𝐁𝐲 𝐄𝐣𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐨
As the new Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season dawns upon us, one name that stands out in the spotlight is that of the 19-year-old midfield sensation, Samuel Matthew. Samuel’s journey in the NPFL has been nothing short of remarkable, filled with ups and downs, rejection and redemption. With Doma United’s promotion to the topflight division and Samuel’s recent stellar performance, he is undoubtedly one of the star players to watch in the upcoming 2023/2024 season.
Samuel Matthew’s introduction to the NPFL came in the 2020/2021 season when he made his debut with FC Ifeanyi Ubah. However, fate dealt him a tough hand as his team suffered relegation to the second division. Despite the setback, Samuel’s talent and determination shone through, catching the eye of Nasarawa United.
In preparation for the 2021/2022 season, Samuel was invited to try out with Nasarawa United. Unfortunately, he was deemed surplus to requirements and faced rejection from the club. This rejection, though disheartening, proved to be a blessing in disguise.
The turning point in Samuel’s career came when he was scouted by Doma United. The club had just secured their first-ever promotion to the NPFL, and they recognized the potential in this young midfielder. Samuel’s second season in the NPFL with Doma United was nothing short of spectacular.
During the season, Samuel’s skills, vision, and work ethic on the field earned him recognition as a standout performer. He played an instrumental role in helping Doma United secure a commendable 5th place finish in group B, narrowly missing out on the Super Six playoffs tournament by just one point. Samuel’s contributions were pivotal in taking Doma United all the way to the quarter-finals, where they faced a tough challenge against Enugu Rangers.
As the 2023/2024 NPFL season approaches, Samuel Matthew stands on the cusp of a promising career. His resilience, talent, and determination have helped him rise from the ashes of rejection to become one of the most exciting prospects in Nigerian football. Fans across the nation eagerly await the new season, where Samuel will undoubtedly be one of the star players to watch.
In a league known for nurturing young talents, Samuel Matthew’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication. Keep your eyes on this rising star as he continues to shine in the NPFL, carrying the hopes and dreams of fans and aspiring footballers alike. Samuel Matthew is proof that talent, when combined with unwavering determination, can lead to greatness on the football field.