Nigerian Players Watch: Obafemi Martins is PREMIUM TIMES star of the week

Obafemi Martins

Seattle Sounders forward, Obafemi Martins, over the weekend proved why it is not out of place for him to still be considered a member of the Super Eagles squad as he scored two goals in the MLS.

The two goals for Martins not only helped his team to a 4-2 victory but it also etched the name of the Nigerian striker in the sands of history as he became the only player in history to score more than 14 goals in a season for Sounders.

Currently, Martins is on his 15th goal and nothing suggests that he is done scoring since he has couple of games still left for the season.

Away from the MLS to England:

Chelsea’s Mikel Obi was the only Nigerian in action over the weekend in the EPL. The Nigerian midfielder was a second half substitute for Chelsea in their 3-0 thumping of Aston Villa at the Stamford Bridge. Mikel replaced Oscar in the 77th minute thus making his third appearance this season for the Blues.

Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe: Neither of the two Nigerian strikers was dressed for West Bromwich Albion’s 4-0 drubbing of Burnley. The two players are said to be nursing slight knocks but should be back in the next set of games for the Baggies.

Kenneth Omeruo: Down to the Championship, Omeruo was handed a starter’s shirt in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw at Charlton in the English Championship on Saturday evening.

Omeruo was replaced in the 71st minute by Ben Gibson after a knock that ensured he could not continue with the game. Omeruo, who has played six times for Boro this season, has assured his fans that there is no cause for alarm adding that he would be back for his team’s next game against Balckpool.

Odion Ighalo: The former Flying Eagles captain was on parade for Watford who held Blackburn Rovers to a 2-2 draw in an English Championship game on Saturday.

The former Granada forward who is yet to get his first goal of the season was replaced by Lloyd Dyer in the 69th minute after another fruitless outing

FRANCE
Vincent Enyeama was on from start to finish in Lille’s 1-0 victory over Bastia in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Divock Origi’s 39th minute strike ensured the team maintained their third position in Ligue 1 and Enyeama was credited with a world class save which saw his clean sheet at home this season intact.

Elderson Echiejile: The Nigerian defender could only watch from the bench as his team Monaco continued their unimpressive start to the season as they crashed to a 0-1 defeat to Nice

HOLLAND
Bartholomew Ogbeche was on target in Cambuur’s 1-1 draw at Excelsior on Sundayin the Dutch topflight.

His 62nd minute strike erased Tom van Weert’s first half effort. The former Super Eagles star has so far scored three goals in seven Dutch Eredivise games.

Abiola Dauda got his fourth league goal of the season and an assist as Vitesse hammered FC Dordrecht 6-2 in the Dutch topflight on Saturday evening.

RUSSIA
Ahmed Musa played for 65 minutes in CSKA Moscow’s 4-3 win at Ural S.R in the Russia Premier League. The Nigerian striker was however not among the goals in the seven- goal thriller

GERMANY
Anthony Ujah starred for 88 minutes as Cologne crashed 2-0 at home to reigning champions Bayern Munich in the German league. The game was his fourth of the season for Ujah.

Chinedu Obasi was again snubbed by his club Schalke 04 has a battled to a 2-1 win over Borrussia Dortmund in the Revier Derby.

SCOTLAND
Efe Ambrose featured for Celtic in their 2-1 win at St. Mirren in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday. The Super Eagles player is yet to miss a game for the Hoops this season as his side continue their giant stride towards defending the title they won last season.

GREECE
Abdul Jeleel Ajagun got all three points for Panathinaikos as they beat Niki Valou 1-0 in the Greek League on Sunday. The effort from Ajagun is his first goal of the season.

SPAIN
Ramon Azeez played all 90 minutes as Almeria recorded a 1-0 away win at Deportivo La Coruna. Azeez set up Edgar Antonio Mendez for the only goal of the encounter scored in the 90th minute.

With this victory, Almeria are ranked 10th with eight points on the Spanish log.

Ikechukwu Uche was in action for Villarreal in their 2-0 loss at home to Real Madrid. First half strikes from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the Yellow Submarine were handed their second defeat of the season.

With Uche failing to get the goals, he was replaced in the 64th minute by Mexican Giovani dos Santos who also fired blanks.


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