Coach Who Discovered Shehu Abdullahi Tells Rohr – He Is Better As A Holding Midfielder Than Right Back


Coach John Obuh who gave Bursaspor of Turkey and Super Eagles ace Shehu Abdullahi his breakthrough at national level says the 24 year old is better as a defensive midfielder than at right back.


Abdullahi has played most of his senior international career at right back for Nigeria, but at club level he has turned out as a defensive midfielder, and that is the role he is currently playing at his Turkish team.

Obuh who was the first to play the former Kano Pillars teen prospect at right back during his time with the Nigeria U-20 says Abdullahi can do more for Nigeria if ‎played from his original role as a defensive midfielder.

” He came to me as a holding midfielder and was very good in controlling the ball under pressure but he was very fragile and slow in recovery, but very good in passes and long kicks. So I needed such at the right back, hence I converted him”, Obuh told in an exclusive chat.

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” I think he can do better in the holding midfield as it is today”, the coach who recently resigned from his role as coach of Kwara United concluded.

Osas Mahawi