Strengthening the defensive line has taken precedence as the Super Eagles prepare for the AFCON 2023 competition.
One of the young players who could address this concern is Caleb Okoli, the Italian-born but Nigerian-descent centre-back currently plying his trade at Atalanta.
Okoli, linked with a loan move to AC Monza, has showcased his abilities on the pitch, impressing with his performances both at the youth level for Italy and during his loan spells at Cremonese and Atalanta.
Meanwhile, His solid defensive skills, composure, and ability to read the game make him a promising prospect for the Super Eagles.
The Nigerian national team has often struggled with defensive stability in recent years, conceding goals at crucial moments and lacking consistency at the back.
Okoli’s presence could bring a much-needed sense of organization and reliability to the defence. His experience in Italian football, known for its defensive discipline, would further enhance his suitability for the Super Eagles.
At just 22 years old, Okoli represents the new generation of Nigerian talent that can inject fresh energy into the team. His potential partnership with established defenders like William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo could form a formidable backline for Nigeria.
Okoli’s versatility to play as a centre-back or even as a full-back adds further value, providing options for the coach to adapt tactics as needed.
Moreover, despite his previous involvement with Italian youth teams, Okoli can still be convinced to play for the Super Eagles team as they prepare for the tournament slated to hold in Côte d’Ivoire next year.
As the Super Eagles prepare for the AFCON 2023 tournament, securing the services of Okoli would be a significant step toward solidifying the defensive line.
His presence could bring stability, youthfulness, and a fresh perspective to the team’s defensive setup, ultimately enhancing their chances of success in the upcoming competition.