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Top 10 Nigerian Players The Streets Will Never Forget

Since the turn of the millennium, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has produced many footballers the streets will never forget.


Most of these players were the main catalysts at their clubs and also made a huge impact in the Super Eagles setup.

Enjoy, as we get a bit nostalgic.

10. Gbolahan Salami

Once labelled the 'Balotelli of Nigeria football', Gbolahan well and truly found his feet at Warri Wolves.

Alongside the likes of Etebo Oghenekaro, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Joseph Osadiaye, the former 3SC striker toyed with defenders in Warri Wolves' greatest ever team.



His bulldog spirit and sky-high work ethic also made him an impossible problem for the opposition to solve.

9. Mfon Udoh

Having the ability to beat defenders off the dribble, score from all angles and hold the ball up, Mfon Udoh is a prototype for the modern day forward.

He has won the NPFL Golden Boot twice and holds the record for the most goals in a single season after scoring 23 league goals for Enyimba in the 2013/14 season.


8. Gambo Mohammed

The 31-year-old Katsina United striker is a veteran in the NPFL, who makes a living bullying defenders and scoring important goals.

He won four League titles while at Kano Pillars and he was among the players that won the first Federation Cup title for Sai Masu Gida.


Opposing defenders hate him and Kano fans adore him - a pure finisher.

7. Joetex Frimpong

The former Enyimba and Ghana international was a storming success in his time in the NPFL - winning the Golden Boot in the 2001/02 season after scoring 16 goals for Elkanemi Warriors.


Frimpong was part of the Enyimba team that won the CAF Champions League back-to-back. He also won two League titles and one Federation Cup title during his stint in Nigeria.

6. Ikechukwu Ibenegbu

Ibenegbu a.ka Mosquito has established himself as a stalwart in the League since making his debut for Elkanemi Warriors in 2005.


The 33-year-old creative midfielder has remained in Nigeria's top flight for the entirety of his career and is arguably the best goal scorer from central midfield in the league history.

5. Rabiu Ali

The midfielder who could do it all. Need a discipline schemer? Rabiu is your man. Desperately searching for a goal scorer in the middle of the park? Call Rabiu.

It's no coincidence that Kano Pillars have struggled this season without their box-box midfielder.


The energetic and versatile midfielder has fantastic technique and ball control matched by few players.

4. Obinna Nwaneri

One of the best defenders the league ever produced. Nwaneri had an astounding blend of size, positioning and sheer physical power that roughed up many strikers.



There haven't been many defenders more combative than Nwaneri. He was also part of the People's Elephant team that dominated Africa in the early 2000s.

3. Victor Ezeji

Quick for a big man and impossible to stop in one-on-one situation, Ezeji was the perfect foil for any supporting attacker as he terrorised centre-backs up and down.


Ezeji won the Golden Boot in 2001/02 at Dolphins after scoring 16 goals in the league and he remains a footballing cult hero in Port-Harcourt to this very day.

2. Sunday Mba

The name of Sunday Mba is forever etched in the history of Nigeria football largely due to the winning goal he scored at the AFCON final in 2013.


Mba is versatile, creative and a technically gifted midfielder, who played for Rangers and Warri Wolves in the League before moving to Europe.

1. Vincent Enyeama

Enyeama has enjoyed oustanding success on the international scene and at club level since he started his professional career at Ibom Stars in 1999.


Apart from winning the AFCON in 2013, the goalkeeper was named the Caf Champions League Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, the Footballer of the Year in Israel in 2009 and was also honoured as the best African player in the Ligue 1 in 2014.

If that's not enough to earn you some serious football street credibility, then nothing is. 

There you have it, 10 players who for one reason or another will have a place in many hearts and the streets will never forget.

Did we miss out on any player?

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