Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said he expects Chelsea star Mikel Obi to play in a role that w...
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said he expects Chelsea star Mikel Obi to play in a role that will give the Super Eagles results, revealing further he would prefer to play the midfielder in a defensive position, like Chelsea do.
Oliseh’s predecessor Stephen Keshi played the Chelsea star mostly as a free player in the engine and that freed him to join the attack more often.
It was also the same role he played when he broke out internationally under coach Samson Siasia at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in the Netherlands.
“With the national team, it’s not what you want that matters, it is what will bring us results,”said Oliseh in a radio interview.
“If you don’t want to do that, I will play players who want to help us, like I did against Swaziland.”
In October, Oliseh dropped Mikel to the bench for all 90 minutes when the Eagles hosted Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt.
The Eagles coach maintained Mikel is best as a central defensive midfielder.
“My personal opinion is that he should be given a more central defensive role, like (Guus) Hiddink is using him. He should be the umbrella for the two central defenders,” Oliseh said.