The Lagos Supremacy Cup has developed a reputation for being an event that showcases some of the best young talents in Nigeria. Previous alumni include: Colin Sor, Quadri Liameed, Solomon Agbalaka, Tijani Muhamed, Ade Oguns and Samson Akinyoola … the list could go on.
With the tournament around the corner, we’ve selected five players to look out for at the 18th edition of Lagos Supremacy Cup.
NB: This is part 1 of the series of players to watch at the tournament.
- Akindele Ramadan Ayatu [Dosu Joseph Football Club]
Ayatu’s strongest trait is his keen eye for goal, and the movement on and off the ball which allows him to create chances for himself. Dosu Joseph Football Club’s flexibility in offensive positions means that he will be expected to contribute throughout all phases of play. However, the youngster’s astute knowledge of the game, and his unpredictability in possession allows him to drive his team’s attacks forward.
He bagged 18 goals in 16 matches at the Ikeja Divisional Football league last season.
- Moses Ekundayo [FC Bethel]
The comparison here is an easy one. Moses Ekundayo is a winger who plays like France skipper Kylian Mbappe. That said he has showed willingness to get his foot in when FC Bethel presses high up the pitch during matches in the grassroots.
Ekundayo is adept at finishing chances as he is at creating them.
At his best he usually shows great technical skill and a willingness to dribble the ball into the box before squaring the ball back to a forward. If you hadn’t guessed yet, he’s the new Mbappe.
- Sanusi Hanif [Broad City]
The forward has been brilliant for Broad City at the current TCC season. Hanif has lightening pace and isn’t scared to take on his opposite number with a touch of skill or burst of acceleration. He singlehandedly destroyed Beyond Limits in a recent game.
- Ozor Victor Okeke [Tripple 44]
Okeke can be described as a proper modern ball playing defensive midfielder. He can also play anywhere at the back whenever needed. He comes as a very dedicated and passionate footballer.
Linus uses his technique to good use for aerial duels and headed clearances. He is very strong in the air, capable of surviving under pressure. His enthusiasm to help the team is visible by his tactical awareness.
The lad’s tremendous strength makes it very difficult to him push off the ball. He is extremely comfortable in possession and is an accomplished passer of the ball with possessing a rich variety of passes. The 17-year-old was part of Golden Eaglets’ team at the 2023 U17 Africa Cup of Nations.
- Agada Charles Adah [Mavlon]
Standing at 1.75m, Agada Charles Adah certainly isn’t the tallest of strikers but he is very strong for his height. He’s able to shield the ball from the opposition rather well, meaning his hold up play is much better than expected. However, when given space to run with the ball or behind a defence he can cause havoc. His blistering pace allows him to exploit a high line held by an opposition defence whilst his smart movement allows him to create space within the box to get into a goal scoring position which is a rare trait to have for someone so young and raw.
The youngster notched two goals for Mavlon at the last edition of the prestigious ViaReggio Cup in Italy. He was also part of the Golden Eaglets’ squad to the 2023 U17 Africa Cup of Nations. Keep an eye on him!