flight action for Rotherham United who fell 1-0 to Wigan.
Kelvin Akpoguma played his part in Hoffenheim’s 3-1 win over Freiburg.
Jamilu Collins was in action for 84 minutes before being substituted for Felix Herzenbruch in Paderborn’s nail biting 2-2 draw with Bochum.
Young lad Orji Okwonkwo climbed off the bench in the 75th minute for Bologna, who fell 3-0 to Inter Milan in the Italian top flight.
Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong was on for the entire duration of Udinese’s 1-0 defeat at Fiorentina.
Ola Aina was on the winning train as Torino pipped Spal 2013 1-0.
Chievo Verona’s played out a 0-0 draw with Empoli.
Former Inter Milan star Joel Chukwuma Obi was substituted in the dying embers of the game.
Simy Tochukwu Nwankwo was a second half substitute as Crotone beat Foggia 4-1.
The Nigerian was introduced in the 70th minute and fired blank.
He will now turn his attention to the AFCON qualifier against Seychelles.
On loan Bologna kid, Kingsley Michael was sent off six minutes after coming on in Perugia’s 2-0 win over Ascoli Calcio 1898.
In the Serie B, dashing winger David Okereke provided an assist in Spezia’s 3-2 victory against Brescia.
Leganes lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight.
Kenneth Omeruo couldn’t make his Leganes debut. He was benched for the entire match duration.
In a four-goal thriller, Levante and Valencia shared the spoils.
Super Eagles winger Moses Simon wasn’t listed by Levante for the entertaining encounter.
In the Segunda Liga, Super Eagles number one keeper Francis Uzoho wasn’t listed as Elche were beaten by Reus 2-0.
Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem wasn’t listed by FC Porto in their 3-0 thumping of Moreirense.
CD Nacional were on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat by Benfica.
Ibrahim Alhassan had to make do with a bench role while Christian Madu failed to make the cut.
In the second tier, Porto B got a good value for three points as they defeated Academico Viseu.
Musa Yahaya and Kelechi Nwakali contributed their quota to the victory.
Varzim were unlucky to go down 1-0 to Pacos de Ferreira.
Striker Stanley Awurum gave a good account of himself for Varzim.
Yusuf Otubanjo didn’t make the cut for Altach who lost 2-1 to SKN St.Poelten
Dennis Bonaventure scored and was injured in Club Brugge’s 5-2 win at Zulte-Waregem.
The fast rising striker was replaced by Dion Cools one minute before half time.
Arnault Danjuma also got on the scoresheet with a beautiful curler.
Midfielder Uche Agbo was again benched by Standard Liege who relinquished a one goal lead and lost 2-1 to Eupen.
Sporting Charleroi made home advantage count with a 3-1 victory against Royal Excel Mouscron.
Nigeria striker Imoh Eziekiel was introduced in the 56th minute for Kortrijk and was able to make a meaningful impact as they shared the spoils with Genk in a six-goal thriller.
Abdul Agagun was listed but didn’t taste action.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Philip Azango were not deemed good enough by as their team Gent condemned Cercle Brugge to a 3-0 annihilation.
Victor Osimhen made his debut for Charleroi as a 78th minute substitute and was booked three minutes later.
Ezekiel Henty started but was subbed off in the 49th minute for Osijek in their 2-1 win at home to Lokomotiva Zagreb.
It appears Peter Olayinka has lost his place in the Slavia Praha line up. The striker failed to make the squad as his team pummeled Viktoria Plzen 4-0.
At the Tony Macaroni Arena, Efe Ambrose featured for Hibernian who lost 2-1 to Livingston.
Striker Uche Ikpeazu helped Hearts to a 4-1 win over St. Mirren.
In the Old Firm Derby, Celtic sent Rangers packing with a 1-0 win.
Ovie Ejaria was a full timer for Rangers while Sadiq Umar was missing.
Slovan Bratislava pipped rivals Zilina 1-0 with Rabiu Ibrahim not having a dose of action.
Taiwo Abdulrahman did not score in FC Nitra’s 4-1 victory at home to Zlate Moravce.
Defender Christopher Udeh netted the only goal for Zlate. He was also booked.
The duo of Emeka Umeh and Abdul Zubairu both climbed off the bench in the 59th minute to help Trencin record a 1-0 win against Spartak Trnava.
Despite the presence of Godswill Ekpolor, Haecken were at the receiving end of a 3-0 thumping at AIK.
Chima Akas was in action for all 90 minutes as his club Kalmar FF drew 1-1 at Elfborg.
