Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nembe hero stars in The Predictor's XI

Nembe City winger, Joshua Uge, has played himself into my team for Matchday 13 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The youngster proved to be quite a handful for the backline of Wikki Tourists to contain on Sunday and capped his performance with a wonder goal that will compete for goal of the season.

The little-known attacking winger joined Nembe City on the back of his exploits in the a local tournament in Bayelsa State where he helped his council team in Kolokuma-Opokuma local government emerge champions.

Uge is one of the wide men in my five-man midfield that also includes Ayo Saka, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Anthony Okemmiri, Joshua Uge and Oghenekaro Etebo.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa did well between the sticks for Sharks against Sunshine Stars and slots into my team for the first time this season.

In my three-man defence, Stephen Eze, Chinedu Udoji and Chinedu Efugh were outstanding for their teams.

Though Lobi Stars lost 0-1 at Kaduna United, Eze distinguished himself on the day as it could have been worse for his team without him.

The abilities of Fred Okwara and Sibi Gwar striker give them the chance to star as my two front men.

Gwar's pace as well as Okwara's threat aerially and predatory instinct in and around the box should form a strong striking pair in my book.

I have picked Stanley Eguma of Dolphins as my coach for the week after taking a point at Kwara United without some of his regular playing personnel.

The Predictor's XI – Matchday 13

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sharks) - Stephen Eze (Lobi Stars), Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba), Chinedu Efugh (Heartland) - Ayo Saka (Enyimba), Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Heartland), Anthony Okemmiri (Sharks), Joshua Uge (Nembe City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves) - Fred Okwara (Dolphins), Sibi Gwar (Enyimba)

Coach: Stanley Eguma (Dolphins)

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