Whether you’re looking for some insight or amusement, take a look at our picks for the players to keep an eye on in the Lagos Supremacy Cup.
NB: This is the concluding part of the series……
Wasiu Jato [Corinthians]
Technically proficient with both feet, Jato can operate comfortably as an attacking midfielder, can beat defenders with pace or trickery, is excellent at pulling away from defenders to make himself available for a pass.
Egbedokun Samson [Mavlon]
A technically proficient midfielder, who’s displayed a decent eye for a pass, Samson usually plays in a “number six” role as a deep-lying playmaker in a three-man midfield. However, he can use his talents in a more advanced midfield role, or as part of a double-pivot in a two-man midfield. He featured at the 2023 ViaRaggio Cup in Italy.
Ezeno Chidera [Imperial]
An all-round forward in the mould of Thierry Henry, the youngster is comfortable across the entire forward line, has great technique and crucially possesses the all-important goalscoring instinct.
Quick, mobile and hard-working, Chidera uses his body well and has a good aerial game.
Stephen Tambari [SGFC Athletics]
A versatile defensive player, Tambari has been used at right-back and holding midfield, but is best suited to a centre-back role. Comfortable in possession, rather physically imposing and able to bring the ball out from the back. Tambari possesses the attributes to suit a centre-back role in the modern game.
Amos Mata [Dino SC]
Able to operate as the main striker, a second striker or an inside-forward, Amos Mata is the goal bomber of Dino SC. He is usually seen popping up across the pitch, usually in the half spaces. The lad is considered one of the best young talents in the TCC League.
Oyedokun Tosin [Ikorodu City]
Normally a “number ten”, Tosin can also drift in from the right and has even played as an out-and-out striker at times. Skilful, well-balanced, excellent at turning away from pressure, and capable of picking up dangerous positions, Tosin’s vision is his most impressive attribute. He is superb at picking out reverse passes which can split defences and play in teammates running in-behind the opposing back-line.
Ugochukwu Iwuala [DN10]
Iwuala is a fantastic goal poacher, who can shoot with both feet and knows where to be to sniff out the chances around the six yard box. He always presses the centre-half’s not giving them time on the ball to pick a pass out. A big thing from his game that he has a fantastic first touch which is so important in a poacher’s game if they want to be deadly in and around the box. Iwuala is also quite versatile in terms of playing on his own or in a pair upfront playing in numerous systems.
Kehinde Ibrahim [36 Lion]
Kehinde was part of the Nigeria squad that reached quarter final at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup. He featured in some games for the team. One of Kenny’s main weapons is his electric burst of speed and frightening turn of pace. Raw and unrefined, there is a frenetic, almost roadrunner style, about the way he tears up and down the flank and is part of what makes him both so enjoyable to watch and so difficult to defend against.
Typically hugging the touchline and giving 36 Lion plenty of width, Kenny’s fleet of foot helps stretch the opposition by either isolating the full back or getting in behind the defence.