Onazi Stages Claim For Starting Shirt, Skipper’s Band


Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi is staging a strong claim for a return to the Super Eagles’ starting line-up and possible emergence as team captain in Saturday’s match against Seychelles, following his spirited efforts in training.

In Thursday’s drills, Onazi was also full of energy and commitment and judging by how they were lined up, he could possibly start alongside Wilfred Ndidi in the midfield against Seychelles after losing his starting spot during the World Cup in Russia.

Balogun was his cool, calm and assured self during the session, although the coaches are still searching for a perfect pair for the Brighton and Hove Albion defender in the heart of the defence of Nigeria.

Onazi showed tremendous power, pace and vision during the Eagles’ sessions that involved possession and ability to wriggle out of tight spaces as Rohr continue to build up the lads for the task of getting their AFCON qualifiers campaign back on track, after losing their first game 0-2 to South Africa in Uyo.

Samuel Kalu took the session by storm with his tricks, pace and nimble foot works coming to his rescue when he was in a tight spot during the drills.

Kalu and Kelechi Nwakali were the most impressive among the newly invited players with the former Golden Eaglets skipper displaying his ability to tread passes in tight areas.

However, Rotherham of England defender, Semi Ajayi struggled to get the drills right as his lack of pace saw him lost possession although he dominated in the one on one duels.

Jamilu Collins earned applause from his teammates for his awareness and abilities to interpret the drills from the coach with ease.

The Paderborn defender did not look like same player who many doubt his fitness after injury saw him leave the last league game of his team with six minutes left to play.


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