Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was back with a bang – giving Ademetan Abayomi plenty to think about as he looked to pick the best XI from the weekend’s action.

Dede Dare – 3SC

Well positioned to stop thunderbolts from Ahmed Jimoh, Mohammed Hussain. Outstanding.

Samson Gbadebo – Akwa United

A lion at the heart of the defence and refused to buckle when under pressure. Always aware of his positioning. Magisterial.

Ernest Governor – Rangers

Sat alongside Ebuka Anthony and controlled the Katsina United forwards with comparative ease. Always ready to put in a good clean tackle and never put a foot wrong or gave an inch. Forceful.

Chigozie Obasi – Enyimba

The defender was at his usual elegant, untiring self and completely dominated his territory. He was always there to tidy up after his teammates. His match winner came at the right time. Princely.

Ubong Friday – Akwa United

Awesome down the flank, sending in menacing crosses all day. Also delivered the perfect pass for Ezekiel Bassey’s opener and scored a cruise missile himself when the Stephen Chukwude returned the favour on the counter attack. Crucial.

Ishaq Kayode – Rivers United

Scored Rivers United goal in breathtaking fashion as he screamed it into the net. Completely ruled the game. Inspiring.

Steven Jude – Kwara United

Got into the perfect position to net the opener, then capped a brilliant individual performance with a brace. Terrific.

Akanni Qudus – Remo Stars

Scored the first goal of the game and was at the heart of all the visitors’ best moves. Always willing to run, played with a smile on his face and looks like he is enjoying himself again. Vital.

Ajibola Otegbeye – Nasarawa United

Like a runaway train down the rail Otegbeye was well oiled. He tormented the Heartland backline and bagged a brace. Unstoppable.

Ossy Martins – Rangers

Always lively and scored twice. The goalkeeper could do nothing about his first. Ossy was fed by a deep penetrating pass from Ugochukwu Ugwuoke which he guided well as defenders swooped on him to blast home for what turned out to be the winning goal of the match. Stunning.

Andy Okpe – Remo Stars

The lanky striker kept the Remo Stars attack ticking with his determination to get something from nothing. He was finally rewarded with a Nistelrooy-esque strike against MFM. Persistent.

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