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There were no goals from Nigerian players in the English and Spanish leagues over the weekend

ENGLAND

Victor Anichebe did not get among the goals against Swansea on Saturday as Everton played out a 0-0 draw.

With four goals in six for the Nigerian and very good words been said about his potential to finally develop into the world-class centre forward that David Moyes had always envisaged, Anichebe had two chances in the game to score but he was foiled by Swansea goalkeeper, Michel Vorm.

In the second minute, his right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner and then in the 30th' minute, a powerful header from inside the box was again saved by Vorm. Anichebe was replaced by Apostolos Vellios in the 84th minute

Peter Odemwingie is in the transfer news as Queens Park Rangers made a bid for the striker and the bid which was about $3.2 million was rejected though West Brom expect a higher bid in the next days.

In West Brom’s match away at Reading, they led 2-0 before capitulating in the last 11 minutes to lose 3-2.

And maybe because of the speculations, Odemingie was left out of the squad that travelled to the Madejski Stadium. Newly transferred Nigerian midfielder to Reading, Hope Akpan was on the bench for the duration of the game.

Championship

Hull City suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday with Sone Aluko playing all 90 minutes for the promotion chasers. Aluko had a chance to score in the 56tminute by his goal-bound header was deflected for a corner kick.

The Nigerian left-footer has scored eight goals in 23 appearances for Hull who stay on 49 points after 27 matches, eight points adrift of leaders, Cardiff.

Danny Shittu played all 90 minutes for Millwall in their credible 1-1 away draw to Bolton Wanderers while Dickson Etuhu was missing for Blackburn Rovers in the 1-1 away draw to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


SPAIN

Obafemi Martins came on as a second half substitute for Levante as they lost 2-0 away to Real Betis.

Martins who just returned to Spain because of some tax issues in Nigeria did not come near scoring but tried to set up his team mates with superb passes which were wasted.

In the 49th minute, he released Nabil El Zhar, but the winger’s left footed shot from the right side of the box was blocked and then in the 57th, his flicked back header presented a one on one situation with Real Betis’ goalkeeper but Roger pulled his right footed shot very wide off the mark. Martins has scored six goals in 12 games for the Valencia-based side.

FRANCE

AS Nancy did not list Simon Zenke for their 2-2 home draw with Lille last Saturday and remain at the bottom of the table with 12 points from 20 matches.

Apam Onyekachi was on the pitch for all 90 minutes as Rennes were shocked at home by Bordeaux 2-0. Apam has become a regular in the Rennes side because of the departure of Ghanian John Boye to the Africa Cup of Nations Cup.Rennes stay sixth on the table with 32 points.

King Osanga was also not listed for Sochaux as they beat Olympique Marseille 3-1 on Sunday to record their fifth victory for the season. The former junior international has not played in Ligue 1 this season.

John Utaka helped Montpellier to a 2-0 win over Lorient last Saturday to move the defending champions to ninth on the table with 29 points.

Utaka almost opened the day’s goal account in the 21st minute when his right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box went very close. Utaka has scored thrice this term in 15 matches

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