Nigerians Abroad: Enyeama keeps 16th clean sheet as Yobo impresses in Norwich victory
Joseph Yobo was at his best as Norwich City handed visiting Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road. The Super Eagles skipper combined well with Sebastien Bassong in the Canaries' defence to thwart the attacking forays of Emmanuel Adebayor. Yobo has played three times this season for Norwich since his loan move from Fenerbahce.
Osaze Odemwingie featured for 90 minutes as Stoke City lost 1-0 away to Manchester City. The Potters had fancied their chances of running away with a point before Yaya Toure’s goal gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side victory in the tough encounter. Osaze has played four games in the EPL this season with a goal to show for it.
Victor Moses was a second half substitute as Liverpool survived Swansea scare in a seven goal thriller at Anfield Road. The Super Eagles star came on for Daniel Sturridge in the 79th minute and his contribution ensured that the Reds grabbed victory at home. The game was his 14th game of the season since he joined from Chelsea. He boasts of two goals in the English Premier League.
Victor Anichebe came in as a 44th minute substitute in West Bromwich Albion’s 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday. The former Everton goal poacher has earned the tag as a super sub after coming from the bench to salvage a point for the Baggies against Chelsea and Liverpool. It was Anichebe’s 16th appearance in the Premiership with two goals to his name.
Mikel Obi was not named by Jose Mourinho in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory of Everton on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles midfield maestro is reported to be battling with fitness as he remains a major doubt for the Roman Army’s clash away to Galatasary on Wednesday in the Champions League. Mikel has featured for the Blues 18 times in the Premiership this season.
Kenneth Omeruo was handed his second start for Middlesbrough as they held visiting Leeds United to a 0-0 draw at the Riverside. The Super Eagles player featured for the entire duration of the game as a centre back. His team are yet to score a goal in their last six games.
Nosa Igiebor was a second half substitute as his club suffered a 2-0 defeat to visiting Athletic Bilbao. The former Hapoel Tel Aviv player replaced Antonio Villar in the 60th minute and has now played nine La Liga games for the the Green-and-Whites this season plus a goal.
Ramon Azeez justified his invitation to the Super Eagles squad to face El Tri in an international friendly by featuring for 90 minutes as Almeria settled for a scoreless draw at the Juegos Mediterraneos on Saturday evening. Almeria are in the relegation zone having gathered 26 points from 25 games to rank 16th in the Spanish top flight.
Vincent Enyeama was spectacular in goal for Lille in the French league as his side were held 0-0 by Lyon at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium on Sunday evening. The game was Enyeama’s 26th league appearance for the Ligue 1 outfit and has kept 16 clean slates in the process. Lille are currently third with 46 points on the log after 26 games.
Efe Ambrose was featured in Celtic’s 2-0 defeat of Hearts at the Tyneside on Saturday. The victory of the Hoops set a new Scottish top-flight record. The Nigerian has not missed a game for the reigning Scottish champions this season.
Imoh Ezekiel was on from start to finish as Standard Liege suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Genk in the Belgium Jupiler league. The former 36 Lion player who is in a tangle on whether to play for Nigeria or the Belgian national team has featured 28 times for the league leaders with nine goals to his credit.
Michael Uchebo featured for Cercle Brugge in their 3-2 victory over Mechelen in the Belgian League. The former Flying Eagles star who has been invited for the Mexico friendly has played 24 times for his team this season with five goals.
Chinedu Obasi was a second half substitute as Schalke 04 were foced to a goalless draw at home by Mainz in the German Bundesliga. It was Obasi’s fourth game for Die Knappenin a season that has been plagued by injuries and fitness concerns.
Godfrey Oboabona scored his second own goal of the season as his side Rizespor slumped to a 2-0 defeat by Bursaspor that featured Taye Taiwo for 90 minutes. Oboabona’s first own goal came in their 2-1 defeat at Konyaspor on December 2. The former Sunshine Stars defender has played 11 games for his side while Taiwo boasts of 21 appearances and two goals for his side.