Nigerians Abroad: Ik Uche scores first league goal and Ahmed Musa can’t stop scoring

There weren't too many Nigerian goals over the last weekend but Ik Uche scored for the first time for his newly promoted club in the Spanish Liga

Sone Aluko was on show for Hull City on Saturday as his team travelled to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City and Aluko should have given the Tigers the lead in the 31st minute when he went one-on-one with Joe Hart, but he missed the chance. City came back stronger in the second half and secured victory with goals from Alvaro Negredo and a sumptuous free kick from Yaya Toure.

Aluko came off in the 70th minute with a hamstring strain and was replaced by Stephen Quinn. The Nigerian had 92% accuracy from 38 touches and successfully completed four dribbles. He also had one shot and one tackle.

Peter Odemwingie is still frozen out at West Brom as the Baggies’ management will be wondering where their first league goal will come from. Stoke City are said to be ready with a $4 million bid that should see him move to the Brittania.

Victor Moses has moved to Anfield on a one-year loan while Mikel Obi played some minutes of the Uefa Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich last Friday which Chelsea lost on penalties.


Queens Park Rangers are top of the Championship table after another 1-0 away win over Leeds United on Saturday. Nedum Onuoha played in central defence and played all 90 minutes as the Harry Redknapp side mounts a challenge to come back to the Premiership at the first attempt.


Ahmed Musa just cannot stop scoring for CSKA Moscow at the moment and last Friday he scored the winner against Amker Perm. Musa scored the second goal and the winner for the defending league champions in the 77th minute. It was a right-footed shot from outside the box that beat Roman Gerus all hands down.

Amker had shocked the home team and their fans by going ahead in the first minute but Seydou Doumbia equalized in the 23rd before Musa got the winner. The Nigerian has now scored five times in seven league games. CSKA are now top of the league table with 17 points from seven matches. Anton Dzyuba leads the goal-scoring chart with seven goals though he has scored three penalty kicks while Musa has scored five goals from open play.

Musa had 93% pass accuracy from 24 touches while playing directly behind the main striker. He also attempted two shots from which he scored one.


Harmony Ikande scored his first league goal for Hoverla on Saturday but it was not enough as Vorskla ran away 2-1 victors. The Nigerian, playing his third league game, scored in the 55th minute for the home side to lead a fight back from being two goals down but the comeback could not be completed.

Brown Ideye was an unused substitute on Sunday when Dynamo Kiev were held to a 1-1 draw by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at the NSK Olimpijs Stadium in Kiev.

Lukman Haruna played all 90 minutes and was shown a yellow card in the 77th minute. The home side came from a goal down and equalized in the 65th minute through Andrei Yarmolenko.


Villarreal are the surprise team in La Liga with three wins out of three in their return to the top division. And that fairy tale continued on Saturday as they went away and thumped Osasuna 3-0. Ikechukwu Uche came on in the 73rd minute for Jonathan Pereira and scored two minutes afterwards with a jab off a Giovanni dos Santos cross to complete the rout.

Uche scored 14 goals in 32 league appearances for the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the Segunda division as they got promoted instantly after their demotion in the 2011/12 season. Uche after the match tweeted: “Great game, great win. Happy to get on the score sheet but the hard work continue.”

Real Betis gained their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw away to Espanyol on Sunday. Recalled Super Eagles midfielder, Nosa Igiebor played the 90 minutes. Igiebor had 84% pass accuracy from 76 touches and won 44% of his aerial duels.

He also contributed two shots while winning six tackles. He attempted a header in the 19th minute from inside the box that was close and his right-footed shot in the 38th minute from outside the box was saved.

Imoh Ezekiel played his sixth league game on Sunday against Kortrijk but could not add to his one league goal. Standard Liege beat Kortrijk 2-0 with goals from Paul M’Poku and Laurent Ciman to stay top of the league table. They are yet to concede a goal in the league after six matches. Igor de Camargo substituted Ezekiel in the 79th minute.

Michael Uchebo played for 70 minutes for Cercle Brugge as they earned a 1-1 draw at home to OH Leuven on Saturday. Junior Kabananga replaced Uchebo as the Nigerian striker continued to look for his first league goal.

Godfrey Oboabona could not make his debut for Caykur Rizespor on Sunday when they hosted Kayceri Erciyesspor at the Yeni Rize Sehir Stadium but former Enyimba striker, Uche Kalu featured from the start.

Uche was withdrawn in the 70th minute for Kagan Soylemezgiller. Uche is yet to score in the new season. Michael Eneramo was not listed for Besiktas on Sunday when they beat Gaziantepspor 2-0 with a brace from Hugo Almeida.

Fenerbahce put behind them their expulsion from Europe by putting five goals behind Sivasspor on Saturday.

Emmanuel Emenike started the encounter but did not score. He was substituted in the 81st minute while Joseph Yobo is still out injured and their compatriot, John Utaka played all 90 minutes for the away side.

Taye Taiwo helped Bursaspor to three precious away points against Antalyaspor on Saturday. Taiwo played all 90 minutes for Bursaspor while Isaac Promise was introduced for Antalyaspor in the 64th minute. Both Nigerians are yet to score in the new season.

Vincent Enyeama kept his third clean sheet in Ligue 1 on Saturday as Lille drew 0-0 away to Rennes. Enyeama made two saves in the match and he had 38 touches of the ball. Enyeama saved a header from Nélson Oliveira in the 12th minute and in the 68th minute saved a shot by Mevlut Erding to help his side to a point.

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