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

7:07 PM GMT 29/08/2022
Moses Simon - Nantes 2021-22
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.

Umar Sadiq scored his second La Liga goal as Almeria shocked Sevilla, while Moses Simon propelled Nantes to victory in the French top-flight.

That could not be said about Victor Osimhen, and Taiwo Awoniyi who failed to find the net in Italy and England respectively during the weekend.

  • Awoniyi, Dennis

    Review of Nigerians abroad

    Since scoring his maiden Premier League goal against West Ham United, Taiwo Awoniyi has failed to find the net for Nottingham Forest. His compatriot Aribo featured for 89 minutes, albeit, that could not stop Southampton from losing at home to Manchester United at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

  • Moses Simon of Nantes and Nigeria.

    Too Good: Moses Simon

    Moses Simon continued his bright start in the French elite division as he inspired Nantes to a 3-1 comeback win over Toulouse.

    Fresh from their defeat at Olympique Marseille, the Yellow House welcomed Les Violets to Stade de la Beaujoire – with the ambition of returning to winning ways.

    Nonetheless, it was the visitors who took the lead through Moroccan forward Zakaria Aboukhlal. That deficit propelled Nantes to step up their game.

    And as a consequence, they levelled matters through Evann Guessand in the 50th minute while Mostafa Mohamed put them ahead five minutes later.

    The victory was sealed by the enterprising Nigerian a minute after the hour mark as he put the ball beyond goalkeeper Maxime Dupe in the 61st minute.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    Too Bad: Taiwo Awoniyi

    Although he was introduced in the 75th minute for Steve Cook, Awoniyi did not make any significant contribution as Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

    Unlike his compatriot Emmanuel Dennis who put up a notable display, the former Union Berlin player could not help the Reds avoid defeat against Antonio Conte’s men.

    He could not record any shot, however, he accounted for one key pass, eight touches, six passes and a passing accuracy of 83.3 per cent.

  • Umar Sadiq of Nigeria and Almeria.

    Too Good: Umar Sadiq

    Sadiq continued to justify why Villarreal are in dire need of his services by posting a fine performance against Sevilla.

    With the scores tied at 1-1, the Super Eagle tapped home Lucas Robertone’s cross to fire Almeria into a surprise lead with a little over half an hour to play.

    Rubi’s men held on to that lead to secure their first La Liga win in seven years.

  • Maduka Okoye Sparta Rotterdam

    Too Bad: Maduka Okoye & William Troost-Ekong

    The Nigeria internationals were left out of Watford’s 3-2 defeat to Albert Adomah’s Queens Park Rangers.

    Although Troost-Ekong has featured for just seven minutes in the 2022-23 campaign, goalkeeper Okoye – who was signed from Sparta Rotterdam last season is yet to make his English Championship debut.

  • Terem Moffi

    Too Good: Terem Moffi

    Moffi bagged a brace as Lorient beat Clermont Foot 2-1 at the Stade du Moustoir.

    The Super Eagle opened the scoring with a 25th-minute penalty after Neto Borges clumsily took out Dango Ouattara in the box.


    He found the net for the second time after finishing off a well-orchestrated counterattack. Moffi picked the ball in his own half and skipped past two of his markers before slotting the ball into an empty net after dribbling the opposing goalkeeper.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Too Bad: Joe Aribo

    Aribo offered little as Southampton bowed 1-0 to Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League fixture.

    Holding sway in the Saints’ midfield alongside Mohamed Elyounoussi and Adam Armstrong, the former Rangers man’s presence could not stop the Red Devils from securing victory courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ effort.

    Aribo was eventually substituted in the 89th minute for Lyanco. He is expected to inspire Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men to victory in their next game against Chelsea.