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NPFL 2023 season: Player to watch; Shooting Stars midfielder, Anietie Uko (photos)

By Ejimafor Itumo

As the Nigeria Premier Football League 2023 season commenced last Sunday, January 8, here is one player who could take the spotlight and lift his team:

Anietie Uko (Shooting Stars): Midfielder

Anietie Uko is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Shooting Stars in the Nigeria topflight league.


During his career, one of Africa’s fastest rising star, Anietie Uko, has been deployed in a deep-seated playmaking position as a central midfielder at Shooting Stars, tasked with breaking up play, dictating the game tempo and recycling possession, although he is also capable of operating in a more advanced role as an attacking midfielder.


Because of his physique, the Shooting Stars no.10 is very combative in his midfield duels, efficiently protects the space and his backline, boast of a good passing ability (both long and short), possesses excellent vision and high levels of accuracy, which is very purposeful in his midfield actions and he can as well dribble into dangerous areas and out with ease.


He excels more when receiving the ball in tight spaces and is very press-resistant courtesy of his wonderful low sense of gravity, flexibility and balance in his body movements.


Uko excels at quick short passes, passing to open up defense lines or to play through attackers running to space, but also passing in the means of maintaining possession to move around and tire opposition areas.


He also excels when out of possession, always looking to get into the right directions to stop his opposition attacks, disrupt their moves, whilst also being in the right place at the right time to intercept passes.


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