Sunday Mba Ranked 24th Best Player In The World
A first-time entry for both player and
country, Sunday Mba has been Nigeriaâ€™s
revelation over the last year.
The midfielderâ€™s inclusion, along with five
other home-based players, in Nigeriaâ€™s
Africa Cup of Nations squad raised
eyebrows but the 24-year-old played better
than many of the nationâ€™s more heralded
Having started the tournament on the
bench, Mba was Nigeriaâ€™s hero in the
knockout stages. He scored the winner in
the quarter-final against Cote d'Ivoire to
spell the end for Didier Drogbaâ€™s trophyless
'golden generation'. Then in the final itself,
Mba fired home the only goal against
Burkina Faso to gift Nigeria their first Afcon
title since 1994.
The 24-year-old was also one of Nigeriaâ€™s
best performers at the Confederations Cup
and has helped to draw attention to the
depth of talent in the Nigerian league.
A drawn out transfer tussle between Warri
Wolves - who own the player and his full
transfer rights - and new club Enugu
Rangers - where he will stay on loan until
the end of the league season in September
- mean he has played just a single
domestic game, scoring one goal.
HONOURS: AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
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