The 2018/2019 football season is well and truly on in Europe with Super Eagles duo of Victor Moses and Oghenekaro Etebo suffering defeats.
After a long break, Eagles in Europe (EiE), returns on YourSportsMemo as we continue to keep track of the performances of Nigerians with particular interest in Super Eagles players in Europe.
With the AFCON qualifiers set to also resume next month, we start the new season with a trip to England where the duo of Moses and Etebo were both in action for their respective clubs on Sunday.
Victor Moses, Chelsea
Moses was on for just 11 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the English League curtain raiser, the Community Shield at Wembley.
The wingback replaced Pedro Rodriguez on the 80th minute, but could do nothing as Chelsea lost 2-0 to PL champions, Manchester City thanks to a brace from Kun Aguero.
A change apiece. Victor Moses for Pedro for us. Vincent Kompany replaces Aguero for City. Ten to go.
0-2 [80'] #CommunityShield
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2018
However, Moses would be hoping to get back his starting berth under new manager, Maurizio Sarri, when they take on Huddersfield Town in their PL opener next weekend.
Oghenekaro Etebo, Stoke City
In the Championship, midfield workhorse, Etebo, made his competitive debut in English football and for his new side, Stoke,.
Etebo lasted just over an hour before he was substituted in the Potters’ 3-1 defeat at Leeds United.
7' | Not a bad attempt. Etebo's effort drags wide of the post after being put under some pressure from the Leeds back line. (0-0)#SCFC ?⚪️
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 5, 2018
Simon Moses, Gent
Simon Moses was conspicuously missing in Gent’s 1-1 draw at home to Zulte-Waregem. Simon’s absence may be connected to events surrounding his future at the club, as rumours continue to link him with a move to Spanish side, Levante.
Meanwhile, of his two compatriots left at the club, following the departure of youngster, Samuel Kalu who has joined French side, Girondins Bordeaux, it was on-loan Liverpool kid, Taiwo Awoniyi who featured for Gent.
Awoniyi lasted the duration of the game but fired blanks, while Anderson Esiti watched on from the bench.
— KAA Gent (@KAAGent) August 4, 2018
Uche Agbo, Standard Liege
Agbo lasted the 90 minutes in Liege’s goalless affair at Waasland-Beveren on Friday.
Henry Onyekuru, Galatasaray
Onyekuru’s adventure in Turkey started and ended on the bench as Galatasaray laboured against Akhisarspor in the Turkish super cup.
Onyekuru, on a season-long loan from Everton, was an unused substitute as Gala lost 4-5 on penalties to Akhisarspor after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Bryan Idowu, Lokomotiv Moscow
Versatile defender, Idowu, was another Super Eagle who was a spectator as his club were held to a goalless draw at home by Spartak Moscow.