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Nigerians abroad: Iwobi, Nnadozie, Ajibade, Oshoala contribute to club wins; Osimhen, Chukwueze struggle



Highlights some of the best club performances from Nigerian players in Europe on Saturday, September 16, 2023.

It begins in the England Championship, where Bristol City and West Brom played out a goalless draw at Ashton Gate Stadium. Semi Ajayi and Josh Maja featured for West Brom.

Elsewhere, Jamilu Collins claimed an assist in Cardiff City’s 2-0 win over Swansea City.

In the Premier League, Alex Iwobi made his club debut as Fulham narrowly defeated Luton Town 1-0 at Craven Cottage. Calvin Bassey came off the bench for Fulham.


In France, Paris FC had an impressive start to their Feminine Division 1 campaign, beating Lille 4-0 at Complexe Sportif Stadium 2. Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie played a pivotal role for Paris FC, helping them secure their first clean sheet of the season.

Saint-Étienne, with Regina Otu and Amanda Mbadi in their ranks, could not stop Rofiat Imuran and Stade de Reims from winning 2-0 at home.

In Italy, Samuel Chukwueze experienced his first defeat with AC Milan as they suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to city rivals Inter Milan.

Victor Osimhen’s Napoli fought back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw against Genoa, with the Nigerian striker failing to find the net.

In Serie B, David Okereke came off the bench to assist Cremonese in a 2-2 away draw with Reggiana.


In Armenia, Yusuf Otubanjo scored his seventh goal in six games, leading Pyunik to a 3-0 victory over BKMA.

In Belgium’s First Division A, Tolu Arokodare came off the bench to provide an assist in Genk’s 2-0 away win at Union Saint-Gilloise.

Raphael Onyedika put on a strong midfield performance as Club Brugge won 4-2 against Sporting Charleroi.

In Moldova, Peter Ademo scored for Sheriff in their 5-1 victory over Floreşti.

In Norway’s Eliteserien, Samuel Adebegbenro provided an assist in Viking’s impressive 2-0 away win against Haugesund.


In Serbia, Sunday Adetunji scored the winning goal for Cukaricki in their unexpected 2-1 home victory over Red Star Belgrade, featuring Peter Olayinka.

In the Slovakian Super Liga, Philip Azango scored his first league goal for Spartak Trnava in a thrilling 4-3 away win against Zemplín Michalovce.

In Spain, Atletico Madrid began their Primera División Femenina campaign with a convincing 3-0 home win over Athletic Club, with Rasheedat Ajibade influential in the final third.

Defending champions, Barcelona secured an excellent 2-0 away win against bitter rivals Madrid, with Asisat Oshoala coming off the bench to score Barcelona’s second goal. Oshoala was the club’s top scorer last season, with her 21 goals helping Barcelona win the league title.

In the Swedish Ettan, Emmanuel Igbonekwu scored a brace to help ten-man Olympic earn a 2-2 draw at Ljungskile.


John Junior netted his 16th goal of the Ettan league campaign, leading Sandviken to a straightforward 3-0 win at Täby. The win extended league leaders Sandviken’s lead to 7 points over second-place Dalkurd.

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