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Exclusive: Nwobodo Makes Team-Of-The-Week In Turkey; Rated Standout Midfielder

Exclusive: Nwobodo Makes Team-Of-The-Week In Turkey; Rated Standout Midfielder

With two rounds of games into the new season of the top league in Turkey, former Nigeria under 20 midfielder, Obinna Nwobodo, continues to prove he is one of the best players in the country in the colours of Goztepe after he made the latest Team of The Week, Completesports.com reports.

Last Sunday, Nwobodo’s club, Goztepe, suffered a shock 0-1 home loss to Yeni Malatyaspor but the Nigerian had such a telling display and it was good enough for him to be picked as one of the top performers of the weekend.

Nwobodo takes a spot in Sofascore’s Turkish Super Lig Team of The Week

World renowned sports data outfit, Sofascore, picked Nwobodo as its team’s best player with a rating of 7.7 after the game. The Sofascore ratings are generated by a sophisticated algorithm that translates hundreds of stats into one live number that quantifies a player’s performance’.

A Sofascore rating has become a veritable index in evaluating a footballer by stakeholders in the industry.

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Nwobodo’s 7.7 score placed him as one of the best midfielders at the end of Super Lig’s latest round of matches and in Sofascore’s 3-4-3 Team of the Week.


Opta’s data make statement on Nwobodo

It will be recalled that the former Rangers International of Enugu linchpin had achieved a milestone after what was only his first season in Turkey when another football statistics powerhouse, the British sports analytics company, OPTA, rated him as the best ball-winning midfielders in the Super Lig for the 2020/21 campaign.

The 24 year-old, who was pivotal in Nigeria winning the 2015 African U-20 Championship, has recently been talked up for a first invitation to the Super Eagles as Nigeria prepares for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde in September.

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  • Watch just few clips of this guy and you’ll marvel why he’s still not got Rohr’s invitation. Better than some current regulars. I’m not the ‘invite this, invite that’ type and I’m not easily impressed either, but this one, I sure am. You can see the natural quality there – distinct from learned skills from training. I’ll be surprised if Nwobodo and perhaps Awoniyi are not among new faces in Rohr’s expected list this weekend.

    • pompei 3 years ago

      The boy is a baller. Small but mighty.
      Good technique, skillful, energetic. I particularly like his crosses (good with both feet).
      At a time when we don’t have enough reliable midfielders, guys like Nwobodo and Zubby Okechukwu are options worth considering.

  • Emecco 3 years ago

    If our EPL players won’t be available for the upcoming qualifiers as the media has been suggesting, then an invite should be sent ASAP to this guy via his club,I have known Nwobodo since his days at Enugu Rangers down to the Flying Eagles that won the Afcon u20 in 2015. He is a very skillful midfielder though not physical enough. He missed the U-20 world cup later that year and his absence was really felt as Manu Garba’s side filled with quality such as Iheanacho, Success, Ndidi, Awoniyi, Moses Simon , Musa Yahaya, Ifeanyi Mathew etc all fumbled at the global fiesta.

  • A complete midfielder

  • Abdul handsy 3 years ago

    Congratulations Obinna the real son of Nwobodo!
    He was rated as the best ball winning midfielder after the end of last season’s Turkish league.

    Rohr needs to be pragmatic and be a PROACTIVE coach rather than being REACTIVE…. Rohr has to build his team across all boards and spheres of available qualities.

    Many atimes, super eagles suffers whenever the regulars are not available…why not give those sense of belonging to the sphere or fringe players in case of that time you will need them..?

    Is it bad if we have 3solid qualities in every department, so that, whenever MR A. Is not available for selection MR. B will automatically comes to serve the purpose of the unavailable MR.A while Mr C. Comes for MR. B in that order?

    Look at the current situation, I am very sure that wherever rohr is, he is presently scratching his head on who and who will play the away match vs cape Verde. This is simply because Rohr didn’t do his homework very well.. call up the likes of nwobodo, Michael, Alhassan Yusuf, groom them up along with the likes of Ndidi, Onyeka, Aribo, Etebo, iwobi and more.

    My people use to say that “rustie needle has its own time of usefulness”. Exactly what I am saying here!

    Thomas frank of Brentford is going to be a very good coach, you know why? Last season about 7matches to the end of championship, when things were not going well for his team, he was proactive enough to tweak his tactical formations from.4:3: 3 and 4:2:3:1 to his present formation of 3:4:3 and 3:5:2 and wins 5matches out of 7and drew the remaining two and he was able to make it to the championship play-off. During the cause of the championship play-off he was proactive enough again to sometimes tweak his formation and he along with his team qualified to the premiership and that’s what coach who has foresight does to avoid some avoidable issues…

    FIFA along with CAF has written to the English FA pleading for solidarity and Grant permission the African invited players to grant them opportunity to feature for their respective countries in the fast approaching world cup qualifiers… I hope the English FA listen…

    Rohr has done well, no doubt but there are some decisions he has to take earlier enough as the cutting edge that will make him stands-out.

    Insult me and I will not reply you sirs. Smile!

    • @Abdul, in the last 5 years of GR in charge of the SE, he has invited over 65 to 70 players, so why are you talking as if he is not giving opportunity to worthy players. It’s left for the players to take the bull by the horn whenever they are called for national duties. Nobody is against inviting quality players, especially once they are Nigerians either home or abroad, but the player must proof beyond reasonable doubt that they merit the call up, not just 2 matches wonders. Their performance must be consistent, day in day out.

  • Alhassan yusuf, obinna nwobod, innocent bonke, kelechi nwakaili are all midfielders who are talented and are capable of adding something to the super eagles team if given a chance. I admit there isnt enough room for everyone, but lets make use of the talented ones and give more opportunities to those who are ready.

    • Sunny 3 years ago

      Stop with this Kelechi Nwakali hype train. Tom Dele-Bashiru is a better midfielder. They both play for second-division teams. If you are going to mention Kelechi, it is only expedient to mention Dele-Bashiru as well.

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