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TEAM OF THE WEEK: NIGERIAN PLAYERS ABROAD

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Carl Ikeme: He pulled a great save to stop Birmingham City from picking 3 points at Molineux. He was forced into his only real save of the afternoon in the 82nd minute – a superb reflex one handed effort to thwart Davis from scoring.

Kingsley Ehizibue: The defender cum right winger scored again but his overall play caught our attention and it was not a surprise when he popped up at the right place to turn in Dirk Marcellis pass and he gave Zwolle an early lead that was later cancelled by Twente. He failed to convert other chances that came across his way during the course of the game but he was named as one of the top performers.

Elderson Echiejile ; He was named as one of the top performers and he was good in the attacking phase same as in the defence. Uwa’s pass was spilled by Reims goalkeeper, it was a brilliant pass meant for Vagner Love but intercepted and later poached by Vagner to score one of his two goals of the day.

Awaziem Chidozie: The 18 year old demonstrated why Porto rate him highly, spraying passes with a mind of veteran defender and a neat tackler compared to when he was a player of the B team of same club, He stood tall again and he helped Porto picked a valuable points as they march towards the league title.

Leon Balogun: The most improved Nigerian defender in Europe, again he was a rock at the back for Mainz 05 winning tackles and aerial duels against Borrussia Dortmund’s strikers, good passer of the ball as well and a leader with an ambitious Mainz team. Balogun’s performance is head and shoulder above all other Nigerian defenders in Europe at the moment.

Ogenyi Onazi: He was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, put in a good shift and he won the highest number of tackles for Lazio, his passes were more accurate and he tracked his opponent pretty much during the period he lasted in the game as he was substituted with nine minutes left to play.

Anderson Esiti: He won virtually all his one-on-one challenges, difficult player to dispossess off the ball and great to see him against Aquillani and Williams, he was just enjoying his game and keeping it simple, good performance from him.

Raheem Lawal: Bossed the game as usual, was the brain behind Osmanlispor’s second goal, too strong for the opponent to handle. He influenced the game from the middle with his dribbling runs and passes. He was the most fouled player on the field, he neutralised Emre and a step above other midfielders.

Aminu Umar: Two well taken goals, strong on the ball, great technique and a hard worker. He played for the team, very unselfish with his dribbles, created couple of chances and provided an assist for the winning goal.

Bright Edomwonyi: He was at the right place at at the right time to score the equalizer against Austria Wien almost scored another when he showed an idea of class after a pass from Avdijaj, he dropped the ball which landed on Dobras before bouncing back to him but his shot missed the net by a whisker.

Odion Ighalo: Snapped seven-game dry streak to move Watford to Wembley, showed real goal poacher instinct, sharp turn and neatly tucked the ball in for a goal that will gladden the heart of fans of the Super Eagles ahead of the double header against Egypt.