Too Good, Too Bad: Nigerians in the playoffs

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  1. Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth
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    Nigerians in the playoffs

    The West African country has been ably represented in the Championship playoffs over the last couple of years. On Monday night, Victor Adeboyejo's Barnsley host Swansea City and Dominic Solanke's AFC Bournemouth battle Brentford in the other semi-final clash.
  2. Chuba Akpom
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    Too Good: Moses Odubajo/Chuba Akpom (Hull City, 2016)

    The Tigers sealed the last promotion slot to the Premier League five years ago in style, thanks to Moses Odubajo's defensive contribution that helped them keep clean sheets in all three matches.

    Akpom was only afforded seven minutes in the successful play-off campaign which came in the first-leg of Hull City's 3-0 win over Derby County while Odubajo played every minute.

    They secured a 4-0 aggregate win over Derby before edging Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Wembley in the final showdown.

  3. Nedum Onuoha of QPR
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    Too Good: Nedum Onuoha (QPR, 2014)

    Despite his struggles with injuries in the regular season, Onuoha played a crucial defensive role to help Queens Park Rangers win the 2014 Championship play-off final against Derby County.

    The ex-Manchester City star played the semi-final outings against Wigan Athletic which ended in a 2-1 aggregate victory.

  4. Josh Onomah, Fulham, Ethan Pinnock, Brentford, Championship play-off final 2019-20
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    Too Good: Josh Onomah (Fulham, 2020)

    As recently as last July, the Anglo-Nigerian midfielder inspired the Cottagers' play-off conquest with his opening strike in the first-leg of their semi-final win at Cardiff City which ended 2-0.

    The away win gave Fulham an edge as they suffered a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture, however, they set up a tense final with Brentford.

    Onomah played 110 minutes of football as Fulham secured promotion to the English top-flight with a 2-1 win after extra time.

  5. Kelvin Etuhu, Bury
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    Too Bad: Kelvin Etuhu (Cardiff City, 2010)

    Etuhu started all of Cardiff City's play-off games from the bench and unfortunately, they missed out on the promotion slot after a 3-2 defeat to Blackpool in the final.

    He was introduced as a 15th-minute substitute for injured Jay Bothroyd at Wembley but the former Manchester City loanee failed to make an impact as the Bluebirds gave up their ninth-minute opener and conceded three goals in the first half.

     

  6. Sam Sodje
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    Too Bad: Sam Sodje (West Brom, 2007)

    Following their fourth-place finish in the regular Championship season, the former Super Eagles centre-back was close to helping West Bromwich Albion win the play-offs during his only season at the club.

    Sodje helped the Baggies stop Seyi Olofinjana's Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-final but they crashed to a 1-0 loss against Derby County in the final.

    He was booked twice in three matches during the play-off.