In a noteworthy turn of events, Torino midfielder Joel Obi is poised for a comeback to the Super Eagles squad, marking his return after four years, as Nigeria prepares for international friendlies against Poland and Serbia next month. This revelation comes following his stellar performance against Turin rivals and champions Juventus in a Serie A clash, where he initiated the midfield for Torino, despite their 1-0 loss.
The former Inter Milan star’s last appearance with the Super Eagles dates back to a 2-2 draw against Scotland in a 2014 friendly game in London. Gernot Rohr’s decision to recall Obi underscores the midfielder’s current impressive form in Italy, where he has notched up four goals in 17 league games and a total of five goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.
A top source within the Nigerian Football Federation expressed, “He (Joel Obi) brings a different dimension to the team. We saw the Super Eagles play a different system against Argentina, and that’s part of the dynamism Rohr is hoping his side can evolve into before the World Cup.” Obi’s potential return injects renewed vigor into the squad as they gear up for the upcoming friendlies on March 23 and March 27 against Poland and Serbia, respectively. Having earned 12 international caps since his debut in 2011, Obi’s experience and form could prove pivotal for the Super Eagles in their pursuit of success at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they are drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia, and Argentina. Additionally, sources suggest that Rohr is deliberating over the inclusion of outfield Home Eagles players, with a decision expected to be made closer to the game dates.