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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars defensive midfielder, Joshua Akhabue (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars defensive midfielder, Joshua Akhabue (photos)

It has been quite a wait, but the Nigeria Premier Football League 2023 season is finally here.

And though it promises to be a league campaign unlike any fans have seen before, with matches being spread across the country in an abridged format, the next five months should still be of the highest quality.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at one it the players that we tip to be have a great outing over the course of the season.

🔴 Joshua Akhabue (Sunshine Stars): Center-back

Joshua Akhabue is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for a Nigeria topflight division club, Sunshine Stars.

Akhabue is a tall, tenacious, and physically strong defensive midfield player, who excels very much in the air, and is known for his heavy marking of his opponents, as well as his hard-tackling style of play and leadership on the pitch; he is also highly praised for his positioning, ability to read the game and his adeptness at winning back possession in one v one situations.


Blessed with excellent distribution and good technical skills, although he can be deployed as a centre-back, he is mostly used as a defensive midfielder, where he demonstrates his confidence in possession, and ability to play the ball out of the defence.


Being an athletic player, with good technique, ball-playing ability, defensive skills, and an ability to organise his backline; Akhabue has earned a reputation as one of the best young midfielders to watch out for in the Nigeria Premier Football League this season.


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