Super Eagles manager Sunday Oliseh has revealed his plans to make Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi the ‘umbrella’ for the national team of Nigeria.
The former Lyn Oslo star has been mostly deployed in a defensive position since he joined Chelsea but many of his fans still see him as an attacking midfielder who can create chances and influence the outcome of matches like he did in 2005 playing under Samson Siasia at the Under-20 World Cup.
However, Oliseh maintains that his position at Chelsea suits him and he won’t deviate from that but the player has to bring his A game anytime he is called upon.
“My personal opinion is that he (Mikel Obi) should be given a more central defensive role, like (Guus) Hiddink is using him. He should be the umbrella for the two central defenders,” Oliseh told Brilafm.
Interestingly, Oliseh benched Mikel for 90 minutes when the Eagles hosted Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt and the team went on to win 2-0 and he has dared to repeat same if the player doesn’t improve.
“With the national team, it’s not what you want that matters, it is what will bring us results,” he added.
“If you don’t want to do that, I will play players who want to help us, like I did against Swaziland.”
Nigeria will play Egypt in a double-header African Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna on March 25.