Nigerian Players That Won Laurels For Their Clubsides In Europe –
The 2020/2021 season which has just ended in various leagues across Europe has been a remarkable season for Nigerian players. It was a season that most of them will savor for years to come as huge successes have been recorded.
For the likes of Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simy Nwankwo, Terem Moffi, it has been a great season individually, considering the records broken and new ones set by them. While others could look back on the season and count their earnings collectively for their clubs.
Overall, the 2020/2021 season was made for Nigerian players. Or to put it bluntly, the “soap” season has been effective for Nigerian players.
Sportyleagues introduce you to a number of Nigerian players in Europe, who through their impacts have packed major silverware for their clubs.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi – FA Cup Winners
The duo of Iheanacho and Ndidi have been more than impressive for Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers side this season, especially in the FA Cup, the oldest club football cup competition.
The Foxes emerged victorious in the FA Cup at Wembley on May 15, thanks to Iheanacho’s crucial goals against Manchester United, Southampton and Brighton respectively.
Senior Man Kelz made 6 FA Cup appearances and scored 4 goals, becoming the best African player in the competition with 14 goals.
He is now ranked 18th on the FA Cup all-time scorers chart and could move up to 12th if he scores just one goal in next year’s edition.
Meanwhile, the triumph of Leicester in the competition did not revolve around Iheanacho like his compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi was reliable for the Foxes in the middle of the park.
The prowess of 24-year-old Ndidi, who started 5 of Leicester’s 6 FA Cup appearances this season, was enough to help Rodgers win his 8th Cup final and the first in England’s top flight.
Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun – Scottish League Winners
Stephen Gerrard and his Rangers team were able to put an end to Celtic’s imperium in the Scottish League for the first time in years as a team and once again the Nigerian pair of Aribo and Balogun had hands and legs.
Aribo started 27 of the 31 games he played for the Rangers and his 11 goals (7 goals and 4 assists) when it mattered most, as well as his most successful dribble rate of 1.9 in the league. propelled the Rangers to the league title at the end of their career. the season as invisible.
Additionally, Leon Balogun’s strength at the back helped the Light Blues goaltender (Allan McGregor) register the most clean sheets (17) in the league.
Balogun, 32, made 15 starts in his 19 league appearances for Rangers and the team recorded 9 clean sheets in his presence.
Paul Onuachu and Cyriel Dessers – Winners of the Belgian Cup
It would have been disastrous if Paul’s 35 goals in 41 appearances across Europe had ended without a silver return, but luckily disaster was averted.
Onuachu, Africa’s top scorer in the world this season was a thorn in the flesh of Belgian defenders with his goal ratio of 0.9 goals per game in the league.
The skinny forward was able to score once in the Belgian Cup and assisted Theo Bogonda’s second goal in the final against Standard Liege as his side KRC Genk won the Belgian Cup in April.
For Dessers, he was able to score 7 goals out of a total of 32 games played in the league, while he started only 6.
At the end of it all, Genk has finished second in the newspaper and will be vying for a Champions League spot thanks to qualifying starting in July.
Samuel Chukwueze – UEFA Europa League Winner
No Samuel no problem for the Yellow Submarines against Manchester United in Gdansk as Unai Emery’s men won the UEFA Europa League final via penalties.
The 22-year-old winger has been instrumental in the Europa League in particular for Villareal, registering 11 appearances while starting 10.
This was after playing for the team in 28 Spanish La Liga games with 13 starts.
Following the Emery guys’ Europa League triumph, five teams from the Spanish Topflight League will take part in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Peter Olayinka – Winner of Czech Republic 1 Liga
Apart from the fact that Peter Olayinka’s Slavia Prague side qualified for the Europa League, the club also won the League for the fourth time in a row.
Olayinka scored 10 of 36 for the Czech club, including 6 in the league, 1 in the National Cup and 3 in the UEFA Europa League.
David Okereke – Winner of the Belgian Jupiler League
Although he has yet to play for the Super Eagles, Okereke, 23, has played his part in Club Brugge’s quest to clinch the Belgian League.
Former youngster Spezia has scored 4 goals in 28 appearances for his side Club Brugge.
Asisat Oshoala – Winner of the UEFA Champions League
Oshoala was a substitute as Luis Cortes’ Barca side beat the Chelsea ladies 4-0 in the women’s UEFA Champions League final in Sweden.
It was Barca’s very first UCL title to fail in the past, losing to Lyon, who just happen to be the competition’s most successful team.
Imoh Ezekiel – Arab Gulf League Winner
Former Nigerian U23 forward Ezekiel plays for Al-Jazeera made history by winning his first league title outside Nigeria.
The UAE league fell short as Ezekiel’s Al-Jazeera team needed a win to clinch the title they eventually got despite a red card.
Ezekiel, who has made 17 appearances for the Arab team this season, scored 4 goals in the process.