Five Key Nigerian Players To Look Out for at 2019 AFCON


The greatest ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) gets in progress in Egypt one month from now as 24 national groups fight it out to win the mainland’s greatest universal soccer title.

As three-time champions and victors as of late as 2013, Nigeria are among the leaders on soccer wagers to lift the trophy on July 19.

While it will without a doubt be a collaboration to secure title No 4, the exhibitions of the group’s headliners could have a conclusive effect.

Here are five players who are set to assume fundamental jobs in Nigeria’s offered for magnificence:

John Obi Mikel

Until a week ago, the possibility of John Obi Mikel coming back to the Nigeria squad in time for the 2019 AFCON looked thin. The previous Chelsea midfielder had not played for the Super Eagles since captaining the side finally summer’s World Cup in Russia.

In any case, after a “decent gathering” with Nigeria supervisor Gernot Rohr, Mikel has been incorporated into the squad, and his arrival must be something to be thankful for.

The midfielder’s essence, ability and experience make him a standout amongst the most practiced players contending in the current year’s AFCON and he gives extra quality to an effectively amazing Nigeria midfield.

Mikel likewise joins the squad in great structure, having awed amid his transient spell at English Championship side Middlesbrough.

Considering he is as of now without a club, a progression of good exhibitions for Nigeria will just assistance him find new work.

Wilfred Ndidi

A backbone in Leicester City’s midfield since his £17 million entry from Genk in January 2017, Ndidi has demonstrated to merit each penny, subsequent to developing as a standout amongst the best guarded midfielders in the Premier League.

Ndidi played in each Premier League game for Leicester this season as the club verified a ninth-place wrap up. He was then named their Young Player of the Season for a second in a row season.

An aggressive, athletic midfielder, the 22-year-old will be vital to controlling the midfield for Nigeria, both as a screen for the guard and as a case to-box player equipped for driving his group up the pitch.

He is just showing signs of improvement and Nigeria will be the recipient of his quick advancement this mid year.

Alex Iwobi

Another Premier League star that Nigeria will call upon this mid year. Iwobi has appreciated a gainful season at Arsenal, showing up, scoring three objectives and helping another seven.

He has additionally assumed a key job in Arsenal’s raced to the Europa League last.

Most generally sent as a left winger for his club, Iwobi is utilized more as a focal assaulting midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 development for his nation. This is the place his eye for a pass and innovativeness have been all around used.

Iwobi could do with adding some more objectives to his collection and should he get himself all the more consistently on the scoresheet in Egypt, he could give the enchantment to take Nigeria the whole distance.

Odion Ighalo

No group can win a noteworthy competition without a consistent wellspring of objectives. Luckily for Nigeria, they have Ighalo, who was the top-scorer in AFCON qualifying with seven objectives.

He has likewise been slamming them in since moving from Watford to the Chinese Super League, scoring 43 objectives in 64 appearances. This season, he has just scored seven in the initial nine recreations.

As Nigeria’s beginning focus forward, Ighalo will be entrusted with giving the principle assaulting point of convergence for the side just as bringing others into play.

With an overwhelming turn of pace and a secret stash, Ighalo has the capacity and structure to be one of the champion stars of the 2019 AFCON.

Ahmed Musa

Musa took over commander obligations in Mikel’s nonattendance and has exceeded expectations both on the pitch and with the armband: under his authority, Nigeria are unbeaten in six matches, winning four.

Musa has likewise exceeded expectations at club level this season. In the wake of joining Al Nassr the previous summer, the flexible forward helped the club win their first Saudi Premier League title in four years, contributing seven objectives and seven helps.

In spite of just being 26-years of age, Musa is a standout amongst the most experienced individuals from this Nigeria squad having amassed 78 tops, while scoring 15 objectives.

He is presently for the most part conveyed as a left-winger, making up a fearsome three behind Ighalo, nearby Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu on the privilege and Iwobi in a focal job.

Nigeria will look to Musa’s pace and goalscoring capacities to enable them to win amusements this late spring. Similarly as significant are his administration characteristics


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