Nasarawa United have been one of the Nigeria Professional Football League’s surprise packages so far this season.
The Solid Miners have climbed into the top after a brilliant start to the season and the changes they have made to their team’s style of play have been remarkable.
Bala Nikyu has been criticised previously for his direct brand of football, but this season they have played with attacking intent and poise.
United have been putting a far greater precedence on keeping possession and are trying to play with a more atheistically pleasing style, to help appease the fans’ frustration about the lack of entertainment that has been provided in recent seasons.
These changes have worked better than anyone could have predicted and the vast improvements that they have made can be seen in the statistics.
The Lafia club have posed a far greater goal threat than in previous years, but they are also making giant strides in other areas of their game, too. They have scored 10 goals in 6 games so far.
The Solid Miners are making 50 more passes-per-game than they were able to last season, on average, whilst they are also creating far more opportunities.
Added to this, their defending has actually improved despite their new-found attacking style. They have conceded four goals and kept two clean sheets.
The side are looking to be more proactive when on the back-foot and are now making more tackles and interceptions per game, too. Leading the charge are Tebo Franklin and Abdulrazaq Sadiq.
It shows that Bala Nikyu has been able to add attacking quality to the side, whilst ensuring that they remain strong defensively, and for this he deserves huge credit.