Kaduna United FC used several goalkeepers during the season. I believe Hussaini Rabiu, formerly of Zamfara United FC, played the most matches. Other goalkeepers include Chituru Igwe. I also believe veteran Raymond Godwin, formerly of Plateau United FC and Wikki Tourists FC, joined the club towards the end of the season.
Emmanuel Ambrose (born 25.04.1992), who is often captaining his team, is arguably the top defender at Kaduna United FC. Emmanuel Ambrose, comfortable at left-back or centre-back, is the younger brother of Efe Ambrose, who recently joined Scottish top club Celtic FC.
Interestingly, Emmanuel Ambrose has sometimes formed a central defensive pair with Peter Ambrose. Peter Ambrose, formerly of Heartland FC, is older than Emmanuel but younger than 23-year old Efe. Ikechukwu Okorie, a central defender or defensive midfielder, was one of the revelations of the season. Okorie forced his way into the squad of the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team, during the season. Anthony Michael, formerly of Ranchers Bees FC, is comfortable in many roles, especially at left-back.
Tijani Adamu is an experienced central defender, formerly of Gombe United FC. David Amanyi (born 31.12.1984), another experienced central defender, decided to join Shooting Stars FC during the mid-season transfer window. Losing the former Niger Tornadoes FC and Enyimba FC strongman was a big blow for Kaduna United FC.
Matthew Etim had a good season at right-back while teenage left-back Alfred Matthias gained valuable experience during the season.
1991-born Peter Onoja re-joined Kaduna United FC from Enyimba FC during the mid-season transfer window. Onoja was part of Kaduna United FC in 2007-2008 (second level) and 2008-2009. Onoja is a combative and athletic central midfielder, perhaps most effective in defensive roles.
Emmanuel Bivan, the skillful attacking midfielder, enjoyed a good run during the second part of the season. Yau Abdullahi, often found in attacking midfield roles, scored four goals during the season. Abdullahi has valuable top level experience from FC Abuja, Sunshine Stars FC and Kwara United FC. Nasiru Hussaini, formerly of Gombe United FC, and Charles Ikenna, formerly of Enyimba FC and Heartland FC, were both key midfielders during the season. Nelson Friday Nimyel (born 30.11.1993) is a skillful and pacy winger who joined the club from Lobi Stars FC during the mid-season transfer window. Oliver Nsidibe, formerly of Lobi Stars FC, was a key player for Kaduna United FC. The versatile player, comfortable in various midfield and attacking roles, scored five goals during the season.
Ali Adamu, formerly of city rivals Ranchers Bees FC, is a petit and pacy attacker, arguably one of the key players at the club. Striker Jafar Buhari, another former player of Ranchers Bees FC, became top scorer for Kaduna United FC with seven goals. Six of the goals were scored during the first part of the season. Jacob Eke, comfortable in various attacking roles, was one of the revelations of the season. Alhaji Gero (born 10.10.1993) played 14 matches (no goals) for Kaduna United FC (source: MTN Football) before he joined Rangers International FC during the mid-season transfer window. Gero made tremendous progress after leaving Kaduna and the lanky player is now the star striker of the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team. Sunday Johnson, also an attacker, joined Lobi Stars FC during the mid-season transfer window. Iliya Jibo, a striker, scored his first ever top level goal on 25.03.2012 against Shooting Stars FC. Striker Tijani Kolawole Lawal, formerly of Wa All Stars FC (Ghana), made few headlines during the season.
It is impossible to write about West African football without making mistakes. My worst mistake to date if when I wrote that Hassan Abubakar of Kaduna United FC is the same “Hassan Abubakar” that is currently part of the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team. I have now learned that Hassan Abubakar of Nigeria U-20 was playing for JUTH FC during the Nigeria National League 2012. He is sometimes referred to as “Abu Hassan” and primarily playing at right-back. Hassan Abubakar of Kaduna United FC is a rather unknown player to me who scored two goals during the second part of the season.
Other players that featured during the season include Jonathan Akinlade, Ali Buhari, Ndubuisi Okoro and Musa Yakubu.
List of scorers:
Jafar Buhari 7, Oliver Nsidibe 5, Yau Abdullahi 4, Ali Adamu 4, Emmanuel Bivan 3, Hassan Abubakar 2, Emmanuel Ambrose 2, Ikechukwu Okorie 2, Peter Onoja 2, Ali Buhari 1, Jacob Eke 1, Nasiru Hussaini 1, Charles Ikenna 1, Iliya Jibo 1, Sunday Johnson 1, Anthony Michael 1
Please note that the goalscorer against Wikki Tourists FC on 03.07.2012 is currently unknown
The picture is of Emmanuel Ambrose and was found on SuperSport.