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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars center-back, Ekerette Udom (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars center-back, Ekerette Udom (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 keep an eye on all through the season.

Ekerette Udom (Sunshine Stars): Center-back

Ekerette Udom is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Sunshine Stars in the Nigeria Premier Football League as a center-back.


Described by the Nigerian media as a “commanding, no-nonsense style of defender,” Ekerette Udom is a very tenacious, strong, and physical center-back, who is known for his tough and uncompromising style of play. He usually plays as a centre-back, although he initially started out playing as a forward as a kid.


A towering defender, Udom excels in the air, which enables him to effectively defend crosses and high balls, and also makes him a goal threat for his team in the opposing penalty area (especially during set-pieces), despite his defensive playing role.


Although he is primarily known for his aggressive tackling, the Sunshine Stars new signing is also an intelligent player, who is recognised by pundits for his anticipation and positioning, as well as his ability to read the game. Udom also stands out for his bravery and leadership as well as his ability to organise the defence.


A very strong, consistent and versatile modern day centre-back, who is known in particular for his work-rate, stamina, loyalty, leadership and commitment, as well as his courageous, no-nonsense and hard-tackling playing style, Ekerette Udom is gifted with organisational ability, intelligence, concentration, and tactical awareness, which enables him to excel at chasing down opponents, and producing last-ditch tackles.


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