Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Flying Antelopes provide spark for Team of Week

Free-scoring Enugu Rangers claimed three spots in this week’s Team of the Week of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) after their five-goal performance in Week 5 against Zamfara United last Sunday.
The trio of Emeka Nwanna, Ugonna Uzochukwu and Alphonsus Dike were picked from the Flying Antelopes by the Premier League award panel.
Nwanna popularly called ‘Ayaya’ grabbed one of the 11 spots in the playing personnel of the Team of the Week for Matchday 5 after his double strike helped Rangers to a 5 – 1 thumping of Zamfara United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Equally, Uzochukwu and coach Dike complete the trident of the Flying Antelopes’ trio in the team named by the NPL.
Another player, ThankGod Amaefule, who scored twice for Sharks, made his first appearance in the Team of the Week while ThankGod Ike of Warri Wolves for the third time in a month.
Also, Wolves’ game winner over Lobi Stars last Sunday, Efe Yarhere, got a place as one of the forwards in a three-man attack.
Enyimba’s stuttering start to this season is reflected in the Team of the Week with goalkeeper Chijioke Ejiogu being named for his clean sheet and match-winning spot kick against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).
Other mentions in the team are Akpos Eborge (Plateau United), Umar Zango (Lobi Stars), Isiaka Olawale (Kwara United), Jude Aneke (Kaduna United) and Heartland youngster, Hamza Jamiu, who joined the Owerri side in the off-season from Inter Enugu.

Team of the Week (Week 5)
Goalkeeper: Chijioke  Ejiogu (Enyimba)
Right Back: Ugonna Uzochukwu (Rangers)
Left Back: Eborge Akpos (Plateau United)
Centre Back: ThankGod Ike (Warri Wolves)
Centre Back: Umar Zango (Lobi Stars)
Midfield: ThankGod Amaefule (Sharks)
Midfield: Isiaka Olawale (Kwara United)
Midfield: Hamza Jamiu (Heartland)
Forward: Emeka Nwanna (Rangers)
Forward: Jude Aneke (Kaduna United)
Forward: Efe Yarhere (Warri Wolves)
Coach: Alphonsus Dike (Rangers)

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