ABS FC from Ilorin, western Nigeria, is currently number 12 in the GLO Premier League 2013. In this post, you will find basic player information, statistics and a presentation of the most interesting players. At the time of writing, the club has played 24 matches.
The picture is of top scorer Ter’ade Ichull Lordson and was found on www.kickoff.com.
|ABOLAJI, Abdulkadir Ridwan||D||08.07.1989||NGA||0|
|AMINU, Abdulkadir||M / F||17.04.1991||NGA||1|
|ARCHIBONG, Eso||M / F||NGA||0|
|LORDSON, Ter’ade Ichull||DM||23.02.1994||NGA||5|
* Interestingly, ABS FC has used six different goalkeepers so far this season. As far as I know, David Walbe has played the most of them. Jonah Usman, a regular member of the Nigeria U-20 national football team, has missed several matches due to national team duties. Arguably, Usman is the goalkeeper with the most potential in the squad. Last month, ABS FC signed Abdullahi Boje from Ila Orangun FC and he has been impressive during the last couple of weeks. Ibrahim Wasiu has reportedly joined city rivals Kwara United FC.
* Key defensive players for ABS FC include Fade Adebayo, Idris Aloma, Akeem Onigbari and Abubakar Yusuf. These four players are usually some of the first to find on the team sheet. Rugged centre-back Seun Sogbeso has player regularly since his return to ABS FC. Sogbeso started the season at Kwara United FC, thereafter joined Sharks FC, and is now partnering Adebayo / Onigbari in the heart of the ABS FC defence. I believe Aloma is mostly found on left-back while Yusuf plays right-back. Onigbari is an excellent marker and is often making top strikers look invisible.
* Lanky playmaker Evbuomwan Stone is currently in top form after a slow start to the season. Stone has an impressive midfield partnership with Ter’ade Ichull Lordson, a hard-working midfield dynamo. Lordson is the current top scorer with five goals, but do note that four of these goals have been penalty kicks. Abdulkadir Aminu, a winger, attacking midfielder or striker, has tremendous potential if he is able to become more consistent. Aminu is one of few players in the current squad that played for Bukola Babes FC in 2009-2010, when the team won promotion to the Nigeria Premier League. As fans of Nigerian football will know, Bukola Babes FC became ABS FC before the NIgeria Premier League 2012. The skilful Thomas Zenke is one of the star players at the team, often initiating attacks from a free midfield role. Ibrahim Abdullahi is full of tricks and running, often being used as a winger. Abdullahi has the creativity to turn a game around, but he is still very young and inexperienced.
* Abdulrahman Bashir, an explosive striker with great strenght, is having a season to forget. Before the season, Bashir was widely regarded as one of the most effective strikers in Nigeria but two goals in approximately 20 matches is not able to impress anyone. I am pretty sure that Bashir will produce more goals during the last 14 matches, but he will not be able to match the 15 goals he scored last season. Akeem Audu, is a quite consistent performer up-front but he is, as always, struggling to score goals regularly. Audu, well-known for his impressive work-rate, has scored two goals each season since making his top level debut back in 2010. New signing Muktar Salihu, formerly of Wikki Tourists FC, has yet to prove that he can solve the goalscoring problems of the team. Otegbeye Ajibola has breathed fresh air into the team after joining from Kwara United FC. Ajibola is effective as a winger or striker, often making substitute appearances. causing havoc with his dribbling skills and pace.
* Striker Stephen Abandy and midfielders Ebuka Anaekwe, Abdullahi Ayo and David Onuador are all recent signings. Abandy, a powerful centre-forward and the enterprising Onuador are particularly interesting.