Nigerian goals abroad: Musa scores on debut, Ekong, Igboun score too

Ahmed Musa celebrates with team mates after scoring
Ahmed Musa celebrates with team mates after scoring
Saudi Arabia

It was a dream debut for Ahmed Musa as he was introduced for Al Nassr in the second half against Al Jazira in the 2018 UAFA Club Championship and then scored the winner on 75 minutes. There had been a lot of hype on the transfer from Leicester City and the Nigerian has quickly justified that hype by scoring a winning goal.


William Troost-Ekong opened the scoring for Bursaspor away to Fenerbahce last Saturday. But the early goal spurred on the home side and they replied with two goals, also in the first half. Ekong had executed a perfect diving header off a corner in the 16th minute but Fenerbahce equalised with a penalty and took the lead on 30 minutes. Shehu Abdullahi did not feature for Bursaspor as he is currently injured.


In Kazakhstan, Ukrainian-Nigerian Aderinsola Habib Eseola scored his 12th league goal for Kairat in 19 games in the league against Kyzyl-Zhar. He opened the scoring on 15 minutes as his side went on to win 3-1. Kairat are second on the league table, three points behind leaders, Astana.

Former Sunshine Stars forward, Tunde Adeniji scored Atyrau’s second goal a minute into the second half against Irtysh Pavlodar. Atyrau held on for a 2-0 win over Irtysh Pavlodar. Widely travelled John Chibuike came on for Irtysh in the second half. It was Adeniji’s fourth goal in 20 league appearances.

Goals in the Europa League

Four-time capped Super Eagle, Sylvester Igboun, played all 90 minutes for his Ukrainian side, FK UFA in their 2-1 win against Progres Niederkorn. The 27-year-old opened the scoring with a simple finish on 38 minutes.

Lanky forward, Paul Onuachu, scored a brace for Midtjylland as they claimed a 2-0 win over The New Saints in Wales. His first goal came on eight minutes off a header direct from a corner kick, and he bagged his brace 18 minutes later with a near-post header after another corner kick routine.

Former Plateau United winger, Philip Azango, was on the scoresheet as AS Trencin routed Feyenoord 4-0. The team based in Slovakia has become a nursery of sorts for Nigerian talents with the likes of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu having made the step upwards after a stint with the team. Azango scored his team’s third goal with a composed finish a minute before the first half interval.

John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme were Hapoel Beer Sheva’s saviours against APOEL Nicosia as they scored the two goals that brought the Israeli side level with the visitors and with a hope for the second leg.

Ogu, who also scored in the last round, struck first in the 42nd minute when he was able to get his shot on target in a crowded box and then Nwakaeme showed neat movement and control to volley home the equaliser with 20 minutes left on the clock.

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