The team of the week is an opportunity for every player in Nigeria Professional Football League to have their talents showcased from the past weekend and, usually, we see an enjoyable mix of the top names, consistently good upper-half players and a handful of individuals from the smaller sides who have put in one-off big performances.
Sometimes, however, the top names show exactly why they are the biggest clubs—because they’re the best and they combine brilliantly.
For our side, we take the best individual displays from Nigeria’s top flight and combine the most impressive player from each position into a viable formation, with our selection process seeing us analyse every game to pick out a star XI from the weekend’s fixtures.
This week, it’s an offensive 3-5-2, with only the best players in each position included here, leading, as always, to several tough decisions along the way. In addition to individual form, we take into account such factors as opposition quality and overall contribution to the team’s display.
Stanley Nwabali – Lobi Stars
Denied Aniekan Ekpe early on and never made a single mistake, both with his hands and with his feet.
John Bello – Lobi Stars
Selected in the starting line-up for the first time this season, the former Kogi United enforcer was a monster at the back.
Ibrahim Buhari – Plateau United
Perfect at the back against Adamawa United, he also found the time to go forward at times.
Abubakar Ibrahim – Plateau United
A beauty of a goal, as well as being disciplined at the back.
John Lazarus – Lobi Stars
An absolute phenomenon, creating trouble for Dakkada from start to finish, with pace, quality and great decision making. His match winning free kick was world class.
Wasiu Alalade – Kwara United
Came on to score for Kwara United to secure the victory and maintain their unbeaten home run this season.
Afees Nosir – Kwara United
Solid in the middle, with the icing on the cake of a thunderous strike from 29 metres which later came off goalkeeper Paul Godwin for an own goal.
Daniel Mark – Warri Wolves
An absolute monster in midfield. He’s back to his best, battling and dominating in the middle like the used to.
Samuel Nnoshiri – Katsina United
Quality all round and a superb spot kick to break the deadlock in the win over Nasarawa United. He also assisted Samuel Kalu.
Shedrack Oghali – Rivers United
Two beautiful goals – what more can he do?
Stephen Gopey – Wikki Tourists
Another brace to give Wikki Tourists a point against Akwa United.