International Friendly Mexico pip resilient Super Eagles in Dallas

Despite the Super Eagles’ weakened squad, the encounter was a great test for the West African nation.

The Super Eagles’ poor start ensured that the El Tri took control of the game early on and scored the crucial opener.

For long stretches in the first half, the Super Eagles were second best to the Mexicans, who enjoyed the support of the home crowd in Texas.

Nigeria, who had numerous players travel long distances to get to the United States, started with a back three but was beaten in the 12th minute by Santiago Jimenez and conceded many shots to the Mexicans in the early minutes.

In the first half of the game, the Super Eagles had no shots, while the Mexicans had eight, four of which were on target.

In the opening session, Nigeria’s line leader, Cyriel Dessers, struggled to muster any notable moments as the Mexicans quenched the Super Eagles’ attacks and foiled their danger men. Going into the game, the Feyenoord attacker had hardly had enough rest and training sessions.

As the game progressed, the back three of William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Chidozie Awaziem looked good and composed, while Moses Simon and Calvin Bassey at wing-back provided the Eagles with interesting options pushing forward.

Innocent Bonke, Alex Iwobi, and Joe Aribo battled to keep up with the game’s speed in the first but appeared more lively in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

In other times, Terem Moffi, who played slightly behind Dessers, proved to be a solid link between the midfield and attack, receiving the ball and bringing others on nicely.

The Mexicans dominated the early exchanges in the second half, much as they had done in the first.

Nigeria, on the other hand, put together some terrific offensive plays, with Calvin Bassey beating his man before providing an inch-perfect cross for Dessers.

As the Mexican goalie fumbled the ball, the Feyenoord man banged in a powerful header that looked too hot to handle.

Only three minutes after the Super Eagles had restored parity, Mexico took the lead again when William Troost-Ekong scored an awful own goal while defending a cross from a Mexican player.

After an Innocent Bonke injury forced Jose Peseiro’s hands as he tweaked several systems in the squad formation in the second half.

Sani Faisal came on for the injured Lorient star.

After Bonke’s departure, Alex Iwobi sat in the defensive midfield and did an excellent job alongside midfield partner Joe Aribo.

The Nigerians then began to sit deeper in the game and aiming to catch the Mexicans on the break.

Later in the second half, Chiamaka Madu, Ishaq Rafiu, and Victor Mbaoma all came on, with Rafiu looking the brightest of the three.

After replacing Terem Moffi, his deception helped open some openings in the Mexican defense. Mbaoma took over for Dessers, although he was unable to participate in the game due to Mexico’s dominance for long periods of time.

In the 84th minute, Ekong made a fantastic block off a Lainez shot to keep the Super Eagles from losing by a larger score.

Despite the Super Eagles’ weakened squad as evidenced by their formation, the encounter was a solid test for the West African nation , with some fascinating discoveries for the coaches to ponder on.

Nigeria’s next international friendly match will be against Ecuador on Friday. 

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Nigerian Team of The Week (20 -23 May, 2022)

Osigwe gets the nod in goal, Awaziem & Omeruo partner in defence, Mathew remains in midfield as Nwakaeme leads the attack alongside Ejuke & Sekidika.

Nigerian Team of The Week (20 -23 May, 2022)

Osigwe gets the nod in goal, Awaziem & Omeruo partner in defence, Mathew remains in midfield as Nwakaeme leads the attack alongside Ejuke & Sekidika.

Here’s the Nigerian Team of The Week:

GK – Sebastian Osigwe – FC Lugano (Swiss Super League)

Osigwe put in a good performance in FC Lugano’s match against league giants Basel, pulling off 4 saves in the process. This performance was however unable to save the team from a 2-1 defeat.

LWB – Calvin Bassey – Glasgow Rangers FC (Scottish Cup)

Rangers won the Scottish cup final, thanks to a man of the match display from Calvin Bassey who stood firm through the course of the game. His outstanding performance earns him our Star of the week.

LCB – Chidioze Awaziem – Alanyaspor (Turkish Super Lig) 

Awaziem made a total of 7 ball recoveries in the match against Faith Karagumurk, helping Alanyaspor to a clean sheet and all 3 points as they won 0-1 away from home.

CB – Kenneth Omeruo – CD Leganes (La Liga Smartbank)

With 4 interceptions, a win and clean sheet, Omeruo makes our TOTW. He put in a good shift, commanding the defence throughout Leganes’ triumph away at Ponferradina.

RCB – Igoh Ogbu-Lillestrøm SK (Eliteserien Football league)

Igoh understood the assignment this past weekend for Lillestrom. The 22-year old made 4 interceptions, 7 ball recoveries and got on the scoresheet, helping his side to all 3 points.

