The Nigeria Professional Football League has witnessed the influx of foreign players in recent years. Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU presents 10 of these non-Nigerians currently playing in the NPFL…
Photo courtesy LMC (IfeanyiUbah's Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano (right) in action):
(CAMEROON, FC IFEANYIUBAH)
The Cameroonian midfielder is a popular figure in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Medrano joined Sunshine Stars from Tiko United in 2011 after impressing against the Owena Waves in a CAF Confederation Cup tie.
Though his time with Sunshine Stars failed to yield any trophy, he was part the team that played in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup for two consecutive years.
He played a key part of FC Ifeanyiubah side that won the Federation Cup last season.
(GHANA, ENUGU RANGERS)
Nana Bonsu who once represented Ghana at the U-17 level is one of the highly respected goalkeepers in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Formerly third choice goalkeeper when he arrived at Enugu Rangers last season as a free agent after severing ties with Ghana Premier League club AshantiGold, Bonsu moved ahead of Emmanuel Daniel and Itodo Akor to become the number one choice at the Nigerian champions.
(BENIN, PLATEAU UNITED)
The Beninoise international who was part of the country's squad to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola linked up with Bayelsa United from from local club USS Krake in 2013.
The free-kick specialist now plays for Plateau United.
(BENIN, FC IFEANYIUBAH)
The 30-year-old former Benin Republic international is an experienced campaigner in the Nigeria Professional Football League having played for clubs like Lobi Stars, Gateway, Enugu Rangers, Akwa United, Sharks, Heartland and Kano Pillars.
The defender who is now a key member of the FC IfeanyiUbah squad once had a stint in Gabon with Manga Sports and also played for USS Krake.
(IVORY COAST, RIVERS UNITED)
The Ivorien striker is into his second season with Rivers United. Kuemian joined Rivers United from Equatorial Guinean club Leones Vegetarianos and has been a key figure with the Nigerian club ever since.
ALBERICO BARBOSA DA SILVA
(BRAZIL, FC IFEANYIUBAH)
The first Brazilian to score in the Nigeria Professional Football League. The midfielder announced himself to the Nigerian audience when he scored on his debut against Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan in a league game last March.
(CONGO, FC IFEANYIUBAH)
Congolese midfielder Ngoma Luamba was instrumental in FC IfeanyiUbah's Federation Cup success last season.
Luamba is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Nigeria Professional Football League with his versatility, excellent tackling, precise passes and, above all, his overall protection of the back four and ability to link the defence with attack which has made him not just a fan favorite but also a cult hero and a key player at the Nnewi-based club.
YAOVI JOSEPH DOUHADJI
(TOGO, RIVERS UNITED)
The centre-back is into his fourth season with Rivers United. Douhadji was named in Togo's provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup in Gabon.
He has struggled to pin down a regular spot at the club recently due to the arrival of the likes of Markson Ojobo, Gabriel Olalekan and Ayobami Asekunowo.
(BENIN, GOMBE UNITED)
The goalkeeper is an experienced campaigner in the Nigerian top flight. He has had stints at clubs like Niger Tornadoes, Bayelsa United, Enyimba , Sunshine Stars, Kano Pillars and Shooting Stars.
(IVORY COAST, FC IFEANYIUBAH)
The powerful striker is a key player with FC Ifeanyiubah. He scored some vital goals for the Anambra Warriors last season both in the league and Federation Cup.