Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU, who covered the just concluded Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament in Kano, names the 10 outstanding performers in the competition…
OKIEMUTE ODAH (PLATEAU UNITED)
The Plateau United new signing was unarguably the most outstanding goalkeeper at the NPFL invitational tournament in Kano. Okiemute was outstanding in the league champions’ opening fixture against Enyimba, making a number of breathtaking saves.
He also proved his class in the second game against the Home Eagles though his side lost 1-0.
KALU ORJI (HOME EAGLES)
Cool, calm and collected, Orji came in for the injured Adeleye Olamilekan in the home-based Super Eagles first game against Plateau United and showed his exceptional qualities in the game and his side’s two other fixtures against Enyimba and MFM FC.
The Enugu Rangers central defender controls the defence with ease and is also a good passer of the ball. He will no doubt be one of the key men for the Eagles in Rwanda.
SUNDAY FALEYE (HOME EAGLES)
It took Sunday Faleye few minutes to show why he is the subject of a transfer tussle between Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan and Nationwide League outfit Freestan FC. The young forward was offered the chance to show his worth in the Home Eagles’ second group game against Enyimba and he grabbed it with both hands with his mesmerizing display.
Faleye also scored his team’s winning goal in the encounter.
ADEBOYEGA ADEKUNLE (MFM FC)
The MFM FC forward shone in the absence of Sikiru Olatunbosun and Victor Mbaoma who both featured for the Home Eagles in the competition. He was joint top scorer in the competition with Anthony Okpotu. They both registered two goals each.
TOSIN OMOYELE (PLATEAU UNITED)
Tosin Omoyele scored 15 goals for Osun United in the Nigeria National League last season. He proved his performance for the Omoluabi Boys was no fluke with a fine showing here in Kano and was rewarded with an invitation to the home-based Super Eagles ahead of the African Nations Championship.
ANTHONY OKPOTU (HOME EAGLES)
The Panther as he is fondly called by his admirers was almost unplayable in the final against MFM FC where he netted twice. He will no doubt be one of the key men for Home Eagles in Morocco.
JONATHAN ZIKIYE (MFM FC)
The marauding left-back was a top performer for MFM FC at the NPFL invitational tournament. The former Wikki Tourists defender started the first game against Akwa United on the bench but later came off the bench and started the next two games against Kano Pillars and the Home Eagles.
He was lively in all the games he played, mesmerizing fans with timely overlapping runs.
AUSTIN OLADAPO (HOME EAGLES)
The gifted midfielder started the Home Eagles’ second group game against Enyimba and showed he could be relied upon with a superlative showing. He ran the show in the middle of the pack alongside Dayo Ojo in the game.
He is certainly a good back-up option for the duo of Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Rabiu Ali in midfield.
EMEKA OGBUCHI (HOME EAGLES)
The winger has already impressed Home Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf who praised him for his excellent showing in the competition. It will be a surprise if the Rivers United player fails to make it to the African Nations Championship in Morocco.
CHINEDU UDEAGHA (ENYIMBA)
The new acquisition from Enugu Rangers was impressive in the two games he featured for the Peoples Elephant even though his side failed to make it to the final. He scored in the opening game against Plateau United and also won a penalty missed by Chinonso Okonkwo.