Posted by: westafricanfootball | 09/07/2011

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE 2010-2011

BUKOLA BABES FC

Bukola Babes FC is in trouble. The mass exodus of players, including Osas Stanley Aigbe (midfielder) to Gombe United FC, Daniel Essien Etor (born 05.05.1992 – winger) to Niger Tornadoes FC, Ismaila Gata (striker) to Kwara United FC, Abubakar Nazim (midfielder) to Gombe United FC, Onyebuchi Onyechefula (defender) to Gombe United FC and Kingsley Salami (born 27.02.1987 – midfielder) to Heartland FC, has changed this exciting team to a quite ordinary team. However, there are still brilliant players at the club and right-back Cletus Promise James, midfielder Abdulkadir Aminu, the versatile Moronfade Christian Adebayo, left-winger Effiom Otu Bassey and striker Abdulrahman Bashir, will all be vital to the survival hopes of the newly promoted club. Bashir, who has scored eight goals in his debut season in the Nigeria Premier League, has during the last months forced his way into the fringes of the Nigeria U-20 national football team. Bashir is an outsider for a place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia between 29.07.2011 and 20.08.2011, although I personally think other players will be preferred.

CROWN FC

Crown FC is still relying on the striking partners of Gabriel Agu (born 15.06.1985) and Taofeek Akanbi. Both players have scored six league goals so far this season. Goalkeeper Michael Uweru has gotten rave reviews lately and has apparently taken over the number one shirt from Ayobami Ojo.

Left-wingback Daniel Osoata has joined the club, apparently in January 2011. Osoata, a former player of Shooting Stars FC, was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team in 2004 and was also a trialist at Danish side Esbjerg fB in 2010. Francis Shedrack, formerly of Gabros International FC, is another new signing.

DOLPHINS FC

Dolphins FC could very well end up as the champions of the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011 but they seem to miss a star striker who can score 15-20 goals during a season. So far, Victor Michael is top scorer with six goals while the trio of Owusu Addai (born 04.02.1985), Derick Amadi (born 10.03.1984) and Captain Ejindu all have scored four goals. Perhaps the experienced Emma Nwachi (born 12.10.1986) will wake up soon?

ENYIMBA FC

Enyimba FC has one of the best homepages in West African Football in http://www.enyimbafc.net/.

A few weeks ago, the website published basic information and birthdates regarding several first team players at Enyimba FC:

Chijioke Ejiogu – goalkeeper – born 22.11.1984

John Lawrence – goalkeeper – born 07.04.1989

David Amanyi – central defender – born 31.12.1984

Ekene Iwuorie – central defender – born 15.09.1989

Kenneth Anyanwu – left-back – born 01.07.1987

Mackson Ojobo – central defender – born 01.12.1992

Monday Osagie – central defender – born 31.12.1989

Samuel Tswanya – right-back – born 19.07.1989

Ahmed Kadiri – attacking midfielder – born 13.12.1992

Bernard Okorowanta – attacking midfielder – born 11.12.1986

David Tyavkase – attacking midfielder – born 30.12.1984

Henry Uche – attacking midfielder – born 18.08.1990

Josiah Maduabuchi – attacking midfielder – born 16.05.1989

Kelvin Njoku – defensive midfielder – born 10.05.1986

Musa Mustapha – defensive midfielder – born 26.08.1990

Eneji Otekpa – defensive midfielder – born 02.02.1989

Peter Onoja – attacking midfielder – born 25.05.1991

Rasheed Olabiyi – attacking midfielder – born 08.08.1990

John Chukwudi – striker – born 26.06.1991

Amakiri George – attacker – born 14.01.1988

Ifeanyi Ede – attacker – born 05.12.1990

Nonso Elias – attacker – born 12.12.1991

Uche Kalu – striker – born 16.05.1986

Uche Ndukwe – support striker – born 15.06.1990

Victor Barnabas – striker – born 13.12.1988

Most of this information is corresponding with the information in my records. However, I have previously written other birthdates on some of the players mentioned above.

