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Oliseh credits Onobi, explains Mikel’s exclusion

19 November 2015, 14:12

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has praised midfielder Paul Onobi for his composed display in the 2-0 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Swaziland on Tuesday.

Onobi was a surprise starteR for the Super Eagles at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, but put up an impressive showing to help the former African champion’s progress to the group stages of the qualifiers, and Oliseh cannot stop singing his praise.

Also read: Onobi sidelined for three weeks

"I like him, he's very talented and he showed it in the game," Oliseh, himself a midfielder during his playing days said of Onobi.

"He started because he showed us he can do it and I am very happy for him. He has a lot of hunger and it showed in the way he played," Oliseh said.

As if the Sunshine Stars' midfielder's start wasn't enough, he had to start ahead of the more revered and celebrated John Obi Mikel of Chelsea, but Oliseh says he didn’t start ahead of Mikel.

"We selected the team based on what we thought would give us the best result. He didn't start ahead of Mikel or anybody because like I said when I took this job, nobody has a permanent place on the team whether you're home based or based abroad," he said.

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