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Nigeria Top-flight League: Six (6) In-Form And Outstanding Players

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As the first stanza of the abridged 2022/23 Nigeria Professional Football League reaches halfway, we take a look at some of the top performers and those who have failed to hit the ground running, Abiodun Adewale writes

1. Imade, Sarki, Obasogie (Bendel Insurance)
Newcomers Bendel Insurance aren’t top of the table in Group A because other teams haven’t come to the party. They are simply there because of the involvement of their strikers, Osarenkhoe Imade and Ismael Sarki as well as their goalkeeper Amas Obasogie.

Imade and Sarki have been in the spotlight from match-day one as the striking partners have scored in the same game on four occasions to help Bendel Insurance secure points against Akwa United, Plateau United, Remo Stars and Shooting Stars. Bendel Insurance have won on three of the occasions in which both players scored, while they also drew one.

In the process, both players have ten goals between them, six of them for Imade while Sarki has four. Bendel Insurance has scored thirteen goals this season, so, both players have contributed seventy percent of the goals for the Benin Arsenal so far this season.

While Imade and Sarki are banging the goals, Obasogie has been diligent between the sticks, as he kept seven clean sheets and conceded just three goals in nine games.

While Imade won the League Bloggers January Player of the Month Award, Sarki and Amas were also nominated.

The Benin Arsenal hold a seven-point gap on top of the table with 23 points.

2. Emeka Obioma (Enyimba)
Leading the line for eight-time champions who need to rediscover themselves is no mean feat and Obioma is living up to the expectations for Enyimba.

The striker has scored seven goals already to lead the scorers chart while he has no also equalled his number from the previous season.

Unlike other contenders in the golden boot race, Obioma began to score on match-day four, bagging a brace against Kwara United and has followed it up with two other braces against El-Kanemi Warriors and Shooting Stars as well as one other goal against Gombe United to take his tally to seven.

3. Joseph Atule (Lobi Stars)
Lobi Stars forward, Joseph Atule has been a consistent provider and scorer for the Makurdi side this season.

Majorly operating from the flanks and sometimes through the middle, Atule has scored four goals and also has four assists to his name, helping Lobi stay in strong contention for a top-three finish in group B with 19 points.

Lobi has scored 12 goals in nine games, meaning that Atule has contributed to eight of them.

4.Emmanuel Ifeanyi (Plateau United)
Jos side, Plateau United are the highest scoring side so far in the league with 17 goals. While the names of scorers have been distributed, an unlikely source, Emmanuel Ifeanyi, has however scored four times for the Fidelis Ilechukwu led team.

The defender blazed the trail for Plateau in January and won the club’s player of the month award for the month while he was also nominated in the league.

5. Robert Mizo (Bayelsa United)
After seven years in the Nigeria National League (NNL), Bayelsa United returned to the NPFL with a fading status and relatively unknown players.

However, one of their players, Robert Mizo, has come to the party so far this season with four goals.

Mizo scored eight for the Restoration Boy in the NNL last season and he will be crucial to their survival this season.

6. Henry Udezuka (Abia Warriors)

The Abia Warriors teenager has been in great form in hiss full season in the top-flight league. With a goal and two assist, the sensational youngster has been pivotal for Abia Warriors

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Seamoriow FC Shines Bright in Thrilling Victory Against Leads United FC.

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In a gripping showdown at the Seamoriow Sports Complex earlier today, Seamoriow FC once again showcased their prowess on the field, clinching a sensational 4-3 triumph over Leads United FC.

The match, marked by breathtaking goals and intense moments, kept fans from the neighbourhood who saw the game on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

The action-packed encounter saw Seamoriow’s Paul Salako setting the tone early with a stunning goal in the 15th minute, swiftly followed by Saka’s precise strike from a low angled shot in the 20th minute. Akinjide Johnson further fueled the team’s momentum with a good finish in the 29th minute, leaving the opposition reeling. Despite a valiant effort from Leads United FC, Adeshina Lekan’s penalty in the 62nd minute sealed the victory for Seamoriow FC.

Reacting to the exhilarating win, the Chairman/Proprietor of Seamoriow FC expressed immense pride in the team’s performance, stating, “We are thrilled by this victory, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players. Our commitment to nurturing young talent remains unwavering, and we are actively expanding our scouting network to unearth passionate individuals who embody the spirit of Seamoriow FC. Our ultimate goal is to provide promising Nigerian talents with a platform to shine and pursue successful careers in football, and we are determined to attract the best talent from across the nation.”

Seamoriow FC will next take on Breeding Professionals FA at the Legacy Practise pitch on Sunday, 25th of February in preparation for the Africa Selected All Stars Scouting Tournament the club will be participating in billed for 26th – 28th February at the practice pitch, Surulere, Lagos

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ABIA Warriors Vs Remo Stars: CEO Banana Island Offers Free Bus To Fans On Sunday

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The Banana Island CEO, Mr Francis Chilaka, will provide free bus to Abia Warriros fans, who come out en mass to support the team as they host Remo Stars Football Club at the Enyimba FC Stadium on Sunday.

Following the Umuahia township stadium ban by the League Organizers, the Umuahia based will welcome the ‘Sky Blue Stars’ in their temporary home stadium in Aba in one of the Matchday 20 fixtures billed for the weekend.

“Playing away from your traditional home ground can be difficult in football but we’re planning to make it a home away from home for the Abia Warriros with our usual support”

“The free bus will ensure the fans will be on the stands to cheer the team this will be added advantage for the team playing at its temporary home ground”

“Efforts has been made by the Club Chairman, Chief John Obuh, to return the team back to Umuahia soonest as their has been steady progress in work on the playing turf as well on the stadium environs”

“Before we return back to Umuahia, the team needs to bounce back to winning ways and that’s why the fans will be present to ginger their spirit “ he concluded.

Mr. Francis Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriors management has been in the frontline in ensuring massive support for the Umuahia warlords as he offers different kinds of moral and financial support to the Abia Warriors team.

Amongst the contingent moving from Umuahia to Aba for the crunchy fixture is Chairman Abia State House Member on Sports, Hon. Chinasa Abiola, as well as other well meaning Abians.

When the games gets underway in ABA on Sunday, Abia Warriros who lost to Remo Stars on Matchday 19 will be out to make up for the lost points when the trade tackles on Matchday 20 in the first game of the league second round.

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NPFL Youth League: The Abia Warriors Boys Were Brave Enough- Francis Chilaka

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Abia Warriors Board member and football enthusiast, Francis Chilaka, has thumbed up Abia Warrior’s Under-17 lads for their bravery following their 2-2 stalemate against city neighbors, Enyimba International Under-17, in it’s first game in the South-East, zone of the on-going NPFL youth league in Enugu State.

The popular philanthropist and business guru who has been in the Coal City with the team affirmed the boys resilience which earned the team a point in the keenly contested fixture.

“It’s a derby game and the fixture lived up to it’s billing as the two young lads displayed their football artistry”

“Kudos to the boys, Abia Warriros, for their efforts as there is more room for improvement going into the next game”

In the excited fixture which ended in a stalemate, Abia Warriors side were the side who stole the show as they came with a late goal to steal headline in the fixture watched by NPFL dignitaries.

To earn the South-East slot to the National level, Abia Warriors Under-17 in it’s subsequent games will trade tackless with Heartland, Rangers Under-17 sides

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