Nigerian Footballers Abroad

Nigerian players shine in Europe: Okoye and Lookman lead the way

It was a memorable weekend for Nigerian footballers playing in European leagues, with standout performances from several of the country’s top talents, including Maduka Okoye and Ademola Lookman.

Maduka Okoye’s Heroics Maduka Okoye, recently recalled to the Super Eagles by new coach Finidi George, delivered a stellar performance for Udinese. The young goalkeeper made five crucial saves, helping his team secure their Serie A status with a vital win over Frosinone. Okoye’s impressive display justified his return to the national team ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Ademola Lookman’s Impact Ademola Lookman continued his remarkable season by scoring his 10th goal for Atalanta, guiding the team into the Champions League. Lookman’s consistent performances have been instrumental in Atalanta’s success this season.

Simy Nwankwo’s Brilliance In Italy, Simy Nwankwo made a significant impact off the bench for Salernitana, scoring two goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw against AC Milan at San Siro. Despite his efforts, Salernitana couldn’t secure the win. AC Milan’s Nigerian winger, Samuel Chukwueze, missed the match due to injury.

Success in Germany Nathan Tella and Victor Boniface celebrated a domestic double with Bayer Leverkusen. After their Europa League final heartbreak against Atalanta, the duo helped Leverkusen lift the DFB-Pokal, adding a silver lining to their season.

Peter Olayinka’s Triumph In Serbia, Peter Olayinka scored twice as Crvena Zvezda clinched the league and cup double, capping off a successful season for the team and the Nigerian forward.

Joe Aribo’s Return to the Premier League Joe Aribo celebrated Southampton’s promotion to the Premier League after a crucial playoff victory over Leeds United. Aribo’s return to England’s top flight means he will reunite with fellow Super Eagles teammates Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho next season.

Victor Osimhen’s Disappointment The only downside of the weekend was for Victor Osimhen, who was unable to find the net on the final day of the Serie A season. Despite this, it was overall a successful period for Nigeria’s top talents playing across Europe.

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