Awoniyi, Okereke, Ordega, others light up Europe with goals

Nigerian football stars posted outstanding performances for their respective clubs across the globe, over the weekend. JOHNNY EDWARD brings you the top performers


Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest)

Awoniyi scored on his first start for Nottingham Forest, who defeated West Ham 1-0 at City Ground on Sunday with his only shot on target.

In the process, he becomes the 37th Nigerian to score in the English elite division.

The Nigerian striker, who played for 72 minutes, scored in first half additional time to hand Forest their first EPL win in 23 years.

The strike was Forest’s first Premier League goal at The City Ground since Chris Bart-Williams’ winner against Leicester City in May 1999.

Awoniyi, who was replaced by Sam Surridge, had a pass accuracy of 72 per cent, 16 passes, 30 touches and suffered three fouls in the encounter.

Iheanacho, Ndidi (Leicester City)

Wilfred Ndidi made his second start of the Premier League season for Leicester, who suffered a 4-2 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

The former Genk man had two clearances, two tackles and 87 per cent pass accuracy. His compatriot, Iheanacho, came on for Jamie Vardy in the 70th minute for his second substitute appearance this season and made an assist for James Maddison’s goal four minutes later.

Alex Iwobi (Everton)

Iwobi played the entire duration of Everton’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. Danny Ings and Emiliano Buendia scored to get Aston Villa’s Premier League…

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