29 August 2016
Nigerian footballers plying their trade in the English Premier League (EPL) were in action for their respective teams last weekend and it wasn’t all smiles.
Nigeria International and Chelsea winger Victor Moses scored his first league goal of the season for Chelsea on Saturday, finishing the week with a return of two goals – the other came in Chelsea’s 3–2 win over Bristol Rovers in the EFL on Tuesday.
Moses came on as a second half substitute and scored Chelsea’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Saturday was the first time in four years that Moses would score in the EPL for Chelsea. His last goal was against Swansea City on November 3, 2012.
Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi who just returned from Rio Olympics, was not listed for the Chelsea vs. Burnley match.
As Moses’ team was bossing Burnley in London, two Nigerian forwards, Odion Ighalo and Isaac Success were not having the best of time with Watford at Vicarage road where they lost 1-3 to Arsenal.
Ighalo and Success started the crunch tie. While Ighalo played the whole 90 minutes, Success was replaced by Nordim Amrabat with less than 15 minutes into the game.
Success just returned from injury for his Watford debut after his big money move from the La Lig.
Arsenal and Nigerian duo of Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom were not listed for the match. Earlier on Friday Akpom scored in Arsenal’s U-23 Premier League match against Liverpool, while Iwobi missed the match due to his injury.
Elsewhere, Super Eagles pacey winger and assistant captain, Ahmed Musa, came off the bench to help Leicester City beat Swansea City 2–1 for their first victory of the season.
Leicester, the defending EPL Champions had only managed a total of one point in their first two matches this season. They suffered a shock loss in the season opener away to newcomer Hull City before playing out a barren against Arsenal.
On Sunday, Nigeria’s wonder-kid Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over West Ham.
Two goals from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Brazilian Ferdinandinho ensured the Manchester club a deserved victory and a return to the summit of the league table
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Liverpool
Chelsea 3 – 0 Burnley
Crystal Palace 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth
Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City
Leicester City 2 – 1 Swansea City
Southampton 1 – 1 Sunderland
Watford 1 – 3 Arsenal
Hull City 0 – 1 Manchester United
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.