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Best, worst of Nigerian footballers abroad

Moses Ogbu – Third-placed Sirius was expected to make light work of bottom side AFC Eskilstuna when they clashed at Studenternas IP. The pre-match predictions were inaccurate, though, as the away side gave as good as they got. With the game nearing its conclusion, it was Ogbu who found the back of the net in the final 15 minutes to secure the points for the Blasvarts and avoid what would’ve been an embarrassing home draw. The goal was the striker’s sixth in 13 league appearances. (Good)

Chisom Egbuchulam – Hacken welcomed table-topping Malmo to the Bravida Arena hoping to claim a major scalp, but Egbuchulam put in a terrible display in the resulting 1-0 loss. It was the kind of display that could give him nightmares for a while. The forward was nonexistent – as demonstrated by his minimal touches of the ball – his passing was shambolic and he failed to work the the Blues’ goalie. How he managed to last the whole duration is anyone’s guess, but he must improve going forward as he searches for his first competitive goal for the Wasps. (Bad)

Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai recorded an unexpected 4-2 victory over second placed Shanghai SIPG in what was a thrilling game at the Development Area Stadium. The forward not only scored, but his all-round play was impressive as he tormented the visitors’ defence as they resorted to fouling the attacker in a bid to stop him in his tracks. The forward has now found the back of the net in two successive games after having gone seven without scoring. Who’s to say he won’t build on this and go on a scoring run now? (Good)

Michael Odibe’s Akzhayik played host to second-placed Kairat hoping to put an end to a run of seven games without a win. The defender has been a mainstay in the struggling hosts’ defence and predictably, they weren’t able to keep a clean sheet against the visitors, who won by a lone goal, condemning the Oral-based club to their ninth loss this season. The defeat sees them drop to the foot of the table following the result, and the fear of relegation may overwhelm them as they run out of games to save themselves. (Too Bad)

Peter Odemwingie was the top performer when Madura beat Persib Bandung at the Gelora Ratu Pamelingan Stadium on Sunday. The forward netted a brace for the Sapeh Kerab Warriors as they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. He opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a penalty, before doubling the lead just after the hour mark. The former West Bromwich Albion attacker has been in brilliant form since his move and his recent brace takes his tally to 11 goals in just 12 League games. (Good).

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