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Nigerian Team of the Week (Oct 15-18, 2021)

Back from the international break and It’s been an amazing return to club football with impressive displays from many Nigerian players.

Here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for Oct 15-18, 2021.

GOALKKEEPER – CHIAMAKA NNADOZIE

In goal, 20-year-old Chiamaka Nnadozie proved why she’s the number one shot-stopper for Paris FC in the French Division 1 Féminine.

Nnadozie has been particularly impressive this season, with performances reminiscent of her title winning NWPL campaign with Rivers Angels.

Her brilliance in goal over the weekend was capped with a clean sheet as Paris FC demolished placed Soyaux-Charente 4-0.

Nnadozie’s superb form has helped Paris FC to occupy third spot on the league table. They sit only three points behind joint leaders, Lyon and Paris Saint Germain.

LEFT BACK – JAMILU COLLINS

Jamilu Collins makes the cut as our left-back of the week. His German Bundesliga 2 team, SC Paderborn played out a 1-1 draw against Jahn Regensburg.

Collins played all 90 minutes of the match. He completed three tackles, and constantly made it difficult for the opposition attacker.

CENTRE BACK – GODSWILL EKPOLO

On the right side of centre back, Godswill Ekpolo deputises. He put in a fantastic display in BK Hacken’s 4-0 victory on Monday, making 4 clearances and 4 tackles.

CENTRE BACK – SEMI AJAYI

West Brom’s Semi Ajayi partners with Ekpolo to complete our pairing at the heart of defence.

Ajayi was part of a three-man Baggies defence that earned a ha-fought 1-0 victory over Birmingham in the EFL Championship. The win sees West Brom maintain second spot on the table, as they chase immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

RIGHT BACK – VICTOR MOSES
Victor Moses
Victor Moses

The industrious Victor Moses was in good form for Spartak Moscow this past weekend. He played all 90 minutes as his side came from behind to earn a late draw against Dynamo Moscow.

Seventh place Spartak have been struggling for form, but Moses has remained largely impressive so far this season.

CENTRE MIDFIELD – SAMSON TIJANI

19-year-old Samson Tijani makes our pick for the left side of centre midfield. His first Team of the Week appearance in 2021/2022.

Tijani did the dirty job in Liefering’s midfield, making 6 tackles and 3 interceptions as they beat LASK Juniors 2-0.

CENTRE MIDFIELD – AYOTOMIWA DELE-BASHIRU

Tom Dele-Bashiru takes our second midfield spot for his heroics in the English EFL Championship with Reading FC. Reading survived a narrow 1-0 win over Barnsley, which moved them to 7th on the league table. He made 2 key passes during the 90 mins.

LEFT FORWARD – CHIDERA EJUKE (STAR)

This could only have gone to Chidera Ejuke, a man already poised to become one of Nigeria’s biggest footballing exports.

The 23-year-old has been consistent throughout the season. Dazzling in the Russian Premier League with his quick feet and twinkle toes, Ejuke is simply a joy to watch.

He completed 9 out of 12 dribbles, and scored the lone goal in CSKA Moscow’s victory over FK Ural. He was also recently named as CSKA Moscow’s Player of the Month for August and September.

Chidera Ejuke goal vs FK Ural
Chidera Ejuke vs FK Ural
RIGHT FORWARD – AKINKUNMI AMOO

On the other flank is “little man”, Akinkunmi Amoo.
His 80th minute goal for Hammarby IF sealed an impressive 1-0 victory over AIK and earned him a spot in our Team of the Week.

CENTRE FORWARD – SIMEON NWANKWO

Although Salernitana lost to Spezia in the Italian Serie A, on-loan player Simy Nwankwo finally got off the mark. He scored his first Serie A goal for Salernitana in their 2-1 defeat. He also created two chances for his side who currently sit at the bottom of the league table.

Naturally, we’ll expect more goals to come from the Crotone loanee.

CENTRE FORWARD – VICTOR OSIMHEN

Victor… Osimhen!!! was the chant at the Diego Maradona stadium after the 22-year-old Nigeria international fired Napoli back to the top of the Italian Serie A table.

Victor Osimhen celebrates his goal for Napoli against Torino

Osimhen is growing into a crowd favourite in Naples, and once again proved why they spent so much money to sign him. He rose highest in the 81st minute to head Elif Elmas’ cross past Torino’s goalkeeper and hand Napoli the win with only nine minutes to go.

Osimhen has scored five goals in seven league appearances so far this season and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.

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How Victor Osimhen Became The Most Expensive African Footballer

On July 31st, 2020, Napoli announced the signing of the Super Eagles Starlet – Victor Osimhen. The club-record deal is worth about €70 million potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons. Since then, Osimhen has become the most expensive African Footballer to date.

How far has Victor Osimhen come? How did this 22-year-old young man become the most expensive African Footballer?

