Monday, 12 November 2012

Between Sidney Sam and Shola Amoebi

Having lost talents like David Alaba, Dennis Aogo, Anglo Ogbonna and a couple of others to other countries, it is good news for the Super Eagles and Nigeria that German-born Sidney Sam has pledged his international future to his fatherland, while Shola Amoebi has finally been invited for the friendly against Venezuela on November 14th after being cleared previously to play for Nigeria.

If he eventually turns up for Nigeria, Bayer Leverkusen’s Sam will find the Eagles a completely new and challenging terrain. With what we have seen of him, I believe that given time – at just 24 years he still has some – he will be a useful addition to the Super Eagles, especially to the left wing/midfield which has struggled since the exit of Emmanuel Amunike.

However, I cannot say same for Shola Amoebi. A very experienced striker who will most likely do well, he is; but is he what the current Super Eagles team needs at this time?
Going by his style of play, Amoebi will probably fit into the Eagles’ attack as he can hold up the ball, is also good in the air and shoots well. He also boasts several years of top-flight English football experience.

On the down side however, he will need to do a lot of adjusting into the team as well as acclimatizing with the African weather, if he makes the nations cup team. I will not dabble into the issue of whether or not he turned down previous invitations to the Nigerian national team but at 31 years, is he worth being included in a team at the expense of younger but equally experienced strikers who have many more years to offer the team?

The buck stops with Coach Stephen Keshi.

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