I have previously written that goalkeeper John Lawrence is born 07.04.1987 which was information I found on his personal Facebook-page.

When central defender Ekene Iwuorie was part of Cameroonian side Cotonsport FC back in 2005, his date of birth according to Fecafoot was 18.09.1985.

I have previously commented the age of Mackson Ojobo in my articles from April 2011:

https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/04/10/special-report-age-cheating-in-the-nigeria-u-20-national-football-team/

https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/04/12/part-two-age-cheating-in-the-nigeria-u-20-national-football-team/

https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/05/09/part-three-%E2%80%93-age-cheating-in-the-nigeria-u-20-national-football-team/

I have previously written that Josiah Maduabuchi is born 16.04.1988 but I actually find http://www.enyimbafc.net/ to be a more reliable source. I will therefore use the date of birth 16.05.1989 in the continuance.

According to MTN Football, Kelvin Njoku is born 10.05.1984.

I actually thought that enterprising striker Uche Kalu was born 14.11.1987 but I assume that 16.05.1986 is the correct birthdate and will use this in the continuance.

Please note that several important players of Enyimba FC, for some reason, is missing from the squad list found on the homepage, including Emmanuel Anyanwu (born 15.11.1991), Nnaemeka Anyanwu (born 21.10.1988), Philip Auta, Chidozie Johnson (born 06.03.1983), Valentine Nwabili and Chinedu Udoji.

In March 2011, central defender Monday Osagie was declared “AWOL” by his club Kwara United FC. Osagie has now resurfaced at Enyimba FC and played for his new club against Gombe United FC on 03.07.2011.

GOMBE UNITED FC

Striker Adamu Mohammed is currently on fire and has scored six league goals in the last sixteen league matches. It is not easy to find information about this player. I know that Enyimba FC was interested in the player in 2009 and that he was nicknamed “Drogba” at the time, apparently meaning that he is a strong, burly striker just like the Ivorian star player. I also think that Adamu Mohammed of Gombe United FC is the same Adamu Mohammed that played for Lobi Stars FC in 2009-2010 and was included in the squad of the Nigeria B national football team during the season.

HEARTLAND FC

According to unconfirmed reports, Heartland FC has offloaded the talented winger / attacker Hamzat Jamiu (born 16.01.1991), which is somewhat surprising due to the fact that the player was rather hyped during the early stages of the season. Jamiu was for instance presented as one of the Nigeria Premier League “Young stars to shine” in December 2010:

http://africanfootball.mtnfootball.com/live/content.php?Item_ID=36968

Experienced striker Chibuzor Ozurumba was not registered as a first team player during the first part of the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011. However, he recently returned to the first team squad and Ozurumba, most likely born in 1985, has already three league goals to his name. Ozurumba is a petit striker with tremendous speed.

JUTH FC

Experienced attacker Danjuma Abdullahi, who is captaining JUTH FC from time to time, has finally started scoring goals, which should ease the pressure on Ghanaian top striker James Amankwe. Goalkeeper Nura Mohammed, formerly of Zamfara United FC and the Nigeria U-20 national football team (in 2008), has been a revelation since joining the club in January 2011.

KADUNA UNITED FC

The talented central defender Linus Adams is one of the unsung heroes at Kaduna United FC. Adams was part of the Nigeria U-17 national football team in 2009 and as far as I know, he is still a teenager. The current season is the third at top level for this exciting prospect.

KANO PILLARS FC

When will a European club be willing to give target man Mohammed Gambo (born 10.03.1988) a chance? The 23 year old center forward scored his tenth league goal when Pillars won 2-0 against Lobi Stars FC on 06.07.2011. Gambo, a former member of the Nigeria B national football team, is big, strong and blessed with great aerial power. The picture is of Gambo and is taken from Backpagepix.

KWARA UNITED FC

On 15.05.2011, I wrote that I felt the talented first choice goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen (born 01.12.1992) deserved a change at the Nigeria U-20 national football team.

 https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/05/15/kazeem-yekeen/

In June 2011, Yekeen was included in the squad and he now looks like an outsider for a place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia between 29.07.2011 and 20.08.2011.

