He has become the talk of the tournament — Mikel Obi heaps praise on Super Eagles star at AFCON


Super Eagles legend Mikel Obi has singled out one Nigerian player for special praise at AFCON 2023.

Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has praised Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali for his standout performances in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

The former Super Eagles captain noted that Nwabali’s impressive displays have made him a favorite among Nigerian fans, establishing him as a prominent figure in the tournament.


An on-field altercation between Alex Iwobi and goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali sparked widespread debate among fans and pundits alike after Nigeria’s narrow 1-0 victory over Angola in their Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal showdown.


Mikel Obi praises Super Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali

“When you look through the whole team everybody has been absolutely superb, starting from the goalkeeper which is something I talked about before the tournament. 



Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali || Imago

“I said one position we need to make sure we sort out is the goalkeeping position and we’ve managed to do that,” Obi Mikel said on The Obi One Podcast. 

“He’s based in Africa and he’s managed to become the talk of the tournament, he’s become one of the favorites for the Nigerian fans and he has put in very good performances.

“Before we scored the goal against Angola, there was a massive save that he made. If the ball went in, it would have been a different ball game.”

Nwabali has kept 4 clean sheets in his 5 games so far and will be aiming to increase that tally in the semi-final against South Africa.

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