Posted by: westafricanfootball | 19/08/2012

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

* Kaduna United FC is in trouble and could be facing relegation. The Crocodiles has never been able to replace last season’s top scorer Jude Aneke (currently with Warri Wolves FC) who scored 20 goals. Kaduna United FC has always been good at developing new talent and this season has been no exeption. Emmanuel Ambrose (born 25.04.1992) is having a breakthrough season in the Kaduna United FC defence. Ambrose, comfortable at centre-back or left-back, has captained the side and scored two goals. Ikechukwu Okorie, a central defender or defensive midfielder, has been impressive and forced his way into the first eleven of the Nigeria U-20 national football team. Youngster Hassan Abubakar, often found on the right-back, has been performing well and has also been picked for the Nigeria U-20 national football team. Matthew Etim has also been playing frequently at right-back. Oliver Nsidibe did not catch any headlines at Lobi Stars FC last season but he has been a key player for Kaduna United FC at the center of the park, scoring five goals. The picture is of Nsidibe and was found on Kickoff.com. Jafar Buhari, formerly of Ranchers Bees FC, is top scorer with seven goals. Jacob Eke is an attacker who has played regularly.

All the mentioned players were rather unknown at the start of the season but could very well emerge into solid, consistent performers in Nigerian football.

Tijani Kolawole Lawal scored two goals for Wa All Stars FC during the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. The striker, apparently a former professional in Libya, is currently playing for Kaduna United FC. He has yet to score a goal for his new club.

Name:

LAWAL, TIJANI KOLAWOLE

 

Nationality:

NIGERIA

DOB:

Unknown

Position:

Striker

Season

Club

L

Games

Goals

2010-2011

Wa All Stars FC(Ghana)

1

2

2012

Kaduna United FC(Nigeria)

1

* Christian Ofili has been a consistent performer at the central midfield of ABS FC this season. During the Nigeria Premier League 2009-2010, when Ofili starred for Dolphins FC and was rewarded with a place in the squad of the Nigeria B national football team, he looked set for a promising career. However, Ofili fell out of favour at Dolphins FC and as far as I know, he did not play senior football during the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011. Ofili’s career is now back on track and earlier this month, he returned to the Nigeria B national football team after an absence of two and a half years. Ofili is usually controlling the midfield together with hard-working youngster Ter’ade Ichull Lordson, the latter being the most defensive of the two. Despite having attacking qualities, Ofili has only scored one goal this season, his first ever at top level of Nigerian football. According to futbol-agency.com, Ofili is born 06.04.1988, 185 centimeters and 70 kilos.

Name:

OFILI, CHRISTIAN

 

185 cm

70 kg

Nationality:

NIGERIA

DOB:

06.04.1988

Position:

Central midfielder / Attacking midfielder

Season

Club

L

Games

Goals

2009-2010

Dolphins FC(Nigeria)

1

0

2012

ABS FC(Nigeria)

1

Year

Squad

2012

Nigeria B national football team

2010

Nigeria B national football team

 

Name:

LORDSON, TER’ADE ICHULL

 

Nationality:

NIGERIA

DOB:

Unknown

Position:

Defensive midfielder

Season

Club

L

Games

Goals

Kwara Football Academy(Nigeria)

2012

ABS FC(Nigeria)

1

* Since May, the performances of Jigawa Golden Stars FC has improved tremendously. The newly promoted club will most likely avoid relegation after winning seven of their last 15 matches. Personally, I am a bit surprised as the club lost some of their best players during the mid-season transfer window. Centre-backs Maurice Chigozie and Jude Ebitogwa joined Gombe United FC and Sunshine Stars FC respectively, while striker Moses Ogaga (born 03.08.1987) joined Shooting Stars FC.

To replace Ogaga, Jigawa Golden Stars FC signed striker John Chukwudi (born 26.06.1991), formerly of Enyimba FC and Ranchers Bees FC. Chukwudi has scored two match-winning goals since joining the club and has been praised for his contributions. Other players that have been standing out include defender Amos Adamu, midfielders Aziz Ataka and Bala Mohammed (born 04.01.1988) and strikers Oliver Agbo, Noble Anasoh (born 15.07.1989) and John-Paul Chinedu (born 14.03.1991). Bala Mohammed, often used in an attacking midfield role behind the strikers, is arguably the big star of the team, having scored 10 goals at the time of writing. Mohammed has valuable top level experience from Kano Pillars FC.

Name:

CHUKWUDI, JOHN

 

Nationality:

NIGERIA

DOB:

26.06.1991

Position:

Striker

Season

Club

L

Games

Goals

2009-2010

Ranchers Bees FC(Nigeria)

1

4

2010-2011

Enyimba FC(Nigeria)

1

1

2012

Jigawa Golden Stars FC(Nigeria)

1

* Emeka Christian Eze (born 22.12.1992) is one of the unsung heroes at Rangers International FC. Eze is an energetic midfielder with great work ethic. Eze is playing regularly for high-flying Rangers and is an essential member of the team. Eze holds the ball well and is often initiating attacks from his midfield position.

Name:

EZE, EMEKA CHRISTIAN

 

Nationality:

NIGERIA

DOB:

22.12.1992

Position:

Attacking midfielder / Defensive midfielder

Season

Club

L

Games

Goals

FC Internazionale Enugu(Nigeria)

2010-2011

Rangers International FC(Nigeria)

1

2

2012

Rangers International FC(Nigeria)

1


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