Brian Idowu Targets Echiejile's LB Spot, Says Shehu Is Main Player On The Right
Published: November 18, 2017
Brian Idowu Targets Echiejile's LB Spot, Says Shehu Is Main Player On The RightBrian Idowu is targeting Elderson Echiejile's left back spot in the Super Eagles after admitting that Cypriot-based defender Abdullahi Shehu has made the right back shirt his own.

The Amkar Perm defender made the headlines after netting on his debut for the Super Eagles in their 4-2 thrashing of South American powerhouse Argentina on Tuesday, eight minutes after coming off the bench.

Idowu is primarily a right back but can play multiple positions including left back, central defense, left midfield, left wing-back, right midfield and right wing-back.

When asked by the official website of Amkar Perm the position it's more realistic to gain a foothold in the national team, Idowu answered : ''Probably on the left. Because on the right there plays Abdullahi Shehu - he is the main player, played the entire qualifying round.

''To the left, of course, there are also good players, but I was played on this position, because it was on it they wanted to see.''

He added : ''Nigeria played for the first time in a formation with three central defenders, and for me this arrangement for Amkar is familiar. In the club, I know that I can safely join the attack, because I'm always confident in the cover.

''And there the guys were harder, especially in the first half. In the second half, when I came on, we were losing 2-1, and it was necessary to score.

''In addition, there were free zones, so a linear player made sense to connect. And in one of the episodes the ball came to me well''.

The 25-year-old was born in St. Petersburg to a Nigerian father and his mother is half-Russian, half-Nigerian.

Igho Kingsley