Eagles Stars Fire Blanks
Posted: Dec 17, 2012
Martins, Utaka, Sodje, Ighalo See Yellow; Moses, Mikel Miss World Club Cup
OSAZE ODEMWINGIE (WEST BROM): Super Eagles striker Osaze Odemwingie played for 90 minutes for West Brom in their goalless draw at home to West Ham United on Sunday. It was Odemwingie's 13th Premier League game of the season in which he still has four goals to his credit.
Shola & Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United): Super Eagles one-cap striker Shola Ameobi played for just eleven minutes on Saturday when he replaced Papiss Demba Cisse in the 79th minute in Newcastle United's 3-3 loss against Manchester City. The game was Shola's 10th of the season. He has not scored a goal thus far in 281 minutes of football. The game was his eighth start, while Sammy the younger brother was an unused substitute.
Victor Anichebe (Everton):Super Eagles forward Victor Anichebe is still not part of David Moyes' side in recent weeks due to his injury setback. On Saturday, Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium without the powerful Nigerian on Everton's line-up. Anichebe who has made six appearances in the Premier League and scored three goals is still out alongside three other key Toffees players.
Sone Aluko, Seyi Olofinjana (Hull City): Super Eagles fringe winger and November's npower Championship Player of the Month, Omatsone Aluko, was understandably not listed in Hull City's 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town at the Kingston Communications Stadium due to injury over the weekend. Seyi Olofinjana was an unused substitute in the game. Both Nigerians have played 18 and 11 Championship games this season respectively.
Danny Shittu (Milwall): Out-of-favour Super Eagles defender Danny Shittu who was a nominee for the npower Championship Player of the month of November nominee, was yellow-carded in the 83rd minute on Saturday in Milwall's 1-0 home win over Leicester City. Shittu was in action for 90 minutes in the game which was his 17th of the season.
Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers): Dickson Etuhu who has not played under Stephen Keshi played for 90 minutes in Blackburn Rovers' 2-0 away loss to Blackpool at the Bloomfield Road. Etuhu has thus played 20 npower Championship games for the Rovers. The game against the Tangerines meant that the estranged Eagle has played a total of 1,691 minutes in the Championship this season. He has been yellow-carded thrice.
Efe Sodje(Bury Town): Former Super Eagles defender Efe Sodje received an 83rd minute yellow card on Saturday in Bury Town's 1-0 away loss to Crew Alexandra. It was Sodje's third yellow card this season in eight League One games. 'Against all Odds' was in action for 90 minutes in the game.
Magnus Okuonghae(Colchester United): Nigeria's Magnus Okunghae was not listed by Colchester United in their 1-0 away loss to Bournemouth at the Seward Stadium on Saturday, although Nigerian-born Britons, both Jabo Ibehre and Tosin Olufemi were part of Colchester's team over the weekend.
Chinedu Obasi (Schalke): Back-to fitness Super Eagles forward Chinedu Obasi was an unused substitute in Schalke's 3-1 loss at home to Freiburg on Saturday- a result which ultimately led to the sacking of the Gelsenkirchen side's manager, Huub Stevens 24 hours later. The skilful but injury-prone Obasi has played just three games for Schalke this term in the Bundesliga- having a total of 89 minutes to his credit. The Bundesliga has now gone on a winter break.
Kingsley Onuegbu(Sandhausen), Anthony Ujah (Cologne): Honours were even between Sandhausen and Cologne on Saturday at the former's Hardstwalstadion home ground. Kingsley Onuegbu played for 61 minutes in the colours of Sandhausen before he was replaced by Nico Klotz. It was his 13th game in the second-tier of the Bundesliga this season for his on-loan team, while Ujah who played for 90 minutes has thus chalked up 15 games. Ujah who is loan from Bundesliga side, Mainz 05, has scored seven goals thus far.
Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio): Two-cap Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi was an unused sub in Lazio's 1-0 win over Inter Milan. The game at the Stadio Olimpico was heading for a goalless end before veteran striker, Miroslav Klose scored an 82nd minute winner. Onazi has played only four games for Biancocelesti.
Obiora Nwankwo(Padova): Super Eagles holding midfielder Obiora Nwankwo played for 58 minutes before he was replaced by Allesandro De Vitis on Saturday in Padova's 3-1 home loss to Sassuolo. The game which was Obiora's 11th game of the season was his club's second loss on the bounce.
