The Nigeria Professional Football League season is upon us and there is a fresh bunch of young talents looking to make a big impact in the Nigeria top flight. Lodgexpress website picks out one top talent to watch in the coming months.
Akeem Balogun (Doma United): Center-back
Akeem Balogun is a Nigerian professional footballer who currently plies his trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League for newly promoted club, Doma United.
Although primarily a centre back, Akeem Balogun can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder or as a full back, and has drawn praise courtesy of his physical strength, technique, work-rate and range of distribution as a defender, as well as his composure on the ball, his personality and calmness when on the ball, which enables him to play the ball out from the back or initiate an attack with long balls after gaining back possession.
Touted as one of the best young defenders across major African leagues, Akeem Balogun is a tough, consistent, and physically strong center-back, known for his strength in the air and powerful tackling, as well as his ability to read games and intercept loose balls.
He remains one technically gifted and tactically versatile centre-back, also capable of fitting well in a defensive midfielder role; his elegance, composure, ball playing ability, and confidence in possession have led him to be highlighted as one of the best talents to watch out for in the Nigeria Professional Football League 2023 season.