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Nigerian Team of the Week (Nov 26-29, 2021)

As the month of November draws to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

Goalkeeper – Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs)

Daniel Akpeyi marked his 50th clean sheet in all for South African club side Kaizer Chiefs in their 1-0 league win over Maritzburg United. He followed up with yet another impressive outing away from home in a 3-1 win over Swallows to keep the pressure on Mamelodi Sundowns as they sit second on the table, eight points behind the league leaders.

Left Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers)

Calvin Bassey has enjoyed life in the Scottish Premier League after moving from Leicester in the summer of 2020. The athletic defender was particularly impressive as his side beat Livingston 3-1 to maintain their lead as table toppers with 33 points, that’s 4 points better than second place Celtic.

Centre Back – Igoh Ogbu (Lillestrom)

At the heart of the defence, Igoh Ogbu was a rock as his Norwegian side Lillestrøm beat Stomsgodset 4-1 to maintain their fourth-place spot in the league table.

Ogbu was unfortunate to be subbed out of the game, but while he was on, the 21-years-old had an easy time keeping the opposition attack at bay.

Right Centre Back – Kelechi Christian (Casa Pia AC)

Kelechi Christian equally had a good shift in the Liga Portugal 2 as his side Casa Pia picked up all three points away from home to Farense.

Christian ensured the opposition attack had nothing to feed on, as his side cruised to victory, picking up a clean sheet as well as an important win.

Left Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers)

Another player from Rangers making our team is Joe Aribo. The talented midfielder stole the show in Gio van Bronckhorst’s first win as a manager, while also getting a goal to his name.

Aribo has grown in leaps and bounds, as top clubs in Europe continue to monitor his progress. He has also been touted by many as arguably Rangers’ best player so far this season.

Centre Midfield – Tom Dele-Bashiru (Reading)

Tom Dele Bashiru scored his fourth goal for Reading as they played a five-goal thriller against Swansea.

The talented midfielder provided the first equaliser as his side went on to win 3-2 against a difficult opposition. Bashiru nearly got a second as his shot hit the post but fell kindly for teammate Danny Drinkwater who cooly converted.

Centre Midfield – Ifeanyi Mathew (Lillestrom)

Ifeanyi Matthew is the second player from Norwegian Eliteserien club Lillestrøm to make our Team of the Week. The versatile midfielder played 71 minutes of his side’s 4-1 win over Stomsgodset as they stay within earshot of the league leaders.

Right Midfield – Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby)

Akinkunmi Amoo has been a revelation for Swedish side Hammarby all season long. The 19-year-old winger has had 18 direct goal contributions in 2021 alone for his club side but failed to inspire his side to a win last time out as Hammarby were held to a goalless draw against 13th placed Halmstad.

His club side remains fifth on the log, 8 points behind Malmo and could yet challenge for a Europa Conference League qualifiers finish.

Left Forward – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)

Emmanuel Dennis continued his impressive start to life in the Premier League playing for Watford. The pacy winger proved too difficult for Leicester as he got on the scoresheet in a 4-2 loss to Leicester, but still asked a lot of the Foxes defence.

Its unfortunate that he was subbed off injured, as he’s been the Hornet’s main attack force.

Right Forward – Samuel Chukwueze

While Villareal lost to Barcelona at the Spanish La Liga, Samuel Chukwueze finally got off the mark with a goal from his first shot on target in the league this season.

Naturally he was difficult to contain by the Catalans, further showing that Barcelona are his favourite opponents, and despite the 3-1 loss, Chukwueze looked closer to his previous explosive form of last season.

Centre Forward – Emeka Eze (Ankara Kenciorengucu)

Ankara Keciorengucu’s Emeka Eze leads our attacking trident thanks to his hattrick contribution as his side beat league leaders Umraniyespor in a five-goal thriller.

Despite the hard-fought battle, a harder fight will be needed for his side this season as they sit two spots from bottom.

However, if they can get their star striker to deliver more goals in clutch moments, they could just turn the season around.

What do you think of this week’s team ? Who missed out ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

Nigerian Player of the Month – October 2021

In a month filled with top top performances from Nigerian footballers abroad, Stephen Odey stole the show to become EaglesTracker’s Nigerian Player of The Month.

Stephen Odey wins Player of the Month Award for October 2021

Odey is known for his speed, agility and quick reactions, notably some of his greatest attributes, and these are being felt by his current team side FC Randers and indeed the Danish Super Liga.

The former FC Zurich star has been an instant hit to his loan side. Odey has scored 11 goals in 13 appearances for his team across all competitions so far this season. He also bagged four league goals in October alone, including a beautiful match winner against Odense.

It comes as no surprise that the 23-year-old was voted the best player in the Danish Super Liga for the month of October.

The Forward bags our Nigerian Player of the Month award for his heroics, especially in the UEFA Conference League where he scored a brace in 2-2 draw against Jablonec FK.

Odey’s recent run of goal scoring form has also seen him receive a massive influx of support. Paul Onuachu and Asisat Oshoala both sent their congratulations.