As the Nigeria Professional Football League hots up, Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU compiles the big transfer moves of the 2016 season…
by Adeboye Amosu
PRINCE AGGREH (SUNSHINE STARS – KANO PILLARS)
The winger has pitched tent with the former champions after an impressive season with Sunshine Stars where he was the club’s second top scorer behind Tunde Adeniji.
DARE OJO (KWARA UNITED – ENYIMBA)
The talented midfielder was Kwara United’s best player in the league last season. No wonder Enyimba quickly snapped him up following the Harmony Boys’ relegation to the National League.
JAMIU ALIMI (3SC – ENYIMBA)
A top quality centre-back who played a huge role in helping Shooting Stars maintain their top flight status last season.
A good addition to the Pillars side that will be keen to reclaim their title from Enyimba.
OLUFEMI OLADAPO (BAYELSA UNITED – ENYIMBA)
Another top quality star who is expected to make the Peoples Elephant a more formidable force. He has represented Nigeria at the U-20 and U-23 levels.
KUFRE EBONG (WARRI WOLVES – AKWA UNITED)
The forward who can also play as a winger is back at his hometown club after an impressive stint with Warri Wolves last season.
SAMSON GBADEBO (LOBI STARS – NASARAWA UNITED)
‘Mr dependable’ as the centre-back is called played a pivotal role in Lobi Stars’ march to the final of the Federation Cup last season.
He is certainly a key addition to the Nasarawa United side who will be hoping to improve on their third place finish last term and also make an impact on the continent.
MANIR UBALE (NASARAWA UNITED – KANO PILLARS)
The experienced forward is back at Kano Pillars after making a huge impression at Nasarawa United last season where he formed a formidable partnership with Esosa Igbinoba.
IFEANYI MATTHEW (EL-KANEMI WARRIORS – KANO PILLARS)
The midfielder who was described as Nigeria’s best player at the African Nations Championship by then coach Sunday Oliseh recently switched Maiduguri for Kano.
He is expected to play a key role for Sai Masu Gida in the new season.
CHRIS MADAKI (GIWA FC -KANO PILLARS)
Another member of the home- based Super Eagles side to the African Nations Championship in Rwanda to have linked up with Kano Pillars.
JOSEPH OSADIAYE (WARRI WOLVES – ENYIMBA)
A key performer for Warri Wolves last term. His arrival has increased the attacking options available to coach Paul Aigbogun.
CHRISTAIN PYAGBARA (SHARKS – ENYIMBA)
A shining light in Sharks’ ill-fated campaign in the league last term. He is expected to compete with Mfon Udoh for a starting berth in the Enyimba team.
MARKSON OJOBO (ENYIMBA – WARRI WOLVES)
The centre-back fell out with Enyimba at the end of last season and has since linked up with title rivals, Warri Wolves.
KING OSANGA (SHOOTING STARS – WARRI WOLVES)
The former junior international who played a big part in Shooting Stars maintaining their top flight status last term is now with Warri Wolves.
STANLEY DIMGBA (WARRI WOLVES – SUNSHINE STARS)
Sunshine Stars may have lost some of their key players during the off- season, but the arrival of Stanley Dimgba is a big plus for them.
The winger will hope to be a quality replacement for Prince Aggreh who has joined Kano Pillars.
IKECHUKWU IBENEGBU (WARRI WOLVES- ENYIMBA)
Another player who is expected to help Enyimba defend their title and do well on the continent.
IBRAHIM SALAU (SHOOTING STARS – GIWA FC)
The youthful midfielder has dumped 3SC for a stint at Giwa Football Club of Jos.
UBONG EKPAI (KANO PILLARS – AKWA UNITED)
The forward has already underlined his importance to Akwa United by scoring the winner in his side’s 1-0 win against Congolese side, Vita Club Mokanda in the CAF Confederation Cup.
THEOPHILUS AFELOKHAI (KANO PILLARS – ENYIMBA)
The highly rated goalkeeper has increased the number of top class goalie at the club to three. He will battle for number one spot with Moses Ocheje and Femi Thomas.
BASSEY AKPAN (ABIA WARRIORS – AKWA UNITED)
The experienced goalkeeper has joined Akwa United from Abia Warriors. Akpan expertise will be crucial for the Promise Keepers in their continental campaign and the league.
ODINGA ODINGA (SHARKS – DOLPHINS)
The long serving Sharks skipper has decided to link up with their Garden City rivals following his side’s relegation last season.