𝗕𝘆 𝗘𝗷𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗜𝘁𝘂𝗺𝗼
The Nigeria Premier Football League is heating up, and matchday three showcased some remarkable talents who left their mark on the field.
Let’s take a closer look at the players who shone during these exciting matches:
𝗧𝗮𝗼𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗼: (𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀)
The 19-year-old Shooting Stars attacking midfielder stole the show with a brilliant brace in a 2-1 comeback victory against Gombe United, earning himself the Man of the Match accolade.
𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗲𝗹 𝗗𝗮𝗴𝗮 (𝗘𝗻𝘆𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮)
Enyimba’s new signing, Daga, made a strong impression by providing an assist in their 3-2 win in his first home appearance since joining the club.
𝗦𝗶𝗸𝗶𝗿𝘂 𝗔𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶: (𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗼 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀)
The in-form striker secured the winning goal for his team, Bayelsa United, and has now netted two goals in three games.
𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗢𝗹𝗮𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶: (𝗦𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀)
A standout midfielder, Olalusi found the back of the net in a 1-1 draw against Heartland, taking his tally to two goals in three appearances; two of which he has come on as a second-half substitute.
𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝘄𝗼𝗴𝗯𝗮𝗴𝗮: (𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱)
The towering striker scored the equalizer against his former team, Sunshine Stars, in a 1-1 draw.
𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗶 𝗡𝗻𝗼𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗶: (𝗔𝗯𝗶𝗮 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝘀)
Making an impressive debut, Abia Warriors’ new striker left a strong first impression in his first Nigeria topflight division game.
𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂: (𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲)
Taminu secured his team’s only goal with a spot kick in a 1-0 win over Plateau United.
𝗞𝘂𝗳𝗿𝗲 𝗘𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗴: (𝗔𝗸𝘄𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
In his first start for Akwa United, Ebong found the back of the net against Enyimba, showing his potential as a new striker for the club.
𝗔𝗱𝗲𝗯𝗮𝘆𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗱: (𝗟𝗼𝗯𝗶 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Lobi Stars sensation Waheed was a constant threat against Katsina United, playing a significant role down the flank.
𝗘𝗸𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗢𝗸𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲: (𝗕𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Bayelsa United winger Ekeson scored his first goal of the season, despite a 2-1 home loss to Remo Stars.
𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘄 𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮: (𝗗𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Majalisa impressed for Doma United in his left-back role during a 0-0 draw against Sporting Lagos away from home.
𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝘀𝗮𝘆𝗶: (𝗗𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Doma United’s goalkeeper Kingdom Osayi made five stunning saves in their 0-0 draw at Sporting Lagos and earned the Man of the Match award.
𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗴𝘄𝗼: (𝗔𝗯𝗶𝗮 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝘀)
Megwo was the match-winner for his team, Abia Warriors, in a 1-0 victory against Kano Pillars, finally beating the stubborn Kano Pillars goalkeeper.
𝗦𝗮𝗺𝘂𝗲𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘄: (𝗗𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Doma United midfielder Samuel displayed exceptional skills in their 0-0 draw against Sporting Lagos, winning all the midfield battles.
𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗢𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗲: (𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲)
Bendel Insurance goalkeeper, Amas Obasogie, kept his second clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win over Plateau United.
𝗜𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗶 𝗢𝗻𝘆𝗲𝗯𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗶: (𝗘𝗻𝘂𝗴𝘂 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀)
Onyebuchi put in a solid defensive performance for Enugu Rangers in their 2-1 victory against Niger Tornadoes.
𝗞𝗮𝘇𝗲𝗲𝗺 𝗢𝗴𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗲𝘆𝗲: (𝗘𝗻𝘂𝗴𝘂 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀)
Enugu Rangers’ superkid, Ogunleye, provided an assist for the opening goal and showcased his scoring and assisting abilities.
𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗡𝘄𝗼𝗸𝗲: (𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗼𝘀)
Sporting Lagos goalkeeper Nwoke kept his third clean sheet in three games, an impressive start to his topflight division experience.
𝗦𝗮𝗺𝘂𝗲𝗹 𝗔𝗻𝗮𝗲𝗸𝘄𝗲: (𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗼 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Anaekwe played a pivotal role in Remo Stars’ first away win of the season, providing an assist for their opening goal against Bayelsa United.
𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱𝘂 𝗨𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲: (𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗼𝘀)
Ufere’s superb performance in midfield for Sporting Lagos couldn’t secure a win but was a standout feature in the 0-0 draw against Doma United.
𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗹𝗶𝗻: (𝗔𝗸𝘄𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Franklin’s stellar defensive skills for Akwa United showed his value as a significant signing for the team.
𝗘𝘇𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮: (𝗞𝗮𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Katsina United’s full-back, Chidera, had an exceptional game, offering constant threats down the right flank.
𝗠𝘂𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗺𝗮: 𝗞𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝗣𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀
Kano Pillars goalkeeper, Galadima, displayed fantastic skills despite a 1-0 loss to Abia Warriors.
𝗔𝗹𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗼 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗮𝗿𝗶: (𝗘𝗻𝘆𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮)
Enyimba’s captain, Somiari, proved to be the match-winner with a powerful free-kick goal in their 3-2 victory against Akwa United.
𝗘𝘇𝗲 𝗘𝗸𝘄𝘂𝘁𝗼𝘇𝗶𝗮𝗺: (𝗘𝗻𝘆𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮)
Enyimba’s versatile attacker, Ekwutoziam, was instrumental in their 3-2 win, providing an important assist.
𝗔𝘇𝗲𝗲𝘇 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗹𝘂: (𝗞𝗮𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱)
Katsina United’s energetic midfielder, Falolu, dominated the midfield and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities in their 0-0 draw against Lobi Stars.
𝗩𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁𝘂𝘀: (𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲)
Bendel Insurance’s highly-rated winger, Vincent Augustus, played a crucial role in their 1-0 win over Plateau United, coming on as a halftime substitute.
These players are making their mark in the Nigeria Premier Football League, and their performances are surely worth following as the season progresses.