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

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: Tammy Abraham

    Aston Villa were enduring a miserable afternoon with ten minutes to play at home this weekend, as they trailed Sheffield United by three at Villa Park, with fans filing out en masse.

    However, an amazing final ten minutes saw the Villans hit three goals to rescue the points.

    Abraham was one of the protagonists in the fightback with his strike in the 86th minute halving the deficit to 3-2, before the eventual equalizer in stoppage time. The forward has now scored 20 times in the league and is by no means done yet.

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    #4 Too Bad: Anthony Nwakaeme

    It was a day to forget for Trabzonspor when they fell to a meek 3-1 defeat at Galatasaray.

    Nwakaeme may have recorded an assist for Hugo Rodallega’s strike, but his all-round performance was atrocious.

    Besides missing a big chance to find the back of the net himself, the attacker was guilty of losing possession time and again.

    Equally, he lost out time and again in his personal battles, and seemed incapable of helping out defensively.

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    #3 Too Good: Ola Aina

    With Cristian Ansaldi returning to left wing-back for Torino, Aina was deployed on the right flank for the visit of Udinese.

    The Chelsea loanee rewarded Walter Mazzarri’s faith by scoring the only goal of the game on half-hour to nick a 1-0 win.

    While his game was almost marred by the concession of a penalty, which Salvatore Sirigu saved to spare his blushes, the wideman was generally solid before his withdrawal in the 89th minute.

    He was successful with all attempted tackles, while making a glut of clearances to relieve the pressure on his team, as well as making crucial interceptions in key moments.

    The wideman’s first goal since making the temporary switch saw the Bull move to eighth in the table, only four points off Atalanta in sixth.

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    #2 Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    While Aina thrived for the hosts, his compatriot, Troost-Ekong turned in a labored performance.

    The centre-back lost several individual contests all game, and didn’t seem able to play fair given his penchant for committing fouls from time to time, leading to his eventual booking.

    The Little Zebras’ 12th league defeat of the campaign sees them sat in 16th, two places and a point above danger. 

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    #1 Too Good: Chuba Akpom

    In the biggest game of the weekend in Greece’s Super League, PAOK played host to Olympiacos in a battle between first and second respectively.

    With only six points separating the pair before kickoff, the home side knew a win would place them in the driver’s seat going forward. They duly obliged, and Akpom was central to their eventual 3-1 success. 

    The forward played in Diego Biseswar for the home side’s second in the 19th minute before scoring himself with eight minutes of normal time to play, consequently taking him to four league goals in 10 games.

    Having failed to claim success in the Greek top flight since 1985, Razvan Lucescu’s charges have now opened up a nine-point advantage and are on course to end a 34-year drought.