There are indications that Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi may return to the Super Eagles’ starting line-up with possible emergence as the team’s captain for crunch Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifiers against Seychelles on Saturday.
The indication emerged not only from the team’s line ups so far at the training camp in Victoria but following the Eagles Assistant Captain’s performance exhibited at the camp.
The line up in Eagles training camp on Thursday saw the 25 year old manned the mid-field alongside another defensive mid-fielder Wilfred Ndidi and was full of energy and vibrant throughout the session.
Gernot Rohr’s men lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the Thursday’s training though this has not concretely suggested Eagles final formation for the weekend clash as they are also open to other formation best suit the squad as deem fit by the German tactician.
“Onazi showed tremendous power, pace and vision during the Eagles’ sessions that involved possession and ability to wriggle out of tight spaces as Rohr continue to build up the lads for the task of getting their AFCON qualifiers campaign back on track, after losing their first game 0-2 to South Africa in Uyo.
“With the look of things Rohr may have to give the lad a chance to prove his mettle with a starting shirt on Saturday. I mean if he keeps this outstanding performance till the matchday he will return after losing his starting spot during the World Cup in Russia,” said an Official who watched the team’s training on Thursday.
With kickoff set for 1:30pm Nigerian time, the Trabzonspor stars has said that the only mandate for the Eagles is nothing but a win irrespective of the weather and condition of the turf for the game.
“The weather is very hot. We are looking forward to the game, We are all positive, new vibes with the aim of winning. We are trying to put things together to ensure that we win.”
“It’s a difficult and very tough weather. Also the pitch is a difficult one for us. We will go out there and perform at a good level,” the former Lazio star said after the training.
Nigeria will hope to reinvigorate their qualification with a win in the Group E clash with the Pirates at the Stade Linite on Saturday.