The 2020-21 league season is heating up in Belgium, Serbia, and some other parts of Europe, and Nigerian stars are already making their mark.
Umar Sadiq scored his third goal in three games to lift Partizan to a 2-0 win at Radnik Surdulica on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first 45, Asano opened the scoring for the visitors just past the hour-mark before the Nigeria youth international doubled the team’s advantage moments before the end.
The former AS Roma striker had his most prolific campaign last year scoring 12 goals and creating 13 assists as Partizan ended as runners-up in the Serbian top-flight.
Nigerian midfielder Eze Okeuhie also netted a brace for Cukaricki as the Serbian side handed a 5-1 thrashing to Zlatibor Čajetina.
The 27-year-old now has four goals in three league games, having found the back of the net just three times throughout last term.
The huge win lifts Cukaricki to ten points and second on the Super Liga table, one better than Sadiq’s fourth-placed Partizan.
In Belgium, the Nigerian duo of Paul Onuachu and Cyriel Dessers left their scoring boots at home as RC Genk could only manage a 1-1 draw with lowly OH Leuven.
But young Nigerian forward Terem Igobor Moffi was among the goals as Kortrijk stunned former champions KAA Gent 2-1 at the GHELAMCO Arena on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Igobor opened the scoring – his first goal of the season – in the 22nd minute, but Plastun equalized for the hosts on the hour mark. Van der Bruggen, however, grabbed a late winner for the visitors to secure their first win of the two-week-old campaign.
Nigerian midfielder Abdul Ajagun was introduced into the game by Kortrijk in the dying seconds of the encounter.