Posted by: westafricanfootball | 22/01/2011

SPECIAL REPORT – DOLPHIN FC PORT HARCOURT

At the time of writing, Dolphin FC from Port Harcourt are leading the Nigeria Premier League after winning eight of their eleven matches. A marvelous achievement from a club that actually played at second level of Nigerian football in 2008-2009 and became number 12 in the 2009-2010 Nigeria Premier League.

Here is a short presentation of the most important players of Dolphin FC.

Goalkeepers

AFESO ATTAH

Afeso Attah is an experienced goalkeeper who mainly provides cover for Sunday Rotimi. Attah has featured for a number of Nigerian clubs, including Sunshine Stars FC from which he joined Dolphins before the current season. Attah was part of Nigeria U-20 back in 2000 which should imply that he is in his late twenties.

UDO OCHIOGU

Ochiogu is third choice goalkeeper at Dolphins but was a rather important member of the team when they won promotion in the 2008-2009 season.

SUNDAY ROTIMI

Sunday Rotimi, born 08.03.1980, is the first choice goalkeeper of Dolphins. Rotimi is a lanky goalkeeper with a great physical presence (he is not 180 centimeters as some sources claim) and plenty of experience.  Rotimi was part of the Nigeria national football team between 2001 and 2004, reaching 6 matches according to my statistics. Rotimi played for Irony Rishon Letzion from Israel in 2004-2005 and for Hapoel Ashkelon, also from Israel, in 2005-2006.

Defenders

HUSSEINI ADAJI

Adaji is a versatile defender, comfortable at left-back or in the central defence. Adaji has not been given many chances this season, mostly because of the brilliant form of his competitors. Adaji played for Lobi Stars FC before joining Dolphins in the season 2008-2009. He was part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team in 2007, which should imply that he is in his mid-twenties.

MUTIU ADELEKE ADEGOKE

Adegoke is a left-back, born 10.02.1984. He has been injury-plagued this season and did not feature at all during the first part of the season. In form, Adegoke is arguably one of the best left-backs in the Nigeria Premier League. He is deadly from set piece and his long range efforts are a constant source of worry for opponents. Adegoke is somewhat of a journey man and has played for Enyimba FC, ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast), Heartland FC, FC Saint Eloi Lupopo(Congo DR) and Lobi Stars FC.

KOLA AWE

Awe is a utility defender who is mostly used at right-back. Awe joined Dolphins after the rather shocking relegation of Bayelsa United FC after the 2009-2010 season. Awe was a key member of Bayelsa United FC from 2005 to 2010 but has so far not been able to establish himself at Dolphins.

VICTOR BABAYARO

Babayaro was the regular right-back at Dolphins for many seasons but now seems to have lost his place to Oguchi. However, Babayaro is a hard fighter and could very well establish himself again during the second part of the campaign.

KENNEDY CHINWO

Chinwo, born 29.12.1985, is the regular left-back at Dolphins, although traditionally a right-back. Chinwo played professionally in Moldova for FC Tiraspol and FC Sheriff Tiraspol before joining Heartland FC in 2008-2009. He joined Dolphins before the current campaign. Chinwo is a powerful, burly defender, known for his strong right-foot which makes him a dangerous asset at set-pieces. Chinwo is a former member of the Nigeria U-20 national football team and has also played for Nigeria B. His start at Dolphins has been nothing less than brilliant.

VICTOR EZURUIKE

Ezuruike is a central defender, formerly of Heartland FC where he sometimes was captain of the team. The big defender is fondly called “The Terminator”. Ezuruike is a player with a strong reputation in Nigeria Premier League, but has so far not established himself at Dolphins.

AUSTIN FESTUS

Festus, born 31.01.1989, is arguably one of the most talented central defenders in the Nigeria Premier League. Festus played for Bendel Insurance FC before joining Dolphins and has been member of the Nigeria U-17 and U-20 national football teams.

