Semi Ajayi, the defence trojan

    Semi Ajayi, the trajan in Super Eagles defence.

    By Ikenwa Ashibuogwu Nnabuogor

    No one’s acknowledging the contributions of West Bromwich Albion Central defender Semi Ajayi in the heart of Eagles’ defence and it’s quite not encouraging for the battling defender. He needs more accolades from all corners as he powers on with raw energy, supreme aerial ability amidst consistency.

    Though, not blessed with the finesse of the best central defenders in the world, Ajayi gets his defensive duties done 100 percent and still got enough in his tank to go extra miles.

    Ajayi contributes immensely to the water right defence Eagles have put up thus far in the AFCON and his defensive responsibilities are beautifully alive to him as he discharges them with the toughness of the Japanese Blue Samurai.

    Ajayi, with the hearts of Jose Peseiro in his hands, partners returnee stand-in captain and the other of the famed Oyinbo Wall, William Troost-Ekong, in the heart of Eagles’ defence, and together, both have shown commendable understanding forcing Peseiro not to look elsewhere.

    Ajayi continues to maintain his place in Peseiro’s Eagles after the department had experienced major shake ups that also attracted fresh nationality switched Belgium-based Jordan Tourinarigha, as Peseiro’s experiments were finally put to rest following the near seamless combo of the new found Ajayi/Troost-Ekong defensive pair.

    Peseiro has locked up near fortified Troost-Ekong/Ajayi area and saved the keys in the Central Bank of Nigeria as the resurgent Eagles continue to rely on the back five to prevent the defence from letting in goals. Little wonder, the Eagles have only leaked once, the least thus far in the AFCON.

    Fans may not be fascinatingly in bed with Ajayi, flamboyance isn’t part of his strong attributes, neither is he lavishly skilful but the former Rotherham United defender gets his defensive duties done and pops up to score just like he has perfected at club level.

    Confidence isn’t also part of his strong points, but seemingly not greying further as Ajayi’s consistency is expected to fix that for him going forward.

    Whichever way you look at it, Ajayi has come to stay for his country and will only get better as games get grittier with time, perhaps, a move up the mountains at club level will definitely do him a world of good.

    But for now he’s doing a great job and he should be respected and his due recognitions accorded him.

    ikenwa Ashibuogwu Nnabuogor is a Nigerian Journalist based in Lagos.

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