RWB – Olaoluwa Aina – Torino (Serie A)

Although Torino lost 0-3 to Roma, Ola Aina was a bright light as he put in a great shift for the team. Aina completed a total of 6 tackles and made 6 interceptions. His effort was unfortunately not enough to save the team from defeat.

LCM – Ifeanyi Mathew – Lillestrøm SK (Eliteserien Football league)

Ifeanyi Mathew proved again why he’s a key player for Lillestrom in their 1-4 victory. He was present in all areas of the pitch, making in an impressive 6 ball recoveries and 4 interceptions.

RCM – Oluwatosin Kehinde – Randers FC (Danish Superliga)

Tosin Kehinde put in an effort to be commended, scoring a goal to put his team back in the game as Randers lost narrowly 2-1 against FC Midtjylland.

LW – Chidera Ejuke – CSKA Moscow (Russian Premier League)

Chidera Ejuke was in the mood in CSKA’s 4-0 victory over Rostov. The team was rampant and Ejuke was again very brilliant. The tricky winger completed 7 dribbles, creating 4 chances and bagging an assist in the process.

ST – Anthony Nwakaeme – Trabzonspor (Turkish Super Lig)

Anthony Nwakaeme rounded off his 21/22 season with a goal as Trabzonspor fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Basaksehir. The league champions had nothing to play for, but Tony still made his mark.

RW – Jesse Sekidika – Eyuspor (Turkish TFF 1. Lig)

Jesse Sedikika’s first goal of the season sealed a 0-3 victory and a promotion playoffs spot for Eyuspor. The pacy winger also completed 9 dribbles in an all-round impressive display

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Race for Calvin Bassey: Wolves join Aston Villa and two others

The Nigerian has had eventful season with the Gers, making 50 appearances across all competitions.

English Premier league club, Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in bringing Calvin Bassey to the Molenieux this summer.

According to Daily Record, a number of Premier League sides are waiting in line for the 22-year-old Super Eagles defender.

The Nigerian has had an eventful season with Rangers, making 50 appearances across all competitions. Bassey made headlines recently with his performance in Rangers’ Europa League final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In Seville, the former Leicester City youngster was undoubtedly Rangers’ best player. He was quite unfortunate to end up on the losing side.

He however swiftly put his disappointment behind him and was awarded man-of-the-match in their Scottish Cup final triumph against Hearts on Saturday.

The Daily Record scored him an 8/10 for his performance against the Jambos, describing him as “immense.”

Several clubs have expressed interest in Bassey as a result of his rise.

Alongside Wolves, Aston Villa, Fulham, and Brentford are also interested in the left-back. 

Two unnamed Serie A clubs are also interested, according to reports.

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Former Rangers’ star tips Calvin Bassey for greatness

Bassey has been with Rangers since the summer of 2020, but he only played a backup role in the squad until now.

Gordon Dalziel is of the belief that Calvin Bassey has a lot more to give the Gers on the pitch after working hard to gain a starting berth this season.

Bassey has been with Rangers since the summer of 2020, but he only played a backup role in the squad until now.

In the current campaign, the 22-year-old has developed into a key player for Rangers, and he was recently named the club’s Young Player Of The Year.

The former Rangers star is thrilled with Bassey’s growth, praising him as a player gifted with exceptional skill who has fulfilled his ambition of being one of the first names on the squad sheet at the club.

Dalziel believes Bassey still has a lot to give the Rangers and knows he will improve with each game.

Calvin Bassey wins Glasgow Rangers’ Young Player Of The Year 2021-2022

“What he [Bassey] has achieved this season is that he is a number one pick now, whether it is at left centre-back or left-back and I think that’s what his goal was,” Dalziel said on Clyde1’s Superscoreboard.

“I think he has got a lot left in his locker. I think he will get better the more games you see him.

“He is certainly a player with great ability but I just feel that in the team [PFA Scotland Team Of The Year], looking at it, him or Josip Juranovic, I just think Juranovic is a class act.”

Rangers supporters will be hopeful that under Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s cautious eye, Bassey will develop into a mainstay in the defense for years to come.

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Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo nominated for POTY Award

Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey have both been nominated for the award, and they will compete against seven other first-team players.

Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo nominated for POTY Award

Rangers, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions, have unveiled the nominees for the club’s Player of the Year award.

Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey have both been nominated for the award, and will compete against seven other first-team players.

Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent, John Lundstram, Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos, and James Tavernier are the players who make up the rest of the nominees list.

Super Eagles central defender Leon Balogun, who has battled injuries this season, will miss out, and so will the Nigerian youth international Nnamdi Ofoborh, for obvious reasons.

