Even though it takes a team of 11 players playing concertedly to win matches and trophies, the No.9 [if he scores regularly] is usually the most feted player in the team. So we bring to you the Nigerian players who have struck the most goals in 2015.
Odion Ighalo | Watford, England
Orion Ighalo started the year, 2015, with a bang as he scored four times against Blackpool on January 24 and seven goals in total for January. And in the 12 months since then he has proven to have the requisite skills to continue to score goals in the heady climes of the Barclays Premier League.
In total, he has 30 goals for club and country, which makes him Nigeria’s prime striker for 2015. And the mind-blowing fact about Ighalo’s 30 goals is the fact that only one came from the penalty spot – his goal against Chad for the Super Eagles in June.
|10/01/15||CHA||Huddersfield||3 – 1||Watford||x1|
|17/01/15||CHA||Watford||5 – 0||Charlton||x2|
|24/01/15||CHA||Watford||7 – 2||Blackpool||x4|
|07/02/15||CHA||Watford||1 – 0||Blackburn||x1|
|10/02/15||CHA||Brentford||1 - 2||Watford||x2|
|14/02/15||CHA||Bolton||3 - 4||Watford||x1|
|24/02/15||CHA||Watford||3 - 0||Rotherham||x2|
|03/04/15||CHA||Derby||2 - 2||Watford||x1|
|06/04/15||CHA||Watford||2 - 0||Middlesbrough||x1|
|15/04/15||CHA||Nottingham||1 - 3||Watford||x1|
|13/06/15||ACO||Nigeria||2 - 0||Chad||x1|
|08/08/15||PRL||Everton||2 - 2||Watford||x1|
|12/09/15||PRL||Watford||1 - 0||Swansea City||x1|
|19/09/15||PRL||Newcastle||1 - 2||Watford||x2|
|03/10/15||PRL||Bournemouth||1 - 1||Watford||x1|
|11/10/15||PRL||Nigeria||3 - 0||Cameroon||x1|
|31/10/15||PRL||Watford||2 - 0||West Ham||x2|
|28/11/15||PRL||Aston Villa||2 - 3||Watford||x1|
|05/12/15||PRL||Watford||2 - 0||Norwich City||x1|
|12/12/15||PRL||Sunderland||0 - 1||Watford||x1|
|20/12/15||PRL||Watford||3 - 0||Liverpool||x2|
|28/12/15||PRL||Watford||1 - 2||Tottenham||x1|
Obafemi Martins | Seattle Sounders, USA
Voted Seattle Sounders’ player of the season, 31-year-old Obafemi Martins scored so regularly – 16 goals in the MLS, that he forced himself back into reckoning for the Super Eagles under new coach, Sunday Oliseh.
|09/03/15||MLS||Sounders||3 – 0||New England||x1|
|15/03/15||MLS||Sounders||2 – 3||Earthquakes||x1|
|05/04/15||MLS||Sounders||1 – 0||Houston Dynamo||x1|
|19/04/15||MLS||Colorado Rapids||1 – 3||Seattle Sounders||x1|
|04/05/15||MLS||New York City||1 – 3||Seattle Sounders||x2|
|14/06/15||MLS||Sounders||3 – 0||Dallas||x1|
|17/06/15||UOC||Sounders||1 – 3||Portland Timbers||x1|
|16/08/15||MLS||Sounders||4 – 0||Orlando City||x2|
|30/08/15||MLS||Sounders||2 – 0||Portland Timbers||x1|
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