The Nigerian Premier Football League has finally gotten off the ground, as is customary with us at halftimeng.com, we select the best performers from Week 1. Dolphins and Enyimba Players dominate NPFL Match Day Team of the Week
Eight games were played in the opening fixtures of the 2013/2014 NPFL season. The Port Harcourt based club; Dolphins avoided defeat to Heartland for the first time since the inception of the club. The People’s Elephant forced Sunshine Stars to a barren draw in front of their home fans in Akure.
Stanley Eguma gets the nod as manager of the week as he guided Dolphins to an historic outing against the Naze Millionaires as they worked out a point. Prior to this meeting, Dolphins have failed to secure a point nor scored a goal in the same corresponding fixture in the past 11 years.
Dolphins goal tender, Austin Brown was exceptional for his team as he made wonderful saves from the goal-bound efforts of Ekeh and Emeka Ogbugh to ensure Dolphins left Owerri with a share of the spoils.
Austin will be in goal, while Victor Ezuruike of Dolphins and Chinedu Udoji will get the nod for the center back positions, Mutiu Adegoke will play from the left back position, his goal was the major difference when Bayelsa United defeated Sharks Fc on Thursday, Idris Aloma of ELKANEMI Warriors was outstanding for the Borno Warriors, he can play from either right or left back, his effort down the left back contributed to ELKANEMI’s attack, he will complete the four-man defence as he plays from the right back in this week’s best 11.
Enyimba’s influential midfielder, Ayo Saka will lead the midfielders alongside Phillip Asuoquo of Lobi Stars, while Francis Mmedum of newly promoted Crown Fc will play as a defensive midfielder. Saka was essential for Enyimba in the midfield as he put up a commanding performance, he played for 90 minutes and his effort paid off as his team returned to Aba with a point.
The trio of Ifeanyi Egwim of Dolphins, Kingsley Sokari of Enyimba and Bishop Onyeudo of Abia Warriors will handle the goal scoring business upfront. Ifeanyi Egwim’s strike in the 43rd minute against Heartland was adequate for Dolphins to pick a point in Owerri on Sunday, Bishop came in as a super substitution as he doubled the lead in the second half against Kaduna United when Abia Warriors needed a goal to seal the victory. Kingsley Sokari didn’t score in the nervy encounter between Sunshine Stars and Enyimba but he was a torn in the flesh for Sunshine defence, his incisive runs and ability to be precise when going forward merited him a place in this team of the week.