Bassey has established himself as a staple for the Rangers this season, making a total of 41 games in all competitions, including 38 starts, after starting the season as a left-back.

Aribo was undoubtedly Rangers’ best performer in the first half of the season, appearing in 48 games and scoring 16 goals (8 goals, 8 assists).

The 24-year old Super Eagles star was named as Rangers’ Young Player of the Year for the 2019/2020 season.

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 17, 2022)

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UECL. Iwobi scores in Everton’s Premier League victory over Newcastle. Read the report.

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Nigerian footballers in the diaspora did not disappoint on Thursday evening.

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Alex Iwobi scored his second English Premier League goal of the season in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Super Eagles left back, Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

The Portuguese league leaders unfortunately lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate, and bow out of this year’s competition.

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Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Super Eagles newboy, Ademola Lookman came off the bench to provide the assist for Wesley Fofana’s goal, from a corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho played all 90 mins and Wilfred Ndidi hobbled off with a knee ligament injury in the 60th minute of Leicester City’s 2-1 UEFA Europa Conference League defeat against Rennes.

The English Premier League side won the tie 2-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of the competition’s inaguaral season.

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Victor Bonfiace (FK Bodo/Glimt, Norway)

21-year old striker, Victor Boniface played the entirety of extra time as FK Bodo/Glimt earned a hard-fought 2-2 UEFA Europa Conference League draw at AZ Alkmaar.

The Norwegian champions won the tie 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.

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Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey & Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland)

The Super Eagles trio of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were all in action for Rangers during their 2-1 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Leon Balogun played all 90 mins, making one tackle and seven clearances. Calvin Bassey also played the entire duration of the game at left back, with the 22-year old making one tackle and completing an interception. Joe Aribo played 68 mins.

The Scottish champions won the tie 2-4 on aggregate however, and secured their place in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.

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Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord, The Netherlands)

Cyriel Dessers scored his fourth goal in four consecutive games to help the Dutch Eredivisie side to a 3-1 UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg victory over FK Partizan Belgrade.

They won the tie 8-3 on aggregate, advancing comfortably to the quarterfinals.

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Peter Olayinka & Yira Sor (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka captained the Czech champions in their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg defeat vs LASK. The 26-year old opened the scoring on the night with an easy finish from inside the penalty area.

21-year old striker, Yira Sor was also in action. He scored one goal and assisted another as 9-man Slavia Prague advanced with a 5-7 aggregate victory.

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Alex Iwobi (Everton, England)

Big 17, Alex Iwobi scored a 99th minute winner to help Everton clinch a hard-fought 1-0 English Premier League victory over the Magpies.

The 25-year old played a beautiful one-two with Dominic Calver-Lewin in the Toffees’ attack, before finishing calmly past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

It is only Iwobi’s second league goal of the season, and it comes at a crucial time for Everton. This win helps them go three points clear of Watford in the relegation zone with two games in hand.

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Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ 3-0 Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Within 15 minutes of the encounter, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos had given the hosts a two goal lead over Red Star Belgrade at the Ibrox Stadium.

Aleksandar Katai missed a spotkick for the Serbian champions in the 24th minute as they went on break trailing by a two goal deficit. 

As the second half resumed, the visitors began to for a way back into the game but it proved abortive. 

Super Eagles veteran,Leon Balogun rounded off the scoring with the third goal of the night when he rose to head home a well-delivered James Tavernier corner in the 51st minute.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This is Leon’s second goal of the Europa League with his first coming against Bröndby IF in October 2021.

The 33-year-old and Bassey played the entire duration of the match while Aribo was replaced by Fashion Sakala in the 75th minute.

Watch Leon Balogun’s Post-Match Reaction

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Review (March 5, 2022)

We tracked 95 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 23 different leagues on an exciting Saturday of action. Here are some of the top stories.

Nigerians In Europe Saturday Review

We tracked 95 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 23 different leagues on an exciting Saturday of action. Here are some of the top stories.

Cyriel Kolawole Dessers (Feyenoord Rotterdam – Dutch Eredivisie)

The Nigerian played the role of a super sub as he came off the bench to rescue a point for Feyenoord in their 1-1 draw against Groningen.

 The Rotterdam based side trailed by a goal courtesy of Leeuw up until Dessers came off the bench in the 56th minute to score a 71st minute equaliser.

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Semilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion – EFL Championship)

Semi Ajayi put in a good shift in defence for the Baggies as they ended a three-match losing run with a 2-0 win against Hull City.

The Hale End Academy product was in a three-man defence that had Mathew Clarke and Kyle Bartley.

