Interim coach of Plateau United, Bitrus Bewarang, will take charge of leading the Team of the Week for Matchday 25 announced by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) on Tuesday.
Bewarang also doubles as the general manager of Plateau United but took charge of leading the coaching crew at the club in the wake of Ndubuisi Nduka’s sack following a string of poor results.
Plateau United also have George Akpabio in the side as a right-sided forward.
Others in the team are Juth goalkeeper, Nura Mohammed, Loveth Akubo of Lobi Stars, Chinedu Efugh of Heartland, Festus Austine of Dolphins, Onoriode Imeke of Ocean Boys and Abdulrahman Bashir of Bukola Babes.
Ibrahim Ajani of Sunshine Stars, Stanley Ohawuchi of Heartland, Gbolahan Salami of 3SC and Gambo Mohammed of Kano Pillars complete the team for the week.
HOW THEY MADE THE TEAM
Goalkeeper: Nura Mohammed (Juth)
He was instrumental to ensuring that Kaduna United did not score in spite of dominating the game for longer spell at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos and creating most chances.
Right-back: Loveth Akubo (Lobi Stars)
The former FC Taraba defender makes the cut after his impressive show at right-back for Lobi Stars in their one-nil win over Warri Wolves at the weekend in Bauchi.
Centre-back: Chinedu Efugh (Heartland)
The big defender shook off his recent penalty misses to put in a massive performance to keep Kwara United forwards at bay though Solomon Yahaya came from the defence to score for the away team and ensure that Heartland won on Sunday.
Centre-back: Festus Austine (Dolphins)
He paired well in the heart of the defence of Dolphins with Emah Godwin in a game that Niger Tornadoes’ moves to score were neutralised at every instance.
Left-back: Onoriode Imeke (Ocean Boys)
He grabbed one of the two goals for Ocean Boys against Gombe United. Imeke’s runs down the left flank of the home side troubled Gombe United all day in the Week 25 game between both sides. He edges Solomon Yahaya to this position.
Central midfielder: Abdulrahman Bashir (Bukola Babes)
With too many attackers making the team and few of the midfielders performing on matchday 25, Bashir is named as central midfielder – a position he has played on a number of occasions this season. The player scored twice against Plateau United to save his side from losing at home.
Right winger: George Akpabio (Plateau United)
The Plateau United man slots into the right wing in an attacking mode following his all-round performance against Bukola Babes that earned his side a 2 – 2 draw in Ilorin.
Left winger: Ibrahim Ajani (Sunshine Stars)
The former Enyimba player provided the first goal and scored his 11th goal from the spot against Sharks. He reclaims the top scorer position in the league once more.
Right forward: Stanley Ohawuchi (Heartland)
The fleet-footed Ohawuchi grabbed two goals against Kwara United – one in each half. And the former Bayelsa United man was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Kwara United backline.
Left forward: Gbolahan Salami (3SC)
This hugely talented forward slots into the left side of attack for his swash-buckling style against holders, Enyimba. Salami earned a penalty for 3SC which was converted by Chima Akas.
Forward: Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars)
The big striker got himself on the score sheet by smashing a screamer from the edge of the penalty area past Crown goalkeeper, Michael Uweru. His goal gave his side three points.
Coach: Bitrus Bewarang (Plateau United)
Working in an interim capacity as head coach and joggling it with the role of general manager, Bewarang made sure that Plateau United were the only side to get a point on the road though they missed taking all points at Bukola Babes due to a last-minute penalty.
Team of the Week
GK: Nura Mohammed (Juth)
RB: Loveth Akubo (Lobi Stars)
CB: Chinedu Efugh (Heartland)
CB: Festus Austine (Dolphins)
LB: Onoriode Imeke (Ocean Boys)
CM: Abdulrahman Bashir (Bukola Babes)
RW: George Akpabio (Plateau United)
LW: Ibrahim Ajani (Sunshine Stars)
RF: Stanley Ohawuchi (Heartland)
LF: Gbolahan Salami (3SC)
FW: Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars)
Coach: Bitrus Bewarang (Plateau United)