A total of 19 goals were scored in the week 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League last weekend. An average of 1.9 goals per game. Nine home wins and one away win for Rangers’ first points of the season, coming from the ‘Oriental derby’ in Owerri against their fiercest rivals Heartland FC. A close look at the actors on the pitch of play made me go for a 4-3-3 formation in my team of the week.
In goal is Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa United) who shone like million star to keep his first clean sheet of the season. His heroic saves gave his team the needed impetus to hold on to their 2 goal lead to take all three points.
Right back-Chinedu Ozor (Abia Warriors) was a tormentor-in-chief along the right flank as he provided the assist for the only goal in the match his team won coupled with his hardworking performance in defence.
Left back-Ugwu Uwadiegwu (Rangers Int’l) also helped his team keep their first clean sheet of the season.
Okey Odita (Rangers Int’l) and Chinedu Efugh (Abia Warriors). These well-built defenders are the two oldest playing defenders in the league at the moment and you can be sure that the strong point for them is not in their speed but of good positioning and the ability to read the game well. This enabled their respective teams grab all three points with just a single goal scored in the first 10 minutes of both matches.
Seka Pascal (FC Ifeanyi Ubah) was brilliant in midfield as he was instrumental in his team’s attacking play from his position as a defensive midfielder. Also his ability to break up the attacking threat from the opponent was evident for all to see in the only match shown on terrestrial tv.
Oche Salefu (Rivers United) gave the assist for Guy Keumian’s goal and its no gain-saying that this petit midfielder can only get better with his eye for goal and defense splitting passes.
Douglas Achiv (Nasarawa United) scored a free kick to give his team an early lead. His marksmanship in the game was well documented.
Bello Kofarmata (El Kanemi Warriors) gave the assist for his team’s first goal and also scored the second goal for his team in game that had no goals in the first half.
Centre Forward: Ocheme Edoh (Elkanemi Warriors) repaid the faith shown in him by his teammate after getting the first goal of the game as he turned provider for the second goal of the match.
Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars). Forget the fact that his team narrowly lost the match but the former beach soccer playing striker scored in his third consecutive game for Pillars this season taking his goals tally to three.
***Pictures Courtesy Sportsday, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Score Nigeria