If he “erased” Babika, words are superfluous
Five appearances, two as a stopper and another three as a left back with one goal and plenty of praise. This is how Ekpolo of Apollon was introduced to the Cypriot football public (not counting the few minutes of his debut), who was acquired last January as a right-back and so far has helped from every position except physical his position!
Of course, the main reason that Bogdan Antone chooses the Nigerian full-back in the above positions is because he believes that he has the necessary qualifications to cope both as a stopper and as a left-back (even if he is right-footed!). So it was the will of the Romanian coach that the 27-year-old stand out from others for the same position and… Gotswill made it happen!
We remind you that when the pillar of the “blue and white” defense, Valentin Roberges, was sidelined in Mathieu Peiburns against AEK and Omonia. With the “yellow-green” his team won without conceding a goal (1-0), while against the “clover” he got a positive point again, helping to get the three points with a score of 3-1.
Moving on to the last game of last year's champions against Aris, although the result was by no means the desired one… the graduate of the Barcelona academies managed to “steal” the impressions again. Having to replace the unfortunate Amin Hamas, he took on the marking of one of the league's most dangerous wingers, Xavi Babika.
The Greens footballer is renowned for his explosiveness, power and penetration… and with the exception of one phase in the last minutes of the first half all these characteristics were absent yesterday (02/04) from the right side of the “greens”! A fact which is obviously credited to Ekpolo, who by very intelligently using his strength and speed managed to come out “victorious” in most duels with his opponent.
In conclusion, there is no question that the first sample for the former defender of Norrkoping is positive and that so far he manages to justify first those who chose him from the side of Apollo and then his coach, who trusted him from the first moment.