John Utaka(Montpellier): Super Eagles forward, John Utaka continued his good form for Montpellier on Saturday as he was instrumental in his team's 4-0 defeat of Bastia. Utaka who scored his third Ligue 1 goal of the season last week Wednesday against Brest was not on the score sheet for La Paillade but he created his team's second goal scored by Emmanuel Herrera in the 48th minute.
Utaka was yellow-carded two minutes after the goal and was eventually substituted in the 65th minute by Anthony Mounier who went on to score the Ligue 1 defending champions' fourth and last goal of the game. He has now played 13 Ligue 1 matches this season for his club- starting in 11 of them. He has played a total of 882 minutes of club football in Ligue1.
Onyekachi Apam(Rennes): Super Eagles defender Onyekachi Apam played from start to finish in Rennes's 2-0 home win over Valenciennes on Saturday. It was Apam's fifth Ligue 1 game of the season thus far which has been limited due to injury setbacks.
Uche Nwofor(VVV Venlo): Former Flying Eagles striker Uche Nwofor played for 14 minutes on Saturday in VVV Venlo's 0-0 draw away to Groningen that did not parade Femi Ajilore after coming on in the 76th minute in place of Japanese forward, Yuki Otsu. The game was Nwofor's 13th Eredevisie game of the season in which he has scored three goals.
Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag): Former Flying Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo played for the entire duration of ADO Den Haag 3-2 loss away to Feyenoord on Sunday. The game was Omeruo's 16th of the season in the Eredevisie. He is expected report to the Eagles camp next week Thursday for the 2013 Africa Nations Cup.
Ekigho Ehiosun (Genclerbirligi): Former U-23 star Ekigho Ehiosun and Super Eagles fringe striker Ekigho Ehiosun played for only four minutes on Saturday in Genclerbirligi's 1-1 draw at home against Besiktas at their Atnkara Ondokuz Mayis Stadium. Ehiosun rose from the bench to replace Jimmy Durmaz in the 86th minute which was his third game for his club this season.
Michael Eneramo (Sivasspor): Out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Michael Eneramo returned to Sivasspor's starting line-up in their lone goal loss to Karabükspor on Sunday. It was the 15th appearance for the former Esperance of Tunisia captain for his team this term. He has scored five goals so far.
Efe Ambrose(Celtic): Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose played for 71 minutes on Saturday and was substituted by Emilio Izaguirre as Celtic defeated St. Miren 2-0 at Celtic Park. The game was Ambrose's 12th SPL game of the season.
MICHAEL UCHEBO(Cercle Brugges): Former Flying Eagles striker Michael Okechukwu Uchebo, playing on the left side of the midfield for Cercle Brugges was in action for 90 minutes as they shared the spoils with Lierse that paraded Nigerian-born Jason Adesanya. It was Uchebo's 12th Jupiler game of the season.
Obafemi Martins (Levante):: Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins made his 12th appearance for Levante as they defeated Real Zaragoza by a lone goal on Sunday. The former Rubin Kazan player who has six goals to his credit so far in the La Liga was yellow carded in the 50th minute of the encounter.
Odion Ighalo (Granada): Former U-23 vice captain, Jude Odion Ighalo, led Granada's attack as the lone striker on Saturday and was yellow-carded in the 78th minute as his team were held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad.
The game was Ighalo's seventh of the season. The pacy striker is still searching for his first La Liga goal this season.
Ike Uche (Villarreal): Super Eagles prolific striker Ike Uche was withdrawn in the 83rd minute on Saturday by Villarreal's manager Julio Velazquez as the Yellow Submarine were beaten 2-0 by Girona away at the Estadi Municipal Stadium. Uche who has scored six goals in 16 Segunda Liga matches this season was substituted by Walter Pandiani.
Ramon Azeez (Almeria): Former Flying Eagles captain, Ramon Azeez, was not listed for Almeria as they slumped to 1-0 home loss to Elche on Sunday. Azeez has played just twice thus far for his Segunda Liga side this season- playing just ten minutes in both games.
Sunday Stephen (Numancia): One-cap Super Eagles midfielder Sunday Stephen was not listed for Numancia in their lone goal defeat to Ponferradina on Sunday. Stephen has so far played ten times in the Segunda Liga. The former Spanish U-20 international has one goal to his credit.
John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra): Nigerian midfielder John Ogu was an unused substitute for Academica de Coimbra in their 2-2 draw away to Moreirense on Sunday. Ogu who is yet to score this term for Academia has so far played ten games.
Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga): Super Eagles left back Elderson Echiejile was an unused substitute for Braga in their 1-0 win over Estoril on Sunday. He has played three games this term for his club in the league.
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