Nigerian Players Abroad: Ighalo scores 16th league goal, Onyekuru scores again

Odion Ighalo
Ighalo scores again in China

Odion Ighalo can’t stop scoring – at least in the Chinese Super League. The Russia 2018 striker scored in the 89th minute to rescue a point for Changchun Yatai, who were playing at home against Hebei CFFC. The match ended 2-2 and it was the Nigerian’s 16th league strike of the current campaign. He also had a shot cleared off the line and was thwarted by a save in the 92nd minute.

It is 2 in 2 for Onyekuru in Turkey

Henry Onyekuru scored for his second consecutive game in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday as Galatasaray thrashed Alanyaspor 6 – 0. The 21-year-old loanee from Everton scored in the 82nd minute and played all 90 minutes. His place in the starting lineup got a fillip last week when Bafetimbi Gomis moved to Saudi Arabia.

Ujah gets off the mark

Bundesliga returnee and seven times-capped Super Eagles forward, Anthony Ujah, returned to the goals as he scored the only goal for Mainz in their Bundesliga opener at home to VFB Stuttgart. The 27-year-old returned to Germany from China last January where he played for Liaoning FC. Ujah did not score in 11 appearances in the second half of last season but starting from the bench this term, he scored the only goal in the first game of the season.

Eduok notches first league goal

Fringe Super Eagles forward, Emem Eduok, scored his first goal of the 2018/19 Super Lig season on Sunday to help Kasimpasa beat Sivasspor 3-0 away from home. The 24-year-old, who participated in a Super Eagles friendly before the World Cup, got on the end of a long diagonal pass, rounded the goalkeeper and slid home the ball with his right foot. It was his first goal of the 2018/18 Super Lig season after three matches.

Bonaventure takes Anderlecht top

Uncapped Nigerian striker, Dennis Bonaventure, scored Club Brugge’s opening goal against fierce rivals, Anderlecht, on Sunday. Club Brugge went on to claim all three points with a 2-1 result. It was the 20-year-old’s fourth match of the new campaign.

Chima scores but falls with Molde

In Norway, Daniel Chima was on target for a second successive league game in the second minute of added time. But Molde still lost 3-2 to Ranheim at home. It was Chima’s third league goal in 10 appearances after his transfer from Legia Warszawa. Molde are fifth on the league table with 33 points.

Babajide helps Haugesund overcome Stabaek

Babajide Akintola scored his first league goal of the season to help FK Haugesund beat Stabaek 2-0. The 22-year-old scored Haugesund’s first goal on 32 minutes with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box. He could have scored a second in the second half but his goal-bound shot was parried for a corner. The victory took Haugesund to third place on the league table with 38 points and it was Akintola’s sixth league goal in 20 league games.

Kalu misses big chance

New Eagles invitee, Samuel Kalu, was given penalty-taking responsibility against Monaco but he missed his chance on his first start for Bordeaux as his kick was saved by Diego Benaglio. He had already hit the post when he got on the end of his own pass in the first half. His all-round action won the penalty through which Francois Kamano gave the home side the lead.

Kamano then scored the winner two minutes into added on time, and saved the Nigerian’s blushes. It was Bordeaux’s first points of the new campaign, for which they are looking for a new manager after Gus Poyet was suspended for having a go at the club’s owners.

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