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Simy Nwankwo (Parma Calcio – Serie B)

Nigerian forward, Simy Nwankwo made it back to back assists in Parma’s 1-1 draw with Reggina at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.

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The lanky striker released the final ball for Juan Brunetta to fire home the opener in the 20th minute but Elias Cobbaut’s 65th-minute own goal ensured both teams share the spoils.

Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC – French Cup)

Paris FC and Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie was unfortunate to be on the losing side as her team was knocked out of the Coupe de France Feminine by Fleury 91 on penalties at the Stade Charléty.

Fleury’s Ewelina Kamczyk cancelled out Gaetane Thiney’s first-half opener for the home side. After the entire regulation time, both sides were tied at 1-1.

Nnadozie saved Julie Piga’s spot-kick but it wasn’t enough to stop her side’s 4-3 loss on penalties. 

Celina OULD HOCINE of Paris Fc, Cynthia NNADOZIE of Paris Fc and Ewelina KAMCZYK of Fc Fleury during the Women's French Cup match between Paris FC and Fleury 91 on March 5, 2022 in Bondoufle, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Celina OULD HOCINE of Paris Fc, Cynthia NNADOZIE of Paris Fc and Ewelina KAMCZYK of Fc Fleury during the Women’s French Cup match between Paris FC and Fleury 91 on March 5, 2022 in Bondoufle, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers – Scottish Professional Football League)

The Nigerian trio played massive roles in Rangers’ narrow 1-0 win over Aberdeen at the Ibrox Stadium.

Joe Aribo was impressive in the centre attacking midfield position, creating three chances for his side in the 90 minutes.

Calvin Bassey had a quiet night at centre back, only making two tackles and winning four out of nine duels.

Leon Balogun played 31 minutes, making 2 interceptions and one clearance.

Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin)

Taiwo Awoniyi was on the wrong side of the scoresheet, scoring an own goal in FC Union Berlin’s 1-0 German Bundesliga defeat at Wolfsburg.

05 March 2022, Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg: Soccer: Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg - 1. FC Union Berlin, Matchday 25, Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg's John Anthony Brooks (center) plays against Berlin's Taiwo Awoniyi (left). Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Swen Pförtner/picture alliance via Getty Images)
05 March 2022, Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg: Soccer: Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg – 1. FC Union Berlin, Matchday 25, Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg’s John Anthony Brooks (center) plays against Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi (left). Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa – IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Swen Pförtner/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 25-28, 2022)

The last game week in February has come to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 25-28, 2022)

The last game week in the month of February has come to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

Goalkeeper – Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam FC)

Maduka Okoye’s heroics could not save his side, Sparta Rotterdam from a 2-1 defeat to Dutch giants PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. Maduka made seven saves and had a pass success rate of 60%.

Left Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers FC)

Despite a disappointing 2-2 draw, Calvin had a decent performance as he helped the Gers secure a point at the Ibrox. He also did great in stoppage time by stopping a dangerous Motherwell counter-attack.

Centre Back – Valentine Ozornwafor (Royal Charleroi Sporting Club)

In the heart of defence, Valentine was imperious as his side, Royal Sporting Charleroi ran out 3-0 winners over KV Beerschot in the Belgian Pro League. Whenever the Nigerian plays, he brings stability to the Charleroi defence.

Right Centre Back – Ayo Obileye (Livingston FC)

Ayo Obileye equally had a good shift in the Scottish Professional Football League as his side, Livingston FC picked up maximum points away at Dundee FC.

Obileye was on for the entire duration of the game, made five clearances and blocked a shot

Right Midfield – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC)

The Nigerian international was a thorn in the flesh of Kayserispor as he led league-leading Trabzonspor team to stage a 3-2 comeback victory.

Anthony Nwakaeme assisted Djaniny to level the scores before scoring a stoppage time winner via the penalty spot.

The Nigerian delivered his 9th assist and 9th goal of the Turkish Super Lig this season. 

Centre Midfield – Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC)

The 21-year-old Nigeria international was the shining light in a Royal Antwerp team that crumbled 4-1 to Club Brugge last weekend. He was on for the entirety of the game, having a pass rate of 92%, 1 key pass, 3 accurate long balls, won 7 out of 9 duels and made 4 tackles.

Centre Midfield – Abdul Ajagun (Al Hilal Omduran FC)

The former Nigerian youth International played 90 minutes and ran the show for his side in the 2-1 loss to Al-Merrikh. Despite him ending up on the losing side, the Nigerian was superb as he got a 7.7 match rating. 

Left Midfield – Noah Bazee (Augsburg FC)

Former Super Eagles invitee, Noel Sarenren Bazee was the hero for Augsburg as he scored a 75th-minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund.

