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Glo Premier League Half-Season Best XI

The second half of the 2015 Glo Premier League season will kick off this weekend. After a super exciting first half of the season that produced excellent team as well as individual performances, completesportsnigeria.com's league expert ADEBOYE AMOSU picks his Team of the Half-Season made up of 11 standout players (one for each position) and subs…

DANIEL AKPEYI (WARRI WOLVES)
Daniel Akpeyi proved himself to be the number one goalkeeper in the Nigerian topflight in the first half of the season, churning out a series of impressive displays for the Seasiders.
Akpeyi fought a difficult battle with another reliable goalie, Okiemute Odah, to establish himself as the number one goaltender at the club.


He was also oustanding for the club in their ill-fated CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
On the international scene, the former Heartland goaltender shone for the Super Eagles in their 1-1 draw against South Africa in an exhibition game recently.
That performance has earned him a move to South African side, Chippa United.

KALU ORJI (RANGERS)
RIGHT-BACK

The talented defender linked up with Rangers from Oriental rivals Heartland during the off-season.
He is one of the standout performers for the Flying Antelopes so far this season and has made the club right-back spot his own.
He is one  of the key reasons why they are in the last eight of the Federation Cup and also continue their surge up the table.

CHINEDU UDOJI (ENYIMBA)
CENTRE-BACK

A consistent performer over the years for the six-time Glo Premier League champions. Udoji has continued to grow from strength to strength since linking up with the Aba giants from FC Abuja in the 2010/2011 season.
This season, the Enyimba captain has formed a strong partnership with Markson Ojobo at the heart of the Peoples Elephant defence.

OKEY OGAGATEWHO (WARRI WOLVES)
CENTRE-BACK

The central defender is a key component of the Warri Wolves team. He is always one of the first names on the side's team sheet.
He has proved a worthy partner to  first Ike Thankgod and now Azubuike Egwueke.

UGWU UWADIEGWU (ENYIMBA)
LEFT-BACK

Blessed with a powerful left foot, Uwadiegwu can be likened to renowned left-backs like Roberto Carlos, Ashley Cole and Marcelo.
He performs his defensive duties with panache and also joins the attack at will.

DARE OJO (KWARA UNITED)
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

The defensive midfielder has played more games than any player for the Harmony Warriors this season and has also scored two fantastic goals for his side.
His opening goal in Kwara United's 3-1 win against Rangers on match day 11 is in line for the goal of the season award.
Ojo is blessed with shooting and marking abilities. He is also a dogged fighter which explains why his teamates nicknamed him 'Energy'.
Handler of the side, Tunde Sanni, will need him to maintain his fine form for his side to escape the drop.


PAUL ONOBI (SUNSHINE STARS)
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

A defensive mildfielder in the mould of former Chelsea and France star, Claude Makelele.
Onobi is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Glo Premier League today.
His best performance for the Akure Gunners in the first half of the season came in their 3-0 win against champions Kano Pillars where he also scored the curtain raiser.

CHRISTAIN OBIOZOR (ENYIMBA)
ATTACKING MIDFIELD/FORWARD

The versatile player has shouldered goalscoring responsiblities for the Peoples Elephants this season in the abscence of top striker, Mfom Udoh.
The former Rangers man has scored six goals in seven games for the Aba giants.

GBOLAHAN SALAMI (WARRI WOLVES)
FORWARD

The Nigeria international has  continued from where he stopped last season scoring vital goals for Warri Wolves.
He has already netted seven times for the Seasiders this season.

TUNDE ADENIJI (SUNSHINE STARS)
FORWARD

The Sunshine Stars forward has scored 11 times this season for his side. His goals have helped the Akure Gunners maintain the top position on the log and he will need to score more if his side is to achieve their dream of winning a first Glo Premier League title.

BRIGHT EJIKE (HEARTLAND)
FORWARD

Like Adeniji, Bright Ejike has hit the back of the net on 11 ocassions for Heartland this season.
The former Sharks striker alongside Adeniji look good to erase Mfom Udoh's 23 goals mark when the league resumes this weekend.

RESERVES


THEOPHILUS AFELOKHAI (KANO PILLARS)
GOAL KEEPER

He has proved his class in a Pillars side that has been poor in this campaign.

MARKSON OJOBO (ENYIMBA)
DEFENDER

A worthy partner for Chinedu Udoji, Ojobo has not only performed his defensive duties well, he has also scored four goals for his side.

SEMIU LIADI (WARRI WOLVES)
DEFENDER

The dark skinned defender has improved his game since joining Warri Wolves from Enyimba.
His sterling performances have earned him  an invitation to the U-23 Eagles.

NZUBE ANAZEMBE (ENYIMBA)
MIDFIELDER

Has continued to play a crucial role for Enyimba despite the glut of talented midfielders at the disposal of coach Kadiri Ikhana.

CHRISTAIN PYGBARA (SHARKS)
MIDFIELDER

The former Flying Eagles player has shown his quality in a Sharks side that is battling to escape the drop. He has also scored some crucial goals for his side.

IBRAHIM SHUAIBU (GIWA FC)
FORWARD

A little known figure in the Glo Premier League, Shaibu has risen from obscruity to become of the recognised strikers this season.
The former Wikki Tourists player scored eight goals for Giwa FC in the first stanza.

TONY OKPOTU (LOBI STARS)
FORWARD

A reliable goal getter, Okpotu has been in fine form for Lobi Stars since his return to the side. His goals have proved vital and they need more from him to maintain their topflight status.

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