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Ebuehi Replaces Ndidi In Super Eagles Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies

Ebuehi Replaces Ndidi In Super Eagles Squad For Algeria,  Tunisia Friendlies

Tyronne Ebuehi will take the place of Wilfred Ndidi in Nigeria’s squad for next month’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, reports Completesports.com.

Ndidi suffered an abductor injury in Leicester City’s English Premier League clash against Burnley.

The midfielder underwent surgery last Saturday and is expected to return to action in December.

Ebuehi, who joined Dutch club FC Twente on loan from Benfica of Portugal will now take his place in the squad for the games against the Carthage Eagles and Desert Foxes.

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“Tyronne will replace Ndidi in our team from the standby,” Rohr told ESPN.

Rohr also admitted his team would miss the former Genk man in the friendlies and subsequent games.

“We will miss him so much,” stated German tactician.

“I have spoken to him, of course. He must be patient now and take his time to get well.”

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Tyrone Ebuehi might feature for Nigeria for the first time after his his last outing enveloped a mistimed tackle against Alfreð Finnbogason which went unpunished as Gylfi Sigurðsson blasted the resultant penalty to the heavens to preserve Nigeria’s 2:0 group stage win against Iceland in an unforgettable night at the 2018 World Cup.

    Having asked for time to consider playing for the Super Eagles, Ebuehi made up his mind in a timely manner and played his way to the hearts of many Super Eagles fans with beautiful wingback play against Argentina and Poland in pre-World Cup friendlies.

    Post-World Cup, after signing for Portuguese giants Benfica, a nasty injury will ensure that he missed the entire 2018-19 season. Even after recovering, he has had stop-starts to his career due to relapses. But, after moving to FC Twente this season, it would appear that his injury nightmares may be behind him; he has played in all his club’s 3 matches thus far this season.

    Being named in the standby list for October friendlies was a welcome development to most Super Eagles fans who are itching to see more of what his performances promised earlier in his Super Eagles career.

    The wing/full back landscape of the Super Eagles has changed, though.

    Ebuehi now faces intense competition on both sides with Ola Aina, Zaidu Sanusi, Chidozie Awaziem and Jamilu Collins all offering intense competition.

    But, it is nice to see that Ebuehi has now being offered the opportunity to throw his hat in the ring with the absence of Ndidi due to an unfortunate injury (that might not be totally unconnected with his deployment as a centre defender for Leicester in recent matches).

    I think Rohr likes Ebuehi but that will be of little significance as the 24 year old versatile wingback will still have to prove in training that he deserves to be picked ahead of other exciting options open to the German at this time.

    What does Ebuehi offer?

    He has positional discipline (offensively and defensively) that excites and can be a joy to watch going forward. His deliveries are decent and his tackles, interceptions and markings always look neat.

    Crucially, when he turns it on, Ebuehi plays with this finesse befitting of the sort of Super Eagles outfit that Rohr is moulding.

    It will be nice to see him back in Nigeria colours.

    Having made his debut for Nigeria on November 2017, Ebuehi has gone on to amass 7 caps in total made up of 3 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.

    He is yet to record an assist or a goal to his name.

  • Although Tyronne Ebuehi is not a midfielder,I like the idea of reintegrating him into the fold after a long lay off.Otherwise Ramon Azeez could have sufficed for the two friendlies in Austria since he is also on the standby list. I understand any of Oghenekaro Etebo,Mikel Agu,Samson Tijani and Frank Onyeka can perfectly slot into Ndidi’s position in the midfield with effortless ease.

    However,since Wilfred Ndidi won’t also be available for the November games of the Super Eagles,and not much is known about Joe Aribo’s recovery from injury, every effort should be made to shore up our midfield. Coach Gernot Rohr should ,as a matter of urgency,run the rule on the following midfielders for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers .Chief Scout,Tunde Adelakun will be of immense assistance to Rohr in this regard

    1.Alhassan Yusuf(IFK Göteborg, Sweden)-One wonders why national team selectors continue to ignore this player who racked up so many individual awards last season in Sweden. He is on the radar of many big clubs in Belgium and Germany for a possible transfer. There is hope for Yusuf ,since Rohr seem to have broken the jinx of selecting players plying their trades in the Scandinavian Countries(Sweden,Norway,Denmark, Iceland,Finland),with the invite extended to Frank Onyeka of FC Midtjylland,Denmark.

    2.Kelechi Nwakali(SD Huesca,Spain)-The former Golden Eaglets and Dream Team captain now plays in the La Liga in Spain.He may not have gotten so many games under his belt in the current season,but at least he is not match rusty and his performance for a selected Nigerian side against Athletico Madrid not long ago,which left fans in awe,is only a tip of the iceberg as to his quality.Although he featured for the Eagles against Liberia in an unofficial friendly, Nwakali remains untested in the present Super Eagles mix.

    3.Abdul Ajagun(KV Kortrijk, Belgium)-The former Flying Eagles captain has been churning out eye-catching performances in Belgium as an attacking midfielder scoring important goals .His business-like approach and experience may count in the national team whenever the need arises.

    4.Tom Dele-Bashiru(Watford FC,England)-No doubt about this one’s quality. The 2019 Flying Eagles midfield trojan who ,alongside his younger brother,Fisayo Dele-Bashiru((Sheffield Wednesday,England),swapped nationality from England to Nigeria,is now ripe for a Super Eagles call up.

    5.Abdul Zubairu(AS Trencin,Slovakia)-With his quality,it remains a puzzle why Zubairu is still stuck in the Slovakian league.

