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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars full-back, Habib Yakub (photos)
NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Sunshine Stars full-back, Habib Yakub (photos)

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

Let’s take a look in particular at one player to watch in the coming weeks.

Habib Yakub (Sunshine Stars): Full-back

Habib Yakub is a professional soccer player who plays as a full-back for Nigeria Professional Football League club, Sunshine Stars.


The Nigerian is one of the best full-backs in African leagues who operates on the right side, with great balance and intensity between the defensive side and the attacking role, and one player who can contribute in the team system with or without the ball.

Habib has a distinctive defensive style as a right-back, as he benefits from his physical strength, he presses down the ball carrier on one side and tries to approach the opposition players on the left side of them.


He is a very good full-back on the defensive level, as he boast of a ratio of interceptions to the ball during a single game of 0.9, which is a good average for a defender in the side.


Habib knows how well to combine many key qualities needed in a full-back, including strong attacking prowess, solid defensive play, and being excellent in possession. He has the capability to drift past players and his pace is a virtue surging forward and defending.


Talking about set pieces, full-back Habib is one of the best in the business. In addition to his solid defensive prowess, Habib is proficient in his offensive approach. He is one of the main creative outlets for Sunshine Stars with his continuous marauding runs and superb crosses from the right flank.

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