Posted by: westafricanfootball | 27/12/2010

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (PART TWO)

LOBI STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

Victor Barnabas 3, Chimaobi Nwaogu 2, Kingsley Odoh 2, Anthony Okpotu 1, Moses Orkuma 1.

Observations:

 * The experienced John Agbawu was a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held In USA in February 2011. Agbawu is a versatile defender who can play as a right wing-back or left wing-back.

 * Top goalscorer Victor Barnabas, who I presented in my post from 07.12.2010, is born 04.05.1988  according to Football Talents.

* Central defender Umar Zango, a key player for Lobi Stars FC, is back in form after being suspended for almost 10 months for attacking a referee.

NIGER TORNADOES FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

Joshua Garba 1, Chinedu Justice 1, Chibuzor Osigwe 1, Emmanuel Osita 1, Eugene Salami 1, Baba Sule 1.

Observations:

* Last season’s top goalscorer, Eugene Salami, is back with Tornadoes after several unsuccesful trials at European and North African clubs. However, it seems likely that Salami (born 05.02.1989) will leave during January 2011. Salami scored 17 league goals last season and Tornadoes are a whole different team when this strong striker is part of the team.

OCEAN BOYS FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

Charles Omokaro 3 ,Ndubuisi Nkoro 2, Christopher Chigozie 1, Andrew Michael 1, Collins Nwaneri 1.

Observations:

* Ocean Boys FC is still a team in shock after the tragic death of left-back Emmanuel Ogoli, who collapsed during the encounter with Niger Tornadoes FC on 12.12.2010.

* On the positive note, attacker Collins Nwaneri is an interesting newcomer . Nwaneri was part of Nigeria U-20 in May 2009, then playing for Union Bank FC at second level. Nwaneri has been on trials at several European clubs, including  Mjällby AIF from Sweden. According to Swedish sources, Nwaneri was 20 years old in February 2008. He was described as a quick and skilful forward at 183 centimeters and 78 kilos.

* Sleeky forward Ndubuisi Nkoro is having a good season. Nkoro is primarly a right-winger and featured for Kwara United FC and Bayelsa United FC before joining Ocean Boys FC.

* According to several sources, a defender called Bartholomew Akakem was a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held In USA in February 2011. This is a completely unknown player to me and I speculate that this could in fact be defender Nkereuwem Bassey.

PLATEAU UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

George Akpabio 2, Shehu Abdullahi 1, Solomon Bitrus 1, Akpobome Egborge 1, Ibrahim Kabiru 1, Paul Kelly 1.

Observations:

* Youngster George Akpabio is arguably the most interesting player at Plateau United FC. Akpabio is a strong player who has the ability to shoot with precision, according to SuperSport. Other qualities are apparently good positioning and the ability to dribble. Akpabio is born in 1993.

* The experienced and dazzling midfielder Daniel Njoku (born 08.10.1983), also known as David Njoku, has apparently joined Plateau United FC. Njoku played for Nigeria A in 2004 and later featured for Enyimba FC.

* Playmaker Ibrahim Kabiru was a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011.

RANGERS INTERNATIONAL FC

List of scores after Round 8:

Fred Okwara 4, Uche Nwafor 3, Emeka Nwanna 2, Brendan Ogbu 2, Ejike Uzoenyi 2, Musa Najare 1, Ugonna Uzochukwu 1.

Observations:

* Emeka Christian Eze (born 22.12.1992) is a very talented midfielder signed from FC Internazionale Enugu before the season. SuperSport has described him as a midfielder with great work ethic and who can “break up opposition’s play and set up an offensive style in a flash”. Eze can apparently play in a holding role in the middle of the park.

* Attacker Fred Okwara (born 19.03.1989) and left-winger Ejike Uzoenyi were a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011.

SHARKS FC

List of scores after Round 8: 

Thankgod Amaefule 2, Victor Ezeji 2, Gomo Onduku 2, Kola Anubi 1.

Observations:

The official webpage of Sharks FC recently published the squad-list for 2010-2011:

Patrick Kingsley, Thompson Stowe, Usman Mani, Odinga Odinga, Ebere Okolie, Victor Ezeji, Pape Ousmane Sané, Kola Anubi, Thankgod Amaefule, Okiemute Odah, Juwon Oshaniwa, Chinedu Ezimorah, Henry Vincent, Godwin Mba, Ebitimi Agogu, Stanley Okoronkwo, Fortune Omoniwari, Terry Envoh, Gideon Gambo, Bright Ejike, Fortune Chukwudi, Mohammed Bala Saidu, Pascal Gomo, Ifeanyi Esobe, Musa Kundi, Onuabuchi Nwodo, Belema Fenibo.

