Remo Stars vs Sporting Lagos: 5 players to watch out for in the explosive Derby

Remo Stars vs Sporting Lagos takes centre stage this weekend in the world of football. (Photo Credit: Remo Stars/X)

Remo Stars vs Sporting Lagos: 5 players to watch out for in the explosive Derby

Izuchukwu Akawor 11:55 - 21.10.2023

A look at the players set to light up Ikenne as Sporting Lagos and Remo Stars face off in the first Southwest Derby this season in the Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL.

As the Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, community turns their attention to the highly anticipated Remo Stars vs. Sporting Lagos derby, fans and enthusiasts alike are already buzzing with excitement about the Southwest Derby.

While both teams have their share of talents, there are certain standout players who are expected to take the spotlight and possibly play pivotal roles in what promises to be an explosive encounter. 

Here are five players who will take centre stage and make this first clash in the NPFL a spectacle to remember in Ikenne. 

Adams Olamilekan - The Versatile Attacking Dynamo

Often hailed as one of the most dangerous players in the Football League, Adams Olamilekan has carved a name for himself as a dynamic forward. His skills have even earned him a spot on the international stage, having represented Nigeria at the under-20 level.

Known for his exceptional dribbling ability and precise passes, this left-footed superstar remains a passionate player, who is not scared to showcase his emotions, especially when Sporting Lagos is concerned.

Adams Olamilekan of Remo Stars
Remo Stars' dangerman, Adams Olamilekan. (Photo Credit: Remo Stars/X)

Olamilekan recently led his team to their first away win of the season against Bayelsa United, opening his account for the season in that tie. His performance in the Naija Super 8, where he found the net against the same opposition, adds to the anticipation of what he will bring to this derby this Sunday.

Christian Nwoke - The Goalkeeping Wall

In a league filled with top-notch goalkeepers, Christian Nwoke has managed to stand out as one of the most popular shot-stoppers in the NPFL. 

Christain Nwoke guns for fourth clean sheet in as many matches.
Christian Nwoke, Sporting Lagos goalkeeper is yet to concede a goal this season. || Credit: X

With three matches played and three clean sheets secured so far, his goalkeeping excellence has been instrumental in Sporting Lagos’ impressive start to their first-ever season in the league.

His impeccable form also comes at a crucial time when the national team, the Super Eagles, are grappling with a goalkeeping crisis, making Nwoke a centre of attraction as fans debate possible solutions for the national team as they prepare for the AFCON 2024.

Junior Lokosa - The Homecoming Boy

When Junior Lokosa made his move to Remo Stars last season, expectations were SKY-high. However, his time in Ikenne was marred by injuries that limited his playing time and affected his on-field form.

Remo Stars' Junior Lokosa signing the dotted lines for the Blues.

He thereafter made a switch to Sporting and is now set to return to the Remo Stars Stadium. Fans are eager to see if he can emulate the likes of Andy Okpe, who made a significant impact when he led Rivers United to victory against Remo.

The reception he receives from the home fans will be closely watched and will likely fuel his determination to shine against his former employers. 

Sodiq Ismail - The Assist King

Sodiq Ismail has earned a reputation as a creative force in this Remo Stars team and the Football League. Much like Liverpool star, Trent Alexander-Arnold, TAA, and Kieran Trippier, the Newcastle United superstar, his playmaking ability is undeniable.

Sodiq Ismail and Remo Stars to shine?
Sodiq Ismail will look to cause problems from his right wing position. (Photo Credit: Remo Stars/X)

In the 2022/23 campaign, he was one of the most productive players with eight (8) assists to his name last season, per League Bloggers. Already with two assists in the new season, Ismail is poised to be a driving force for Remo Stars, providing the necessary firepower needed to fly past Sporting Lagos.

Rivio - The Creative Spark

Sporting Lagos boasts the creative brilliance of Rivio, an attacking midfielder, who is expected to be the heart of every good from the Noisy Lagosians.

Rivio masterclass against Remo Stars?
Rivio celebrates a goal for Sporting Lagos. last season. (Photo Credit: Weshootsport)

While they may have missed some good chances in their last encounter against Doma United, Rivio remains pivotal to Sporting attacking strategies.

His creative juices will be in high demand as Sporting Lagos aims to stand a chance against their host on their home turf.


With these key players in the spotlight, the Remo Stars vs. Sporting Lagos derby promises to be a thrilling showdown. Their performances will undoubtedly shape the outcome of this explosive encounter and leave a lasting impression on fans and pundits alike.

Remo Stars and Sporting Lagos during the Southwest derby in the Naija Super 8.

Football enthusiasts and NPFL followers are eagerly awaiting the kickoff to witness the magic these players will bring to the pitch in Ikenne.

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