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Top 5 best creative midfielders in the Nigeria Premier Football League 2023 season (photos)
Top 5 best creative midfielders in the Nigeria Premier Football League 2023 season (photos)

The Nigeria Premier Football League has produced some of the most talented creative midfield players in Africa over the years.

Having a creative midfielder is a huge addition for any team. They help in unlocking the most stubborn of defensive lines and creating chances for their teammates.

The ongoing 2023 Nigeria Premier Football League campaign (played in an abridged format) isn’t short of such players and as such, this complete article on Lodgexpress official website will take a look at the five most-creative midfielders currently….

𝟱. 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗘𝗸𝗮𝘄𝘂 – 𝗗𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱

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Only a few players in the Nigeria topflight division can rival Doma United City playmaker Hilary Ekawu in terms of all-round technique.

The ace Nigerian midfielder has already established himself as one of the league’s best midfielders since helping his side gain promotion from the second division at the end of last season.

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While Ekawu is very much known for his high work rate and versatility, the playmaker also possesses incredible creative ability.

He has so far registered five assists in the league and has scored once.

𝟰. 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗡𝘄𝗮𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗸𝘄𝘂 – 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲

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The former Nigeria U17 star has gradually matured into one of the League’s finest creative midfielders, judging by his performances this season.

Nwachukwu has been a crucial member of Monday Odigie’s squad who have been on fire in the league – going 17 games without a defeat.

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The Insurance tactician has been able to refine Nwachukwu into a Thiago Alcantara-Esque type of player due to his vision and passing ability.

He has been involved in the build-up of most of Insurance goals in the league this season after scoring once and providing four assists.

𝟯. 𝗡𝘄𝗲𝗸𝗲 𝗞𝗮𝗹𝘂 – 𝗔𝗯𝗶𝗮 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝘀

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The Nigerian playmaker is arguably one of the best-performing stars in the League this season. He rejoined Abia Warriors after the expiration of his contract at Kwara United last season.

Nweke Kalu was named the club captain before the start of the season and he has made immediate impact on the team as they narrowly lost out in contention for top three finish.

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One aspect of Kalu’s game that has stood out in the entire 2023 league campaign is his creativity in the middle. Kalu currently boasts of the most assists provided by any Abia Warriors player in all competitions this season (six).

𝟮. 𝗘𝗹𝗶𝗷𝗮𝗵 𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗶 – 𝗘𝗻𝘆𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮

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The ace Nigerian creative midfielder continues to showcase his class and prove his worth as one of the best midfielders in the league this season despite missing a couple of Enyimba games due to injury.

Akanni is known for his impeccable vision of the ball and such has seen him grab a handful of assists in the topflight division throughout his career.

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When discussing creativity, very few players can rival the Enyimba no.10 star in the Nigeria Premier Football League. The midfielder is the third top scorer at the club after Chukwuemeka Obioma and Chijioke Mbaoma and has also notched three assists in the league.

𝟭. 𝗡𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗿𝘂 𝗜𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗵𝗶𝗺 – 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀

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Naziru Ibrahim is a midfielder, a general, and one of the most stand out players across Africa. He has shown to be one of the most consistent playmakers since his time at Rivers United and is one reason Rangers have played so well in the second round and avoided relegation battle.

Aside from his role in adding strength to the midfield during offensive plays, Naziru is also a good leader and a team player, resulting in the team’s success – where they have only recorded one defeat in their last eight games.

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Rangers boss Abdul Maikaba has benefited from the experience and leadership skills Naziru Ibrahim has brought to the dressing room since arriving at the start of the season.



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