Complete Sports and Completesportsnigeria.com’s Nigerian league expert, ADEBOYE AMOSU, picks his best 11 players from the just-concluded Glo Premier League season, presenting an extremely talented team of stars who excelled during the long campaign…
FEMI THOMAS (GOALKEEPER)
The former junior international had to battle stiff competition from the likes of Chijoke Ejiogu, Moses Ocheje and Joshua Enaholo to secure his place in Enyimba’s starting line-up.
He proved a worthy choice though as he helped the Peoples Elephant win a record seventh Glo Premier League with breathtaking performances in the crucial part of the campaign.
KALU ORJI (RIGHT-BACK)
This has no doubt been a breakthrough season for the defender. The right-back was a key performer for a Rangers side that had a disappointing outing this season.
His impressive showing for the Flying Antelopes earned him an invitation to the Super Eagles.
CHINEDU UDOJI (CENTRE-BACK)
Captain of the Enyimba side that won a record seventh Glo Premier League title. The former FC Abuja defender proved his versatility by also playing in the holding midfield role for his side and has also scored four goals on their way to winning the title.
Udoji led by example and was one of the reasons why Enyimba beat their rivals to the crown.
AUSTINE OBAROAKPO (CENTRE-BACK)
Described by many as the best defender in the Glo Premier League. The Abia Warriors captain, who was virtually an unknown figure prior to the start of the campaign, proved his class at the heart of the Umuahia-based side defence all season. He was rewarded with a starting role in the Super Eagles versus Swaziland World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt and he acquitted himself well.
CHIMA AKAS (LEFT-BACK)
Although Sharks failed to cement their top flight status at the end of the season, Chima Akas distinguished himself in the side and duly earned a call-up to the Super Eagles.
He is currently the vice-captain of the home-based Super Eagles side and started against Swaziland too.
PAUL ONOBI (DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD)
The Sunshine Stars vice-captain is one of the top performers in the Glo Premier League this season. The box-to-box midfielder also scored a couple of vital goals for the Owena Waves. His exploits also caught the eye of SundayOliseh and he was one of three home-based starters against Swaziland, taking the place of Chelsea star Mikel Obi
LORDSON ICHULL (DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD)
A player in the mould of former Ghanaian midfielder, Michael Essien. The combative midfielder earned well deserved accolades for his impressive performance for the Seasiders in the just concluded season.
CHISOM CHIKATARA (MIDFIELD)
One of the few new faces that made a mark in the 2014/2015 season. The Kolanut Boy as the attacking midfielder is called by his admirers was a consistent performer for the Abia Warriors side that fell short of picking a continental ticket.
EZEKIEL BASSEY (FORWARD)
A regular starter in an Enyimba side that is full of quality stars. The pacy winger was a handful for opposition defenders all through the season and provided assists for the club’s forwards a number of times.
TUNDE ADENIJI ( FORWARD)
Adeniji was the league second top scorer behind Warri Wolves hitman, Gbolahan Salami. His impressive goals haul was however not enough to help Sunshine Stars win the title or even book a place on the continent.
GBOLAHAN SALAMI (FORWARD)
The man who succeeds Mfon Udoh as the new goal king in the Glo Premier League. Gbolahan Salami scored 17 goals to help Warri Wolves secure second place and a berth in the CAF Champions League.
IKECHUKWU EZENWA (GOALKEEPER)
The former junior international enjoyed a fine season with Sunshine Stars proving a key figure for the side. He is now Super Eagles second choice goalkeeper.
MARKSON OJOBO (DEFENDER)
The defender proved his versatility by playing in different positions for the champions at the back during the season. A regular starter in the Enyimba line-up.
YINKA ADEDEJI (DEFENDER)
A shining light in the Shooting Stars side that recovered from their early season struggles to finish in a respectable position on the log.
DARE OJO (DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD)
A star performer in the Kwara United side that was relegated to the National League. The Afonja Warriors will no doubt struggle to keep him within their ranks with a host of clubs seeking his services.
BATURE YARO (MIDFIELD)
The talented midfielder played a pivotal role as his side surprisingly secured third place on the log. Bature Yaro scored the opening goal on the day the Lafia-based outfit ended Kano Pillars’ 12 years unbeaten home streak with a 2-1 defeat.
ESOSA IGBINOBA ( FORWARD)
His 15 goals for the Solid Miners proved decisive though it was not enough for him to win the top scorers award.
BRIGHT EJIKE (FORWARD)
The hitman missed out of the goal king award, but his impressive performance for Heartland was never in doubt. He scored 14 goals for the Naze Millionaires.
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