As we approach the end of the play offs, we highlight the Nigerian top-performing players in the Turkish Division One.
The 2020/21 season may have had its fair share of ups-and-downs, but the one thing that continues to enthrall the audience is the cultivation of skilled footballers.
Second tier competition in Turkish football is in the play offs schedule, but the levels of drama and quality football really won the heart of fans Injuries and suspensions have derailed the momentum for the biggest of names.
Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at those five Nigerian players who have stood out effectively in the Turkish Division One 2020-21 season.
5. Anthony Uzodinma – Giresunspor
Despite being just 22 years of age, the midfielder showcased maturity this season.
The youngster rewarded the trust in him with two goals and promotion ticket to the Super Lig.
4. Sikiru Olatunbosun – Ankaraspor
Sikiru Olatunbosun earned plaudits for his displays in varieties of position.
His suitors and football critics remain impressed with his relentless crossing abilities from the flanks.
The MFM FC product clocked 2265 minutes of action this season, registering 3 goals.
3. Emeka Eze – Keçiörengücü
Keçiörengücü had a plethora of foreign talent to elevate their success rate in the 2020-21, but in confident Emeka Eze, they had an all-round player they simply can’t drop off to the bench.
The forward not only acted as a mediator between a playmaking opportunity and the act of scoring, but he also backed up the defence to counter the opposition’s pressure. Six goals wasn’t a bad return.
2. Olanrewaju Kehinde – Ümraniyespor
Kehinde registered five goals in 309 minutes of play. Ümraniyespor really had value for their investment after the striker joined them from Incheon United. He effectively worked towards quality goalscoring opportunities.
The 27-year-old is expected to attract interests from cash-rich Turkish Super League.
1. Ibrahim Rasheed – Menemenspor
Any team would love to have a young forward who carries these major attributes – agility, vision, perfect ball control and finishing. And in Ibrahim Rasheed, Menemenspor housed a player who quickly developed to a proven match-winner.
His lightning-fast runs made him a nightmare for opposition defenders, and an example of this are the games against Akhisarspor, Altay and Giresunspor.
Ibrahim’s unique ability to make and convert goalscoring opportunities out of nowhere made him the top Nigerian player in Turkish second tier.