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Sunday, December 27, 2015

NPFL top 11 for the year

2015, what a year in the NPFL, even though it was not without some controversies arising from several clubs owing their teams several months salary, another challenge that faced the NPFL during the year was administration which the LMC (League Management Company) handled to an extent very well.

Let's leave that aside for another day, let's take a look at the year on a brighter side, we bring to you the top XI players of the year.  
GK - FEMI THOMAS (ENYIMBA FC)
He was a worthy replacement for Chijoke Ejiogu and confirmed Chijoke, Mose Ocheje and Joshua Enaholo to the bench for the entire season.
He helped Peoples Elephant win a record seventh Glo Premier League with superlative performances on their course to win the league.
RB - KALU ORJI (RANGERS)
The right-back was a key performer for a Rangers side that had a disappointing outing this season. His impressive showing for the Flying Antelopes earned him an invitation to the Super Eagles.
CB - CHINEDU UDOJI (ENYIMBA FC)
Captain of the Enyimba side that won a record seventh Glo Premier League title.
Udoji, during the course of the season also played as a holding midfielder showing his versatility and got four goals to help his club to the title.
CB - AUSTINE OBAROAKPO (ABIA WARRIORS)
Often described by many as the best defender in the Glo Premier League, he was later rewarded with a starting role in the Super Eagles versus Swaziland World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt and he acquitted himself well, he has also been included in the list of players to camp for the 4th African Nations Cup in Rwanda.
LB - CHIMA AKAS (SHARKS)
Vice captain of the Home-based Super Eagles. Although, he couldn't help Sharks of Port Harcourt stay up in the League, yet he distinguished himself.
DMF - PAUL ONOBI (SUNSHINE STARS)
The Sunshine Stars vice-captain is one of the top performers in the Glo Premier League this season. He helped his team to a place in the continent next season.
DMF - BATURE YARO (NASARAWA UNITED)
The talented midfielder played a pivotal role as his side surprisingly secured third place on the log. Bature Yaro scored the opening goal on the day the Lafia-based outfit ended Kano Pillars' 12 years unbeaten home streak with a 2-1 defeat.
AMF - CHISOM CHIKATARA (ABIA WARRIORS)
The Kolanut Boy as he is often called by the home fans, is one of the few new faces that made a mark in the 2014/2015 season.
LWF - EZEKIEL BASSEY (ENYIMBA FC)
The pace winger will be one of the backbone Enyimba will be relying on in the CAF champions league. He was very resourceful for the entirety of the club's title success.
RWF - TUNDE ADENIJI ( FORWARD) SUNSHINE STARS
Adeniji was top of the goal scoring chat for months before been overtook by eventual winner Gbolahan Salami. His impressive goals haul were not enough to help Sunshine Stars win the title or even book a place on the continent.
CF - GBOLAHAN SALAMI (WARRI WOLVES)
The man needs not much introduction, the new goal king in the Glo Premier League.
Gbolahan Salami scored 17 goals to help Warri Wolves secure second place and a berth in the CAF Champions League and to me he's been my NPFL player of the year, as he also replicates such form whenever he represents Nigeria. He's the captain of the home based Super Eagles.

Hopefully these players remain in the league by the kick off of the new season.

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