A handful of Nigerian-born youngsters were on song with goals across Europe last weekend, as Ike Ugbo scored one in Holland, while Malcolm Ebiowei, Ovie Ejaria, Dillon Hoogerwerf and Eberechi Eze all hit bulls’ eyes at various levels of league action in England.
In Holland, Ugbo, who is on his fourth loan spell outside Chelsea, after stops at Barnsley, Milton Keynes Dons and Scunthorpe United, scored his first competitive goal for Roda JC Kerkrade in a 2-1 loss to NEC.
The former England U17 star made an immediate impact in the Eerste Divisie match on Friday night, after getting off the bench in the 66th minute to slot home 60 seconds later and make it 2-1.
After training with Chelsea’s first team in the early stages of pre-season, Ugbo joined Roda about three weeks ago, but it has taken him only two games to hit home his first goal for the second-tier Dutch club.
In England, Hoogerwerf struck for the youth team of Manchester United in the U18 Premier League, as they beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at Aon Training Complex on Saturday, August 24, with two other Niogerian-born playes, Shola Shoretire and Ayodeji Sotona also getting action off the bench in the 73rd and 76th minutes respectively.
The 16-year-old Hoogerwerf, who earlier scored for United’s youth team in a friendly against Aston Villa, doubled their lead in the 17th minute of the fixture against Blackburn, in which he got 90 minutes game time for the first time this season.
Also in England this past weekend, Eberechi Eze continued his fine start to the English Championship, as he scored one and assisted another in QPR’s 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.
The 21-year-old Eze put his side 2-1 up in the 61st minute before setting up Jordan Hughill to seal the win nine minutes from time, while Ejaria helped Reading to a 2-0 away victory against Huddersfield Town.
Ejaria, who is on loan from Liverpool, put his side ahead on the 71st minute before Michael Morrison sealed the victory six minutes from time to hand the visitors their second win of the campaign.
On his part, Ebiowei helped Arsenal U16s beat West Ham United 3-1 on Saturday, as he scored for the second game in a row, after earlier hitting a goal and three assists in a 5-0 trouncing of Aston Villa last week.