The Humble Beginning of Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen, like most Nigerian footballers, hails from a poor family. Reports say that Osimhen had to hawk water to survive and that his elder brother Patrick dropped out of school to look after Victor and his other younger siblings.

According to Lifebogger, Osimhen grew up in Oregun, Ikeja, and attended Olusosun Primary School – a government school (where the football journey began.)

How Osimhen Came to Limelight

Victor Osimhen’s name became very popular amongst football fans after his mind-blowing performance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The young striker then won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball at the end of the tournament.

Outstandingly, Osimhen scored 10 goals in the tournament. Also, he scored in every single match of the competition – the only footballer to ever achieve such a feat.

The Osimhen and Lile Partnership

After a relatively successful stint at VfL Wolfsburg and Charleroi, Osimhen, who is a product of one of the best football academies in Nigeria, would go on to sign for Lile in 2019.

It was at Lile that the young Super Eagles striker made a name for himself at club level. He announced himself for the French club by scoring a brace against Nantes on his debut.

Overall, Victor Osimhen finished the season as Lile’s highest goal scorer with 18 goals in all competitions.

At this point, top clubs in Europe were already scouting him. 

Osimhen To Napoli

Since Napoli Sold Higuain to Juventus, Napoli never really had a proper No. 9 who could score goals regularly.

Napoli signed Arkadiusz Milik to replace Higuain but he never really did. Injuries and lack of consistency ruined his Napoli career before being shipped to Olympique Marseille.

During that period of Milik’s absence, Andres Meertens, a natural winger, adopted the No. 9 position and scored regularly.

However, it was still obvious that Napoli needed a natural striker who would properly replace Higuain. Then Napoli turned their attention to the Super Eagles Frontman – Osimhen. Napoli paid a club-record 80M Euros to buy Osimhen from Lile.

Today, Osimhen is the most expensive Nigerian Footballer ever.

Final Thoughts on Victor Osimhen

So far, the super Eagles striker has helped Napoli to top the Serie A table. In the process, Napoli remains the only team in Europe’s top 5 Leagues to maintain a 100% League record.

Victor Osimhen helps Napoli to Serie top Spot

In the Serie A, the Nigerian hitman has scored 4 goals in 5 matches already. Indeed, the season looks really promising for the most expensive African footballer.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria would hope that Osimhen would lead the team to glory in the forthcoming AFCON which would kick off in January. 

However, in the meantime, we are proud that our young Super Eagles striker plays for a big club like Napoli and that he is the most expensive African footballer for now.

Taiwo Awoniyi: To play for Nigeria is a privilege and honour

FC Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi spoke exclusively to EaglesTracker

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with 24-year old striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, who recently earned his first call up, and made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying defeat against Central African Republic.

It has always been one of my greatest dreams and to be able to have the opportunity (to play for Nigeria) is a privilege and honour which I’m happy about, and all glory to God for making it possible.”

Taiwo Awoniyi reflects on getting his first Super Eagles call up

Taiwo spoke about the depth of quality currently in the Super Eagles, and how he sees this as an opportunity not to elevate himself, but to fight for the nation.

Nigeria is a country full of talents and great players. I hope and work for victory as that is the goal of the national team. I personally don’t see it as place you have to set personal glory or achievements for yourself, but a place to represent the colour and fight for the nation, for success on every outing, and that’s my only aim.

Taiwo Awoniyi in Super Eagles training

Taiwo did not forget to thank the fans for their support, and he of course reserves all Glory for God, who he believes makes all things possible

“Thanks to all the fans for their support as it means a lot no matter how little. I am just a boy full of hope, dreams, and above all, connected to the only one who makes all things possible.

I believe there’s more to come, with God’s help, hard work and dedication.”

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Kingsley Michael: Making my Super Eagles debut was a dream come true

Kingsley Michael reflects on making his first appearance for the Super Eagles of Nigeria

EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with 22-year old midfielder, Kingsley Michael, who recently earned his first call up, and made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying victory over Cape Verde.

“First of all, I want to give thanks to God, he made it possible. I really can’t explain how I felt making my debut. It was like a dream come true, I was sooo happy, the joy was too much.

Kingsley Michael reflects on making his first appearance for the Super Eagles of Nigeria
Kingsley Michael reflects on making his Super Eagles debut

Michael expressed his surprise at even being called up for the games in the first place, “I was really surprised. I didn’t expect or believe it until I got to the Eagles camp and had my first training. Then I realized it was all real and true.

Super Eagles starting xi vs Cape Verde
Super Eagles starting xi vs Cape Verde

Looking forward to the next opportunity to put on the green and white jersey of Nigeria, Michael asks for the fans support, while promising to play from the heart always. “I want the fans to keep supporting me because there is room for improvement, and watch for the heart that I play with. I love them all, thank you.”

