SCORENigeria looks at the top performances of Nigeria’s players home and abroad in the past one week, which included World Cup qualifiers against African champions Cameroon, the final day of action in the NPFL and as usual European league action.
- Chukwuemeka Umeh (Plateau United)
The young giant striker inspired Plateau United to their first-ever NPFL championship when he opened scoring against Enugu Rangers. His goal oozed class as he controlled expertly a pass inside the six-yard box, eliminated a defender before he steered the ball beyond the Rangers goalkeeper.
- Kelechi Nwakali (VVV Venlo)
Arsenal loanee got off to a roaring start at Dutch club VVV Venlo when he came off the bench to draw his team level in stoppage time at Groningen. The young midfielder will certainly press for a chance at Arsenal should he continue to make an impact in the Dutch top flight.
3.Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht)
Onyekuru scored twice to open his goals’ account at Anderlecht against Lokeren. The Belgian champions are struggling to find their feet in the early weeks of the new campaign, but the Nigeria forward said he believes the home win against Lokeren will boost their self-belief going into UEFA Champions League clash at Bayern Munich later this week.
2.Leon Balogun (Super Eagles/Mainz 05)
The Germany-based central defender was Man of the Match when Nigeria were pegged back by hosts in a second World Cup qualifier in Yaounde. He was picked by CAF in their two World Cup matchday squads. He has become the pillar of the Eagles defence as he was equally outstanding in the first qualifier in Uyo, which the Eagles won 4-0. If he stayed fit, Nigeria will beat Zambia next month to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
1.Victor Moses (Super Eagles/Chelsea)
Victor Moses was the undisputed Man of the Match when the Eagles soared above Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo in a World Cup qualifier – he scored a goal and made another. He also contributed to the team’s draw in Cameroon to underline the fact he is a top performer for both club and country. CAF named him on the starting XI for both rounds of the qualifiers against Cameroon. He will again play a key role for Nigeria in next month’s must-win qualifier against Zambia in Uyo.