Sunday Mba Ranked 24th Best Player In The World

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A first-time entry for both player and

country, Sunday Mba has been Nigeria’s

revelation over the last year.

The midfielder’s inclusion, along with five

other home-based players, in Nigeria’s

Africa Cup of Nations squad raised

eyebrows but the 24-year-old played better

than many of the nation’s more heralded

foreign contingent.

Having started the tournament on the

bench, Mba was Nigeria’s hero in the

knockout stages. He scored the winner in

the quarter-final against Cote d'Ivoire to

spell the end for Didier Drogba’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 Nigeria’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.

NIGERIA

GAMES: 10

GOALS: 3

ASSISTS: 0

ENUGU RANGERS

GAMES: 1

GOALS: 1

ASSISTS: 0

HONOURS: AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS


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