The season is finally winding down, champions have emerged in England, Italy and few other countries and Nigerians in the football world abroad have been contributing their quotas week-in week-out to the successes of these various leagues. Last week Monday, we saw how Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama played a huge part in Lille fc’s downfall to PSG, but the story is different today.
The Nigerian Football Federation has also struck a better deal with American giant company to kit the National football teams, all these put together are expected to motivate Nigerian players… Let’s see if the performances of these boys in the last one week is worth appreciating and perhaps could transform the Super Eagles of Nigeria into a football threat to other nations of the world as it once was.
Starting with the La Liga which kicked off on Friday, Kalu Uche came on as a sub as Levante fell to a 3-0 defeat to David Moyes’s Real Sociedad. In the Geman league, Anthony Ujah endured a disappointing afternoon, playing only 56 minutes as FC Koln drew 0-0 with Augsburg in Bundesliga.
Turkey was quite competitive this week for the Eagles as Isaac Promise scored for Balikesirspor but couldn’t help his side fall to a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Fenerbahce, for whom Emmanuel Emenike contributed the assist for the winner.
Scotland featured regular Efe Ambrose as he returned to the starting line-up for Celtic and played 65 minutes when the Buoys registered a 5-0 demolition of Dundee at Celtic Park to secure the Scottish Premier League title. However in Canada, Fanendo Adi came on as a sub for Portland Timbers but was unable to influence proceedings as the Timbers drew 0-0 with Vancouver Whitecaps.
The French Ligue 1 had Vincent Enyeama helped LOSC Lille to relegate their Northern rivals Racing Club de Lens with a 3-1 triumph at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Enyeama had shrugged off the 6-1 mauling by PSG last weekend to put up a spectacular show in the match.
Fegor Ogude was booked as Amkar Perm missed a rare occasion to secure a victory, conceding a 93rd-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow, in the Russian League. In the United States of America, Jalil Anibaba contributed the decisive assist as Kansas City beat Chicago Fire 1-0 in Major League Soccer. Quincy Amarikwa and Kennedy Igboananike came on as second-half substitutes for the Fire.
There were tales of victories and disappointment to tell in the English lower cadre, I.e the Championship… Chuba Akpom ended his temporary stay at Nottingham Forest with a late cameo as the Tricky Trees were defeated at home by Cardiff City. Jordan Obita helped Reading end a disappointing season on a high note with a 3-0 victory over Derby County, and Moses Odubajo starred—contributing an assist—as Brentford raced into the Championship playoffs with a 3-0 triumph over relegated Wigan Athletic.
The English Premier league was quite interesting for Nigeria’s Mikel Obi and other Chelsea fans as he (Mikel) came on at half-time in the Pensioners’ 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace, a result that sealed the Blues’ Premier League title. Also, Ideye Brown came on for the last ten minutes of West Bromwich Albion’s impressive 1-0 away victory over Manchester United.
But it wasn’t a very good news for Nedum Onuoha who was dismissed for the relegation threatened Queen Parks Rangers after picking up two yellow cards, while Jordon Ibe replaced Adam Lallana on 68 minutes as Liverpool triumphed by 2-1 in an interesting encounter. Peter Odemwingie continued his steady comeback from injury with a brief 10-minute cameo as Stoke City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Swansea City.
By and large, it was a good, bad and ugly weekend for Nigerians abroad last weekend but it was not a very good one for Nigerian football as most Nigerian stars came on as subs in their various league games. We do hope that these giants can do better and translate the same feat into the national team so our dear nation can be the better for it.
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