March 19, 2019

Football: Nigerian Players Abroad, Iwobi Sparkles

Football: Nigerian Players Abroad, Iwobi Sparkles

The football weekend ended with a lot of scintillating matches involving Nigerian players across the European leagues.

Here are some of the players who impressed over the weekend:


The Nigerian wunderkind put up a very impressive display in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City which got fans chanting his name in adulation.

Iwobi took to Twitter saying, “That’s What We Like! Another Win! Prince Strikes Again”.

Iwobi also granted a post-match interview where he talked about Arsenal keeping the momentum going by winning their next match.

Here is a highlight video of the Arsenal-Leicester match:



The Leicester midfield enforcer starred at the heart of his team’s defeat to Arsenal, even hitting the woodwork with a powerful header in the first half but he could not stop the Arsenal juggernaut from rolling over them.


Wilfred Ndidi in Leicester’s colours.



Having failed to pick up a point on the road on four previous away trips, it wouldn’t have been out of place to expect Leganes to fall to a fifth successive defeat on the road away at Valencia.

However, it unexpectedly ended 1-1, and Omeruo gave as good as he got on his first start for Los Pepineros since his summer move.

The centre-back was tidy in possession and was constantly alert defensively to clear the danger when necessary. He would’ve been disappointed to let in a late equalizer having given a good account of himself.



Tianjin Teda faced a daunting trip to play Shandong Luneng hoping to upset the applecart by securing a positive result.

The eventual 2-0 loss wasn’t in any way a surprise given the Tianjin Tigers’ prolonged winless run which extended to six games. Mikel, in plain terms, had a really poor game, which was highlighted by being constantly caught in possession, as well as failing to win his individual battles.

Tianjin Teda is only three points clear of the drop zone, and will definitely be getting nervous going into the final four weeks of the season.



Four league wins on the spin would have given Hibernian a bit of confidence going into their game against a Celtic side that hasn’t hit top gear this season.

Nonetheless, the Bhoys ran their opponents ragged as it ended 4-2 at Celtic Park. Ambrose was part of the backline that failed to cope with Brendan Rodgers’ side’s attacking verve as they faced a non-stop onslaught over the course of the game. The defeat saw Hibs fall to sixth place in the division.



The forward was on target in FC Zurich’s top-of-the-table clash with Young Boys in a highly entertaining fixture that saw both sides throw caution to the wind in the eventual 3-3 draw.

It was Odey’s third goal of the season after 10 appearances (albeit in eight starts) which sees him sit joint-top of the City Club’s scorers list.

Given it was his first goal in five games in all competitions, the frontman will be relieved to have ended his mini-drought, and he’ll hope to go on a goalscoring run now.

Odey in action for FC Zurich



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