Iwobi, Iheanacho, Musa extend drought target

Nigerian players faced rigorous testing in Europe as Joe Aribo’s Saints fell to a resurgent devil, while Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa all failed to find the back of the net in over 100 days.


Joe Aribo (Southampton)

Super Eagles star Joe Aribo came close to scoring his second goal of the season but was denied by David De Gea when Southampton suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in their Premier League game against Manchester United at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

The Nigeria international’s brilliant header was pushed back by De Gea in the 66th minute and it proved to be Southampton’s last real chance of the game as United held on to a crucial win.

Aribo completed 85% of his passes, including one key pass. He also won six of the twelve games, although his performance was not enough to give Southampton the victory over the men of Ten Hag.

Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal for the visitors five minutes before the end.

Alex Iwobic (Everton), Frank Onyeka (Brentford)

Everton failed to secure their first Premier League win of the season thanks to a late equalizer by Vitaly Janelt in a 1-1 draw at Brentford Community Stadium, bringing the Toffees’ winless streak to Brentford, which dates back to 1952. was further extended. .

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Super Eagles midfielders Alex Iwobi and Frank Onyeka were offered contrasting roles in the game, with Iwobi playing Frank Lampard’s men as Onyeka watched from the sidelines.

Earlier in the week, Iwobi was recognized for his brilliance as he made the round of 32 Carabao Cup team, but was caught watching the ball and failed to react to defend Janelt in the run-up to the equaliser.

The midfielder extended his goal drought in the EPL to 163 days.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

Super Eagles stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi came off the bench for Leicester City, but the Foxes suffered a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in their Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.

Iheanacho and Ndidi didn’t start the match as Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers went with a 4-5-1 formation, with Jamie Vardy in the lead.

However, the Nigerians were unable to equalize for the away side despite playing against ten men as Chelsea clung to their second win of the season.

Iheanacho had a chance to find the back of the net in the 73rd minute, but his first shot went just inches wide after beating Edouard Mendy, marking 118 days since he last scored a goal for Leicester scored.

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English Championship

Semi Ajayic (West Brom)

Semi Ajayi played from start to finish in West Bromwich Albion’s 2-2 draw against Huddersfield, earned a yellow card in the 95th minute and was unable to take on England-Nigerian Faustino Anjourin, who struck twice in the match.



Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes)

Kenneth Omeruo started in Leganes’ 1-0 defeat to Lugo in the Spanish second division, making it four consecutive defeats for Leganes and Omeruo’s third. They are 19th on the table and their chances of returning to the top seem slim.


Cyriel Dessers, David Okereke (Cremonese)

Three goals were scored when Cremonese hosted Torino at Giovanni Zini Stadium and while Nigerian forwards Cyriel Dessers and David Okereke didn’t bother the goalscorers, Dessers was able to contribute.

Dessers assisted Leonardo Sernicola in the 80th minute to pull one back for Cremonese after conceding two goals via Nikola Vlasic in the 17th minute and Nemanja Radonjic in the 65th minute.


Paul Onuachu (Genk)

Paul Onuachu’s services were not missed, as Genk walked away 4-0 winners to RFC Seraing at the Stade du Pairay site.

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The star man is reportedly injured as he is still linked with a move from the Belgian side as the transfer window nears its end.


Chidera Ejuke (Hertha Berlin), Afeez Aremu (St Pauli)

Chidera Ejuke was neither a starter nor on the bench for Hertha Berlin’s home game against Borussia Dortmund. Hertha fought valiantly against Dortmund but eventually succumbed to a 1-0 defeat thanks to a 32nd minute goal from Anthony Modeste.

Afeez Aremu was in St. Pauli’s match roster, but remained an unused substitute in Sunday’s Oliseh squad and was forced to watch an entertaining 2-2 thriller as the second division team came back twice to equalize.


Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagümrük) in the 67th minute

Ahmed Musa came on for Karagümrük in the 67th minute with his team leading 3-1 and was unable to increase the score as the game ended 4-1.

However, the striker earned a yellow card for going into an opponent 92 minutes into the game.

Musa has been unable to find the back of the net in front of Karagümrük for 182 days now.

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