Nigerians Abroad

Aina, Chukwueze return to winning ways, Ajayi starts, Nwakeme plays 15 minutes

Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel chukwueze (middle) photo credit: getty images

Super Eagles wing wizard Samuel Chukwueze returned to winning ways with Villareal in La Liga with a 3-1 away victory at Getafe last night.

Chukwueze started up front alongside Spanish international Gerrard Moreno and had a quiet game with a rating of 6.6, lost possession 10 times, 1 successful dribble, won 3 aerial duels out of 5 and made 22 passes in 52 minutes.

Making his 34th La Liga appearances scoring 3 goals and 4 assists, Chukwueze helped Villareal secure maximum points after a disappointing 4-1 lost to Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Former Arsenal midfield maestro Santi Cazorla opened the scoring from the penalty spot in 66 minutes before Hugo Duro equalised in the 80th minutes for the home side.

Cazorla scored again from the penalty spot before Reuben Pena added another in injury time to secure the victory for the Yellow Marines.

Midfielder Ogenekaro Etebo is still missing for Getafe through injury he sustained after the restart of football.

Young midfielder Kelechi Nwakali was on the bench for SD Huesca in the Segunda Division who are gunning for La Liga promotion (2nd place).

So far, the former Arsenal player has tasted only 37 minutes of football, making 2 substitute appearances.

In Italy, struggling Torino came from behind to win 3-1 against fellow Serie A strugglers Brescia.

Ola Aina made his 26th Serie A appearances in the 75th minute replacing Christian Ansaldi and helped stabilized the defence of the Turin based side.

In England, West Brom went top of the English Championship with a 2 nill home victory against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, with Semi Ajayi marshalling the defence after being dropped from the starting Xl in Albion’s last two games.

Ajayi has made 41 appearances in all competitions scoring 5 goals.

Elsewhere, Queen’s Park Rangers has two players of Nigerian descent, Eberechi Eze and Osayi-Samuel, both were on the losing side as QPR lost to Leon Balogun’s Wigan Athletic who missed the match with an injury he sustained last week.

In Turkey, Trabzonspor flattered once again as they drew 2-2 at home against Antalyaspor.

Anthony Nwakeme was a 65th-minute substitute after recovering from an abductor muscle tear, his 27th league game.

He has scored 11 goals and 9 assists, but could not salvage all 3 points for his team as Trabzonspor lost grip of the title.


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