Foreign Legion: How Nigerian Footballers Fared Over The Weekend

Foreign Legion: How Nigerian Footballers Fared Over The Weekend

The weekend ended with a bang as various European leagues hosted entertaining matches which some Nigerian footballers featured.

Here is a round-up of how some of the players fared with their respective clubs:


Former Flying Eagles winger and Super Eagles invitee Samuel Chukwueze scored his first La Liga goal for Villarreal in their 2-2 draw away at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Samuel Chukwueze

It was Chukwueze’s second goal in six appearances for Villarreal this season.

The winger who is part of the players invited for the crucial 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg opened the scoring for his team in the 33rd minute.



In France, Samuel Kalu started Bordeaux’s goalless draw at home to Caen in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash at the Matmut Atlantique Stadium.

Kalu was replaced on the hour mark by Nicolas De Preville.



Victor Moses was absent as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Everton in an English Premier League game played on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge.

It was the sixth straight game the former Nigeria winger missed since he last featured for Chelsea in their 1-1 home draw with Liverpool in the EPL.



Stephen Odey starred for 50 minutes before he was replaced by Assan Ceesay in FC Zurich’s 2-1 home loss to Sion in a Swiss League match also played on Sunday.

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Alex Iwobi was hurled off at halftime as boss Unai Emery made an early tactical substitution, but Arsenal was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers in Sunday’s English Premier League.


The Super Eagles star asserted himself well in the first half during which the Gunners chased the game.

At the start of the second half, Emery opted for tactical substitution, and Iwobi was sacrificed for Matteo Guendouzi.



Joel Obi

Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi scored his first Serie A goal this season for Chievo Verona who came from a goal down to hold Orji Okwonkwo’s Bologna to a 2-2 draw.

The goal was Obi’s first goal in the Serie A in eight months. Obi last scored a Serie A goal in March in the colours of Torino where the Bulls ran out 4-0 winners over Cagliari.

Okonkwo was an unused substitute.



Odion Ighalo’s Chinese Super League club, Changchun Yatai has been relegated to the second tier division after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium in Sunday’s final league game.

Odion Ighalo

Ighalo who missed the game against Dalian Yifang through a hamstring injury netted 21 goals for his team this season to finish as the second top scorer in the CSL.





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