Lagos - Five clubs, Bayelsa United, Sunshine Stars, Wikki
Tourists, Heartland and Enyimba International took advantage of the Glo Premier
League regulation that encourages clubs to graduate youth team players to the
senior team without affecting the regular season’s 35 squad member cap.
The five teams collectively injected a total of 11 young
bloods into the league this season.
Clubs in the league are permitted in Article A.2.1.2 to
register up to five such players aged 16-18 and issue them jersey numbers 36-40
in addition to the regular 35 players allowed for a season. The players can
also be withdrawn at any stage in the season and replaced by another player of
Sunshine Stars topped the list with four players, one
goalkeeper and three forwards including the son of Enyimba coach Kadiri Ikhana.
Bayelsa United, Heartland and Wikki Tourists promoted two players each to their
senior team squad.
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Azeez Ikhana, who was born on September 18, 1996, joined the
list of Sunshine Stars goalkeepers that at present has Olympian Ikechukwu
Ezenwa as the first-choice between the sticks. The others are Gbaluwe Taiwo who
took time of university degree pursuit to further his football career, Oluwole
Tolulope and Ajibade Abiola.
Players promoted to the senior squad at Bayelsa United this
season are Itoko Kariowei Ezekiel who was born on July 16, 1997 and Newman
Doubra with birth date of May 27, 1998.
For Wikki Tourists are two midfield players, Ezekiel
Emmanuel born on December 3, 1997 and Abdulkareem Guindo who was born on July
Heartland upgraded midfielder Ekezie Chukwuwuike who was
born on December 29, 1998 and defender Ewulum Alex born on September 10, 1998.
18 year-old Alloy Browne scored in his debut for Enyimba on
Match Day 21 against Akwa United. Browne upgraded to the Enyimba squad during
the mid-season transfer window is of a Nigerian mother and a Liberian father
and plays in the midfield.For
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