    6.Bonke Innocent(Malmo FF,Sweden)-A midfield general,grafter and battler in the mode of Wilfred Ndidi.

    7.Nnamdi Ofoborh(AFC Bournemouth, England)-A lot of fans may question this one,but the truth is that this Englad-born player who has returned to his parent club after helping Wycombe Wanderers gain promotion to the English Sky Bet Championship from league,has grown in leaps and bounds after featuring for the Flying Eagles at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.The big and imposing player can also play other roles apart from his natural midfield position.

    8.James Igbekeme(Real Zaragoza, Spain)-A fine midfield commander who could be helpful to the Eagles.

    9.Obinna Nwobodo(Goztepe SK,Turkey)-The former Enugu Rangers,Flying Eagles and Dream Team midfielder recently left Ujpest FC of Hungary for the Turkish Super Lig and should now be in the Super Eagles shopping window taking his quality into cognizance.

    10.Hamdi Akujobi(SC Heerenveen,The Netherlands)-This Dutch-born son of former footballer ,Chika Akujobi and former teammate of new Super Eagles invitee,Chidera Ejuke,has continue to blossom in his midfield role in the Eredivisie. For a player who trained with the last Flying Eagles ,playing in two back-to-back friendlies with Egypt U20,to break into the first team of the modest Dutch club,speak volumes of his ability.He should be courted now,before the Dutch national team selectors price his away from Nigeria.
    Skilful midfielders who have dual nationality like Ovie Ejaria(Reading FC,England),Michael Olise(Reading FC,England),Lesley Ugochukwu(Rennes FC,France),Sheyi Ojo(Cardiff City,Wales&England),Josh Onomah(Fulham FC,England) may be drafted in if they are cleared by FIFA on time and granted Nigerian passports.

    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      … Please @Hillary good talk but I take God beg you… edit your piece and remove No.4 to 9. Those ones na gbefu…

      • GLORY 4 years ago

        Hahaha..ha. @ Jimmyball. You no care how e happen, u just wanna see Kelechi Nwakali. Lolz. Relax broda. Kelechi’s situation by now should get us all to understand, its just not his time yet, reason it’s not only about the national team but also clubside. This things do happen. It happened to Ighalo n many others. When he was in Spain, he never got a look in but got invited while playing for championship side Watford, which culminated into him, becoming a super regular. Kelechi’s time is coming. If I were him, I d pay less attention to every thing SE n just focus on my club.

        • JimmyBall 4 years ago

          It’s well…

        • @Glory Ighalo did well in his last season and a half on loan at Granada which earned him his move to Watford. please check your statements.

          Ighalo’s biggest mistake was moving to China in his prime. Worst of all, at the time he moved to China, Man United already had him on their Radar after his stellar season with Watford in his last season in England before moving to China. Ighalo Spent his best years at Changunchun Yatai, a period when a footballer of Ighalo’s Quality at the time should grow and develop he regressed because of the Level of Football in China.

          Remember Drogba Moved to Chelsea at the Age of 27 from Marseille in his Prime and look at the Legend of Drogba now. Had Ighalo moved to Manu in 2017 when they showed initial interest he would be a Man U legend by now.

          • Infact Man U made an OFFER for Ighalo in 2017 which he turned down for Money in China, It was well documented if you follow Naija Players well you should Know this @Glory

    • Samuel Ekpe 4 years ago

      I prefer 4,7 & 10 the rest should join a good club and league

    • good work putting this together. prepare to take over post-Rohr. 🙂

  • Ha ha ha ha ha!
    @JimmyBall,abeg ooo. Me I no understand ooo. Which one be gbefu kwa? Abeg wetin that one mean..? But seriously, the above mentioned midfielders should be tried in more friendly games even after the November AFCON games .

  • I prefer 4,7 & 10 the rest should join a good club and league

  • @Samuel Ekpe,you mean (4)Tom Dele-Bashiru,(7)Nnamdi Ofoborh and (10)Hamdi Akujobi? Not a bad idea at all . incidentally ,the three of them were born abroad. One hopes Rohr is taking note.

    How do you see other midfield marshals like Ifeanyi Matthew(Lillestrom SK,Norway),Afeez Aremu(St.Paulli,Germany) and Reading FC’s Michael Olise? I learnt Rohr is an admirer of French-born Renne teenager, Lesley Ugochukwu.

    We need to scout for more players for the attacking and defensive midfield positions. Now Ogenyi Onazi is still young and has not retired from the national team.However,he needs to sort out his club career before itching for a possible recall. Last time it was reported that he has joined newly promoted Seria A side,FC Crotone after falling out with Denizilipor of Turkey but the deal may have been stuck due to personal terms.Regardless of the present circumstances, Onazi’s Eagles career is far from being over. Age is no longer on John Ogu’s side and Uche Agbo who just returned to Deportivo LA Coruna is yet to convince in an Eagles shirt.Abdullahi Shehu who could also play the defensive midfield role ,apart from rich back, has had a chequered club career .He just left Bursaspor,a second-tier club in Turkey for the less fancied Cypriot league.Rabiu Ibrahim ,who was once hailed as the “new Okocha” needs to leave his present base for him to be taken seriously. Former Enyimba of Aba midfield star,Kingsley Bobby Sokari,after showing so much promise,has gone into the cooler for some time now.

  • https://scorenigeria.com.ng/nnamdi-ofoborh-nathan-tella-on-super-eagles-radar/

    Ofoborh may soon be called to the Super Eagles. Follow the above link ,if you still doubt this.

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