After another thrilling weekend of superb shots and stunning saves, Ademetan Abayomi picks his best XI from the latest round of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) action.

Mustapha Lawal – Sunshine Stars

The youngster was superb, especially in stopping efforts from Nyima Nwagua and in form Rafiu Ishaq. Also made a show-stopping finger-tip save from another Ishaq blockbuster. Brilliant.

Tope Olusesi – Rangers

The full back made two decisive tackles and kept his opposite numbers both in defence and midfield under control throughout. He also assisted in the goal bagged by Christian Nnaji. Constant.

Boluwaji Sholumade – Sunshine Stars

The Makoko bred defender was dominant in the air throughout. He was fearless against a desperate Rivers United team. Concomitant.

Ebuka Anthony – Rangers

Always sure-footed and comfortable in possession, his intelligent forward runs inspired several attacks, while he also made several crucial tackles. Defiant.

Muritala Lawal – Kwara United

A powerhouse at the back and kept Abia Warriors’ right flank from causing any real trouble, while also causing problems himself several times. On one run he burst into the opposition area and provided the assist for Adebambo Ademola. Dominant.

Afeez Nosir – Kwara United

Nosir showed why he is a firm fan favourite with a dynamic display in the draw at Abia Warriors. Exuberant.

Ahmed Jimoh – Gombe United

An integral piece of Gombe United’s new system as he played just behind the striker. Always looking for the ball, he spread the play perfectly with accurate passes. Significant.

Kenechukwu Agu – Rangers

Opened the scoring with a spot kick. Continued to rule the game and netted another via free kick. Agu also helped out in defence the few times he was needed in an all-round key performance. Important.

Abdulazeez Yusuf – Gombe United

Did everything and was continually bringing teammates into play. Got the ball rolling for Savannah Scorpions with the opener before striking his second. Elegant.

Wasiu Alalade – 3SC

Came on as a sub in the tension soaked encounter against Katsina United. Alalede crowned his effort with an important match winner. Relevant.

Muhammad Zulkifilu – Plateau United

Never gave the forlorn Heartland defence a moment’s respite, powering forward at every opportunity. He was involved in Jesse Akilu’s strike and also got on the scoresheet. Triumphant.


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