Eagles Training – Semi Ajayi In Straight Fight With Ogu For Defensive Midfield Role Against South Africa


Base on findings made by Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr could settle for one among the duo of Semi Ajayi and John Ogu as replacement for the suspended Wilfred Ndidi.


Yesterday’s training gave no hint of such as the players were not involved in any practice game to judge their positions on the pitch as the players were involved in a tactical session for the duration the session lasted.

However we gathered the battle for the defensive midfield position of the team has been narrowed down to just two players in Ogu and Ajayi as replacement for Ndidi against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Although Ajayi was named as part of the defenders in the list of players, he will however fill in as a defensive midfielder, a role he has severally played at his English Championship side Rotherham FC this season.

Ogu who operates in same role for Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva is the favorite on paper to replace Ndidi in the midfield against South Africa but that too isn’t guaranteed yet as a decision is expected to be arrived at the end of preparations for the game.