Posted by: westafricanfootball | 05/09/2011

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE 2010-2011

* Justice Enemi, the attacker at Bukola Babes FC, is born 21.03.1991 according to his profile at MyBestPlay. Enemi describes himself at a natural left-footed player who can play both as a center forward and as a winger.

* Attacking midfielder Tony Edjomariegwe of Crown FC is born 01.09.1989.

* I have previously written that Francis Shedrack of Crown FC is born 12.08.1990 but I have just found an article from 2005, describing a “Francis Shedrack” of Gabros International FC as a “veteran”.

* I am starting to realize that Emem Eduok of Dolphins FC is a very interesting player. Eduok, signed from Akwa United FC before the current season, was named in the squad of the Nigeria U-23 national football team in May 2011 and the lively winger is having a great first season at top level of Nigerian football. I also have a strong feeling that Aaron Samuel, a lanky center forward, could be a player to watch. As far as I know, Samuel is a youngster who has been making several positive appearances for Dolphins FC this season, mostly as a substitute.

* Goalkeeper Godwin Paul (born 16.09.1987) of Enyimba FC has been highly impressive lately, both in the league, in the local cup and in the 2011 CAF Champions League. Personally, I think it won’t be long until I can write that Paul, formerly of Wikki Tourists FC, is first choice goalkeeper at Enyimba FC. However, competition is tough, especially from the highly experienced Chijioke Ejiogu (born 22.11.1984).

* I have recently found out that Abubakar Yahaya, who started the season at Bukola Babes FC and joined Gombe United FC during the transfer window, is the same Abubakar Yahaya that starred for Jigawa Golden Stars FC in 2007 (eight league goals at second level) and 2007-2008 (six league goals at top level). Yahaya, an attacking midfielder, was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team during 2008 and is therefore most likely born in 1989 or 1990.

* I am still waiting for the breakthrough of Anthony Abawula from Kwara United FC. The defensive midfielder joined Kwara United FC during the recent transfer window after spending the first part of the season at Ocean Boys FC. Abawula was a fringe player for the Nigeria national football team in 2008 and 2009 but has struggled for the past couple of years. However, on his day, Abawula is one of the best central midfielders in the Nigeria Premier League. According to http://sportsmidfield.co.za/player-profiles/midfielders/anthony.html, Abawula is born 23.08.1990.

* Okey Odita (born 01.05.1982), the veteran central defender, formerly of Enyimba FC, has joined Kwara United FC.

* From my point of view, Lobi Stars FC is one of the most interesting clubs in the Nigeria Premier League at the moment. The club has a very exciting mix of youngsters and experienced campaigners.

Gabriel Adikwu, the former winger of Heartland FC, should be a great signing. Another interesting newcomer is Terwanger Forgive (born 03.08.1986), a central defender who previously played for Al-Wahda (Yemen). Tony Okpotu has now scored five league goals and the youngster should be a candidate for the revelation of the season. Emmanuel Ajia is another very interesting player who came from pretty much nowhere and has become an established member of the team.

* I am now pretty sure that midfielder Emmanuel Ariwa of Niger Tornadoes FC is a player to watch. Ariwa has been captaining Tornadoes during the season.

* Azuka Ebinum of Nigeri Tornadoes FC has scored three goals so far this season and I am currently trying to find information about the player.

* I can now confirm that attacking midfielder Abass Akanji has left Dolphins FC and joined Ocean Boys FC. Akanji is a former player of Akwa United FC and was part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team in 2008. Central defender Andrew Nwodu (sometimes referred to as “Andrew Nwordu”) is also a confirmed signing and the experienced strongman should be able to become a regular member of the team.

* When will Tony Ebi Loco make his breakthrough in Nigerian football? Ebi Loco, a defender who has been captaining Ocean Boys FC from time to time, was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team in 2006, implying that he is born in 1987 or 1988, and I personally thought he would become a household name in Nigerian football.

* Collins Nwaneri of Ocean Boys FC is one of the top performers in Nigeria at the moment. 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. Nwaneri has scored three league goals so far this season.

* I have reason to believe that Ikechukwu Okemmiri of Ocean Boys FC is about to find his old self. The petit right-winger was regarded as one of the biggest talents in Nigeria in 2006, when he also was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team, implying that he is born in 1987 or 1988. Some of Okemmiri’s qualities can be watches in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntLpgbQTa3I

* From my point of view, Raphael Musa (born 04.04.1990) and Tope Orelope (born 28.10.1989) are two of the most interesting players at Shooting Stars FC. Musa, a workaholic midfielder, has been important to the balance of the team this season. Orelope is a very creative attacking midfielder but he needs to be more consistent. The picture, taken from MTN Football, shows Orelope and the brilliant defensive midfielder Benjamin Ishaya (born 06.11.1990) of Kaduna United FC.

* I would like to recommend the video summary of the match between Warri Wolves FC and Rangers International FC:

http://www.supersport.com/football/nigerian-football-league/video/16413

In this video, you will see a beautiful finish from lively attacker Oduopke Oghogho, who I predict will have a bright future, as well as some great goalkeeping from Chigozie Agbim (born 28.11.1984), arguably the best goalkeeper in the Nigeria Premier League.


Responses

  1. the niger tornados player Emmanuel Ariwa is a fantastic player a nigerian team suppose to call for national team. That boy can help national team in future bt nigeria look face, what i mean is this, if u don’t god father in nigeria team, the will not call a fine footballer. I have watched that niger tornados’s player called Emmanuel Ariwa. Pls, i nigerian to eye in that boy, his a fine dfd . Let us not look for,this is my brother or my inlaw or uncle i will call him for national. That is why nigerian national team is going down today. Am also a fine footballer in my time. Emmanuel Ariwa suppose to call for national team. God bless nigerian also the players.
    Jolly Adindu


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