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Top Five: Nigerian players of 2019

03:23 GMT+4 27/12/2019
Samuel Chukwueze Villarreal 2019-20
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  • Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi

    #5 Wilfred Ndidi

    The former Genk man keeps taking Leicester City to higher ground thanks to his calm and composed performances in midfield; he's among the Premier League’s best when it comes to tackles and interceptions.

    The Foxes' revival under Brendan Rogers, where they currently lurk in the Champions League qualification places, would be incomplete without the 23-year old, who also impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Chiamaka Nnadozie

    #4 Chiamaka Nnadozie

    Only 19 years of age, Nnadozie seized the limelight in women’s football in 2019 with her bravery and heroics.

    Although she had a low moment during the Women’s World Cup in France, where she failed to remember the rules regarding a goalkeeper’s position before a penalty is taken, she still held her own by becoming the youngest goalie to keep a clean sheet in the Mundial's history in the 2-0 win over South Korea.

    Nnadozie also starred at the Wafu Cup and African Games, helping the women’s team to gold in both events, and made crucial saves during the shootout in the final.

    She also played a vital role in Rivers Angels lifting a sixth Nigeria Women Premier League title.

  • Samuel Chukwueze Nigeria 2019

    #3 Samuel Chukwueze

    Regularly considered as the closest player to Jay-Jay Okocha, 2019 has been a standout year for Chukwueze, especially after dazzling at his first senior international tournament - the 2019 Nations Cup - en route to finishing third.

    The 20-year-old Villarreal man continues to make remarkable progress, and its very clear he has a bright future ahead of him. Expect him to also be among Nigeria's pre-eminent players in 2020, as well.

  • Joe Aribo - Nigeria vs Brazil

    #2 Joe Aribo

    The 23-year old Glasgow Rangers midfielder made a massive impression in his senior debut against Ukraine in Dnipro back in September, and has been catching the eye with his jaw-dropping and energetic performances in midfield all year. 

    Early signs are that Aribo could be the creative force that has been missing in the Super Eagles for some years, and he's alraedy looked the part since stepping into the team.

    The youngster has delivered assured displays across his four caps to date, including two goals, and it will be fascinating to monitor his progress.

  • Victor Osimhen Lille 2019

    #1 Victor Osimhen

    Ever since the Under-17 World Cup winner joined LOSC Lille from Charleroi in the summer, his stock has continued to rise due to his knack for goalscoring that has seen him establish himself among the leading scorers in Ligue 1, with 10 already this term.

    Indeed, his goalscoring prowess has reportedly attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top guns, and it remains to be seen how long he will remain at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

    Osimhen has been in superb form for Nigeria too, with a hand in six goals (four goals, two assists) in his last four matches, and has shown he’s potentially an upgrade on now-retired Odion Ighalo.