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Shanghai SIPG’s Shi Ke (L) fights for the ball with Shanghai Shenhua’s Obafemi Martins during their Chinese FA Cup football match in Shanghai on November 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Sadiq Umar goes from zero to hero-ish while Martins throw his hat in the Super Eagles ring with a hat-trick over the weekend. Here are the outstanding five Nigerian players over the weekend:

Obafemi Martins

First start in the Chinese Super League this season and it brings a return of three goals, Obafemi Martins will be right to feel he should have had a run in the side in the first three games. Against Gervinho and Ezequiel Lavezzi, the Nigerian forward showed to be the more clinical striker on show.

It didn’t exactly look that way when Martins air-kicked in the 15th minute, failing to connect to a low cross that picked him out at the back post. It took till the 62nd minute before Obagoal rippled the net, receiving a slide rule pass that went through two defenders before angling a shot into the top corner from close range.

He scored his second in a spectacular fashion in the 76th minute. Martins scored an acrobatic volley after the goalkeeper spilled a save into his path. Martins wasn’t done yet, scoring Shanghai Shenhua’s fourth goal in the 90th minute. The goal courted a bit of controversy but it was smoothed out by the all-seeing VAR. The 33-year old rounded a move, finishing his team-mate’s cut-back. The player appeared to have nicked the ball after it crossed the…



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