13 October 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Oboabona to Replace Injured Yob

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Super Eagles players loosening up before training.

Sunshine Stars skipper Godfrey Oboabona is to replace injured Joseph Yobo in today's AFCON showdown against Liberia.

MTNFootball.com can reveal that Oboabona will be picked ahead of Glasgow Celtic ace Efe Ambrose because he has a better understanding playing alongside towering Warri Wolves centre half Azubuike Egwuekwe.

Oboabona posted a stinker at right full back in the first leg in Monrovia last month, but he will now be pushed to the heart of the back four, while the more tactically smart and versatile Ambrose will play at right back.

Oboabona is equally versatile as he is comfortable playing at right back, central defence as well as a defensive midfielder.

"We are in top form for the game and we are not afraid of them. We will do our best to stop their strikers from getting goals," Oboabona said ahead of the game.

From the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Oboabona, Egwuekwe and Enugu Rangers left winger Ejike Uzoenyi are guaranteed starting shirts today.

This means that Keshi will start eight other players who are based in Europe, the most he has done since he has lined up in a competitive fixture since he took charge in November.

Checks further showed that Chelsea midfielder Mikel will play alongside Real Betis of Spain ace Nosa Igiebor with Uzoenyi and Victor Moses the two wide, attacking players.

This means that Russia-based winger Ahmed Musa will start from the bench just as he did in Liberia.

Villarreal of Spain striker Ike Uche will partner Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike as was the case in Monrovia.

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