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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Dakkada attacker, Emmanuel Ayaosi (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Dakkada attacker, Emmanuel Ayaosi (photos)

As Nigeria Premier Football League action returns, provides an insight into some promising players to watch in the 2023 campaign.

We take a look in particular at one player to watch all through the season.

Emmanuel Ayaosi (Dakkada): Attacker

Rated by several pundits to be one of the most talented and promising young players in Africa, Emmanuel Ayaosi is a versatile forward, capable of playing in any attacking role; he began his career as a striker, although he was later moved to the flank as a left winger.


Being blessed with the ability to use either foot, despite being naturally right-footed, the Dakkada youngster is also capable of playing on the right flank, as a second striker or number 11, in the centre as a false 9 or in a free role as an attacking midfielder or number 10.


A profile by Lodgexpress media in 2021 described Ayaosi as a player who stands at about 5ft 8in, boasts of a powerful frame and brings a physical approach into the game which is often lacking among a technically gifted Dakkada team.

However, despite his robust build-up, the Nigeria youth team sensation possesses outstanding dribbling skills which, when combined with his blistering speed, makes him one incredibly difficult attacker to stop in one-v-one situations.


Coming into limelight in the Nigeria topflight division last season, his former coach described Ayaosi as a “generational talent”, lauding him for his speed, ambidexterity, acceleration, technical skills and low centre of gravity, which make him very difficult to dispossess, while also stressing his movement, intelligence, defensive work-rate, and link-up play as some of his major strengths.


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