It was a case of yellow cards galore for Nigerian defenders in Scotland, Italy and Spain, as Joe Aribo was booked while lining out at home with Glasgow Rangers in the SPL, William Troost-Ekong went into the referee’s bad book while in action for Udinese in the Serie A, while Chidozie Awaziem followed suit with Leganes away to Sevilla in La Liga, megasportsarena.com gathered.
While Awaziem’s side went on to lose 1-0 to their hosts in Seville, with the lad on loan from Bursaspor of Turkey booked in the 49th minute but still going on to see full duration action, Troost-Ekong was cautioned in the 35thg minute of Udinese’s 3-0 loss away to Lazio, with 90 minutes under his boots, but his Nigerian-born teammate, Stefano Chuka Okaka was replaced in the 82nd.
Also in Italy on Sunday, Ola Aina was not dressed by AS Torino in their home fixture against Bologna, while another action spot in Spain saw Ramon Azeez benched for all 90 minutes by Granda, as the lost 2-0 away to Athletic Bilbao.
In England, Kelechi Iheanacho started from the bench for Leicester City in a late English Premier League kick-off that saw his teammate, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi start for the hosts and Alex Iwobi also in the first-11 for the visitors from Everton, who shot into an early lead through Richarlison.
In France, Moses Simon had a clean bill and played the entire duration for FC Nantes in their 2-1 win against visiting FC Toulouse, while action in Scvotyland saw two Nigerians with yellow cards in the same match, as Joe Aribo was booked with Glasgow Rangers and Uche Ikpeazu followed suit for Hearts.
Aribo was booked in the 45th minute but still played the full duration for The Gers, who saw Sheyi Ojo off their bench in the 67th minute, while Ikpeazu saw yellow in the 31st minute of play at Ibrox and was replaced in the 70thg, as his side lost 5-0 to their hosts.
In Turkey, Olarewaju Kayode scored a 54th minute opening goal for Gaziantep FK, but it could not save his side from losing 1 – 2 at home against Denizlispor, Azubuike Okechuwku was benched for all 90 minutes by Istanbul Basaksehir in their 2 – 0 victory against visiting Antalyaspor, while John Mikel Obi and Anthony Nwakaeme both started for Trabzonspor in their grueling home fixture versus Galatasaray, in which the hosts ld 1-0 till the 77th minute.