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Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

A look back at some of the Nigerian players that grabbed headlines across Europe this past weekend.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli) 


The Super Eagles superstar is the man of the moment in Italy.

He continues to receive admiration for his talent and craft, the latest coming in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Sassuolo where he scored a hat-trick.

The victory takes Osimhen’s tally in the Serie A this season to seven which sees him as the joint-highest scorer, while Napoli remain unbeaten in the league and are five points clear at the top of the standings. This could be the Campania outfit’s final wait for Serie A honours for the first time in 32 years, and how fascinating it would be to have Osimhen’s involvement in it.

Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague) 

The 26-year-old wide man has been on a roll lately. 

In his last five Czech First League matches in which he has started, Olayinka has scored three goals and has provided as many assists. His most recent involvement came in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Bohemians where he scored a brace and added an assist to it in what was his landmark 100th league appearance for the club.

Olayinka’s current form sees Slavia remain second on the log, four points behind leaders Viktoria Plzen.

Ademola Lookman (Atalanta) 


Like Osimhen and Olayinka, Lookman is currently on an impressive goalscoring run. 

Since getting his first Serie A goal for Atalanta against Fiorentina, Lookman has added three more with his most recent coming in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Empoli.

The former Everton man’s proficiency in front of goal continues to improve and great things are certainly bound to happen for both him and the club the longer it goes.

Henry Onyekuru (Adana Demirspor)

The Olympiacos loanee was again in action for the Blue Lightnings over the weekend.

Sadly, he wasn’t on the winning side as Adana could only earn a 2-2 draw away at Kayserispor in the Turkish Super Lig. The visitors took a 2-0 lead, Onyekuru netting in the 65th minute. The home team however responded three minutes later and in the 82nd minute. 

Onyekuru now has four goals for Adana, added to two assists. Vincenzo Montella’s side have now recorded four draws in their last five league matches (W1) and remain in second position in the standings, three points behind Fenerbahce.

Bobby Adekanye (Go Ahead Eagles)

The Netherlands-Nigeria forward has been having a good form of late.

Having contributed a goal and an assist in his last Eredivisie game against NEC Nijmegen which ended 3-3, Adekanye was in the act again when replicated the same thing in Go Ahead Eagles’ 3-1 win over Excelsior last Friday.

It’s a total of three goals and three assists for Adekanye, with Go Ahead Eagles moving up to 10th spot on the Eredivisie log.

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