Europe’s first major league will make a sensational return this weekend in Germany as all is now set for the Bundesliga to restart the season where it stopped due to the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Let me state here that I am very pleased with this development and if Germany can successfully stage this, then expect other leagues who have already decided to finish the season to follow.
What is the excitement, it will be great to see Bayern Munich and striker Robert Lewansdowski tear teams apart, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland give defenders nightmares but most importantly, it will give us the opportunity to see Nigerian players return to action for the first time in almost four months.
I will list the players according to how their teams are standing on the table. Some of the players I will mention here will be unknown names to some persons, and at the same time players who are yet to play for Nigeria but are eligible if they chose to.
JOSHUA ZIRKZEE (Bayern Munich)
Joshua Zirkzee has so far been a revelation this season for champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after grabbing the opportunity given to him with both hands. The 18-year old had a dream debut against SC Freiburg scoring with just a touch after 120 seconds of replacing Phillipe Coutinho. He scored again against Wolfsburg as a substitute and also scored on his full debut against Hoffenheim, making it three goals from only three attempts in just 26 minutes of play. That is very impressive and the stat is on bettered by Haaland who scored three in 3 minutes of play for Dortmund.
Joshua Zirkzee's first 26 minutes in the Bundesliga— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 1, 2020
03' ⏱️ GOAL
09' ⏱️ GOAL
26' ⏱️ GOAL pic.twitter.com/lWGKdnVMkI
Zirkzee scored 33 goals in 27 appearances for the Feyenoord youth team which prompted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. He is eligible to play for Netherlands and Nigeria and the Pulse reported that the NFF and Coach Gernot Rohr have started discussions with the teenager.
ADEMOLA LOOKMAN (RB Leipzig)
Ademola Lookman thrived during his loan spell with RB Leipzig but pushed for a permanent move to the Red Bulls Arena from Everton in a deal worth £22.5 million last summer but have since struggled, failing to recapture the electric form he enjoyed during the loan spell. He has played only 168 minutes of football this season but will be needed as Leipzig looks to reduce Bayern’s five points lead at the top of the table.
In January, Goal reported that Lookman has completed paper works to switch his allegiance from England to Nigeria.
KINGSLEY EHIZIBUE (FC Koln)
Kingsley Ehizibue is a fullback for FC Koln and was due to make his Super Eagles debut during the March international break only for COVID-19 to intervene, he has made 23 appearances this season in the Bundesliga and 1 in the DFB Pokal scoring 1 and assisting 1. He is another one to keep an eye on.
ANTHONY UJAH (Union Berlin)
Anthony Ujah is a Nigerian footballer currently playing for Union Berlin, he has scored three goals in 20 appearances with 2 assist to his name this term. He is a huge threat in front of goal and his team is currently sitting 11th on the table.
JORDAN TORUNARIGHA (Hertha BSC)
Nigeria’s Jordan Torunarigha is another player to watch at the capital club, he has already turned down the opportunity to play for Nigeria, opting for Germany instead, but there is still hope that the defender might switch his allegiance. His brother Junior Torunarigha has already decided to play for Nigeria if given the opportunity but he remains without a club for now.
NOAH BAZEE AND FELIX UDUOKHAI (FC Augsburg)
FC Augsburg accommodates to Nigerians in their team, Noah Bazee and Felix Uduokhai. The team is only five points from safety and not out of the relegation struggles yet. Bazee is a right-winger while Uduokhai is a defender who is on loan from VF Wolfsburg and has represented Germany Under-21.
TAIWO AWONIYI (Mainz 05)
Taiwo Awoniyi on loan from Liverpool have contributed just two goals this season. He is a known name in Nigeria with his staring role at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in UAE, played at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, and was part of the 2015 African U-20 Championship side that won the trophy in Senegal. His team Mainz 05 is 15 on the table and in a relegation fight.
JAMILU COLLINS (Paderborn 07)
Paderborn 07 is the bottom club in the Bundesliga this season after winning promotion to the top flight last season. The tough-tackling Jamilu Collins has been with Paderborn from their climb up the divisions, and he made headlines this term with a delicious long-range effort against Bayern in a 3-2 loss in October. He is a full international having played for the Super Eagles and is one to keep an on as his team have not given up yet.
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