In 2017, The Nigeria Super Eagles trashed the Argentine national team in an international friendly 4-2 in the City of Krasnodar, Russia.
The scoreline was somewhat incredible not only because the Super Eagles came back from 2 goals to lead 4-2 but trouncing a star-studded Argentine side is a feeling to cherish.
However, a certain Brian Idowu announced himself in the Nigeria football terrain when he registered the fourth goal – coming in as a second-half sub.
The Russian based Eagle may likely feature in the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Serbia for his impressive performance on his first outing for the Super Eagles.
Idowu is not the only Russia-based Eagle in the Super Eagles team nor the only Super Eagles player to ply his trade in the Russia Premier League.
In this post, brila.net highlights 5 Super Eagles who have made a name at the Russia Premier League.
1, Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskow)
The former Super Eagles captain, who till date is the only Nigerian to score a brace in a World Cup match when he scored twice against Argentina at Brazil 2014 World Cup, have made name for himself in Russia.
Musa made 125 appearances for CSKA scoring 42 goals between 2012 – 2016.
2, Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moskow)
The ex-Super Eagles flamboyant wing – back had an impressive spell at CSKA.
Odiah who represented Nigeria at the 2006 and 2010 Nations Cup and the 2010 World Cup made 84 appearances for CSKA. He won the Russian Premier League and Russian Cup as well as the UEFA Cup now Europa League during his time with the Russian outfit.
3, Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow)
The Olympic silver medalist made a switched to Lokomotiv in 2007 for a reported fee of 14 million dollars.
He was a formidable member of the Lokomotiv squad. He scored 21 goals in 75 matches for while in Russia.
4, Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow)
Emenike had an impressive time at Spartak. In 2012/13 season he scored the fastest goal ever in the Russian league history when he scored within 10 seconds of kick off in a match against Alania Vladikavkaz.
The Super Eagles top scorer at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa made 42 appearances for Spartak scoring 21 goals.
5, Victor Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Another Nigerian Olympic silver medalist to appear for Lokomotiv. He joined the Russian outfit on a free transfer in the summer of 2011. Nsofor played 45 times for Lokomotiv and scored 3 goals.
Other notable mentions;
Obafemi Martins – FC Rubin Kazan – 2010–2012
Joseph Enakarhire – FC Dynamo Moscow – 2005
Richard Eromoigbe – FC Khimki – 2008
Augustine Eguavoen – FC Torpedo Moscow – 1997–1998
Lukman Haruna – FC Anzhi Makhachkala – 2015
Isaac Okoronkwo – FC Alania Vladikavkaz, FC Moscow, FC Rostov – 2005–2013
Solomon Okoronkwo – FC Saturn Ramenskoye – 2008–2009
Fegor Ogude – FC Amkar Perm – 2014–2018
Sylvester Igboun – FC Ufa – 2015–2017
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