Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Nigerians Abroad

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Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

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    #5 Too Good: Semi Ajayi

    While Rotherham United’s defeat by Norwich City was predicted, few expected Ajayi to hit the back of the net yet again.

    The 2-1 loss did end the Millers’ two-month long unbeaten home record at New York Stadium, but the central defender – who’s been deployed at the base of the midfield recently – restored parity for a brief moment early in the second-half.

    As unbelievable as it sounds, it was Ajayi’s sixth goal in his last five appearances (and seventh league goal of the campaign). Even though the run isn’t expected to last, those goals may prove vital by the season's end.

    The defeat wasn’t fatal to Paul Warne side’s chances of survival, though, as Reading could only draw at Stoke City to move one point ahead of Ajayi and co.

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    #4 Too Bad: Ola Aina

    Before a ball was kicked, Torino appeared surefire favourites to secure maximum points against a relegation-threatened Bologna side.

    However, the away side stunned The Bull at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino 3-2 to boost their survival hopes.

    For Aina, his sending off in the closing stages of the game highlighted the frustration Walter Mazzarri’s side felt at the result.

    Having seen the Red and Blues reduced to 10 men minutes before the clock hit 90, it was ill-advised by the left wing-back to then receive two yellows when his side could’ve pressed home their advantage in the little time they had left.

    Mazzarri’s side dropped out of the top six to eighth place following the home defeat.

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    #3 Too Good: Victor Moses

    Fenerbahce knew the importance of a win before Sivasspor’s visit, and they got just that in dramatic fashion at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

    The Yellow Canaries fell behind in the 73rd minute, which might have led to heads dropping in disappointment, but the home side showed their mettle in turning the game around.

    Moses played a part in the turnaround, and it was his assist for Roberto Soldado, seconds after falling behind, that brought the sides level. Ersun Yanal’s team went on to win it in with four minutes of normal time to play to move four points clear of danger.

    On a personal front, it was good to see an improvement from Moses following his atrocious performance against Istanbul Basaksehir a week earlier.

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    #2 Too Bad: Kenneth Omeruo

    Leganes’ record at Municipal de Butarque had been the biggest reason for their surge up the table and away from danger in recent weeks.

    Nonetheless, Girona inflicted their second home defeat of the season, and a first since Villarreal’s 1-0 win in September, as it ended 2-0.

    Omeruo wasn’t as dominant as he’d have liked given he was second-best in a plethora of duels over the course of the game. The central defender was also guilty of losing possession a couple of times, which put pressure on the defence.

    His booking on the hour mark for persistent fouling didn’t help his cause either as he walked a tightrope for the final 30 minutes of the encounter.

    Lega dropped to 14th after the defeat on home turf.

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    #1 Too Good: Anthony Nwakaeme

    Nwakaeme continued his rich vein of form by scoring the only goal in Trabzonspor’s 1-0 win over BB Erzurumspor.

    The frontman has now scored eight times in 19 league appearances, which is a more than decent return for someone often deployed on the wing. He’s also hit the back of the net in three successive league games, four if cup games are thrown in, and is looking unstoppable at the moment.

    Trabzonspor’s slender win keeps them four points behind Besiktas in third.