EMMA GODWIN

Godwin is the captain of the team and a defensive marshal. He has actually been with Dolphins since 1999. Godwin is born 11.11.1982 according to most sources, although I have also read the date of birth 23.06.1980. Godwin is a tough central defender who is a valuable member of the team.

UCHE OGUCHI

Right-back Oguchi, born 19.09.1987, has perhaps been the best Dolphins-player this season. Oguchi, formerly of Lobi Stars FC and Enyimba FC, made his debut for the Nigeria national football team in 2007 but has been somewhat forgotten for the last couple of seasons. He is now back in top form and is a very attacking minded right-back who has already two league goals to his name.

MIKE SIMON

Simon is also very much a fringe player although he was a key performer when Dolphins struggled at second level in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Simon was part of Nigeria U-23 in 2007.

BILAMO YABRIFA

Yabrifa is a versatile defender, formerly of Ocean Boys FC and Bayelsa United FC. He is basically a  fringe player at Dolphins.

Midfielders

ABDUL AJAGUN

Ajagun, an attacking midfielder born 10.02.1993, is arguably the most exciting prospect of the Dolphins. Ajagun has been described as a dynamic, free-moving player well-known for his attacking runs. Ajagun was a key member of the Nigeria U-17 national football team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009. He is currently playing for Nigeria U-20 and was recently included in the Nigeria B-squad for an invitational tournament to be held In USA in February 2011. Ajagun has scored one goal for Dolphin FC this season and has been very impressive.

ABBAS AKANJI

Akanji is a midfielder, signed from Akwa United FC. He was part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team in 2008. Akanji has so far not established himself at Dolphins and is a fringe player at the club.

EMEKA FRANCIS ATULOMA

Atuloma is a talented central midfielder, born 01.10.1992. Atuloma was signed from FC Internazionale Enugu before the season and has been a sensation, forcing his way into the first eleven despite his inexperience. Atuloma is described as a creative player with good vision and accurate passes. He is also a typical team player. Atuloma is 186 centimeters and 80 kilos.

OSITA ECHENDU

Echendu, born 04.02.1987, was member of the Nigeria team for the 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Echendu is a versatile player, often used as a defensive midfielder but he has traditionally been classified as a defender. Echendu played for Heartland FC before joining Dolphins.

DADDY MAURICE

Maurice is a central midfielder who has been with Dolphins for at least four seasons. Somewhat of an unsung hero but his hard work creates space for more creative players like Osuchukwu and Ajagun.

JOHNSON OLEWESI

Olewesi is a petit midfielder or winger, formerly of Kwara United FC, Shooting Stars FC, Lobi Stars FC and NPA Warri FC. Olewesi is born 20.12.1987 according to some sources but this is not necessarily harmonizing with the fact that he was part of Nigeria U-23 back in 2002. Olewesi is pretty much a fringe player at Dolphins.

CHIDI OSUCHUKWU

Osuchukwu, born 16.02.1990, has been a revelation this season. Osuchukwu is a former player of Gateway FC and is a versatile player, mostly used as a creative attacking midfielder at Dolphins. At Gateway, he often played as a sleeky striker but he actually classified as a left-back at the official website of Gateway FC, now deleted. He scored five league goals in 2008-2009 and joined Dolphins in the middle of 2009-2010. He has been described as an intelligent and extremely creative playmaker.

WOBO OWAZUOKE

Owazuoke is a versatile and experienced player who provides backup in defence and midfield. Owazuoke has been with Dolphins for several years and made a comeback before the current campaign. He has not established himself yet and is a rather peripheral player.

AARON SAMUEL

Aaron Samuel is a rather unknown player to me who has played the last three matches for Dolphins. Samuel is apparently a young and talented player.

