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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Kwara United goalkeeper, Adewale Adeyinka (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Kwara United goalkeeper, Adewale Adeyinka (photos)

The Nigeria Premier Football League is the breeding ground to some of the very best African talents in the game.

A whole host of the players will be in action over the course of the next five months as the Nigeria topflight league kick-started last Sunday and we’ve picked out one of the players to watch out for.

🌕 Adewale Adeyinka (Kwara United): Goalkeeper

Adewale Adeyinka is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kwara United and the Nigeria national team (Super Eagles).


Regarded as one of the best and most complete keepers to emerge from the Nigeria Premier Football League, Adewale Adeyinka is a large and athletic goalkeeper, who excels at coming off his line to claim crosses due to his height and physique; an intelligent shotstopper, in addition to his excellent positional sense, reflexes and goalkeeping abilities, he is also known for his longevity, calm composure and his ability to organise his defence.


Furthermore, he is also effective at stopping penalties. Nevertheless, Adeyinka is known in particular for his ball playing skill, as well as his accurate distribution with either foot, which gives him the ability to launch quick counter-attacks from his area with long balls, or build attacking plays by playing the ball out from the back on the ground.


As a result of his ability in possession of the ball, and to rush off his line, the Kwara United man also functioned as a “sweeper-keeper” on occasion all through his career, in particular during his time with Gombe United and Akwa United.


He remains the only goalkeeper that provided an assist in the Nigeria topflight division in the 2021/2022 season after locating Wisdom Fernando with a long range counter attack against Nasarawa United.


Adeyinka has come under praises by Kwara United goalkeeper coach for being among the top lads to bring a new perspective to goalkeeping in the Nigeria topflight league.


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