The duo of Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo will be perfect addition to the Under-23 Eagles squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, says former Golden Eaglets’ coach, Henry Nwosu.
All the teams in the male football event of the Olympics are allowed to feature three senior players in their squad.
And with Coach Samson Siasia still undecided on which three players he will draft into the squad, Nwosu, believes that Chelsea’s midfielder Mikel and Watford’s striker, Ighalo will bring confidence and solidity into the team.
He particularly picked Ighalo, who was so impressive and outstanding for Watford in the just concluded 2015/2016 English Premier League season where he emerged as the club’s top scorer with 16 goals, as one player whose scoring prowess gives the opposing defence some nightmare.
“Mikel and Ighalo are quality players, both players will be perfect additions to the Under-23 team and I strongly believe so.
“Mikel will bring his maturity to play and of course Ighalo too will bring his maturity and his attacking prowess into play. It will go a long way in helping the team and we still need one more over-aged player in the defence so that they will be able to control the defence, ” he said.
When asked which of the over-aged central defenders should be drafted into the squad, Nwosu, who was also a former Super Eagles midfield maestro favoured either Kenneth Omeruo or Godfrey Oboabona as suitable inclusion, believing that any of the two players will bring stability in the defence.
“Before today I believed they can, but let’s see the output of the two players during the friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg in a few days. But I strongly b e l i e v e , Omeruo has something to offer, even Oboabona too but I will take Omeruo ahead of Oboabona,” he declared.
Nwosu, however admonished the coaching crew of the team to go for the players that can deliver and stand firm with their selection.
“My advice is that they should not allow anybody to influence their choice.What do I mean? They should not allow external influences to overshadow their aims and objectives for the team because if they don’t do well it’s the coaches that take the blame. So they should be firm in their selection and look at the players that can stand the test of time all through the competition.” He adviced.