Sunshine Stars Midfielder, Paul Onobi Impresses For Super Eagles

Paul Onobi

The Sunshine Stars midfielder was one of the star performers in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier for Nigeria against Swaziland

After Tuesday’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory for Nigeria against Swaziland, Paul Onobi has become a bit of a household name.

His impressive performance in defensive midfield for the Super Eagles brought lots of accolades from fans who hailed his virtuoso showing in warding off the visitors’ attackers.

A man who has been raring for an opportunity to show his talent on the big stage, Onobi did not disappoint coach Sunday Oliseh who told him to ‘enjoy’ himself in a game that saw Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel among some other big name players dropped to the bench.

Onobi, 22, scored six goals from defensive midfield for Sunshine Stars in the recently ended NPFL season and he knew it was an opportunity not to be missed.

“It was a moment I’ve been waiting for, for a long time. Every player on the streets wants to play for the Super Eagles because that’s the highest level of football,” Onobi told Goal.

“I was invited by chance because this is the season God wants the world to hear about me but this is not my best season.

“When I was called up to the camp, I said this is my opportunity, let me take it.

“The coach told me, ‘boy just go in there and enjoy yourself’. Likewise [Obafemi] Martins, he’s been very encouraging to me.

“When I got the chance, I just enjoyed myself because I love football,” he said.

Onobi and substitute Ezekiel Bassey’s performances have brought increased clamour for Oliseh to give greater opportunities to players playing in the domestic league because of their raw talent and hunger for glory.

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