Eagles Abroad | Ogbeche with a brace, Ajagun nets winner for Panathinaikos

It was not a goal-full week for most Nigerians playing in Europe. There was even a red card for a player that had only ever had one red card in his career but one name from the past grabbed a brace.


Victor Moses played for 57 minutes as West Ham needed a last minute equaliser from Cheikhou Kouyate to earn a point against Norwich. Moses played all 120 minutes against Leicester last Tuesday and the Hammers lost 2-1.

Odion Ighalo played all the 90 minutes as Watford were beaten for the first time at home this season by Crystal Palace on Sunday. Ighalo has four league goals for the season.

Kelechi Iheanacho is still out injured and played no part in the 4-1 humiliation by Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday. The Nigerian forward has played eight minutes in the season and scored one goal.

Mikel Obi was on the bench for all 90 minutes as Chelsea battled from being two goals down to earn a 2-2 result against Newcastle on Saturday.

Osaze Odemwingie was left out of the Stoke City that won their first game of the season – a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Odemwingie played 84 minutes in the 1-0 league Cup win over Fulham last Tuesday – his first start of the season.

Dele Alli was imperious in midfield as Tottenham Hotspur handed Manchester City their second league defeat – a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane. The 19-year old midfielder could be called up by England manager, Roy Hodgson for the upcoming matches in October though his manager at Spurs, Mauricio Pellegrini, has asked that he be allowed to develop step by step. Alli was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute – his second of the season in which he has played six games.


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Vincent Enyeama did not feature for Lille because of his red card in their last game and Lille lost 1-0 away to Reims.

Elderson Echiejile was not listed for Monaco as the Islanders were held 3-3  away to Guingamp.


Anthony Ujah was on for all 90 minutes as Werder Bremen lost their third home game of the season to Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Saturday. Ujah has scored twice this season and has played all seven league games.

Leon Balogun played just nine minutes for Mainz on Saturday as they were thrashed at home by Bayern Munich 3-0. Balogun came on for Christian Clemens and he has played five league games this season.


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Joel Obi came on for Daniele Baselli in the 68th minute and was shown a straight red card in the 89th minute. Obi has played just 72 minutes across two matches for his new club this season. The usually cool Nigerian midfielder apparently lost his head as he hacked down Vazquez to send Torino down to nine men but they held on for all three points. It was Obi’s second red card in seven seasons in Serie A.

Ogenyi Onazi stayed all 90 minutes on the Lazio bench as the Biancocelesti came from a goal down to beat Verona 2-1. Onazi has played just one league game this season but has been an ever present in their European campaign and he is yet to score.

Jerry Mbakogu was not listed in Carpi’s squad that lost at Roma 5-1. Mbakogu has played three games this season after leading Carpi to promotion with the 15 goals he scored for them in Serie B.


Isaac Success started and played for 59 minutes as Granada lost their fourth league game away to Valencia last Friday. The U-20 forward has played four games and scored once this season. In the same match, 19-year-old Uche Agbo came on for his debut as he replaced Javi Márquez in the 66th and was shown a yellow card in the 72nd minute.


Joseph Akpala played for 65 minutes on Saturday as KV Oostende were held 2-2 away to Mouscron-Peruwelz but they still top of the league with 20 points from nine matches. Saviour Godwin was not listed at all for the match.

Imoh Ezekiel was on the bench for 74 minutes as Anderlecht won 1-0 at home to Sint-Truiden courtesy of goal from Italo-Nigerian Stefano Chuka Okaka in the 32nd minute. Anderlecht are second on the table with 18 points and Ezekiel is yet to score in the league.

Moses Simon was on for 60 minutes on Saturday as Gent claimed all three points away to Waasland-Beveren with a 3-1 win. Simon is yet to score in the league but he as one assist.


Bartholomew Ogbeche scored twice for Cambuur away to Utrecht on Saturday at the Stadion Galgenwaard. Ogbeche, who represented Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, scored his first goal in the 26th minute with a booming header in the box and scored his second in the 61st minute. Camber went 3-1 up but could not hold on as they conceded two goals in the last 18 minutes. Ogbeche has scored three league goals in seven league appearances.

Watch his goals here:


John Chibuike was on for all 90 minutes for Gaziantepspor away to Galatasaray on Saturday at the Turk Telekom Arena. The Nigerian provided the assist for Muhammet Demir in the ninth minute as the visitors took a shock lead but two goals from Lukas Podolski and Umut Bulut won the game for the home side. Gaziantepspor’s other Nigerian, Gbenga Arokoyo was on the bench for all 90 minutes.


Ahmed Musa played all 90 minutes as CSKA Moscow were forced to a 1-1 draw by neighbours, Locomotive Moscow. Seydou Doumbia scored through a penalty 16 minutes into the game and Locomotive equalised through a penalty five minutes afterwards taken by Baye Oumar Niasse.

Haruna Lukman started on the bench for Anzhi while Sylvester Igbonu started his eighth league game for FC UFA on Saturday as the two struggling sides cancelled themselves out. Lukman came on for Karlen Mkrtchyan in the 81st minute while Igbonu lasted all 90 minutes. Anahi are 15th on the table with six points and FC UFA are 16th, also with six points. There are only 16 teams competing in the league.


Abdul Ajagun was on the pitch for 58 minutes and got the only goal for Panathinaikos on the dot of half time against Platanias. Ajagun was replaced in the 58th minute by Mehdi Abeid and the former U-20 striker has two goals in two games – a total of 115 minutes.

Watch his goal here:

Daniel Adejo scored in  Kalloni Lekanopedio’s rout of Panaitolikos on Saturday. The 26-year-old defender scored his side’s fourth goal in the 34th minute. It was Adejo’s first league goal in the four-week old league. 


Fred Friday is in a rich vein of form for Lillestrom and he continued his purple patch on Saturday when he opened the scoring against Mjoendalen in the ninth minute. The 20-year old forward scored his eighth league goal of the campaign in 21 games – starting 13 and coming on as a substitute eight times.

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