Nigerians Abroad: Odemwingie scores against Liverpool and Peter Utaka continues scoring run in China
West Brom shockingly beat Liverpool on Saturday with the help of their Nigerian striker and Utaka continues to shine in China
By Babajide Alaka
Aug 20, 2012 6:45:00 AM
Peter Odemwingie scores for West Brom against Liverpool on Saturday
Mikel Obi and Victor Moses both started and finished the match between Chelsea and Wigan on
Sunday to kick off the 2012/13 English Premier League season. Obi
played in his usual midfield pivot role and was a study of calm and
precision while Moses took some time to get into the game but when
he got into his groove, he proved a handful for the Chelsea back
line especially in the second half. Obi had 94% pass accuracy and
had 59 touches with two fouls and two successful tackles while
Moses boasted 90% pass accuracy with 51 touches, two shots and four
Moses had a shot saved by Petr Cech in the 38th minute and almost provided the perfect assist for Arouna Kone in
the latter stages of the second half. It is still to be seen if
Moses will cross over to Chelsea before the transfer window closes
on August 31. But on the evidence of the showing against Chelsea,
he may yet get his dream move. Chelsea won 2-0 courtesy of two
quick fire goals in the first seven minutes of the encounter.
Peter Odemwingie starred for West Brom in their
shock 3-0 win over Liverpool at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Though
the Nigerian striker – West Brom’s leading scorer for the past two
seasons had a subdued performance, he calmly slotted a penalty kick
beyond the reach of Pepe Reina, in goal for Liverpool. He also
continued his scoring run against Liverpool as he scored at Anfield
last season to lead West Brom to an away win.
Montpellier lost to Lorient on Saturday 2-1 but John
Utaka for the second week running provided the assist for
the goal scored by Emanuel Herrera. Lorient scored twice in the
space of two minutes - in the 90th and two minutes into added time
to hand the defending champions a first defeat after two
Onyekachi Apam is out injured and his team,
Rennes fell 1-0 away to Bordeaux. New Nancy signing, Simon
Zenke was not listed for his club in their 1-1 draw with
Brown Ideye came off the bench but could not
rescue his side from the first defeat of the season away at
Vorskla. the Nigerian striker has scored six goals already in the
league and the coach, Yury Semin, might have been thinking of the
UEFA Champions League Playoffs against Borrusia Monchengladbach on
Tuesday and decided to rest the Nigerian hot shot.
Lucky Idahor scored his second goal of the
season for Zorya against Volyn in their 2-2 draw. Idahor started
the comeback for his team in the 82nd when they were trailing 2-0,
and Oleksandr Gritsay completed the comeback in the 90th minute to
earn a draw. Zorya are fifth on the table after six games.
Super Eagles defender, Dele Adeleye was on the
bench for all 90 minutes of Tavriya’s 1-1 draw away against
Metalurh Donetsk on Saturday.
Little known Nigerian striker, Imoh Ezekiel (pictured above) scored twice for Standard Liege on Sunday as they
beat Charleroi 6-2 away in the Jupiler League. Ezekiel, 18-years
old, scored the first and last goal in the rout. The Nigerian
played seven matches last season and made a case for a starting
shirt with this performance in his first game of the season.
Ezekiel was transferred from Lagos club, 36 Lions FC in January
Former Eagles striker, Joseph Akpala may have lost his starting
berth to Mohamed Tchite though both players were left out of Club
Brugge's 3-1 win over Beerschot. One Funso Ojo,
played for Beerschot but the 20-year old defender is a registered
Derick Ogbu started for Oh Louven in their 3-2
win over Cercle Brugge and was substituted in the 71st minute.
Genk drew away against Lierse 1-1 with Kennedy
Nwanganga coming on as a substitute for Jelle Vossen in
the 76th minute. The midfielder is yet to score in this campaign.
Another Nigerian naturalised Belgian, Jason
Adesanya scored for Lierse. Club Brugge are top of the
league with 10 points from four matches.
Peter Utaka scored for the ninth consecutive
game in the Chinese Super League to seal a 2-1 home win for his
side Dalian Aerbin over Guizhou Renhe on Saturday. He scored a
decisive penalty in the 90th minute to make it 11 goals in his last
nine games and takes his tally to 15 goals in 22 games overall.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored in the ninth minute for
Guangzhou R&F in their 4-2 rout of Shandong Luneng on Sunday.
The goal was his third goal in five matches and helped lift his
side to fourth in the standings with 32 points, 14 points adrift of
leaders, Guangzhou Everglade.
Spartak Moscow beat Rubin Kazan 2-1 on Saturday but Emmanuel Emenike could not add to the one goal he
has scored this season. The Nigerian striker was replaced by Artem
Dzyuba in the 70th minute. Obafemi
Martins was not listed in the match day squad.
Ahmed Musa started his first match for CSKA
Moscow on Sunday and helped his team to a 3-0 away win over
Mordovia Saransk. The Nigeria was shown a yellow card in the 54th
Upcoming young defender, Kenneth Omeruo helped
his side, Ado Den Haag to a 2-2 draw at home against RKC Waalwijk
at the Kyocera Stadion on Sunday. The defender on loan from Chelsea
was however shown a yellow card in the 79th minute of a fiery
encounter that had four yellow cards and a red card shown.
Former U-21 striker, Uche Nwofor (pictured
above) was in VVV Venlo's starting line-up when they were beaten
3-1 at home to Utrecht. Venlo have thus started the season
The Portuguese league kicked off on Saturday but Nigerian
defender, Elderson Echiejile did not feature in
Braga's creditable 2-2 draw away to Benfica. The Nigerian was on
the bench for all 90 minutes.