Stephen Odey played upfront for FC Zurich who lost 1-0 at Lugano.
Defender Stanley Amuzie was benched for the entirety of the tie.
Blessing Eleke had an amazing six minutes to remember for Luzern as they dramatically defeated Grasshopper Zurich 2-1
The striker scored six minutes from time before also being involved in the winning goal in additional minute of the match.
Striker Anthony Nwakaeme bagged a brace and provided an assist as Trabzonspor walloped Galatasaray 4-0.
Ogenyi Onazi opened scoring for the hosts.
Winger Henry Onyekuru featured for Galatasaray and was substituted in the 81st minute.
Emem Eduok featured in Kasimpasa’s 2-1 victory at home to Ankaragucu.
Kehinde Olarenwaju was benched by the hosts.
Shehu Abdullahi failed to shake off an injury but his team Bursaspor picked a 1-1 draw against Besiktas.
Aminu Umar was on for the entire duration as his team Rizespor lost 2-1 at Antalyaspor.
At the Malatya Stadyumu, defender Sincere Seth played all 90 minutes in Yeni Malatyaspor’s 0-1 home loss to Konyaspor.
The blazing form of Boluspor continued as they pipped Afjet Afyonspor 1-0.
Chukwuma “Bentley” Akabueze was inspirational for Boluspor and lasted the entire match duration.
Taiye “The Tornado” Taiwo was at his inspirational best for RoPS in their 2-1 win over Honka in their Veikkausliiga clash at the Rovaniemen keskuskenttae
Former Under 17 and Flying Eagles striker Chrisantus Macaulay was introduced in the 79th minute as his club HJK defeated FC Inter 3-0.
Faith Friday Obilor kept things tight at the back for HJK.
In the Ykkonen, AC Kajaani deservedly defeated FC KTP 3-1.
The duo of Ichull Lordson and Adeniyi Ibiyomi Michael were on target for AC Kajaani.
Samuel Kalu was on from start to finish as Bordeaux lost 2-0 to Stade Rennes.
Fred Friday was not listed by AZ Alkmaar who lost 3-2 at Heracles Almeo.
It was the same situation for Hilary Gong as the winger wasn’t included in the matchday squad of Vitesse who lost 4-0 to Ajax Amsterdam.
Brian Idowu continued what is now becoming a permanent benching role for him as he was rooted to the bench in Lokomotiv Moscow’s 2-1 defeat at Krasnodar.
FC Orenburg were beaten 2-0 by Dinamo Moscow.
Adesoye Oyewole was in action for Orenburg.
Sylvester Igboun was on from start to finish as FC UFA lost 2-1 to FK Akhmat.
Chuba Akpom was introduced in the 67th minute as PAOK Thessaloniki edged Panionios 1-0.
Super Eagles striker Odion Jude Ighalo was on for Changchun Yatai from start to finish as they drew 1-1 with Henan Jianye.
In a five-goal thriller, Beijing BG edged Qingdao Huanghai.
Goal bomber Dominic Vinicius found the back of net for the capital side. He has now scored 11 goals in 18 matches, an average of 0.61 per game.
Super Eagles central midfielder John Ogu scored and was in impressive form for Hapoel Beer Sheva who played out a 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv.
IK Start picked a 1-1 draw at Kristiansund BK in the Norwegian top flight.
Adeleke Akinyemi was in action for Start. His Nigerian compatriot Afeez Aremu was steely in the middle of the park.
Nigeria duo of Ifeanyi Matthew and Chidera Ejuke squared up against each other as Lillestrom welcomed Valerenga.
Matthew started for the home sude as he was on for all 90 minutes, while Ejuke made way for Enar Jaeaeger three minutes from time. The game ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors.
Despite being included in the 18-man squad, striker Leke James watched from the bench as Molde drew 1-1 with Odd BK.
Former Ikorodu United forward, Moses Ebiye provided an assist for Stroemmen who won 2-0 at Nest Sotra.
At the Gjemselund Stadion, Konsvinger were beaten 3-1 by Sogndal.
Ibrahim Shuaibu lasted the full duration for the hosts.
Jerome Akor was a second half substitute for the visitors.
El Gounah were 3-2 victorious in their home game against El Dakhleya.
Chisom “Kolanut Boy” Chikatara came on for Geddo in the second stanza.
In the UAE Arabian Gulf League, Raheem Lawal tasted defeat on his debut as Al-Wahda thrashed Al Ittihad Kalba 6-2.