• Osimhen marks 100th club career goal
• Emegha finds net in France, Adams falls short
The weekend witnessed another round of standout performances from Nigerian talents abroad, including Victor Osimhen’s milestone goal in his club career. Here’s the recap by ABIODUN ADEWALE:
VICTOR OSIMHEN (NAPOLI) – The reigning top scorer of the Italian Serie A, Osimhen, continues to solidify his club career as he secured his 100th club career goal during Napoli’s encounter with Sassuolo on Sunday. The striker confidently converted a penalty in the 16th minute to reach this remarkable milestone. Osimhen has previously netted 61 goals for Napoli, 18 for Lille in France, and 20 for RSC Charleroi in Belgium. His century of goals has come over 193 appearances for these clubs combined.
TOM DELE-BASHIRU (WATFORD) – Fresh off his recent record for the fastest Championship goal, Dele-Bashiru retained his starting position for Watford on Sunday. Unfortunately, his team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Blackburn at Vicarage Road, with Ryan Hedges scoring for the visitors in the second half.
AKOR ADAMS (Montpellier) – Ligue 1’s emerging star, Adams, faced his first goalless match of the season as his team, Montpellier, endured an unexpected 3-1 home loss to Reims on matchday three. Although Adams has already scored three times this season, he couldn’t find the target in this match. Mousa Al-Taamari reduced the deficit for the hosts in the first half, but Reims secured their victory in the second.
EMANUEL EMEGHA (STRASBOURG) – Another talent of Nigerian descent, Emanuel Emegha, made his presence felt in Ligue 1 by netting a goal in Strasbourg’s 2-0 victory at home against Toulouse. Emegha struck in the 52nd minute, contributing to their win alongside Jeanricner Bellegarde’s goal. This marked his second appearance of the season.
CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM (BOAVISTA) – Super Eagles defender Awaziem played the full game as his team, Boavista, played to a 1-1 draw against Casa Pia AC in the Portuguese topflight. Although Casa Pia took the lead through Clayton Fernandes Silva, Boavista managed to equalize with a goal from right back Pedro Malheiro in the 79th minute. Awaziem and Boavista share the top spot on the table with seven points from three games.
SAVIOUR GODWIN (CASA PIA AC) – Another Nigerian, Godwin, faced Awaziem as his side, Casa Pia AC, clashed with Boavista. Godwin displayed an impressive performance and was substituted in the 88th minute. Casa Pia currently ranks seventh with four points from three games.
TOCHI CHUKWUANI (LYNGBY) – Chukwuani, at the age of twenty, maintained his starting position but couldn’t prevent Lyngby from a 1-0 loss to Aarhus Gymnastikforening. The hosts secured the lead with an early sixth-minute goal from Patrick Mortensen. Chukwuani had previously scored a goal this season.
TIJANI, OGBU (SLAVIA PRAGUE) – Striker Muhammed Tijani and defender Igoh Ogbu both represented Slavia Prague in their sixth match-day clash against Jablonec. Tijani remained goalless this time and received a yellow card in the first half. Ogbu also received a caution in the second half.
AKERE, NADI (BOTEV PLOVDIV) – Samuel Akere, a lesser-known player recently invited to Nigeria’s U-23 side, featured for Botev Plovdiv in Bulgaria’s top tier, contributing to their 1-1 draw against Etar. His compatriot, Tochukwu Nadi, an unused substitute, joined the team. Plovdiv’s goal was scored by Ivelin Popov in the 67th minute, with the hosts equalizing in the 74th minute through Nikolay Yankov. Akere, although yet to score, has appeared in all seven league games this season.