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Nigeria is one of the countries tipped to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations, because of the quality of players in the Super Eagles squad.
The Super Eagles have many talented players, and only few countries can stand toe to toe with them when it comes to squad depth.
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Onyeka is a midfielder who can play in attacking and defensive positions. He shares many similarities with Wilfred Ndidi who has monopolized the defensive midfield position for club and country in the last few years.
Recall that Onyeka recently joined the new promoted Premier League club, Brentford from Midtjylland in Denmark where his explosive impact was noticed.
Some fans opined that his arrival in the Premier League will put Ndidi's place in the Super Eagles under threat, but I think, it is too early make that assumption as Onyeka would need more time to settle in the Premier League.
I also believe that Ndidi and Onyeka can a formidable partnership in middle of the park for the Super Eagles, if they are well utilized by Coach Gernot Rohr.
Let's look at their stats last season and see why they can flourish together in the Afcon :
Frank Onyeka played 39 matches for Midtjylland. He scored 4 goals, recorded 2 assists in 4683 minutes played for the Danish champions.
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He also completed 85 percent of his passes, won most possession for his former side (56), made 16 blocks and 78 tackles.
Willfred Ndidi, featured 26 times in the Premier League last season. He scored once and created another goal for the Foxes.
The midfielder also topped the list for the midfielders with the most ball recoveries, successful tackles and interceptions. The fact he was not red carded all campaign shows how clinical he is at committing challenges.
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With the statistics above, combining Ndidi and Onyeka in the same midfield, could make the difference for the Super Eagles in Cameroon by solving the defensive lapses .
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Their combination would also give the attacking players more confidence going forward as they don't have to think about tracking back to their half to defend.
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