Ighalo, Moses mark Super Eagles return with EPL goals


By Toby Prince


Nigerian players continue to light up the English Premier with yet another exciting performance on Saturday.

Less than 24 hours after being handed a recall to the Super Eagles squad, Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses were at their very best for their respective clubs.

Ighalo piled more misery on Steve MacClaren when he scored a brace for Watford as they defeated Newcastle 2-1 at St. James’ Park.

The 26-year-old netted his third and fourth Premier League goals with a pair of cool finishes inside the first half-hour.

The first, was a well-placed shot which beat Magpies keeper, Tim Krul, while, he stroked his second into an unguarded net after rounding the Dutchman

“I’m happy not only for my goals, but also for the all round performance of the team,” Ighalo said  after the game.

The visitors have now sealed back-to-back victories in the league thanks to Ighalo who has now scored four of his side’s five goals this season.

Watford boss Quique Flores hailed Ighalo’s contribution.

“It was nice for Ighalo, he is involved a lot with the team, he is a very important player,” he told Sky Sports.

Ighalo’s countryman, Moses, became the first player to score against Manchester City this season when he struck in the sixth minute to hand West Ham a famous 2-1 victory over the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium.

The Nigerian shot from long range to put the Hammers in front before Diafra Sakho doubled the lead in the 31st minute.

Kevin De Bruyne pulled a goal back for City on the stroke of halftime from 20 yards but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.

West Ham have now beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and City in three away games , placing them second behind City.