* The versatile Thankgod Amaefule (born 16.12.1984) and Stanley Okoronkwo, the midfielder signed from Rangers International FC, were a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011. Amaefule has featured both in central defence, as a holding midfielder and as a center forward since he joined Sharks in 2008-2009.

SHOOTING STARS FC

List of scores after Round 8:

Raheem Owolabi 3, Chima Akas 2, Fuad Gbolahan Salami 2, Kabiru Alausa 1.

Observations:

* I have later written that right-back Tare Oke could be from the Ivory Coast, which turns out to be incorrect. Oke is a Nigerian born 14.12.1987.

* Shooting Stars FC are relying on several very young players this season, including Jolly Osas (born 30.05.1993), signed from Julius Berger FC, left-back Festus Iyoma (born 21.05.1994), Chima Akas (born 03.05.1994) and burly striker Jonathan Onyebuchi (born 05.05.1994). Onyebuchi has been a major hype for the last couple of weeks and made his first team debut on 19.12.2010 against Rangers International FC. Onyebuchi can play anywhere in the attack. Akas is just as versatile and play anywhere on the left side of the pitch. He delivers good crosses and is a free kick specialist with a powerful shot.

* Burly striker Fuad Gbolahan Salami (born 15.04.1991), that I wrote about in my post from 13.11.2010 ,  was a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011.

SUNSHINE STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

Ukeyima Akombo 4, Ajani Ibrahim 2, Cletus Itodo 2, Onyi Chiemeka 1, Ofem Inah 1, Christian Iyam Ifeanyi 1, Godfrey Oboabona 1, Emmanuel Sunday 1.

Observations:

* According to the Facebook-page of brilliant right-winger Ajani Ibrahim, he is born 03.03.1990. MTN Football, who recently profiled the in-form player and named him as one of the “Top 5 NPL stars ripe for Europe”, also states that he is 20 years old. I have previously written that Ibrahim is born 05.03.1987 and my source is the former webpage of Gateway FC. Ibrahim played for Gateway FC in 2005 and 2008-2009.

* Highly talented central defender Kenneth Omeruo (born 17.10.1993), left-back Daniel Mende and defensive midfielder Cletus Itodo (born 01.01.1984) was a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011.

WARRI WOLVES FC

List of scorers after Round 8: 

Ekigho Ehiosun 3, Mbachu Tochukwu 2, Emmanuel Omodiagbe 1, Nelson Onyekachi 1, Efe Yarhere 1.

Observations:

* Togolese international Akinsola Busari (born 10.03.1988) has suprisingly failed to establish himself in central defence. Busari was a high-profile signing from Rangers International FC before the season.

* It is fair to say that captain Goodluck Onomado, a hard-tackling central defender, and Efe Yarhere, a hard-working attacking midfielder, are unsung heroes at Warri Wolves FC. However, their contributions are invaluable. Both players were part of Wolves back in 2007-2008, when the club won relegation to the Nigeria Premier League.

* Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim (born 20.08.1984), central defender Ike Thankgod (born 04.04.1985) and top goalscorer Ekigho Ehiosun (born 12.05.1989) were a few days ago included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held in USA in February 2011. Agbim has taken back the number one shirt at Wolves after Ambruse Vanzekin made some errors on matchday three.

ZAMFARA UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 8:

Eni Obasesam 3, Anas Abdullahi 1, Peter Bako 1, Oba Dada 1, Austin Kadiri 1, Muritala Salisu 1, Lucas Wayo 1, Own Goals 1.

Observations:

* As always, Zamfara United FC are a team difficult to find information about. They have apparently signed Mada Alhassan from Kaduna United FC. Alhassan is a former player of Heartland FC.

* Top goalscorer Eni Obasesam apparently featured for Calabar Rovers FC last season. I believe this is a club playing at third level in Nigeria.

* Another new signing is apparently striker Mohammed Danzuru from Adamawa United FC. I believe this is the same player that featured for JUTH FC in 2008-2009 and who has played for Zamfara United FC earlier in his career.

* Other new signings include Patrick Agada (Kaduna United FC), Bashar Malami (Dalatu United FC), Toyin Moses (Sport Life), Emeka Nnaji (Dalatu United FC), Lucas Wayo (Dalatu United FC) and Abubakar Yahaya (Sport Life). All players are unknown to me at the time of writing.

* Danda Aliu, Geral Ede, Muhammed Musa, Abdul Rahman Rabiu and Ibrahim Yakubu are names of players that are promoted from the youth team of Zamfara United FC.


Responses

  1. Calabar Rovers FC is a club playing in the Nigerian National League (2nd level), they are known with their sponsors name UNICEM Rovers


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