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Is Nigeria Super Eagles midfield under a curse, Part 1?


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The Nigerian midfield has been a case study for the past couple of years in the history of the country’s football.

Players like the blessed Etim Esin, Austin Okocha (too good that they named him twice; Jay-Jay) and John Obi-Mikel have held sway in the Nigerian midfield spotting the Number 10 Jersey.

But since the exit of Austin Okocha, Nigeria’s midfield seems to be on a prolonged struggle with most of the players in that position found to be more defensive-minded players, unlike the attacking-minded gem that the fans are craving in the long run.

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But his overall performance has left the team still searching for creativity in the midfield. The likes of Kelechi Nwakali and Joe Aribo have been deployed there recently.

But the inability of the two players to make the most of the time they’ve had in the position has left much more puzzle than answers to the Nigerian midfield situation.Malicious and unfair!' – Kelechi Nwakali's brother rubbishes FC Zurich transfer rumours | Goal.com Nigeria

While Kelechi Nwakali may feel he’s not had enough time to stake a claim in the attacking midfield Position.

But from the pedigree relative to the Number 10 position with respect to Nigeria’s midfield as a contest, much was expected of him.

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Even Joe Aribo’s struggle in the role leaves many thinking whether he is average by Nigerian standards or that he was played out of his best position.

As you can see the Nigerian attack is brimming with talent that needs services (accurate passes) on the pitch to flourish. With the form of Victor Osimhen, Chuba Akpom, and Terem Moffi to name but a few.
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And on the other hand, it’s been tough getting foreign-born talent like Crystal Palace’s duo of Eberechi Eze (in particular) and Michael Olise to commit to Nigeria.Premier League transfer news: Crystal Palace clinch five-year deal for QPR playmaker Ebere EzeAs well as Chelsea’s Carney Chukwuemeka who can play a part in stepping up Nigeria’s midfield dynamism alongside winger Noni Madueke.

But such attempts are looking more though than ever imagined with the uncertainty surrounding their quest to play for Nigeria.

This leaves manager Jose Peseiro with a lot to do in his time as Nigerian Coach.

As the creativity element continues to be the bane of the then glorious Super Eagles of Nigeria side known for their flair in midfield and overall dominance in the course of a game.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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