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Taiwo Awoniyi wins August Player of the Month Award

Six Games
Five Goals
Two Assists

Taiwo Awoniyi wins the EaglesTracker Nigerian Player of the Month Award for August 2021

The 24-year old striker has made a bright start to the 2021/2022 season with FC Union Berlin, putting in impressive performance after impressive performance.

Awoniyi wins Nigerian Player of the Month for August 2021
Awoniyi wins Nigerian Player of the Month for August 2021

Taiwo Awoniyi goal vs Bayer Leverkusen
Taiwo Awoniyi goal vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Taiwo Awoniyi goals vs KuPS
Taiwo Awoniyi goal vs Hoffenheim

Can he build on this fantastic start to the season ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

Super Eagles Matchday Predictions: Nigeria vs Liberia

Nigeria vs Liberia, 2022 World Cup Qualifying
Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria
Kick Off: 5pm WAT

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Fred Onyedinma wins first Nigerian Star of the Week Honours for 2021/2022

Fred Onyedinma earns Nigerian Star of the Week Award for August 6-9, 2021

Fred Onyedinma made a dream start to life at Luton Town.

The 24-year old midfielder scored one goal and provided two assists to help the Hatters go top of the English EFL Championship table, with a 3-0 victory over Peterborough United on match day one of the 2021/2022 season.

Onyedinma was also named in the EFL Championship Team of the Week for Gameweek 1.

He joined Luton Town for an undisclosed fee earlier this summer, after impressing for relegated Wycombe Wanderers last season in the EFL Championship.

Can he build on this fantastic start to life at Luton Town ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

BROTHERS-IN-YELLOW: Watford’s Nigerian Connection

Following the transfer of Super Eagles midfielder, Peter Oghenekaro Etebo from Stoke City, Watford’s current number of Nigerian Internationals has risen to five.

With this latest move by the club, it does seem that the Hornets hierarchy has something for players of Nigerian descent, hence leading EaglesTracker to take a look at ‘Team Nigeria’ that Watford is gladly building at the Vicarage Road.

Watford's Nigerian Connection
Watford’s Nigerian Connection

7: DAPO MEBUDE

Nigeria-eligible striker Dapo Mebude on Friday completed a two-year transfer move to the Hornets making him the latest player of Nigerian descent to join their Nigerian entourage.

Dapo Mebude

The 19-year-old was released from Glasgow Rangers in June. He spent the 2020/2021 season on loan at Queen of the South FC, where he scored two goals in eleven appearances. Although having represented Scotland at various youth levels, Mebude is still available for selection for the Super Eagles.

6: JOSEPH HUNGBO

21-year-old Hungbo has been a member of Watford’s Nigerian connection since the summer of 2019 after he was released by Crystal Palace.

Joseph Hungbo

The fifth of six children born to a Nigerian father and a Togolese mother who emigrated to London from Nigeria. Hungbo spent part of last season on a short-term loan at National League side, Aldershot Town, before returning to feature in 6 games for Watford in all competitions.

5: OGHENEKARO ETEBO

Etebo is the latest Super Eagles player to join the Hornets ahead of their 2021-22 English Premier League season.

Oghenekaro Etebo

The 25-year-old has been at Stoke City since 2018, playing 45 matches in the Championship. Following loan spells with Getafe and Galatasaray, Etebo is set to feature in the Premier League for the first time in his career.

4: EMMANUEL DENNIS BONAVENTURE

The first player of Nigerian descent to join Xisco Munoz’s side this summer after being snapped up from Belgian top-flight side Club Brugge. Dennis would be looking to tap some inspiration from his feat in the Champions League in 2019, when he became the third Nigerian to score against Real Madrid in a European club competition.

Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure

Bonaventure has represented Nigeria at under-23 level and senior level. Can the 23-year old shine in Europe’s top league ?

3: TOM DELE-BASHIRU

Although yet to feature for Nigeria at senior level, Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru featured and scored for Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. He has also represented Nigeria’s U23s, following his inclusion in the squad for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

Tom Dele-Bashiru

Following his move to the Vicarage Road after his contract with Manchester City expired in 2019, Dele-Bashiru has featured three times for Watford. He appeared to be breaking into the side last season, before suffering an ACL injury. He will be looking to impress for Watford in the Premier League.

2: WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG

Perhaps, the most familiar Nigerian in the Hornets’ nest. Troost-Ekong boasts of 48 appearances for Nigeria’s Super Eagles and 32 for Watford. He is the current vice-captain of Nigeria’s national team.

William Troost-Ekong

The 27-year-old centre back joined Watford from Italian Serie A side, Udinese on a five-year deal in September 2020. Troost-Ekong has since scored once for the Hornets.

