It was a Sunday of mixed performances for our Eagles in the diaspora. Here is a round-up of how our Naija Stars faired on Sunday across the world.
We start in England as Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was in Leicester City’s line-up but ended on the losing side, as they exit this season’s Emirates FA Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in Sunday’s quarter-final.
While Ndidi featured for 90 minutes Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute for Leicester.
After a goalless first half Chelsea eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Ross Barkley who came on before the start of the second half.
Over to Italy, Victor Moses bagged an assist as Inter Milan came from a goal down to record a 2-1 away win against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday night.
Moses, who started the game on the bench took the place of Antonio Candreva in the 69th minute before setting up Alessandro Bastoni for the winner three minutes from time.
Still, in Italy, William Troost-Ekong played for 66th minutes in Udinese’s 3-2 home loss to Atalanta.
Troost-Ekong was replaced by Rodrigo Becao.
The centre-back has made 24 league appearances for Udinese this season.
In La Liga, Samuel Chukuweze put up a fine performance as Villarreal recorded a 2-0 home win against Valencia at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday.
Chukwueze had a hand in Villarreal’s opening goal in the 14th minute, passing the ball to Gerrard Moreno, who set up Paco Alcacer for the game’s opening goal.
The 21-year-old was replaced in the 89th minute by Javier Ontiveros.
He has scored three goals and provided four assists for the Yellow Submarine this season.
Still, in La Liga, Ramon Azeez was an unused substitute in Granada’s 2-1 home defeat to Eibar.
Azeez has scored twice in 20 league appearances for Granada this season.
Over to the Turkish Super Lig, Henry Onyekuru was in action for 90 minutes as Galatasaray forced their hosts Istanbul Basaksehir to a 1-1 draw.
It was Onyekuru’s 10th league appearance for the league champions, with one goal to his name.
His compatriot Jesse Sekidika was an unused substitute in the game.
In Japan, Nigeria international Peter Utaka opened his account for Kyoto Sanga, whom he joined in January 2020, as they claimed a 2-0 win against Jubilo Iwata in a J League 2 match.
Twenty-eight minutes into the game, the Kyoto Sanga number 9 scored with a left-footed shot inside the box and doubled the advantage with another poacher’s finish in the 47th minute.
The best individual performance today wasn’t from Utaka but a certain Abah Samson Akoh, who bagged a hat-trick to help Kultsu register a 4-3 win vs PK Keski-Uusimaa in the Finnish Kakkonen.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring after nine minutes, got his second of the game in the 70th minute, and grabbed his hat-trick seven minutes from time. Compatriot Alexander Odeh was Kultsu’s other scorer, in the 31st minute.
Last season, Akoh was the top scorer in the third division with 30 goals, while Odeh found the net 13 times.
In the Norwegian top-flight, Molde maintained their 100 percent record in the new campaign by beating Stabaek 4-1 at the Aker Stadium.
Back from suspension and injury, Leke James made it two goals in as many games when he gave Molde a 3-0 lead just before the hour mark before Ohi Omoijuanfo scored from the spot in the 90th minute.
Finally, in the Albanian Superliga, former Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo netted a brace as KF Tirana, coached by ex-Nigeria international goalkeeper Ndubuisi Egbo, came from one goal down to beat Skënderbeu Korce 2-1 at Stadiumi Skenderbeu (Korce).
Ngoo equalised in the 71st minute and netted the winner six minutes later.