After 22 round of games, we have six outstanding teams set for the NPFL Championship playoffs, in which the first two teams will represent the Country at the CAF Champions Leafue, while the third team and the Aiteo winner will take CAF Confederation Cup spot available for the Country.
The inconclusiveness of the 2018 NPFL season brought about the abridged league this season as there was no relegation and four teams from the second division (Nigeria National League) got promoted to the NPFL, which made the total number of teams 24.
The Group A of abridged league had Enugu Rangers, Lobi Stars, and Enyimba FC as the three to participate in the NPFL Championship playoffs and Group B had Akwa United, Kano Pillars, and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
Sportlens360 made a shortlist of the best players in the course of the 22games.
Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
It was a close call between the goalkeepers this season. Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye just had a slight edge over Ibrahim Idrissu of Kano Pillars with whom they both shared same number of clean sheets (11). However, Ajiboye conceded less number of goals, despite the fact that his team struggled this season and survived relegation on the last day.
Tope Olusesi (Enugu Rangers)
A very dependable player who has been consistent for the 2018 Aiteo Cup winners. Tope is a leader who inspires the rest of the squad with his impressive performance in every game.
Ebube Duru (Lobi Stars)
The left back has been revelation since moving to Lobi Stars. He has shown over time his attacking abilities down the left line and had an impressive season
Ifeanyi Aneamena (Enyimba)
The big centre half scored 5 goals this season and played a vital role role for the Elephants. He was the leader of the team and organized the team in every game they played.
Chinedu Sunday (Kano Pillars)
After his move from Kwara United to Kano Pillars, one would have thought the centre half will struggle with his form in a club with more competition. However, the Lafia based lanky defender was impressive for the Sai Masu Gida and scored three goals.
Kelly Kester (Lobi Stars)
One of the most consistent midfielders in the NPFL over the years. Kester has played in the biggest stage of football in Africa over the years, from Enyimba to Akwa United, and now Lobi Stars. His work rate and energy is matched by no one.
Anthony Omaka (Sunshine Stars)
Outrightly, the best Sunshine Stars player this season. Omaka, who started his career with COD of Lagos as a striker has been a perfect fit in the midfield of the Akure-based club. As a midfielder, he scored five goals for Sunshine Stars despite missing some games, when he traveled to Norway for trials.
Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars)
Every season goes, and we begin to wonder to wonder who will replace this old goose, who keeps scoring and making assists like a young lad
Tasiu Lawal (Katsina United)
Tasiu Lawal has to be most improved player this seaso. He is known to be a winger, who does all the work but never the goals. However, this season was different for the Minna born forward. Despite a controversy on his move away from the club, at the midseason, Tasiu still put everything behind him to score eight goals this season.
Ibrahim Sunusi (Nasarawa United)
Sunusi has shown this season that he is a player who has goalscoring and eyes for goal inbuilt in him. Scoring 10 goals and making 6 assists in an abridged season is no joke. There is no doubt that he will replicate this form next season.
Mfon Udoh (Akwa United)
The ‘Goal King’ as he is being called, in his first season back at Akwa United, has yet proved his goalscoring abilities were never a fluke. Mfon was vital for the Promise Keepers this season, scoring goals away from home and also at the Nest of Champions.
Ibrahim Idrissu (Kano Pillars)
Austin Opara (MFM FC)
Olisa Ndah (Remo Stars)
Oche Salefu (Plateau United)
Ademola Shola (Kano Pillars)
Godwin Aguda (Enugu Rangers)
Chijioke Alaekwe (FC IfeanyiUbah)
Manager: Gbenga Ogunbote