'Mikel has delivered' - Nwosu

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Obi scored the first goal of the game and then laid on the second for Aiyegbeni Yakubu to seal the win.

Nwosu, now an assistant coach with the national Under-23 team, told KickOffNigeria.com that he was one of those who did not believe Mikel Obi could carry the team in this tournament, but the youngster surprised him in the Eagles’ last game.

“You know, before the Nations Cup I said I did not think Obi could carry the team like it happened with myself, Okwaraji or even Okocha, and he actually did not impress me in the first two games Nigeria played. But yesterday was different,” he says.

“Mikel played very well. In fact he was my man of the match because I saw him doing things he had hardly done for the Eagles before,” Nwosu told KickOffNigeria.com.

“I am sure the coach talked to him. I just hope he can improve on that performance so he can be the bed rock of our team. I saw him fight; I saw power in the air; I saw him give defence splitting passes and those are the things you expect from a playmaker.

“Seriously, if Mikel continues that way I will proudly say we have ended our search for Okocha’s replacement and uninspiring outings by the team because a playmaker is the reason why a team plays well or plays badly and Obi is gradually taking that position.”