Super Eagles
Coach, Sunday Oliseh,
has revealed he would
prefer to play midfielder
Mikel Obi in a defensive
position, like Chelsea
does, rather than giving
him a free and offensive
role in the middle.
Oliseh’s predecessor,
Stephen Keshi, played
the Chelsea star mostly
as a free player in the
engine and this freed him
to join the attack more
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
However, Oliseh has
now said Mikel’s forte
is a central defensive
“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 on a radio
interview on Friday.
“With the national
team, it’s not what you
want that matters, it
is what will bring us
“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

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