Posted by: westafricanfootball | 16/07/2013

PLAYER PRESENTATION – NIGERIA

japhet opumbo

Name: AIYEYEMI, JAMES
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2010-2011 Bukola Babes FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 ABS FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2013 Wikki Tourists FC(Nigeria) 1

During the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011, goalkeeper James Aiyeyemi caught headlines for managing five consecutive clean sheets (450 minutes). The following season, Aiyeyemi faced strong competition from Jonah Usman and David Walbe, leading to his transfer to Wikki Tourists FC. Aiyeyemi is a big, powerful goalkeeper with good shot-stopping ability.

Name: ASUQUO, PHILIP
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Attacking midfielder / Winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2009-2010 Plateau United FC(Nigeria) 2
2010-2011 Crown FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2012 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1    2
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1    1
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1

Philip Asuquo of Shooting Stars FC has been described as a great passer of the ball, an intelligent, combative player and a good marker. At his best, Asuquo is one of the top midfielders in the GLO Premier League. The playmaker has played 15-16 matches for Shooting Stars FC so far this season.

Name: ETIM, MATTHEW
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Right-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Kaduna United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2013 Rangers International FC(Nigeria) 1

Matthew Etim, a hard-tackling right-back, was one of the revelations of the Nigeria Premier League 2012, playing for Kaduna United FC. After the season, Etim was signed by the ambitious Rangers International FC. Etim has played regularly for his new club and looks set for yet another promising season.

Name: EZE, STEPHEN
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Central defender
Season Club L Games Goals
2013 Lobi Stars FC(Nigeria) 1

Stephen Eze, a tall, lanky centre-back, has been one of the revelations of the new season. The highly-rated Eze is a product of the youth set-up at Lobi Stars FC. I won’t be surprised if Eze joins a European team during 2013 or 2014.

 

Name: HALILU, OBADAKI
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 20.12.1993
Position: Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
Ranchers Bees FC(Nigeria)
2009-2010 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2010-2011 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2012 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1    0
2013 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1

Despite being only 19 years old, talented left-back Obadaki Halilu is quite an experienced performer in Nigerian football. Halilu, a modern-style full-back, has played 12 or 13 of the 21 matches played by Kwara United FC so far this season. In March 2013, Halilu was suspended for a month after a dangerous tackle. During 2012, Halilu featured for the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team.

Name: IHUARULAM, UCHE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 02.12.1992
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2010-2011 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 2
2012 Nembe City FC(Nigeria) 2    7
2013 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1

The 20-year old Uche Ihuarulam is a sharp-shooting striker with a bright future. After a promotion-winning season at Nembe City FC, Ihuarulam returned to Bayelsa United FC, where he has scored five goals so far this season. Ihuarulam is forming a tremendous striking pair with Peter Ebimobowei.

Name: OPUBO, JAPHET
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Nembe City FC(Nigeria) 2    0
2013 Nembe City FC(Nigeria) 1
 

Japhet Opubo is the first choice goalkeeper at newly-promoted Nembe City FC. Although inexperienced, Opubo has been largely impressive. The picture, found on MTN Football, shows Opubo after Nembe City FC emerged champions of the Nigeria National League 2012, the second level of Nigerian football.

Name: SHUAIBU, IBRAHIM
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Giwa FC(Nigeria) 2    8
2013 Wikki Tourists FC(Nigeria) 1

After impressing for second-level side Giwa FC during the Nigeria National League 2012, Ibrahim Shuaibu was destined for top level football. Despite interest from Kano Pillars FC, Shuaibu joined Wikki Tourists FC. At the time of writing, Shuaibu has scored four goals for his new club. All four goal have been scored during June and July, implying that Shuaibu is in top form. In early 2013, Shuaibu was named in the squad of the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team.


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