Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen has commended the midfield partnership of Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo at the ongoing Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations.
The duo has not only started in each of the two games that Super Eagles have played so far, but also put up stellar performances.
“Aribo and Ndidi have a good understanding with the team and of course, between themselves in the middle of the park,” Eguavoen said after a 3-1 win against Sudan on Saturday.
The interim manager made the above remarks in response to a question posed to him about the availability of Huesca midfielder Kelechi Nwakali.
Nwakali was the Player of the tournament at the 2015 U17 World Cup, which was won by Nigeria after beating Mali 2-0 in the final in Chile.
At AFCON he has been a second half substitute for both the games against Egypt and Sudan and Eguavoen says he should be a little bit more patient.
“More patience, I will say, and he has been a fringe player in and out of the team. And, now we have given him the confidence to come in and not to start the game because Aribo and Ndidi have been there.”
“So it is a little bit difficult to just change the team’s formation,” Eguavoen noted as quoted by Soccernet.
After winning their first two games 1-0 and 3-1 against Egypt and Sudan respectively, Nigeria’s final Group D game is against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday, January 19.
And since they are through to the next round to the next round, this provides Eguavoen with an opportunity to rotate his team around and maybe give a chance to the likes of Nwakali.