After winning promotion from the Nigeria National League 2014, Kwara United FC will participate in the Nigeria Professional Football League 2015, the top level of Nigerian football. In this post, I have listed players I can document featured for the club during the season.
Ismail Shagari is the first-choice goalkeeper at Kwara United FC. The talented shot-stopper was signed from JUTH FC before the 2014-season. Suraj Ayeleso, formerly of ABS FC, gave Shagari tough competition.
The defence of Kwara United FC is centered around Isiaka Oladuntoye and Olamide Lateef Adigun. Adigun, formerly of Shooting Stars FC, became joint top-scorer after scoring nine penalty goals. Obadaki Halilu is, as always, dependable at left-back. Abubakar Yusuf, formerly of ABS FC, is arguably the best right-back in the squad.
Akeem Onigbari, signed from ABS FC before the season, performed well as defensive midfielder or centre-back. Onigbari is a disciplined, hard-tackling player.
Peter Gabriel was a good signing during the mid-season transfer window. Gabriel, also a defensive midfielder or defender, had been a key player for Adamawa United FC for a couple of seasons.
Dare Ojo is the midfield maestro of Kwara United FC. The hard-working, disciplined player is balancing the team and dictating attacking moves from his deep-lying role. Ojo is a quality players who has showed that he can perform well at top level of Nigerian football – just like enterprising winger Samuel Adegbenro – the creative force of Kwara United FC. The dribbling wizzard is currently a trialist at Norwegian club Viking FK. The picture, found on www.papsonsports.com, shows Adegbenro in action. Adegbenro has been referred to as the “Nigerian Neymar”.
Saheed Babinton Fabiyi, who was part of Nigeria U-17 during the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, is a versatile player who loves to attack from the wings. Fabiyi played for Enyimba FC in 2012.
Highly-rated teenage striker Segun Alebiosu scored nine goals during the season, making him joint top scorer at the club. On 26.04.2014, Alebiosu scored 4 goals against Katsina Spotlights FC.
Kwara United FC signed striker John Chukwudi during the mid-season transfer window, and the experience of the former Enyimba FC man proved valuable towards the end of the season.
Teenage striker Adeshina Issa Gata played regularly throughout the season and had somewhat of a breakthrough. Gata, a skillful player, is a product of the Kwara Football Academy.
List of players:
|ADEGBENRO, Samuel||M / F||NGA||5|
|ADIGUN, Olamide Lateef||D||NGA||9|
|AFEEZ, Mohammed Abdul||F||NGA||0|
|FABIYI, Saheed Babinton||M / F||23.12.1990||NGA||0|
|GATA, Adeshina Issa||F||NGA||6|