The Nigeria Premier League ended September 7th and a lot of players distinguished themselves in the 38 weeks League. Goal.com presents the best players in the NPLGoal.com unveils the players who made their mark in the just ended season as our team of the year in the Nigeria Premier League.
| GABRIEL REUBEN
MOSES OCHEJE (SUNSHINE STARS)
Ocheje is one of the very best goalkeepers in the country. He took over from Segun Oluwaniyi this season and has been able to hold the number one position for along time.
His heoics in goal for the Akure side helped the team finish well this season and also qualify for the semi finals of the CAF Champions League.
NAMSO EDO (AKWA UNITED)
Namso Edo is the hard working full back for the Uyo team. Apart from scoring four goals last season, Namso is gifted in the art of taking free kicks.
The second goal through a free kick against Dolphins in the game in Uyo will forever be remembered by the supporters of the team.
JAMES OKWUOSA (RANGERS)
Although the Enugu Rangers Captain could not finish the season because he moved to South Africa to join Chippa United, James Okwuosa ensured he led a mean defence line that conceeded the least number of goals.
AZUBUIKE EGWEKWE (WARRI WOLVES)
Egwekwe is one of the defenders in the Nigeria Premier League that has shown that there are still good players in the country. He has established himself in the heart of the defence for the Warri side and did well in all the matches he played.
MUTIU ADEGOKE (SHOOTING STARS)
Adegoke was one of the shining light in the fight by the Ibadan not only to escape relegation, but also to qualify to play in the continent next year.
The former Dolphins left full back player scored five goals from free kicks and penalties and was on top of his game all through last season.
GABRIEL REUBEN (KANO PILLARS)
The Super Eagles midfielder was the major driving force for Kano Pillars who went ahead to win the Nigeria Premier League title ahead of Rangers and Lobi Stars.
Reuben has matured into a hard tackling midifielder who makes the job easy for Gambo Mohammed to score goals. He also got a couple of goals and was the link between the defence and attack for the Kano side.
DAVID TYAVKASE (LOBI STARS)
One of the very experienced players in the Nigeria Premier League, Tyavkase is one of the best midfielders. He did well with Lobi Stars and also scored a handful of goals.
EJIKE UZOENYI (RANGERS)
Uzoenyi is the mifielder that helped the Enugu side finish second on the log this past season. His expoilts attracted the attention of the Super Eagles technical crew and he has since become an intergral part of the new look national team under coach Stephen Keshi.
SIBI GWAR (NIGER TORNADOES)
Sibi Gwar emerged the highest goal scorer with 16 goals but could not achieve his aim of erasing Jude Aneke's record of 20 goals. He was able to get the goals that has brought him to the limelight, although the Minna side got relegated at the end of the season.
ANTHONY OKPOTU (LOBI STARS)
New kid on the block, Okpotu is one of the rookies that shone brightly in the course of the season. Lobi Stars benefitted greatly from his skills and Okpotu is a player for the future.
GAMBO MOHAMMED (KANO PILLARS)
Gambo Mohammed ensured that his 15 goals contributed in no small measure to give the Kano side the League title. He made sure he justified the confidence reposed in him throughout the season.
BABA GANARU (KANO PILLARS)
In a year that Kano Pillars shone impressively at home and were resolute on the road, it was coach Baba Ganaru that shouldered the responsibilities of leading the northerners back to the title that they first won in 2008. Ganaru will have the opportunity of taking on the continent next year and prove that he is worthy of all the accolades coming his way.
Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)
Chinedu Efugh (Heartland)
Ezekiel Bassey (Lobi Stars)
Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars)
Gomo Onduku (Sharks)
Abdurahman Bashir (ABS)
Dele Olurundare (Sunshine Stars)