Nigeria Team Of The Week


There were a number of stellar performances from Nigerian players across the globe last weekend as fans were served up with another unpredictable three days of football.

Here, Ademetan picks out the 11 players who left their mark on the action.

Adewale Adeyinka – Gombe United

For the first time this season, an away team player was voted man of the match in Kano. It was no one else but Adewale Adeyinka who brilliantly saved Rabiu Ali’s 15th minute spot kick and put up a world class show as Gombe United surprisingly picked up a 1-1 draw against Kano Pillars.

Jamilu Collins – Paderborn

Jamilu was ruthless in Paderborn’s 2-1 win over Holstein Kiel in the German Bundesliga 2.

Michael Ihiekwe – Rotherham United

Forget the 4-3 loss at the hands of Swansea City, the defender scored a goal and provided an assist for the visitors.

Chidozie Awaziem – Rizespor

Another stoic performance from the defender against Basaksehir as Rizespor kept up their march on the log.

Ola Aina – Torino

Ola was yet again a rock at the back as the Torino pipped Genoa 1-0.

Rabiu Ibrahim – Slovan Bratislava

The Nigerian caused Ružomberok all sorts of problems during Slovan Bratislava 3-2 victory.

Anderson Esiti – KAA Gent

A tireless midfield display. It wasn’t a vintage performance from KAA Gent at Anderlecht. Esiti continually drove forward from midfield.

John Obi Mikel – Middlesbrough

The midfielder looked to be back to his lock-picking best in the crucial victory over Stoke City.

Anthony Nwakaeme – Trabzonspor

Nwakaeme added to his growing reputation with a goal and an assist in Trabzonspor’s triumph over Yeni Malatyaspor.

Ahmed Musa – Al Nassr

The winger flexed his muscles as we approach the end of the season, as he demonstrated against a helpless Al Fateh with a double.

Odion Ighalo – Shanghai Shenhua

Odion looked terrifyingly dangerous at Wuhan Zall as he fired in a goal. Not a bad golf swing either.


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