Who is the best dribbler in the NPFL?



A lot of goals have been scored in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season. Behind each of these are some creative geniuses who dominate the midfields and the front of 18 yard boxes with silky skills.


Some are dashing wingers or wingbacks who cut into dangerous areas to deliver crosses that beg for connections. A good number are attacking midfielders, support strikers or even centre forwards.


A blogger and keen follower of the Nigeria Professional Football League compiled the list below of 11 of the best dribblers in the league for the 2019/20 prior to the suspension of the league due to the coronavirus outbreak.


1)Stanley Dimgba (Eyimba): he has had a barnstorming season for the People’s Elephant hitting double figure of goals in all competitions and has also been able to retain some of his trickery down the wings.


2)Ali Kalla Maro (Jigawa Golden Stars): he has made a good impression with darting runs on the flanks and ultimately some goals as well .


3) Eka Unegbe (Adamawa United): his dribbling skills have not gone unnoticed in the colours of doomed Adamawa United.


4) Rafiu Ishaq (Rivers United): he has thrilled fans on occasion with decent footwork.


5) Joseph Atule (Katsina United): he always seems to have some tricks up his sleeves.


6) Wisdom Fernando (Akwa United): although he has had playing time very hard to come by this season, he still produces some eye catching performances when called upon.


7) Nelson Esor (Rivers United): he simply weaves the magic wand whenever United needs it most. The ease at which he goes past opposing players creates opening for the team at crucial periods. 8) Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba): the former Delta Force man, who is now a regular under Fatai Osho, terrorises opponents with his incredible dribbling skills. Just ask any Abia Warriors player about this lad. 9) Timilehin Ogunniyi (Sunshine Stars): Omo-Jesu is a left footed winger who stays predominantly on the right for the Owena Whales. Likened to the Dutch winger Arjen Robben, he boasts of an electric pace while going past his markers. 10) Abdullahi Abubakar Aliyu (FC Ifeanyiubah): this youngster has grown into being a regular at the Nnewi-based club this season. He has the nimbleness that takes him past two to three markers at once. 11)Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers): It is rare for individual players in the league to have such enchanting grip on a fanbase the way Olawoyin has done at Rangers. Perhaps only Pillars captain Rabiu Ali has such magical charisma before the emergence of this star nicknamed Nigeria' Hazard.


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