Nigerian players' (clubs) weekend ratings


Nigerian players were in action for their various clubs over the weekend.

See below how some of them got on:

DEFENCE

Daniel Akpeyi (6) : Daniel continues to be first choice as his decent display against Platinum Stars this weekend helped his team maintain a 3:3 draw until the final whistle in South Africa. Akpeyi is not as unreliable as his demeanour often suggests.

Ola Aina (5): The Super Eagles defender endured a miserable weekend as he saw his side throw away the lead to lose 2:1 to Preston. Hull are now in the relegation spot in the English tier 2 league. Aina did what was expected of him with nothing noteworthy to report.

Kenneth Omeruo (7) – Consistency continues to come the way of Omeruo who was solid at the back for his team Kasimpasa in Turkey as they defeated Akhisarspor 2:0. Kenneth lasted 90 minutes.

Leon Balogun (0) – The Super Eagles rock of Gibraltar was not that solid as he failed to make the starting line-up for his club this weekend.

Efe Ambrose (7) – It lends much credit to Efe Ambrose and his fellow defenders that Hibbs only conceded 1 goal against their rampant hosts Rangers who had 17 shots at goal. Efe was unyielding at the back as his team somehow ran away 2:1 winners.

William Troost-Ekong (5) – William was part of a defence that allowed a very late goal to be conceded in the 92nd minute as his side drew 2:2 against mighty Besiktas in Turkey.

Shehu Abdullahi (5) – Shehu, who was deployed as a defensive midfield, was booked as his side Bursaspor threw away the lead to draw 2:2 with former Man City’s Alvaro Negredo’s Besiktas.

MIDFIELD

Wilfred Ndidi (7) – Another uncompromising display from Ndidi who continues to develop in his role as a top quality defensive midfield. Wilfred would have capped another solid display with a goal for Leicester but his effort was cancelled due to an offside situation in the build up.

Kelechi Nwakali (6) – With his team already leading 1:0 Nwakali was introduced in 63 minutes to steady the midfield and inject more creativity. Aberdeen will go on to win 3:0 against Hamilton.

Joel Obi (6) - Joel made his 10th start for Torino who played a 1-1 draw away to Sampdoria. He was steady and would hope his injury days are behind him

ATTACK

Alex Iwobi (8) – What a match the attacking midfielder had for his London club Arsenal. Iwobi used his body well to shield opposing players and instigated quite a lot of attacking moves. The 21 year old former England U-16 youth international kept the game fluid with neat give-and-go moves – really an asset.

Kelechi Iheanacho (7) – Riyad Mahrez’s AWOL meant the opportunity for a rare start for Kelechi in Leicester’s match against Swansea and the U-17 world cup winner took the opportunity well. One assist and one effort on goal that was cleared off the line were the key highlights of his game. Iheanacho also combined well with Vardy and Diabate upfront.

Taiwo Awoniyi (5) – The Super Eagles hopeful’s barren run in front of goal continued as he failed to find the back of the net again for his Belgian club. Coming off the bench in 58 minutes, Taiwo linked up well up front on occasions with no end product though as his side lost 1:0 to Genk.

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