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Ndidi, Iwobi and Nigera's Dream Five-A-Side Team

21:04 GMT+4 20/12/2019
Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria
Who would make a Super Eagles 5-a-side team of current players?

  • Daniel Akpeyi - Nigeria

    #1 Daniel Akpeyi

    The goalkeeping department for the Super Eagles isn’t quite the area of strength it once was, with the national side struggling to appoint a successor to Vincent Enyeama.

    However, Akpeyi is currently in the form of his career, having been named the PSL player of the month for September and October following a series of fine performances in the South African top flight.

    Akpeyi has been instrumental to Kaizer Chiefs’ magnificent start to the season as they go in search of a domestic title, and he’d be a fine final line of defence for this 5-a-side team.

     

  • Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi

    #2 Wilfred Ndidi

    Ndidi’s defensive qualities in the heart of the defence—his positioning, tackling and energy—make him an ideal figure to protect Akpeyi at the base of our 5-a-side team.

    In fact, Ndidi’s defensive dynamism is so relentless, that we’re forgoing the need for any ‘out-and-out’ defenders in our Nigerian dream team.

    He’s averaged almost 5 tackles per game in the Premier League so far this term—more than any other player—and would ensure our Super Eagles’ 5-a-side team are never without the ball for long.

  • Alex Iwobi Nigeria 2019

    #3 Alex Iwobi

    Bringing some guile and invention to our Nigeria team is Alex Iwobi, who thrives when linking midfield and attack with his intelligent play between the lines.

    The former Arsenal man makes smart moves off the ball, and can cause trouble for defenders when bearing down on goal.

    He also boasts that touch of invention to open up a contest and get the best out of the players around him.

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Nigeria vs. South Africa

    #4 Samuel Chukwueze

    It’s been a remarkable year for Chukwueze, who only made his Nigeria debut last November, as he also took his first promising steps in La Liga with Villarreal.

    The electric winger excelled at the Africa Cup of Nations, while he also ended his first season in the Spanish top fight with five goals and two assists.

    He already has three strikes this term, and is proving to be a constant menace for full-backs when attacking opponents in wide areas.

  • Victor Osimhen

    #5 Victor Osimhen

    The natural choice to lead the line for this Nigeria 5-a-side team, Osimhen would strike fear into the heart of opposition defences with his movement, physicality and finishing.

    There aren’t too many strikers in the world game today in better form than Osimhen, who has adapted seamlessly to life in Ligue 1 with LOSC Lille and already has eight goals in 15 top-flight outings in France.

    There’s so much more to come from the 20-year-old, and it will be fascinating to see how he progresses alongside Chukwueze and Iwobi for the Super Eagles over the years to come.