As the Super Eagles of Nigeria takes on Chipolopolo of Zambia today in a very crucial World cup qualifiers, here are five important Super Eagles players to watch for in the match.
1) John Obi Mikel: The 30-year-old would be duly expected to put up an astute performance once again in the center of the pack for the Super Eagles, just as he did in the Cameroon games.
What he lacks in pace and power, he more than makes up for with his shrewd judgment on the ball, precision, and accurate distribution which are his very distinct attributes.
It is tantamount to tomfoolery to think any of his teammates can really match these.
2) Odion Ighalo: Quick, powerful and packing a poacher’s howitzer of a shot, Ighalo is unarguably the perfect striker for the current Super Eagles set-up.
His continuous tormenting of the Cameroonian defensive pair, Ngadeu Ngadjiu, and Adolphe Teikeu was a delight to watch and the Chipolopolo must equally be wary of him.
The early notions of lethargy and rustiness have been completely jettisoned; Odion Ighalo has lost none of his edges and the stage is once again set to continue to prove the stoic doubters wrong.
3) Victor Moses: Nigeria’s dangerman. At the moment, the 26-year-old might not just be indispensable but equally the man-to-go-to when in need of results.
Possessing a wand of a right foot and a keen eye for goal, taking on and outwitting opposing defenses are his specialty.
His well-taken goal against Cameroon further highlighted his importance to the Super Eagles — (he’s already had three altogether) and it would be particularly difficult to keep him off the score sheet on Saturday.
4) Leon Balogun: Balogun is swiftly exemplifying the complete epitome of a libero in the Super Eagles rear-guard.
Strong in aerial duels, gritty in defending and equally poised to thwart opposing forays with last-ditch challenges, the German-born defender is perhaps the first name on Rohr’s team sheet.
Expect him to put in one or two crunching tackles as usual.
5) Alex Iwobi: The poster boy of the new generation of Super Eagles attackers has gradually taken some time to get going, no thanks to injuries at club level but suffice to say he is no doubt a very much talented player, unplayable on his day.
It would look somewhat of a crack-pot idea to draft him straight back into the starting XI ahead of Moses Simon(he did substantially well in the last qualifiers) but Rohr might decide to do just that.
If his cracking effort against Brighton & Hove Albion in the English topflight last week was anything to go by, then Alex Iwobi is a man on fire!
Culled from Brilafm