Mikel Obi Is Not Good Enough Anymore- Paul Ashworth

Former Kwara Football Academy Technical Director Paul Ashworth, has come out to state that Mikel Obi is not good enough anymore to help the Super Eagles press hard in the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup.

Ashworth who spoke exclusively with Sport Intelligence (www.sportintelligencemag.com) from Russia on the chances of the Super Eagles qualification from their Group H insists that Kelechi Iheanacho should be given more time to play instead of Mikel.

“I think Iheanacho should play , Mikel obi isn’t good enough any more, and I don’t think they can press” Ashworth told Sport Intelligence.

“For me Obi Mikel looks slow and not sharp, and he’s not good enough now to play no 10 Ashworth told Sport Intelligence.

Paul Ashworth with Nigerian fans in Russia

Ashworth who helped Kwara Football Academy win her first ever Shell Cup in Nigeria also told Sport Intelligence that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will not qualify for the round of 16.

In his words,”I was at the game when Nigeria played Croatia, my opinion is they won’t qualify and this breaks my heart to say” Ashworth added.

When asked if Nigeria can beat Iceland and Argentina to qualify for the round of 16, Ashworth said “There is no chance, the team cannot qualify and I think Nigeria are worse than Argentina and Iceland”

Ashworth who also had a stint with Ventspils FC further told Sport Intelligence that, “I’m not sure what more the coach can do to save the situation, but I would try pressing more and play 4-3-3 if I were to be in charge”
But Super Eagles would need luck to go through to the Round of 16 he concluded.
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