Fourmidables, Liga, SociaLiga, SociaLiga Season 4

Memories, they say, not only last forever but are made by humans and this turned out to be true in the Bet9jaSociaLiga Match Day One, MD, late last month. Players from six teams not only entertained us but left memories that will surely linger indeed forever in the minds of Liga fans who attended that day. 25 goals were scored in those six matches, the most in a single MD in the history of the SociaLiga. Therefore, ahead of Match Day 2, MD2, this weekend, are there players who stood out in the previous MD that one can look out for on MD2? The answer is an emphatic yes, and we have four of them who either scored, made a difference with their tempo setting and playmaking skills or a combo of all. Here are the four talented players who delivered (wo)man of the match performances on MD1;

Blessing Emefile, Dannaz Ladies

Best believe it is no coincidence that the name of this goal maker and taker is first on this wonderful list.

Emefile was quite notably one of the standout performers from MD1, especially given that like her team, Dannaz Ladies, she made her Bet9jaSociaLiga debut that very day.

The versatile attacking midfielder, who can play as a ten or eight, was at the end of everything good her side did against former champions, Saints Ladies.

So, it was no surprise that Emefile, who told some interesting things about herself in an interview, scored one and assisted the other in a 2-0 victory over Saints.

Sporting a camp bandana, you can easily pick her out from the crowd on the pitch, and most importantly, keep watchful eyes on her left foot, it is a lethal weapon of mass destruction.

Chizzy, The Royals FC

Chizzy is the other goal maker and taker on our list, as exemplified by the player himself on MD1.

On their return to the #Bet9jaSociaLiga, the Royals football club did all they could to make an impression, led by their playmaker-in-chief, Ikeche Chike, aka Chizzy.

The Royals did make a big statement by holding defending champions, Dannaz football club, to a draw in a six-goal thriller that ended 3-3.

Like Emefile before him, Chizzy was involved in all the goals scored by the Royals on MD1 as he scored one and assisted the other two.

It was not just about the assists and goal, but his all-round performance which was coated in superfluous flamboyance and royalty.

Expect more from this Royal magician who sports jersey number 17 for the Royals.

Qudus Lawal, The Guns

Qudus Lawal of the Guns football club is another player to look out for going by his MD1 display.

The Bullet Boys were made to work for their three points in a seven-goal thriller by the All Black football club, with Lawal supplying the ammunitions for two of the four goals scored by Guns.

Two assists for Qudus on the day, the best of which was his second, a beautifully lofted pass that cut through the defense of All Black like a hot knife in butter, picking out Gilbert Ekugbe who made no mistakes from six yards out.

Lawal is left-footed and caresses the ball like a masseuse hands on a man’s body.

Sandra Ejim, Alimosho Ladies

Finally, our fourth player is this bundle of skills, Sandra Ejim, who stars for Alimosho Ladies.

Ejim is the obvious outlier on our list, as she neither scored nor assisted on MD1.

However, already nicknamed “SociaLiga’s Ndombélé ” by one of our in-house analysts, Ejim’s solid use of her upper body strength allows for great ball retention, with a decent range of passing that helps her team play quite a dominant style.

That is not all, Alimosho Ladies’ number 15 is also sweet-footed, which means she is skilful on the ball and has the ability to easily beat a (wo)man or two.

Ejim played a key role in midfield as Alimosho saw off defending champions, Knights Ladies, 1-0 on MD1.

So, there you have it, four talents to look out for this weekend on MD2, which promises to be even more exciting than the experience of MD1.

Worthy Mentions

Meanwhile, there are some players who missed out on the list but are deserving of a mention at least.

Joshua Obakimi of Dannaz and Saints’ Adiro lead this group, with two goals apiece. Both Obakimi and Adiro netted two goals each, which included superb long rangers and penalties.

Another worthy mention is Tomisin of the Guns FC, who also scored a brace. Tomisin’s goals came against All Black, a volley and an excellent bend-it-like-David-Beckham free kick.

Eneji was the heartbeat of Saints’ 3-1 victory over Alimosho as he not only covered every blade of the grass at the CIS stadium, but also showed that there is more to his game than the obvious brawn.

A complete box-to-box performance from the Saints engine room, Eneji whose highlight was his involvement in the build-up to Saints second goal of the day, after a brilliant piece of play right from his own half.

Is there a player who deserved a mention but was not included here? Do reach out in the comment section.

Remember, SociaLiga remains MoreThanAGame.

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