Posted by: westafricanfootball | 02/01/2013

PLAYER PRESENTATION – NIGERIA

Markson Ojobo

Name: OJO, MINE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2007-2008 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2008-2009 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2009-2010 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2009-2010 Rangers International FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Rangers International FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2010-2011 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    1

Mine Ojo is an experienced left-back, known for hard tackles, a strong physical presence and canon shots with his left foot.

Name: OJOBO, MARKSON
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Central defender / Right-back / Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2005 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 2
2006 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1
2007 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1
2007-2008 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    3
2008-2009 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2009-2010 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Enyimba FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Enyimba FC(Nigeria) 1    4

Arguably, Markson Ojobo is one of the best defenders in the Nigeria Premier League. Ojobo, who can play anywhere in the back four, is a tough tackler who reads the game well, often outsmarting taller and stronger opponents. The picture is of Ojobo and was found on the excellent MTN Football.

Name: OKAFOR, EBUKA
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 03.12.1993
Position: Right-winger / Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2008-2009 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    2
2009-2010 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    2
2010-2011 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Warri Wolves FC(Nigeria) 1    0

Dazzling winger Ebuka Okafor looked promising a few years ago but the 19 year old has been somewhat quiet lately. Hopefully, Okafor will be able to turn things around during the Nigeria Premier League 2013.

Name: OKAGBUE, ORJI KALU
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 09.01.1992
Position: Right-back
Season Club L Games Goals
Mighty Jets FC(Nigeria)
2008-2009 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2009-2010 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    0

The promising Orji Kalu Okagbue loves to attack from the right-back position, often impressing with powerful runs and tailor-made crosses. Okagbue, who has been training with the Super Eagles, the Nigeria national football team, is a former member of the Nigeria U-17 national football team.

Name: OKANLAWON, LAIDE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 31.12.1990
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2009-2010 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    0

Goalkeeper Laide Okanlawon played one match for the Nigeria U-17 national football team during the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Okanlawon was brilliant during the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011 but got tough competition from Dele Ajiboye and Emmanuel Daniel during the Nigeria Premier League 2012.

Name: OKARDI, BLESSING 174 cm 68 kg
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 05.11.1988
Position: Central midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2005 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 2
2006 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1
2007 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1
2007-2008 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1    8
2008-2009 Ocean Boys FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2009-2010 Lobi Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    3
2010-2011 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Lobi Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    1

Blessing Okardi is a workaholic box-to-box midfielder with plenty of experience from the Nigeria Premier League. According to unconfirmed sources, Okardi will play for Bayelsa United FC in the up-coming season.

Name: OKOLI, CHIDIEBERE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Left-back / Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2007-2008 Sharks FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2008-2009 Sharks FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2009-2010 Sharks FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Sharks FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Sharks FC(Nigeria) 1    0

The versatile Chidiebere Okoli is one of these consistent performers in the Nigeria Premier League that rarely gets any headlines. Okoli is sometimes referred to as “Ebere Okoli” or “Ebere Okolie”.

Name: OKONKWO, CHIBUZOR
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 16.12.1988
Position: Right-back / Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
Gabros International FC(Nigeria)
2007-2008 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2008-2009 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    4
2009-2010 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1    2
2010-2011 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    4
2012 Heartland FC(Nigeria) 1    2

When Chibuzor Okonkwo is in top-form, you will not find better full-backs in the Nigeria Premier League. Okonkwo, a full international player for Nigeria, has been linked to several European clubs during the last couple of years but no deal has materialized so far. It seems unlikely that Okonkwo will play for Heartland FC for the up-coming season. Apparently, Okonkwo is currently on trial at Turkish side Elazigspor. He has also been linked to Sharks FC, Enyimba FC and Warri Wolves FC. Okonkwo is a burly right-back with a lot of strenght and pace.


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