Youngster Segun Alebiosu of Kwara United FC has been one of the revelations of the Nigeria Premier League 2012. At the time of writing, Alebiosu has scored six league goals, which is quite impressive for a rookie at top level at Nigerian football. Alebiosu is top scorer at Kwara United FC with two goals more than experienced striker Kabiru Sanusi.
In February 2012, Segun Atere, team captain of Kwara United FC, tipped Alebiosu as a player who could excel in the Nigeria Premier League. Alebiosu was described as a “hardworking youngster who was discovered last season in Ilorin”. Atere added that Alebiosu “has all it takes to be a great player”.
In March 2012, respectable webpage Completesportsnigeria described Alebiosu as a player who had “impressed massively” during the season.
In April 2012, MTN Football named Alebiosu as one of 10 players from the Nigeria Premier League that was “good enough to take their trade to Europe”. Alebiosu was described as a strong player who plays a direct game. Later the same month, Kwara United manager Tunde Sanni described Alebiosu as “the revelation of the season”.
Alebiosu has been training with the Nigeria U-17 national football team during the season. In May 2012, Alebiosu was excluded from the team as the Nigeria Football Federation decided that all players from the Nigeria Premier League were ruled out. Apparently, this decision was taken as a method to prevent age cheating. It should be pointed out that there are no evidence indicating that Alebiosu is more than 17 years old.
From my point of view, Alebiosu is obviously a player to watch. It is still too early to predict a bright future in Nigerian football for Alebiosu, but his career has gotten a flying start.