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Iwobi may replace Mikel as Eagles’ playmaker


Nigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi attends a training session in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on June 21, 2019, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Burundi. Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi may start from the number 10 position today in place of Skipper John Obi Mikel, who played in that position against Burundi, reports

The deployment of influential Mikel as the Super Eagles playmaker against Burundi did not pay off for Gernot Rohr’s side, so much so that the Chelsea legend was substituted 12 minutes into the second half.

The German football tactician hinted yesterday that Alex Iwobi could take over playmaking duties from Mikel, a change that would see Ahmed Musa deployed as a left winger.

“We have options to change our midfield of course, like you saw we brought Alex Iwobi in the midfield and we brought Musa on the left wing. This is one option,” said Rohr to reporters.

“We also have John Ogu, who is fit again after his sickness, he had fever and was very weak but he’s fit again.”


With several players classed as strikers in the Super Eagles squad, Rohr has hinted that he may use the 4-4-2 formation against the Syli Stars.

“We have the opportunity to play 4-4-2 with two center forwards. We have Henry, Osimhen; we have choices in the offensive department and offensive midfield.

“It is my job now to find a solution to choose the best players but sometimes you know the players coming from the bench can also make a difference, that’s what happened in the last game.

“With the hot weather it will be interesting to have fresh players coming in and bring in players in the last 20 minutes when you have spaces,” he concluded.

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