Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were the conspicuous omissions for Leicester City as Alex Iwobi opened his goals account for Everton for the season in the EFL Cup second round on Wednesday.
Leicester defeated fellow Premier League, PL, side, Newcastle United 2-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1.
However, the Foxes were without their Nigerian duo of defensive midfielder, Ndidi, and compatriot, Iheanacho. Neither players were even listed for by Brendan Rodgers for the trip to St. James’ Park.
At the Sincil Bank Stadium in Lincoln, Super Eagles playmaker, Alex Iwobi, got off the mark for the season for Everton after they survived a scare from Lincoln City.
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The Toffees came from behind to beat Lincoln 2-4 with Iwobi netting the third goal, his first for the club since his move from Arsenal.
With the game tied at 2-2 and ten minutes left to play, Iwobi scored what appeared to be the winner for Everton on the 81st minute when he headed home from a cross from Cenk Tosun.
Earlier on Tuesday, Oghenekaro Etebo scored one of the penalties as Stoke City overcame Leeds United 4-5 via penalty shootout to book their place in the third round.
Etebo was a second substitute in the game which ended 2-2 in regulation time.
Two other Nigerians who had a successful night in the EFL Cup were the duo of Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashir.
The two were in action as Watford thrashed Coventry City 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
While Success played from start to finish, Dele-Bashiru, who joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer, came on as a second-half substitute to make his debut for the Hornets on 71 minutes.