Odion Ighalo

IGHALO, OGU SHINE IN EUROPE

–Moses returns; Mikel, Omeruo, Onazi benchedENGLAND
John Mikel Obi (Chelsea): Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel was an unused substitute for Chelsea who sent out an emphatic Barclays Premier League title warning by beating Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Mikel who also missed Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United the weekend before, has played 12 EPL games for the Stamford Bridge outfit this term, providing just one assist so far for the Jose Mourinho side.Odion Ighalo (Watford): Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo scored a brace for Watford who cruised to a 5-0 victory over manager-less Charlton Athletic at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Ighalo made it 3-0 at the end of the first half before claiming his second of the game with a headed goal in the second period after some slack marking after a corner kick. The former Granada forward who has now scored seven goals in 20 games for the Hornets this season was replaced in the 75th minute by Vydra.

Victor Moses, Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City): Nigerian winger, Victor Moses returned to action for Stoke City after a thigh strain kept him out of the team for two months.Moses played 86 minutes before being replaced by Geoff Cameron in the encounter. His compatriot Peter Odemwingie was not included in the squad list.Former Barcelona striker Bojan produced a moment of magic to end Leicester’s chances of climbing off the bottom of the Barclays
Premier League table for the first time in two months.

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United): Nigeria-born winger, Sammy Ameobi played his 15th game of the season for Newcastle United who lost 2-1 to Southampton on Saturday. The lanky forward has scored just once in the current campaign.

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough): Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo was benched for the entire duration of Middlesbrough’s 2-0 home win against Huddersfield Town at the Riverside Stadium. The Chelsea loanee has played 14 games for the Riverside team this season.

Hope Akpan (Reading):NIgerian midfielder, Hope Akpan who is recuperating from a shoulder injury was not listed for Reading in their 2-1 loss to Fulham. Akpan played 12 games before he got injured in action for Nigeria.

Danny Shittu (Millwall): Super Eagles centre-back, Danny Shittu was missing in action as his championship side Millwall lost 3-1 to Ipswich Town on Saturday. Shittu has played eight games this season and has scored once.

ITALY
Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio): Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi was an unused substitute in Lazio’s 1-0 defeat at home to Napoli. Onazi has played nine games in the Serie A this term.

Joel Obi (Inter Milan): Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi was an unused substitute for Inter Milan who were forced to a 0-0 draw by Empoli. The 24 year old player has made ten Serie A appearances this season. Obi has however scored once.

SCOTLAND
Efe Ambrose (Celtic): Nigerian midfielder, Efe Ambrose was an unused substitute for Celtic who kept the pressure on Scottish Premiership leaders Aberdeen with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park.

SPAIN
Ramon Azeez (Almeria): Super Eagles midfielder, Ramon Azeez was an unused substitute in Almeria’s 3-2 loss to Valencia. Azeez has made nine appearances this season.

FRANCE
Vincent Enyeama (Lille): First choice Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama conceded his 18th goal of the season in goal for Lille who slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Lorient at the Stade Yves Allainmat. Enyeama who lost out on the African Footballer of the Year award to Yaya Toure has played 21 Ligue 1 games, conceding 18 goals.

Elderson Echiejile (Monaco): Nigerian defender, Elderson Echiejile replaced Layvin Kurzawa in the 74th minute of Monaco’s 1-0 win over Nantes. It was Echiejile’s ninth game in the Ligue 1 this term. The former SC Braga player has scored once.

ISRAEL
Austin Ejide, John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva): Super Eagles duo of Austin Ejide and John Ogu helped Hapoel Be’er Sheva beat Ejide’s former club, Maccabi Petach Tikva 1-0. Ogu was again the hero for Israeli club when he scored the only goal of the encounter in the 17th minute to take his side third on the league table with 35 points in 18 games. While Ejide has featured in all Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s 18 games so far. Ogu has played 17 games scoring three times.

GREECE
Abduljeleel Ajagun (Panathinaikos): Former Flying Eagles skipper, Abduljeleel Ajagun was on from start for Panathinaikos before he was withdrawn for Viktor Klonaridis as they played out a 1-1 draw away to Panionios. The game was Ajagun’s 13th, and he has score three goals.

Christian Obodo (Xanthi): Former Super Eagles midfielder, Christian Obodo was a 46th minute replacement for Kostas Fliskas as Xanthi forced Kerkyra to a 0-0 draw. Obodo has seen action 17 times this term, finding the back of the net two times.

BELGIUM
Moses Simon (Gent): Nigerian attacker, Moses Somin made his debut for his new team, Gent in their 3-1 away win against Mouscron Perwelz. The former Trencin of Slovakia player replaced Benito Raman on 80 minutes.

Uche Nwofor (Lierse): Super Eagles striker, Uche Nwofor was an unused substitute as Lierse lost 3-0 away to Anderlecht. The former VVV Venlo of Holland forward has scored just one goal this season.

HOLLAND
Bartholomew Ogbeche (Cambuur): Former Nigeria international Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a brace as Cambuur twice pegged back ADO Den Haag in a 2-2 Eredivisie draw on Saturday.  The former PSG star has now scored ten Eredivise goals this term.
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