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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Abia Warriors playmaker, Nweke Kalu (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Abia Warriors playmaker, Nweke Kalu (photos)

The biggest stars in Nigeria topflight league are set to return to action in what is promising to be another action-packed and exciting season.

To celebrate, we’ve decided to take a look at one player who could make an impressive mark across the 2023 campaign for his club.

Nweke Kalu (Abia Warriors): Playmaker

Kalu is regarded among the top five creative players in Nigeria football. Although he is often described as a winger by analysts, Kalu usually operates in a free role, which allows him to roam the pitch; he likes occupying central areas and operate between the lines, he also has the ability of moving out wide and running towards the touchline to create chances for his teammates.


When Abia Warriors are under pressure from the opposition, Kalu drops deep to the defence to offer support and then drive forward with the ball when they regain possession. He normally situates himself on either the right or left flank, or even as a number 8.


Indeed, although he was used as a winger by Coach Amakapabo last season in some games, Kalu was later moved to a central midfield role, although he is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, as well as in several other offensive and midfield positions. He has also occasionally been used as a defensive midfielder and even as a centre-forward.


The Abia Warriors skipper is a very intelligent, quick, creative, and a workaholic player, who is known for his passing, excellent technical skills, ball control, awareness, and vision, as well as his ability to manage himself in tight spaces, exploit gaps, and play the final ball or penetrating passes, which makes him an all-round effective playmaker.


To add to his ability to create chances and also score with power and accuracy from direct free kicks with his right foot, Kalu is also renowned for his ability to bend the ball, and his set-piece delivery is topnotch.


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gate io February 28, 2023
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