1: ISAAC SUCCESS

The longest-serving Nigerian at the Watford currently. Having joined in 2017, Success has featured for Watford in the Premier League, the Championship and the EFL Cup.

Isaac Success

With 71 games played and 6 goals scored across all competitions for Watford, the 25-year-old Super Eagles forward would be looking forward to partnering with his new Nigerian teammates in the Premier League. He last played with one – Odion Ighalo, in the 2016-17 season.

Five Nigerian Forwards to Watch in 2021/2022

The 2020/2021 season was an impressive one for Nigerian footballers around the world, with a number of stars coming under the spotlight. Players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Paul Onuachu, Joe Aribo and Samuel Chukwueze helped their teams win trophies across Europe’s finest club competitions.

With just a few weeks to go to the start of the 2021/2022 European football season we take a look at five Nigerian forwards you should definitely be keeping an eye on in the upcoming season.


5) TEREM MOFFI (FC Lorient)


The 22-year-old Calabar born player was a revelation last season, playing a vital role in Lorient’s escape from relegation in the Ligue 1. Ending the season with 14 Ligue 1 goals, the fifth highest in the league and the most a Nigerian Player has scored in a single Ligue 1 campaign since Victor Ikpeba (16) for Monaco in the 1997/1998 season.
Going by his previous records of 20 goals in 27 appearances for Riteria (Lithuania) and 5 goals in 9 appearances on loan to KV Kotrijk (Belgium) in the 2018/2019 season, he’s definitely no fluke and certainly one to watch out for in the coming season.

4) UMAR SADIQ (UD Almeria)

The 24-year-old Kaduna-born player came to the limelight during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil where he helped Nigeria to a bronze medal, scoring four goals in that tournament
Not much was heard of him after the tournament following disappointing spells in Italy, Netherland and Scotland.
He rose to the occasion again last season, scoring 6 goals for Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian SuperLiga before securing a move to Spanish tier 2 club, UD Almeria. He scored 22 goals in 41 appearances for Almeria in the 2020/2021 season.

With top clubs like Sevilla (Spain) and Bayern Munich (Germany) showing interest in the lanky forward, he’s definitely one to look out for in the upcoming season.

3) KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester City)

The 2020/2021 season was a remarkable one for the 24-year-old striker. Iheanacho enjoyed his best campaign in England since arriving in 2014, scoring 19 goals and assisting 5 others for Leicester City. Even more impressive is the fact that he scored 12 league goals between February and May, also becoming the first player to score a Premier League goal on every day of the week during the same season.

He also played a vital role in Leicester City’s FA Cup triumph, netting important goals against Southampton, Manchester United, and Brighton. Despite missing out on a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, his splendid run of form earned him a contract extension. With the upcoming season in sight, he’s definitely one to watch out for.


2) SIMEON ‘SIMY’ NWANKWO (FC Crotone)

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Simy Nwankwo had the best season of his career in 2020/2021. The 29-year old scored 20 goals in the Italian Serie A, becoming the highest scoring Nigerian in the history of the competition. He also became only the second African player, after Samuel Eto’o, to reach the 20 goal mark in a single Serie A campaign.

He became Crotone’s all-time top goalscorer, etching his name in their memories for a long time.

Although suffering the disappointment of relegation at the end of the season, it was still an amazing year for him, and with clubs like Fiorentina, Lazio and Torino all linked with a move for him, you should definitely be watching closely next season.

1) PAUL ONUACHU (KRC Genk)

The only player worthy of the number one spot is Paul Onuachu.

The 27-year-old Imo born striker scored 33 league goals for KRC Genk in 2020/2021, the most ever by a Nigerian in a single season, in Europe’s top ten leagues.
His impressive club form was backed up on the international stage where he had often been criticised, scoring in wins for the Super Eagles over Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Onuachu has drawn interest from top clubs like West Ham, Rennes and Olympique Lyonnaise among others. Whichever move he makes, he is certainly our top Nigerian player to watch out for in the 2021/2022 season.

Who are you most excited to watch in 2021/2022 ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

Tolu Arokodare joins Amiens SC

Amiens SC have announced the signing of 20-year old striker, Toluwalase Emmanuel Arokodare on loan from Valmiera FC in Latvia. The French Ligue 2 club made the announcement via their official website.

The deal includes a two-year loan, with a club option to purchase permanently.

Toluwalase Arokodare joins Amiens SC
Toluwalase Arokodare joins Amiens SC

Arokodare spent the 2020/2021 season on loan with FC Koln, after impressing in Latvia, where he scored 22 goals in 32 appearances for Valmiera. He found opportunities limited in Germany, making a total of 11 appearances and failing to find the back of the net all season.

He has been handed the no. 9 jersey at Amiens, replacing compatriot, Stephen Odey, who has returned to his parent club, KRC Genk.

Can he return to his goalscoring form in France ? Leave a comment or reaction below.