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By Abdulkabir Olatunji
Nigeria currently has 2 Super Eagles regulars in Chelsea’s squad and their current positions have changed dramatically from the way it was in the past few seasons.
Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has found himself frozen out of the Chelsea first team and even the substitution bench since he returned late for preseason preparations due to his participation in the Rio Olympics for Nigeria where he captained the U-23 to the bronze medal. It might be difficult for anybody to explain the exact reason Mikel has been given the cold shoulder by the Blues’ manager, Antonio Conte but we can assume he has watched Mikel in training and is not impressed which is quite surprising as he is Chelsea’s second-longest serving player after John Terry.
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr paid a visit to Chelsea for discussions with manager Antonio Conte and technical director Mike Emenalo on the Mikel situation which is bad for the national team because its captain does not play regularly in the first team for his club calling to question his place within the Eagles. The unconfirmed response he got is that Mikel is free to leave Chelsea in January.
It is best at this time for Mikel to move forward to new and exciting challenges even if it is to go and get a big fat contract in China, it would be better than this Chelsea humiliation.
Still on the humiliation point, Victor Moses probably suffered greater embarrassment at Chelsea, between the 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 season; he was loaned to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United making little impact at these clubs. However, with the start of this season and Conte’s adoption of the 3-4-3 system converting Moses from a winger to a wing-back, the proverbial ugly duckling has transformed into the beautiful swan. Moses has excelled wining the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month Award for November just yesterday and is already being linked with a move to Barcelona. He also delivered for the Super Eagles in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria scoring a very impressive brace in a 3-1 win that cements Nigeria’s strong position for qualification for the 2018 world cup.
Quite a transformation indeed and I just wonder how much further he can rise as a top star in global football. Time will tell but I congratulate Victor Moses for turning his career around after being hampered by years of injury and poor form, Mikel Obi can turn his career around too with a move away from Chelsea after spending 10 successful years at the club.
Abdulkabir Olatunji is the Head of Strategy at Jarus & JAN Internet Group and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (AMNIM). His interests include writing, blogging, all-things-tech and analysis of current affairs and sports. You can follow him on LinkedIn and on Twitter @maclatunji