On a weekend that saw four draws recorded in 10 matches, Futbalgalore.com selects the best XI from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Week 19.
Olufemi Kayode [Lobi Stars]
The man of the day pulled off several brilliant saves, starting in the opening minutes when stopping a strong effort. Continuing to be a wall, his reaction save to a later deflection was outstanding, while he stopped Sikiru Alimi’s penalty kick. Exceptional.
Jamiu Alimi [Akwa United]
In a solid debut, the ex Shooting Stars defender was unbeatable and mountainous at the back. Firm.
Chinedu Sunday [Kwara United]
Chinedu stood up to the plate and led the defence with ferocity and assuredness and left the opposition forwards itching like a man in a fuzzy tree. Immovable.
Sodiq Suraj [FC Ifeanyi Ubah]
Suraj caused a few problems up the field. Always ready to close down space he was kept busy by the visitors but dealt with any danger making numerous clearances and two major interceptions. Practical.
Michael Ibe [Akwa United]
Always a problem down, looking to set off attacks which saw him in lots of possession. His effort rattled the bar at the wee minutes of the game. Inspiring.
Christian Madu [Enugu Rangers]
Worried the visiting team. Moved well with and without the ball and continued to be an outlet and a key factor in Rangers’ win. Alert.
Kelly Kester [Akwa United]
Kester wasn’t found wanting in his department. He put up a great show at the heart of the midfield.
Arinze Nwangwu [Abia Warriors]
The midfield maestro was in fine form and scored a goal. He orchestrated positive moves for the Umuahia Warriors. Inventive.
Kelvin Itoya [Enugu Rangers]
Sweeping over the pitch like a monstrous Mesozoic bird in search of it’s primeval nest, the substitute was just too hot to handle. He scored an excellent goal. Creative.
Samad Kadiri [Lobi Stars]
Always willing to have a shot on goal he worried hosts keeper Moses Ocheje early on who did superbly to fingertip the Lobi Stars man’s volley to safety. Later he managed to test Ocheje again with a real screamer while he eventually scored in the dying minutes. Threatening.
Junior Lokosa [Kano Pillars]
On the ball from the word go scoring the opener. He continued to be a nuisance pushing and probing like an eager hummingbird and scored his second. Vivacious.