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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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Tom Dele-Bashiru goals vs Peterborough United

Tom Dele-Bashiru goals vs Peterborough United

Tom Dele-Bashiru gets off the mark for Reading, with a brace in their 3-1 EFL Championship victory over Peterborough United.

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Tom Dele-Bashiru goals vs Peterborough United

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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.