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Ireland Set To Cap Nigerian Youngster Obafemi

Ireland Set To Cap Nigerian Youngster Obafemi

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that Southampton youngster Michael Obafemi has a chance of featuring in the Nations League dead rubber against Denmark in Aaarhus tonight.

“He has definitely committed to us now. He wants to play. I’ll have a look at it and see how we are in the morning and just before the game. We only have three subs, not six like the other night,’ O’Neill said of the Nigerian.

Obafemi has made two appearances for Southampton in the English Premier League this season.

“He looks like he is a good talent, he has made a few sub appearances for Southampton but he’d be the first one to say he has a long way to go at the minute and that goes for a lot of our players.”

“The treatment he got at under-age levels and from within the squad and from our captain this week has played a huge role in his decision.

“Obafemi is with us and in the squad and has a chance of playing but most importantly has committed himself to us. So it is a much easier scenario than Declan Rice.”

“It would be nice to end the year on a high note. Since March we have played eight games, five friendlies but we would like to do better competitively and this is an opportunity to do precisely that.

“At the international level, momentum is difficult because games are sporadic. If you end the calendar year in November, in three months you might have a totally different side so I won’t worry about momentum at this stage.”

Ireland have endured a disappointing 2018 having won just one of their nine matches.

They round off the year with the game in Denmark, which will be their final match before qualification for the 2020 European Championships begins in March.

Meanwhile Ireland captain Captain Seamus Coleman said the Obafemi has made a good impression on the squad.

“He’s (Obafemi) been great, he’s a strong boy and he has scored some fine finishes in training. He is great in the camp and we’re happy to have him with us.

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  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    “At the international level, momentum is difficult because games are sporadic. If you end the calendar year in November, in three months you might have a totally different side so I won’t worry about momentum at this stage.” (C) Martin O’niel 2018.

    How I wish those who keep dropping names of their “favoured” players (and expect the coach to invite them immediately) will let this sink into their skulls

    • With much respect to Martin O Neil, his views are not necessarily expected to be shared by everyone under the sun.
      Let those who ‘drop names’ continue to do so.
      If it bothers you that much, simply ignore their comments.
      Those who will take them seriously will do so.

  • Ugwudede 2 years ago

    Pls complete sports should celebrating this boys who are not willing to represent their father’s land by bringing up their stories of caping them by their adopted country today or tomorrow.  We are no longer interested in what happens with their international appearances pls

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

      Agreed with you bro, why bringing his caption here when the subject is not relevant. What do we learn from this ?. Nothing. Who cares ?, nobody.

    • Jones 2 years ago

      Well said bro. Its clowns like ashy slashy that are always looking for who to blame every time a half Nigerian chooses to represent his country of birth.

      • I watched a movie last night called (Indiana) Jones and the temple of doom.
        Jones, the temple of doom is where you belong, get it?
        Ha ha ha ha.
        THE JOKE IS ON YOU, Mate!!!!!

  • @Ugwudede

    I also agree with you. I am not a professional editor, but I think you missed a word in your sentence for it to make perfect sense: “Pls complete sports should(STOP)celebrating this boys …”


  • He could have chosen Nigeria, England or Ireland. His coach told him to follow his heart.
    He chose Ireland, where he calls home.
    I’m not a fan of chasing players who’s loyalties are suspect. A player souls decide whom they want to play for and tow that path.
    Nigeria is a country of up to 200 million. We can find 23 very good players. If we choose players on form and condition and being in the national setup improves their value in the game, they will be queuing up to play for Nigeria.
    All we ask is that they choose the best two in every position. Whether oyibo or blackie, home grown or abroad