Monday, July 22, 2013

Omeruo’s sibling in The Predictor's XI

Christian Josiah Omeruo (pictured), brother to Super Eagles and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo, makes my Team of the Week for the Glo Premier League Matchday 22.

Josiah, who recently finished serving at the Akure sports council as a youth corp member, scored twice in Sunshine Stars' 3-1 win over Kwara United on Sunday.

The former City Of David (COD) United man was a threat aerially as he nodded in two quickfire goals past Kwara United goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso.

I have picked Akwa United striker, Mfon Udoh, as the other forward to partner Josiah up front.

Dolphins goalkeeper, Austin Brown, once again impressed me for the second time in three matchdays and was one of the reasons 3SC could not score.

Samuel Tswanya, Reuben Ogbonna, Emmanuel Olowo and Joel Djondang make my back four.

It was in midfield that I had so many options to choose from as numerous players impressed.

At the end I had to settle for Tunde Aremu, Christian Pyagbara and Ugonna Uzochukwu in central roles while Ndubuisi Ekwuruibe slots in behind the two strikers.

Joshua Tekidek of Radio Nigeria, Globe FM in Bauchi described Aremu's performance as "five-star."

"Wikki's stand-in captain, Tunde Aremu had a five-star game. Twice he came close to scoring and controlled the midfield with his passes. In fact, it was his goal-bound effort that hit the hand of the El-Kanemi player in the penalty area which unfortunately was not awarded as a penalty," said Tekidek.

Nigeria under-20 player, Pyagbara, was the creative spark in Sharks midfield and capped his performance with a superb assist for the Tayo Fabiyi's winner against Kaduna United.

As for Uzochukwu and Ekwuruibe, both midfield players tormented their opponents, Nembe City and Sharks respectively, with their sleek play.

And for my coach of the week it has to be El-Kanemi's Zachary Baraje, who has earned himself a lot of respect for the work he has done with the Warriors, who only returned to the Premier League this season.

Though the game at Wikki Tourists on Sunday was marred by crowd trouble, Baraje's team had done enough to put themselves in a position to win the full points after Hassan Hussain's late goal.

The Predictor's XI – Matchday 22

Austin Brown (Dolphins) – Samuel Tswanya (Kano Pillars), Reuben Ogbonna (El-Kanemi Warriors), Emmanuel Olowo (Sunshine Stars), Joel Djondang (El-Kanemi Warriors) – Tunde Aremu (Wikki Tourists), Christian Pyagbara (Sharks), Ugonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers) – Ndubuisi Ekwuruibe (Kaduna United) – Christian Josiah (Sunshine Stars), Mfon Udoh (Akwa United)

Coach: Zachary Baraje (El-Kanemi Warriors)

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