Osimhen And Other Nigerian Football Stars Make Strong Start Across European Leagues in 2023–24 Season
Nigerian Players Impress in European League Openers for 2023–24 Season
In the Italian Serie A, Victor Osimhen demonstrated his scoring prowess as he secured the opening goal for Napoli in a convincing 2-0 victory over Sassuolo. Meanwhile, the German Bundesliga saw Victor Boniface of Bayer Leverkusen deliver an impressive performance, netting a sensational brace in his team’s commanding 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, these standout performances were not limited to the aforementioned players, as several other Nigerian talents showcased their skills on the pitch around the world.
In the English Premier League action on Saturday, Taiwo Awoniyi and Ola Aina stood out for Nottingham Forest. Awoniyi’s goal and Aina’s impactful contribution as a substitute played pivotal roles in their team’s performance. In a clash against Arsenal, Frank Onyeka and Calvin Bassey made their presence felt for their respective squads. Bassey’s involvement took an unfortunate turn as he received a red card for a challenge on Eddie Nketiah during the Arsenal encounter.
The Championship also saw Nigerian talents shine. Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Ihenacho were part of the starting lineup for Leicester City, aiding their team to a 2-1 victory over Rotterdam. Ihenacho’s assist for the opening goal underscored his instrumental role in the win. Victor Boniface continued his stellar form by inspiring Bayer Leverkusen to a commanding 3-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
Moving to Italy, Samuel Chukweze enjoyed his home debut for Milan, coming in as a substitute in the 66th minute during their 4-1 win over Torino. On the other hand, Ademola Lookman faced a disappointing outcome with Atalanta, as they fell 2-1 to newly promoted Frosinone. Lookman was substituted off during the second half of the match.
In the National Women’s Soccer League, Michelle Alozie of the Super Falcons made her mark by finding the net for the Houston Dash in their 1-1 draw against Kansas City.
Chidozie Awaziem showcased his defensive prowess, holding down the fort for Boviasta throughout the entirety of their match against Casa Pia AC. On the contrary, Akor Adams faced an off day as he failed to score in Montpellier’s surprising 3-1 defeat to Reims. This marked the first time Adams couldn’t find the net for his new club after a remarkable streak of three goals in two games.
Victor Osimhen continued his impressive run, contributing to Napoli’s cause with a goal from the penalty spot. Notably, this goal marked Osimhen’s 100th career club goal and his 62nd for Napoli, showcasing his consistency and excellence. The football world will be eager to witness whether Osimhen can maintain his remarkable form from the previous season.
Monday’s action featured Nigerian talent shining in Spain. Tony Payne was the hero for Sevilla as he scored the decisive goal in their 1-0 victory over Recreativo Huelva, securing the Andalusia Cup for his team.
As the 2023–24 season unfolds, Nigerian players continue to leave their mark across European leagues, igniting excitement and anticipation for what promises to be a thrilling season of football.