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Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

It was another weekend of impressive displays from a number of Nigerian footballers plying their trade in Europe. Here’s the best pick of the bunch.

Paul Onuachu (Genk)


The towering forward seems to have gotten his season into gear as he added a brace on Saturday against Kortrijk. This follows the solo effort he netted against Oostende the previous weekend which was his first league goal of the campaign.

Onuachu is now delivering the goods and more looks set to come.

Terem Moffi (Lorient)


No Nigerian is in top form in Europe’s top five leagues like Moffi.

The prolific forward put two goals past Brest in the French Ligue 1 to take his tally for the season to eight. His tally puts him joint top of the scorers charts alongside PSG superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Moffi looks unstoppable at the moment and looks primed to surpass his 2020-21 Ligue 1 tally of 14 goals. Should he continue at this electric pace, a move to a bigger club might not be far away from him.

Chidozie Awaziem (Hajduk Split)


The centre-back was the hero for Hajduk very late in their HNL home clash with Varazdin.

It looked like the game was going to end in a draw with the visitors equalising 19 minutes from time. Awaziem however popped up with the winner in the ninth minute of injury time to secure a 2-1 win.

It’s Awaziem second consecutive goal for Hajduk after scoring the sole goal in last weekend’s victory at Rijeka. The Boavista loanee now has three goals in eight matches for the six-time Croatian champions.

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)

The Anglo-Nigerian player registered his first goal of the season as the Eagles earned a hard-fought 2-1 Premier League win over Leeds United.

Palace were the dominant side for much of the afternoon after going behind on their turf. They huffed and puffed for large parts of the second half until Eze produced the winner with a powerful shot that gave Leeds goalie Illan Meslier no chance.

Eze has been ever present for Palace this season, starting in every Premier League match. Its a sign of improved form after injury and fitness issues limited him to just 13 top-flight appearances last season.

Ademola Lookman (Atalanta)


The 24-year old made it two strikes in two two games after putting his name on the scoresheet for the first time in Atalanta colours in a 1-0 win over Fiorentina last week.

This time, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men faced Udinese and Lookman opened proceedings in the 36th minute of play. The match ultimately ended 2-2 at the Stadio Friuli.

Regardless of the result, Atalanta remain unbeaten in Serie A so far. (W6 D3)

Emmanuel Dennis (Nottingham Forest)

The ex-Watford man got off the mark for Forest in what was his first league start in Monday night’s game with Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

Dennis put Forest in front in the 15th minute via a well-timed header from a Morgan Gibbs-White free kick only for Ashley Young to equalise seven minutes later for Villa.

It was a missed opportunity for Forest to claim maximum points at home as their struggle after 23 years away from the Premier League continues. Dennis can however be pleased with his effort and will be looking to get more goals like he did for Watford last season with the hope this time his team survive at the end of the campaign.

Alex Iwobi (Everton)


The in-form midfielder registered his first goal of the season as Everton lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The former Arsenal player gave the Toffees the lead but the Red Devils were able to claw their way back with efforts from Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defeat might have overshadowed Iwobi’s effort which was a well-taken shot from outside the penalty area but it emphasised how valuable the Nigerian is to Frank Lampard’s team and the improvement he continues to make.

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