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Adepoju warns against comparing Rabiu Ibrahim to Okocha

18 June 2015, 12:19

Lagos - Former Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has told News24 that Rabiu Ibrahim can turn out to be the long awaited heir to legendary former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Okocha but has warned against comparing the both players.

Adepoju, who played for Nigeria for 12 years and played at three World Cups, says Rabiu Ibrahim has shown similarities to Okocha in style of play, but says it will be too early to start comparing both players.

Also read: Efe Ambrose backs Rabiu to shine for Eagles

“I don’t think we should be comparing both players at the moment,” he told News24, “Jay Jay was a great talent and a legend for Nigeria but Rabiu (Ibrahim) is just starting.

“He’s a great talent too, don’t get me wrong, but I think it will be too early to start comparing him to Jay Jay.

“He has shown he has some similarities to Jay Jay and maybe with time he will get there but I wouldn’t compare both players now,” he said.

The 44-year old Adepoju, also added that the 24-year old Ibrahim should be allowed to mature into his own kind of player, as too much comparison to ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha may put him under too much pressure.

“I think we should allow the boy to grow into the kind of player he will be. Let’s not compare him to Jay Jay, else we put him under too much pressure,” Adepoju added.

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