The news of Victor Moses retirement from the super eagles is definitely a surprise to football lovers in the country. Victor Moses has over the years become one of the most important players in the Super Eagles. His best performance was at the 2013 African Cup of Nations triumph, where he won the player of the tournament. With Victor Moses now an ex-international except the decision is reverse, we take a look at the players that could benefit from his retirement. The likes of Ahmed Musa, Moses Simeon and Alex Iwobi are already established internationals. So we will be considering the less known players in international football.
1. Samuel Kalu
Kalu was a relatively unknown Player, plying his trade with Belgium side KAA Gent. But his recent move to French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux has change the story. Bought to replace the Brazilian sensation Malcom who left for Barcelona, the 20-year-old has automatically become one of Nigerian players to watch this season. He has already been tipped to break into the national side this year, so with Victor Moses out of the picture he could instead become an integral part of the team.
2. Sheji Ojo
The Liverpool starlet could be another beneficiary of Victor Moses early retirement. The 21-year-old has represented England in all youth level, but with the senior team looking far off. The Hamel Hampstead born winger could reconsider his international stand. The gap left behind by Victor Moses retirement could therefore, fuel coach Rohr’s desire to convince the player to team up with the Super Eagles.
3. Henry Onyekuru
Henry has already made 2 appearances for the Super Eagles, but he has never been a key member of the team. The Onitsha born starlet could see his role in the national side increase, with Victor Moses becoming an ex-international. The 21-year-old is a proven center forward, but his ability to also play on the wings could be an asset to the national side. The player just need to get some good performances for his current club Galatasaray, then international football will surely come calling.
4. Sikiru Olatunbosun
Several home base players are vying for a place in the current Super Eagles setup. Sikiru who plays for MFM FC is definitely among the favorite. The one time CNN goal of the week winner has one cap to his name, which came in a friendly against Togo. With Moses out of the national side, he will be hoping for more opportunity to showcase his talent in the national team.
5. Jordan Ibe
Ibe may be an outsider in the list, after initially rejecting Nigeria in favor of England. With reality setting in and England chances becoming slender by the day, he could reconsider his international stand. Should he decide to represent Nigeria, the vacuum left behind by Moses could offer him an easier route into the team.