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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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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

Simy Nwankwo scored his first goal for Salernitana in their Italian Serie A Matchday 8 fixture against Spezia. The goal was assisted by compatriot, Joel Obi.

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

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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.

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

Simy Nwankwo was on target again for the sixth game in a row, as Crotone fell to a in their 3-2 Italian Serie A defeat against Spezia.

The 28-year old Super Eagles forward now has 16 goals in the league this season for the relegation-bound side.

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Spezia

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Simy Nwankwo goals vs Napoli

Simy Nwankwo scored twice for Crotone in their 4-3 Serie A defeat vs Napoli. The 28-year old now has 15 league goals for Crotone this season.

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Simy Nwankwo goals vs Napoli

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Simy Nwankwo nets twice in Crotone’s defeat

Simy Nwankwo scored twice for FC Crotone in their narrow 3-2 Serie A defeat vs S.S. Lazio.
Crotone continue to struggle in their fight against relegation as they have picked up just six points from the last available thirty.

Simy Nwankwo’s 12 league goals for Crotone this season make him the highest scoring Nigerian International ever in a single Italian Serie A season.

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Simy Nwankwo goals vs Lazio


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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Atalanta

Simy Nwankwo was on target for FC Crotone in their [5-1] Italian Serie A defeat Atalanta.

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Atalanta

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Simy Nwankwo goals vs Benevento

Simy Nwankwo scored twice to lead FC Crotone to a comfortable victory in the Italian Serie A. His first goals from open play since October.

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Simy Nwankwo goals vs Benevento

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Weekend Review: Talking points on Super Eagles in Europe.

Another game week brought novel dimensions with regards to Nigerian Players. Paul Onuachu, being central, continued his goal-reverberating form as he walloped two past Cercle Brugge. Alex Iwobi’s Everton fell disappointingly to Leeds, while troubles hound up for Simeon Nwankwo’s Crotone as the fight against relegation beckons.

Onuachu continues to defy available excuses for absence in national team set up.

Before the eightieth minute against Cercle Brugge, Nigerian forward, Paul Onuachu had already inflicted the damage, a clinical one meticulously executed to catapult as high on top scorers rankings. Having netted a brace, Paul added yet, another statement about a necessary inclusion in the national set up. He has unfortunately been victimized by tactical excuses, perhaps as a result of an odd characteristics, which ironically should be an advantage. With 12 goals in 14 matches, it dawns that Paul might set a horizon for a tactical change that must compulsorily suit his style.

Paul Onuachu
Paul Onuachu

Full Time: Cercle Brugge 1 vs KRC Genk 5

Zaidu Sanusi’s impressive performances enough to cement first team status.

Riding on a goal-scoring effort in the UEFA Champions League last week, Sanusi capped a personally successful week in style. He formed a solid partnership with Malang Sarr in the 1 nil weekend win and made three decisive clearances. it seems Zaidu wouldn’t let anything past him, not even a whiff of air.

Zaidu Sanusi celebrates his goal for FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League match against Olympique de Marseille
Zaidu Sanusi celebrates his goal for FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League match against Olympique de Marseille

Santa Clara 0 vs Porto 1

Iwobi continues a search for tactical identity as distraught results drowns Crotone.

Iwobi’s Everton and Simeon Nwakwo’s Crotone saw respective regressions in results. Everton lost to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, further accentuating any attempt of providing a Leicester-esque model of winning the English Premier League title. Everton failed to replicate the brilliant performance against Fulham the last weekend as Iwobi played only 45 minutes. Meanwhile, Crotone continue to struggle in the Italian Serie A, as they remain winless after 9 games.

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

Bologna 1 vs Crotone 0, Everton 0 vs leeds 1

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Atalanta

Simy Nwankwo scored his third goal of the season in FC Crotone’s [1-2] Serie A defeat vs Atalanta.

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Simy Nwankwo goal vs Atalanta

Simy Nwankwo goal vs Atalanta

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