It was the first goal the Nigeria international has netted in 13 appearances, all as a substitute.

Left Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Super Eagles new boy Sadiq Umar, was in a sensational mood when Almeria took on Fuenlabrada in the La Liga Smartbank.

He scored one goal and assisted another to lead Almeria to a 3-1 victory over Fuenlabrada, moving them to the top of the Segunda league in their pursuit of promotion to La Liga.

Right Forward – Tolu Arokodare (Amiens SC)

Former Golden Eaglets invitee, Tolu Arokodare, bagged two goals this past weekend for his French employers. Amiens defeated Nimes 3-0 in the French Ligue 2 on Saturday evening.

The lanky striker scored his goals in the 68th and 84th minutes respectively. His brace takes his league tally to seven in a total of 22 matches.

Centre Forward – Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk)

Super Eagles forward, Paul Onuachu scored the first goal and assisted the second as Genk defeated Kortrijk 2-0.

The lanky forward maintained his excellent form as he assisted his team in their recovery from last week’s setback.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

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

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

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

Goalkeeper – Jerry Isaac (MFM FC)

Enyimba could not get a win for a dominant and spirited performance as it ended 1-1 against MFM FC at the Enyimba Stadium on Saturday evening. Jerry Isaac was a rock between the post for MFM as he made several saves in the game including a powerful header from substitute Godwin Emmanuel inside the box in the 81st minute. 

Left Centre Back – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto)

Sanusi had a beautiful performance as he helped FC Porto secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Moreirense.

The win helped the Dragons maintained their lead as table toppers with 63 points, that’s 6 points better than second place Sporting Lisbon.

Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers FC)

At the left-hand side of the defence, Calvin was brilliant as his Scottish side Rangers FC came from a goal down to share the spoils away at Dundee United. 

In the 1-1 to draw, Calvin provided the assist to Joe Aribo ‘s equaliser.

Right Centre Back – Ayo Obileye (Livingston FC)

Ayo Obileye equally had a good shift in the Scottish Professional Football League as his side Livingston FC picked up one point at home to St Mirren.

Obileye before being subbed off in the 75th ensured the opposition attack had nothing to feed on.

Left Midfield – Moses Simon (FC Nantes)

The Nigerian international was a delight to watch on Saturday evening as he terrorised the Parisians on the road to a stunning home win

Nantes winger Moses Simon set a new assist-landmark after providing the opening goal in his side’s 3-1 victory over Paris St-Germain yesterday.

Moses delivered his 7th assist of the French Ligue 1 season. 

Centre Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)

The 25-year-old Nigeria international rescued a point for the Gers against the Terrors at Tannadice Park after he scored in the 76th minute to cancel out Ross Graham’s 29th-minute opener.

Aribo has now scored seven top-flight goals for the Gers from 25 appearances, and his latest display has left many fans with mixed feelings.

Centre Midfield – Innocent Bonke (Lorient FC)

Innocent Bonke played 90 minutes of his side’s 0-1 loss to Montpellier. Despite him ending up on the losing side, the Nigerian was superb as he got a 7.0 rating. 

Right Midfield – Ademola Lookman (Leicester City FC)
Ademola Lookman goal vs Wolves
FEBRUARY 20: Ademola Lookman of Leicester City scores their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 20, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman followed up his good outing in the Europa League where he bagged an assist with another impressive display for Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

He scored his club’s sole goal in the 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Left Forward – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)

Emmanuel Dennis’s late header saw struggling Watford win 1-0 at Aston Villa as Roy Hodgson recorded his first win in charge of the Hornets.

The visitors’ hopes of staying in the Premier League had largely been written off by most after a dreadful recent run had seen them lose 10 of their last 12 games in all competitions heading to Villa Park – a sequence of results that had led to Hodgson’s arrival at the club

Right Forward – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor)STAR OF THE WEEK

Anthony Nwakaeme returned to scoring form as he netted two goals in Trabzonspor’s 4-0 win away to Chidozie Awaziem’s in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday. 

Centre Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Nigeria international Umar Sadiq continued with his goal-scoring form in Spain after he grabbed two goals in Almeria’s 2-1 Segunda Division victory against Mirandes on Saturday.

Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes
FEBRUARY 20: Sadiq Umar celebrates his first goal against CD Mirandes. Photo Credit: La Liga Smartbank

The 25-year-old attacker grabbed the opener in the 69th minute before adding the second in the 72nd minute. Though Sergio Camello reduced the deficit for the away side in the added minutes, it was Almeria who held on to pick up their third straight victory in the league.

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