Nigerians abroad: Mixed fortunes for Onyeka and Iwobi in England, Onuachu and Osayi-Samuel in Turkey

1686742.jpg.webp highlights some eye-catching displays from Nigerian footballers outside the country’s shores on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

Mixed fortunes for Nigerians in England

In a nail-biting Premier League clash, Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey were left devastated as a late goal by Bruno Fernandes secured a narrow 0-1 victory for Manchester United over Fulham.

Meanwhile, at the Gtech Community Stadium, Frank Onyeka’s crucial assistance propelled Brentford to a thrilling 3-2 triumph over West Ham United.

In the FA Cup, Daniel Udoh was among the goals for Shrewsbury Town as they sent Colchester United out of the competition following a 3-2 win.

Paul Mukairu gave a good showing to help Reading advance to the following a thrilling 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes Dons at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Memorable moments in France, Germany, and beyond

Over in France, Flourish Sabastine made a stellar debut in the Feminine Division 1, while Rofiat Imuran also shone, aiding Stade de Reims to a commendable 0-2 away win against Bordeaux.

In the German Bundesliga, Victor Boniface displayed top-notch form, contributing two assists to Bayer Leverkusen’s exhilarating 2-3 victory over Kevin Akpoguma’s Hoffenheim.

Italy witnessed Atalanta’s disappointment as Ademola Lookman’s assist for the hosts’ consolation goal was not enough to prevent a 1-2 home loss against Inter Milan.

Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi was on the losing side as Salernitana fell to a 0-2 defeat to a Napoli aide that had Victor Osimhen unavailable.

Triumphs and upsets marked across the European football landscape

Alhassan Yusuf delivered a solid performance in midfield as Royal Antwerp carved out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Tolu Arokodare’s KRC Genk in their Belgian Pro League clash.

Over in the Challenger Pro League, Taofeek Ismaheel opened the scoring for SK Beveren as they fought out a 2-2 draw with Lierse K.

In Hungary, Újpest’s early lead was shattered by Fehérvár’s late-game heroics, resulting in a crushing 2-1 defeat at the MOL Aréna Sóstó in Székesfehérvár.

Slovakia celebrated Philip Azango’s incredible feat, securing his third goal in two league games to lead Spartak Trnava to a hard-earned 1-0 victory against Zlaté Moravce.

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, Samuel Kalu’s standout performance for Lausanne-Sport, which included a goal and an assist, led them to a convincing 3-1 win over Lugano.

Turkey saw the return of Paul Onuachu’s scoring prowess, with his goal contributing to Trabzonspor’s stunning 2-3 away triumph over high-flying Fenerbahce, despite Bright Osayi-Samuel’s efforts for the Canaries falling short against a resilient opponent.