Nigeria : Comparison of Victor Moses to Mikel Obi
According to MTNFootball , Kanu disclosed that Mikel Obi and Victor Moses shone at the 2013 AFCON with suggestions Moses the younger of the Chelsea stars could be the bigger act soon.
Mikel may have won several major honours with ‘The Blues’ including the UEFA Champions League last season, while Moses is still waiting for his first major piece of silverware at club level.
But while it took Mikel eight years to make a major impact with the Super Eagles, Moses became an African champion a year after his long-awaited debut in Rwanda.
Moses with his bag of tricks down the wings, vision and through passes was without a doubt the standout star of the 2013 AFCON.
Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh saluted Moses as the best player of the tournament.
‘Moses was outstanding, he was everywhere, he did extremely well, making something happen out of nothing. He is a team player who carries the team. He really lived up to expectations,’ praised Oliseh.
Ex-Nigeria World Cup star Tijjani Babangida told MTNFootball.com Moses is a big asset for Nigeria.
‘I expected Moses to do well at the Nations Cup. I said he will be an important member of the team and will propel the team to do well which he did. He is a great asset for the Eagles,’ remarked Babangida.
What is even more compelling about Moses at the AFCON was that he achieved all that on his debut appearance at the tournament.
Mikel and Moses are two different players, while one is a defensive-minded player; the other is often part of the attack and so weighs in with his fair share of goals.
Moses is four years younger than his compatriot at Stamford Bridge and one often for the spectacular, unlike Mikel who is known to do the dirty jobs for Chelsea.
Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal told MTNFootball.com that both Mikel and Moses are poised to lead this new generation of Nigeria stars to greatness.
He said Moses is a youngster just coming up, while Mikel is a lot more experienced despite the fact he will only be 26 in April.
‘Mikel was outstanding at the AFCON. He has experience on his side even though he is still young and he has been there at the top for some time now. He has won laurels to show he is a successful player and he still counting,’ Lawal argued.
‘Moses, on the other hand, is a new comer to the big stage. He is an upcoming player and we would have to wait and see how far he could go.
‘Football is about continuity, not playing few games where you do well, and then you play badly in some. He must be consistent before we can ever start talking about him winning more laurels.
‘We should also note that Mikel has kept getting better.’
Another former Eagles skipper Mutiu Adepoju told MTNFootball.com that both players are different and so there is no basis for comparison.
‘Moses and Mikel are big stars for the Eagles and their club, but they cannot be compared as they both are different players who play different roles on the field,’ said Adepoju.
‘Mikel is more influential and experienced than Moses. They have both done well and I see them doing a lot more for both club and country.’
Mikel may be Nigeria’s top football star, but Moses equally has a very bright future and for someone who beat adversity to today be featuring for one of Europe’s top clubs, nothing says that before long he will not be on par with his Chelsea teammate.