Osimhen, Iheanacho, Ugochukwu… TheCable’s team of the week

Remi Sulola

After a wonderful weekend of football and some outstanding performances from Nigerian players across the globe, TheCable picks its team of the week.

Maduka Okoye – Sparta Rotherdam

Deserves the honour for his incredible saves and awareness during Sparta 3-0 win over Vitesse. Heroic.

Kevin Akpoguma – Hoffenheim


Did a fine job blocking any real danger from Schalke. Made a couple of crucial tackles but generally enjoyed a comfortable game thanks to his awareness. Also got a goal. Intelligent.

Chidozie Awaziem – Boavista

As ever a tower of strength who gave nothing away, and like Gordon Gecko greedily blocked any problems solidly and quickly. Even found the time to start a couple of attacks and ventured up field positively on several other occasions. Concrete.


Jamilu Collins – Paderborn

Dominated the backline, won everything in the air, leaving the oppositions screaming like frightened guinea pigs. He also helped build attacks. Subjugator.

Moses Simon – Nantes

The livewire Nigerian was a menace against Bordeaux. Also made a handful of tackles, several key passes and provided an assist. Troublesome.

Blessing Olabiran – Olimpik Doneskt

Olabiran completely ruled the flank and negated almost their every move. Showed he meant business with an assist. Dominating.

Lesley Ugochukwu – Stade Rennes

Is there no stopping for the Nigerian? He had an exceptional game against PSG. Terrific.


John Obi Mikel – Stoke City

Another great game from the midfielder with the quicksilver feet who stood up to anything and also pushed forward and developed play. Composed.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City

Iheanacho gave another top performance with a goal despite Leicester City loss to Newcastle. Anticipatory.

Chidera Ejuke – CSKA Moscow

A sparkling display as Ejuke put the hosts in front. Magnificent.

Victor Osimhen – Napoli

He was a constant danger for Spezia and scored beautiful goals for Napoli. Continued to hassle and also contributed to the last goal. Stupendous.

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