Five outstanding Nigerian players at the weekend

In this week’s instalment of the outstanding five Nigerian players, three Nigerian forwards who scored a brace made the list while a former U-20 player caught the eye with his performance and his howitzer from his left boot. And rounding off the list is a former Shooting stars player turning heads in the Egyptian Premier League.

Sylvester Igboun
After playing 15 games as a centre-forward, Igboun had a positional change to the left side of attack two weeks ago in their loss to Akhmat Grozny. But in his second game, as a left forward, Sly delivered his best performance yet for Sergei Semak’s men scoring a double and laying on an assist.

Igboun scored the opener in the 53rd minute amidst a cluster of bodies in the box. He rose to plant a firm header onto a floated cross from Bojan Jokic to score the first of his two goals in Ufa’s win over Amkar Perm. The second goal was one of immense quality.

A pass was played from inside Ufa’s box into space; Sly started his run from deep within his own half, he beat the onrushing goalkeeper in a footrace to the ball and dribbled past him, aware the window to get a shot in was closing down with defenders getting back into position, the forward barely having a look at the post, bent an astounding strike from the wide left area with his less-favoured left foot from 25 yards out into the gaping post. Sheer beauty!

His assist further punctuated his brilliance and technical quality as he bested a defender to deliver a low cross for Ivan Oblyakov to score FC Ufa’s third goal. Sly has scored six goals this season for the sixth-placed Ufa in the Russian Premier League.

Bartholomew Ogbeche

Bartholomew Ogbeche

With six goals in his last three Eredivisie matches, Ogbeche is on an enviable purple patch. The striker delivered a brace in Willem’s 3-1- victory over Heracles at the weekend and certainly will hope to keep up his goalscoring form. Ogbeche could have gotten his first goal of the game as early as the second minute but he was few inches away from getting on the end of a low cross into the box. He got his first however in the 13th minute when he drilled a header in at the back post from Thom Haye’s deep cross.

Nine minutes after, Ogbeche got his second goal when he finished past the goalkeeper with a well-placed shot into the bottom corner from his team-mate’s cutback in the 22nd minute. The striker has two goals from his four appearances with the Super Eagles.

Chico Ofoedu


Chikeluba ‘Chico’ Ofoedu produced a remarkable performance in Eskisehirspor’s 4-0 win over Samsunspor weighing in with two goals in the fixture. The former Enugu Rangers striker has scored four goals in his last three games in the second division of the Turkish League system.

The forward opened the scoring with a mouth-gaping goal in the 38th minute when he received the ball at the edge of the box on the right side, shimmied briefly to create a shooting opportunity and unbelievably curled the ball in with his less dominant left foot.

The 25-year old wrapped up his team’s scoring in the 78th minute when he shot under the goalkeeper from an acute angle.

Eskisehirspor are 14th on the log in the TFF 1 Lig table with 15 points from 14 matches played.

Abdul Ajagun
After coming off the bench in the past two League games to play a combined 11 minutes, Ajagun was thrust back into the starting lineup by Glen De Boeck in Kortrijk’s match against Waasland-Beveren. The former Dolphins midfielder repaid his new manager’s faith in him with a goal and an assist in De Kerels victory.

Ajagun opened the scoring in the 6th minute, blasting a thunderous strike from outside the area after Beveren failed to properly clear a corner kick. The attacking midfielder walloped the loose ball to score his third goal of the season. Ajagun was involved in a counterattacking move that produced Kortrijk’s third goal. The 24-year old slipped Idir Ouali the ball to score his second of the game.

Junior Ajayi
Should have scored when he got to the ball ahead of the ENPPI’s goalkeeper outside the area but the forward still had loads to do with as he was backing the goal and a number of defenders were in a position to defend the goal. His chip shot on the turn dragged wide of the post. On the 38th minute, he played a one-two with Abdallah El-Said, adjusted his body for the shot on the run-up to Said’s return pass then curled a magnificent first-time curler into the corner of the post to score his third goal of the season.

The former Shooting stars player also had a hand in the Al Ahly’s third goal. Sprinting onto a through ball on the left, the forward’s low centre into the box was deflected onto the upright but his teammate Walid Azarou was on hand to head home the rebound.

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