Forwards

OWUSU ADDAI

Ghanaian striker Owusu Addai, often wearing a headband on the field, is the lanky, strong centre forward of Dolphins. Addai played for Berekum Arsenal in his homeland in 2005-2006 before signing for Liberty Professionals FC in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008, Addai was a bit of a fringe player for Liberty, playing just a couple of matches and scoring no goals. Addai signed for Heartland FC from Nigeria during 2008-2009 and scored three goals in the league. Addai joined Dolphins in the middle of 2009-2010 and managed one goal in the league. Addai started the current season on a high note and scored in the first match of the season. This is unfortunately his only goal of the season and he is not an automatic choice up front anymore. Addai has never been famous for scoring a lot of goals, but he is nevertheless a good target man who holds the ball up well and creates space for his teammates. Addai is born 16.03.1983.

DERICK AMADI

Amadi, born 10.03.1984, is very much a fringe player at Dolphins. Amadi was actually part of German side Freiburg SC between 2003 and 2005, mostly at the U-19 team and the Amateur-team. Amadi joined Dolphins from Heartland FC during the 2009-2010 season but has failed to establish himself.

EMEM EDUOK

Eduok is a new signing from Akwa United FC. Eduok can be described as a lively winger and has gotten several chances so far this season, although not a regular starter.

CAPTAIN EJINDU

Ejindu scored nine goals for Dolphins last season and is arguably the top striker at the club. Ejindu was linked to Enyimba FC before the new season but fortunately for Dolphins, he decided to stay. Ejindu has been a key player for Dolphins for the last three years, but played for city rivals Sharks FC in 2007-2008, scoring five goals in the league. Ejindu has scored three goals in the last six matches for Dolphins.

VICTOR MICHAEL

Michael made a name for himself in 2007-2008 when he scored four goals for Gombe United FC in the Nigeria Premier League. He joined Enyimba FC for 2008-2009 but failed to establish himself. He was back at Gombe United FC in 2009-2010 but I can only document that he scored one goal. He joined Dolphins FC before the current campaign and scored his first goal against Kaduna United FC on 19.12.2010.

EMMA NWACHI

Nwachi is a lanky striker with a strong reputation in the Nigeria Premier League. Nwachi is born 12.10.1986 and has been a regular member of Nigeria B in 2008 and 2009. He scored nine goals for Sharks FC in 2007-2008 before joining Bayelsa United FC in 2008-2009 where he scored six goals. During 2009-2010 be joined Dolphins and managed four goals. He has yet to score this season and has strong competition from Ejindu and Addai.

OMOH OJABU

Ojabu, born 14.12.1992, was member of the Nigeria U-17 national football team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 but has struggled a bit to live up to his expectations ever since. Ojabu is a versatile attacker, often used as a left-winger or an attacking midfielder. He scored one league goal in 2009-2010 and also has one goal to his name in the current campaign. Ojabu is mostly a reserve at Dolphins.


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  4. Goodday Sir, i am Omosun Nosa from Nigeria i play football in Benin Edo state as Top number 9, striker, if necessary i can also play at backline please i would be very happy if you can send me a FORM to fill for a trail. Thanks and God Bless you Sir.

  5. hello,
    my name is david i live in the United States but a Nigerian citizen and i would love to play for the Dolphins FC of PortHarcout
    Please how can i go about this
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  6. Dear Sir, thanks for the comment. I saw the banner of Dolphins which said “Dolphin Football Club” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphins_F.C._(Port_Harcourt)) but you are correct – I will use the name Dolphins in the continuance. Best regards, Øivind Henrik

  7. Dear Sir, thanks for your comment. I had wondered what happened to Ofili. I remember him well. An important member of the team but then out in the cold. I hope he finds a club for the upcoming season. Best regards, Øiind Henrik

  8. A friend of mine named christain ofili was a member of the team that promoted dolphins to the premire league in 08 09 season he was droped from the team by eguma in 09 010 since then he has not been paid his sign on fee.

  9. The name is Dolphins and not Dolphin. Please take note

  10. hello dear
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