Racing Genk of Belgium striker, Paul Ebere Onuachu showed the way it is done, as he led the rain of goals from Nigerian players across Europe, with Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel also on song for Queens Park Rangers in England’s lower division, EFL Championship, where Tosin Adarabioyo also made hay for Blackburn Rovers.
In Belgium, Onuachu scored his first league goal of the new decade to help the defending to a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Royal Antwerp to keep alive their aim of making the play-offs, megasportsarena.com gathered.
The 25-year-old Onuachu, who started his 14th league game of the campaign, put the visitors ahead on 12 minute when he combined with Theo Bongonda, thus scoring his eighth goal of the ongoing season, while fellow Nigerian, Stephen Odey named among the substitutes.
Joakim Maehle then netted an own goal before the break with both teams going on to share the points after failing to also find a winner in the second half, as both sides shared the points, which keeps Genk in 6th position with 38 points, four above Zulte who are seventh, with only five matches left in the regular season.
In England, Eze and Osayi-Samuel helped QPR to a turnaround win at home against Stoke City, while Adarabioyo, who is on loan at Ewood Park from Manchester City, also found the back of the net, and Leon Aderemi Balogun was in top action with Wigan Athletic.
Eze and Osayi-Samuel were both on target for The Rs, as they came from two goals down to get a 4-2 win at home to Stoke, who last month sent Oghenekaro Etebo on loan to Getafe of Spain.
With QPR already 2-1 down after 34 minute, Eze made it 2-2 on 38 minute to score his 11th league goal of the campaign before Osayi-Samuel completed the turnaround on 71 minute, with the Nigerian duo now involved in 26 league goals this season, which is more than 50% of all the goals scored by their club this season in the lower division league.
Similarly, Adarabioyo scored his second league goal of the campaign for Blackburn, in a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic to keep their hopes of making the English Championship playoffs alive, with the Nigerian-born defender on from start to finish and earned a rating of 7.8.
Also in the Championship, West Bromwich Albion defender, Semi Ajayi was on for 90 minutes with the league leaders, as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a 2-2 draw at home against Sammy Ameobi’s new team, Nottingham Forest.
Ajayi finished the game with a rating of 6.9, with the former Rotherham United defender best in four duels, two clearances, one blocked shot, one interception and completed 83% of his passes, to help his side edge closer for a return to the English Premier League after two seasons down.
In same vein, Leon Balogun started his first league game for Wigan Athletic as they twice threw away their lead in their 2-2 draw away at Cardiff City to pick a valuable point in their quest to survive their ongoing war against relegation.
Balogun featured for the entire match duration in what was his second appearance since joining on loan, finishing the game with a rating of 6.4 as he made 4 key clearances, winning 7 duels and also completed 74% of his passes.
In Saudi Arabia, John Ugochukwu Ogu helped Al-Adalah maintain their unbeaten run since his arrival in January, while Al-Nassr attacker, Ahmed Musa produced a decent display on the flanks to guide his side back to winning ways.
Ogu, who last played for Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel, continued his impressive show in his new role as a central defender to help Al Adalah get a second clean sheet in four league games, but they settle for a goalless draw with fifth placed Al-Taawoun.
The 31-year-old Ogu finished with a game rating of 7.2, padded by seven clearances, two won duels, one interception, one tackle and completed 85% of his passes, in another stout defending performance for the hosts, who kept their biggest unbeaten run in the current campaign, even as they continue their push to survive relegation.
Also in Saudi Arabia, Musa was on from start to finish but continued to search for his first league goal of the campaign as he impressed in Al-Nassr’s 4-2 big win away at Al-Shababto to end a run of three consecutive draws.
Musa finished the game with a rating of 7.4, making three key passes, creating one big chance and completed 100% of his dribbles, as a hat-trick by Abderrazak Hamdallah and another from Khalid Al-Ghannam was enough for the defending champions as they closed the gap on league leaders Al-Hilal to just three points.