Obafemi Martins was not listed for his club, Rubin Kazan on the first day of the 2012/12 Russia Premier League season after the heroics of winning the Super Cup against Zenit St Petersburg two weeks ago. The league season has started earlier in Russia and Ukraine because they have to go on their winter breaks before other European leagues.
Martins is eying a call-up to the Super Eagles squad to face Liberia in September but may have to go out on loan to get more playing time though he has been priced out of a move to West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership.
Other Nigerians in Russia and Ukraine
Staying in Russia, another Super Eagles hopeful, Obinna Nsofor played all minutes and helped Locomotiv Moscow defeat Mordovia Saransk 3-2 away from home.
CSKA Moscow defeated Rostov 1-0 with the goal svcored by Serge Doumbia, Ahmed Musa made a cameo appearance for the goal scorer in added time in the second half.
In Ukraine, Lucky Idahor, 31, played for Zorya in their second match of the season and helped them to an away win over Metalurh Donetsk. He scored in the first match of the season against Metalurh Zaporizhya in the 93rd minute. Zorya are third on goals difference on the two-week table with maximum six points.
Michael Odibe did not feature for his new club, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk as they won 4-0 away against Metalurh Zaporizhya
Dnipropetrovsk is coached by former Spurs and Sevilla coach, Juande Ramos. Odibe played in the first match of the season, a 3-1 win at home against Tavriya as a substitute, coming on for Denys Oliynyk in the 69th minute.
Dele Adeleye played all 90 minutes in Tavriya's 1-0 loss at home to Metalist on Saturday.