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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best and Worst of Nigerians Abroad

5:54 am AEST 13/9/22
Moses Simon, Umar Sadiq, Odion Ighalo
GOAL reviews the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend and picked out a few who must improve

GOAL analyses how talents from the West African side performed in various European countries.

Moses Simon was on target for Nantes in Ligue 1, while Kelechi Nwakali ended his goal drought in Spain.

Calvin Bassey played a crucial role in Ajax’s historic Dutch top-flight victory with Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo among the goal scorers as Al Hilal silenced Zamalek to win the Lusail Super Cup.

  • Moses Simon of Nantes and Nigeria.

    Review of Nigerians abroad

    Although there was no football action in English football due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Nigerians were in action in other leagues across the globe.

    Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Nwakali, and Moses Simon were among the goal scorers while Umar Sadiq suffered a knock as Real Sociedad bowed 2-1 at Getafe.

  •  Odion Ighalo of Nigeria and Al Hilal.

    Too Good: Odion Ighalo

    Former Manchester United striker Ighalo made headlines following his goal as Al Hilal defeated Zamalek to lift the Lusail Super Cup.

    The Super Eagle scored in the 33rd minute and from the penalty spot to help the Boss lift the trophy at the expense of the Egyptians inside Lusail Iconic Stadium

    During the 2021-22 campaign, Ighalo had scored 12 goals in 13 league appearances.

  • Cyriel Dessers Cremonese 2022-23

    Too Bad: Cyriel Dessers & David Okereke

    Dessers and Okereke failed to score as Cremonese played out a 1-1 draw with Atalanta in Sunday’s Serie A outing.

    Apart from his inability to score, Dessers could only muster two shots – which all went off target. He accounted for 16 touches, and seven passes with a passing accuracy of 71.4 per cent.

    In the same vein, his compatriot Okereke contributed just one key pass before making way for Ghana’s Felix Afena-Gyan in the 68th minute.

  • SD Ponferradina of Kelechi Nwakali and Nigeria.

    Too Good: Kelechi Nwakali

    Nwakali scored his first goal for SD Ponferradina although they bowed 2-1 to Real Zaragoza in Segunda Division on Sunday.

    The Super Eagle’s goal came after 504 days of action without scoring in the Spanish second-tier.

    After receiving a pass from Adrian Dieguez, Nwakali – who noticed goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez was outside his line – drilled the ball home to the delight of the home fans.

    Nevertheless, his team ended up on the losing side after Giuliano Simeone scored his second of the evening.

  • Samuel Chukwueze of Nigeria and Villarreal.

    Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    Chukwueze offered little as Villareal bowed 1-0 to Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

    Although he was introduced for Yeremi Pino in the 54th minute, the Nigerian could not help the Yellow Submarine avoid defeat.

    For his performance, he accounted for no shot on target, one key pass while he was caught offside on two occasions.

  • Moses Simon of FC Nantes and Nigeria.

    Too Good: Moses Simon

    Simon scored his third goal of the 2022-23 Ligue 1 campaign as Nantes lost 3-2 to Lorient over the weekend.  

    Ignatius Ganago put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute before the Burkina Faso international Dango Ouattara levelled matters six minutes later after drilling a shot past goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

    At the hour mark, Yoann Cathline put the Merlucciidaes ahead before Dango Ouattara set up Ibrahima Kone to give the hosts a 3-1 lead in the 74th minute. With five minutes left on the clock, Simon reduced the deficit for the Canaries, nonetheless, they left Stade du Moustoir with their heads bowed low.

  • Umar Sadiq Real Sociedad LaLiga

    Too Bad: Umar Sadiq

    Real Sociedad not only lost 2-1 to Getafe in Sunday’s La Liga encounter inside Coliseum Alfonso Perez, but they also risk losing striker Sadiq for the rest of the season.

    The Nigeria international was named in the starting XI before he was replaced by Mohamed-Ali Cho in the 38th minute due to injury.

    Prior to his substitution, the former Almeria goal machine – who recorded no shot on target – was dispossessed once and committed two fouls which did not attract a caution from referee Juan Luis Pulido.