This Day (Lagos)

9 November 2012

Nigeria: Chelsea Lucky to Have Moses, Says Amokachi

Victor Moses has again proved to be cash well spent by Chelsea in the summer after his stoppage time winner against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

The Champions League hopes of champions Chelsea were hanging by a thread when the Super Eagles winger popped up to score the match winner at Stamford Bridge.

"It was a crucial for us to win the game at home, it was good Victor got on the end of the corner to score," a relieved Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo saluted.

Amokachi said Thursday that the former Wigan Athletic star has been a great addition to both club and country:

"He was a super sub, he came off the bench and got Chelsea three points in such a crucial game. That is the quality of a good player, you give everything whenever you are given a chance to play, that is what Victor (Moses) has been doing for Chelsea and Super Eagles," gushed the former Everton striker.

Moses only made his long-awaited international debut in February for Nigeria and former international Jonathan Akpoborie said he has proved to be the wide player the Eagles need upfront.

"Moses is a wonderful player, what else do you want from a player? He scored the winning goal in a crucial game after just a few minutes on the field, you can't ask for more from him," Akpoborie remarked.

"He is the wide player Nigeria has been searching for, with him and (Ahmed) Musa, Keshi does not need Obinna Nsofor."

It was only a few months ago that Moses transfer from Wigan to Chelsea had dragged on with Wigan sticking to their guns that the player was not for sale.

Chelsea finally coughed out £9m for the player after three initial lower bids were turned down and Moses has already begun to justify the huge investment having now scored goals in three major competitions including the EPL and the League Cup.

Interestingly, all his goals for Chelsea have been through headers that one could begin to ask whether he is 'The New Headmaster' for the Nigerian team after former international, Mutiu Adepoju.

Adepoju's aerial prowess was in full display with the Eagles and Moses could well be the man to provide this option for the team now.

Sceptics who doubted if he could figure in the immediate plans of The Blues' have now been made to eat humble pie.

The player himself said he is clear he could do more for his new club.

"It's a massive club and with the quality of players we have here you have to wait for your chance,' said Moses.

"That's what I've been doing and I have to show the manager I'm good enough to start. It's just part of the game."

Chelsea have not just got a wide player who can ghost past markers as if they do not exist, but at only 21 and with an eye for goal, they have picked a winner who is fired to do more.

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