LOBI STARS FC

Lobi Stars FC is in top form at the time of writing. The youthful side has brought some experienced players to the club, which has proven to be a stroke of genius. Goalkeeper Danladi Issah has been a revelation and experienced midfielders Daddy Bazuaye (born 11.12.1988) and Andrew Ighado has brought stability to the middle of the park. The mobile striker Hillary Chukwu (born 24.05.1984), formerly of Kano Pillars FC, is a mobile and skillful striker who scored eight league goals in the Nigeria Premier Leagye 2007-2008. The experience of these players have apparently made it easier for the youngsters to shine and striker Moses Bunde (born in 1993), left-back Ezekiel Bassey and right-winger / attacker Tony Okpotu have all made headlines during the last couple of weeks. Bunde was presented in my post from 31.03.2011:

https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/03/31/lobi-stars-fc-two-players-to-watch/

NIGER TORNADOES FC

It’s all about Sibi Gwar (born 09.09.1987) at Niger Tornadoes FC. Gwar has scored an amazing 10 goals in the last 11 league matches.

https://westafricanfootball.com/2011/05/19/sibi-gwar/

Winger / attacker Daniel Essien Etor (born 05.05.1992), brought to the club from Bukola Babes FC during the season, has also been a revelation and has impressed with his creative style of play and three league goals.

OCEAN BOYS FC

Key-players Ayo Saka and Olufemi Thomas (born 05.08.1989) are both currently part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team. Saka, an attacking midfielder, and Thomas, a goalkeeper, are arguably the biggest prospects at Ocean Boys FC and I personally doubt they will be staying much longer at the struggling club.

PLATEAU UNITED FC

A few days ago, it was reported that Norwegian side Viking FK was interested in signing top scorer George Akpabio. The coach of Viking FK, Åge Hareide, recently stated that he knew about the striker but Akpabio was not one of the trialists Viking FK would include in a training camp during the summer. 

RANGERS INTERNATIONAL FC

Enugu Rangers FC has apparently signed striker Kabiru Umar from JUTH FC. Umar has one league goal for JUTH FC this season.

Ifeanyi Egwuim is another new signing, apparently from Prime FC, and he is already described as an “attacking sensation” with “Ronaldinho-like-step-overs”. Rangers has apparently bought a Ghanaian player called Eric Ackon, also from Prime FC. I am currently trying to find more information about both players.

SHARKS FC

Juwon Oshaniwa is arguably one of the most promising left-backs in the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011. Oshaniwa was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team in 2007 and 2008, which makes it likely that he is born in 1989, is a very attacking-minded full-back, formerly of Lobi Stars FC and Kwara United FC.

SHOOTING STARS FC

Chinonso Obiozor is a new signing at 3SC, bought from an amateur club in Lagos. Obiozor is apparently a young striker and I have noticed him as he has already forced his way into the first eleven of the side, despite being very inexperienced. Obiozor has yet to score for his new club, but could be a player to follow closely.

Playmaker Tope Orelope (born 28.10.1989) is such a talented, creative player. If he manages to be more consistent, he could very well break through any time soon.

SUNSHINE STARS FC

Cameroonian central midfielder Medrano Tamen (born 29.03.1986) has apparently had some breathtaking performances for his new club. Tamen was signed from Tiko United FC a few months ago and the petit, skillful player looks set for a bright future in Nigerian football.

WARRI WOLVES FC

A few years ago, some experts predicted a bright future for attacking midfielder / winger Oduopke Oghogho. Oghogho has been somewhat of a fringe player the last two seasons, but he has recently found top form and this crowd-pleaser is obviously a player to watch.

ZAMFARA UNITED FC

If Zamfara United FC shall survive in the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011 they will need more goals. Timothy Ndubuisi and Murtala Salisu, formerly of Sokoto United FC, have to step up.


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