Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU, looks at the funny side of the Glo Premier League. Here are the five striking and humorous nicknames inspiring five players for their respective clubs. Find out how funny. Lol!
CHISOM CHIKATARA (KOLANUT BOY)
Prior to the start of the 2014/2015 Glo Premier League season, Chisom Chikatara was virtually an unknown figure in the domestic scene.
However, through his exploits on the pitch for Abia Warriors, a club he joined as a seventeen year old, he became more popular among the club supporters as he was lauded for his dribbling skills, outstanding pace, athleticism and striking power.
His sobriquet 'the Kolanut Boy' has no doubt generated so much curiosity among the supporters and close followers of the league.
"I was the name boy because of my mother's line of business. She was a popular kolanut seller in Umuahia before her death in September this year.
"She was always keen on having me assist her with distributing her goods and never really wanted me to become a footballer.
"With time, people at the club got to know about the fight between me and her over my choice of becoming a footballer and they started calling me kolanut boy.
"I can't remember the man that started calling me the name, but I still remember he works for DSTV.
BARTHOLOMEW IBENEGBU (MOSQUITO)
A well known figure in the domestic scene, Bartholomew Ibenegbu's nickname 'Mosquito' is one of the funniest in the league.
"The origin of my nickname, Mosquito can be traced to my time at the Imo State University. I was simply called the name then because of my small stature.
"My course mates and colleagues were marvelled at my footballing skills despite my small frame and many started calling me Mosquito.
"Today, most people don't know my original name, they refer to me as Mosquito."
DARE OJO (ENERGY)
A shinning light in the Kwara United's side that was relegated to the National League last season, Dare Ojo who is the younger brother of former Rangers International of Enugu star, Ebenezer Ojo was nicknamed 'Energy' during his time at Prime Football Club of Oshogbo.
A box-to-box midfielder in the mould of former Ghanaian international, Micheal Essien, Ojo has continue to live by the name.
"It was a friend of mine who gave me the nickname during my time with Prime FC. He alongside other supporters of the club were surprised at my power as a footballer.
"I love dominating the midfield and it's always difficult for people to decipher my position on the field at times.
"They do ask if I'm a holding midfielder or play maker because of the way I rove around the midfield and also score important goals."
AUSTINE FESTUS (KOBOKO/ HORSE WHIP)
One of the best centre-backs in the Nigerian top flight, the Dolphins captain is known for his no- nonsense approach hence the reason for his nickname Koboko (Horse whip)
''They started calling me Koboko when I linked up with Dolphins from Bendel Insurance. I'm a defender who is never afraid of marking any opponent.
"When I joined Dolphins, there were a lot of top players in the side, but they were also afraid of me in training because of my approach."
OKIEMUTE ODAH (NUMBER 30)
The Warri Wolves goalkeeper has put on the jersey number 30 at every club he has played for.
"Number 30 is synonymous with me. I wore the same number while I was at Sharks and when I chose the same number when I signed for Warri Wolves, my team mates started calling me 'number 30'."
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