The debate has always raged as
regards who the best players in the Nigerian League are so we on
Naijafootball247.com decided to join in.

The thing about being one of
the best in the Nigerian League is that as soon as you are
discovered, you are no longer the best the league, but become one
trying to make a mark somewhere in Europe, Asia or North Africa.

Suraj Ayeleso
In any case, we got some
Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL experts together to come
up with a working list of eighteen players who can be said to have
been the best in the League for the just concluded season.

Between Andy Randa
(Kontagora), Ayodeji Gbenro (Abuja), China Acheru (Port Harcourt),
Anthony Ademondi (Aba) and Emeka Nwani (Lagos), every single club in
the league was seen at least five times this season and this
comprehensive list produced.

Feel free to disagree with us
in the comments sections

Stanley Okorom
Goalkeeper:
Suraj Ayeloso (Nasarawa
United) – According
to statistics he holds the
clean sheet record in the league. Achieving such a feat when you do
not play for a top 5 club is commendable. He kept 15 clean sheets
this season, edging out the likes of Dele Ajiboye, Sunday Rotimi and
Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Daniel Itodo
Right
Back:
Stanley Okorom (MFM FC)-
Was immense in Right Back for MFM FC this season. Defensively, he was
top notch and was also an attacking threat. He also got on the score
sheet a couple of times.

Stephen Eze
Left
Back:
Daniel Itodo (Plateau
United)- The overwhelming choice for the position.
His specialty was the long
throws that fetched him 8 assists this season, but was he about just
throwing balls in? Itodo is as good with his feet as he is
launching bombs into his opponent’s box. Ever present in the
Plateau United team.
Austin Opara


Center
Back:
Stephen Eze (FC Ifeanyi Ubah)- The late Stephen Keshi tried
to recreate his Super Eagles’ Central Defense partner, Sunday
Eboigbe in Azubuike Egwuekwe, but maybe we should have waited four
more years. Eze is everything a coach should want in a Center Back-
height, presence and tackling ability for the purists. He is arguably
the most improved defender this season and surely merits his place in
the National Team.

Afeez Aremu
Center
Back:
Austin Opara (MFM)-
He was a silent worker in
the heart of the defence for MFM.
Good control of his defence, ball playing Center Back.

Midfield:
Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)-
Excellent defensive
midfielder who shields
the back four well and also
links up well with the attacking players.
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi

Midfield:
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)-
Arguably the best central
midfielder in the country
and a key component of Audu Maikaba’s Akwa United side. Solid in
the tackle and a tireless worker, Ifeanyi has improved his game
greatly. He was also part of the Super Eagles squad against Cameroon
in a World Cup qualifier.

Midfield:
Ibrahim Alhasan (Akwa United)-
Cold blooded Attacking midfielder who can also play as Tre-quartista.
Covers every blade of grass, good in the dribble, passing and scores
the odd goal or two.

Ibrahim Alhassan
Midfield:
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Enyimba)-
Held the forte for Enyimba in midfield all through the season. Scored
crucial goals too. His specialty
was/ is the 25-40 yard pass. Good with both feet too and on the free
kick.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu
Striker:
Stephen Odey: (MFM FC)- Young
kid with a bright future in a youth MFM side that shocked all to
finish
second in the just concluded season. Odey scored 18 goals before his
departure to Switzerland three weeks before the season ended.
Showed great consistency.

Anthony Okpotu
Striker:
Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)-
The veteran turned back the
clock with some incredible return of goals which include three
hat-tricks as he claimed the top scorer award with 19 goals. Known as
an attacking midfielder in his early years, he has turned out to be a
revelation in a striker’s role.

Substitutes

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC
Ifeanyi Ubah):
Super Eagles and FC Ifeanyi Ubah safe pair of
hands. His appearances for his club though were limited due to Super
Eagles’ call ups. Ever consistent in goal.

Stephen Odey
Osas Okoro (Rangers)
Started out as a winger but converted to a right wing back role by
Chukwuma Agbo with great results. His transformation is remarkable
and despite Rangers under-performing this season, Okoro was one of
their shining lights.

Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa
United)
– He worked hard as a Center Back and covered well for
other players. Was super consistent for Akwa United all season long

Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars)
One of the shining lights in an otherwise schlocky season for the
‘Sai Masu Gida’. He led the line quite well for his team and also
had a fair return in goals as his side failed to qualify to play on
the continent.

Sikiru Olatunbosun (MFM
FC)
– Was immense in midfield for MFM FC and was played most times
as an Advanced Playmaker and scored the odd goal for his side.

Kingsley
Eduwor (Lobi Stars)
– Formed a
great partnership with Okpotu at Lobi Stars. Fine link up and hold up
play. Scored a handful of goals too.

Sunday
Adetunji (Abia Warriors)-
Injury
cut short a goal scoring campaign for him, but 14 goals for the Abia
Warriors striker was enough to put him in the team of the season. A
complete forward with a knack for scoring important goals.



Coach:
Kennedy Boboye

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