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  • AFCON: ‘He has become talk of the tournament’ – Obi Mikel hails Super Eagles star

    Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has hailed Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali for his impressive performances in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

    Mikel said Nwabali has managed to become the talk of the tournament, so far, due to his impressive displays for Nigeria.

    According to the former Super Eagles captain, the Chippa United shot-stopper has become one of the favourites for Nigerian fans.

    “When you look through the whole team everybody has been absolutely superb, starting from the goalkeeper which is something I talked about before the tournament. I said one position we need to make sure we sort out is the goalkeeping position and we’ve managed to do that,” Obi Mikel said on The Obi One Podcast.

    “He’s based in Africa and he’s managed to become the talk of the tournament, he’s become one of the favourites for the Nigerian fans. He’s put in very good performances.

    “Before we scored the goal against Angola, there was a massive save that he made. If the ball went in, it would have been a different ball game.”

    Nwabali has kept four clean sheets and conceded just one goal in the 2023 AFCON.

    He is expected to feature for Jose Peseiro’s men when they take on South Africa in the semi-final on Wednesday.

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