Thursday, March 24, 2011

NPL names 18 in Team of Round One

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has announced that 17 players and one coach have made its official Team of the First Round.
League leaders, Dolphins, dominated the team by providing three players and the team's coach.
Dolphins’ manager, Stanley Eguma, picked as coach of the first round, led the trio of goalkeeper Rotimi Sunday, defender Uche Oguchi and midfielder Owusu Addae, who is named as a substitute in the side.
Eguma beat the duo of Gbenga Ogunbote of Sunshine Stars and Festus Allen of Bukola Babes to the position of team coach.
Newcomers Bukola Babes and Warri Wolves have three players each in the team.
Centre-back ThankGod Ike, midfielder Emmanuel Omodiagbe and striker Ehiosun Ekigho are picked from Warri Wolves.
The three Warri Wolves’ players grabbed first-team spots in the 18-man NPL squad.
But Bukola Babes’ captain and left-back, Abubakar Yusuf is the only player from his side that got a starting place while the duo of Effiom Otu-Bassey and Abdulrahman Bashir are named as substitutes.
Second-placed Sunshine Stars have leading scorer, Ibrahim Ajani and Cletus Itodo in the side as left midfielder and central midfielder respectively.
The septet of Abdulwasiu Showemimo (Kano Pillars), Chigozie Christopher (Ocean Boys), Kabiru Sanusi (Kwara United), Okiemute Odah (Sharks), Ojo Mine (Enugu Rangers), Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Heartland) and James Amankwei (Juth) complete the team for the first stanza.

GK: Rotimi Sunday (Dolphins)
RB: Uche Oguchi (Dolphins)
CB: ThankGod Ike (Warri Wolves)
CB: Abdulwasiu Showemimo (Kano Pillars)
LB: Abubakar Yusuf (Bukola Babes)
RM: Chigozie Christopher (Ocean Boys)
CM: Emmanuel Omodiagbe (Warri Wolves)
CM: Cletus Itodo (Sunshine Stars)
LM: Ibrahim Ajani (Sunshine Stars)
ATT: Kabiru Sanusi (Kwara United)
ATT: Ehiosun Ekigho (Warri Wolves)
Coach: Stanley Eguma (Dolphins)

GK: Okiemute Odah (Sharks)
LB: Ojo Mine (Enugu Rangers)
LM: Effiom Otu-Bassey (Bukola Babes)
CM: Owusu Addae (Dolphins)
AM: Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Heartland)
ATT: Abdulrahman Bashir (Bukola Babes)
ATT: James Amankwei (Juth)

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