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Soccer News of Friday, 24 June 2022


Forgotten Super Eagles player rates Serie A as toughest league

Nwankwo Obiora Nwankwo Obiora

Nigerian international, Nwankwo Obiora has said playing in the Serie A was his toughest experience due to the tactical nature of the Italian league.

The 30-year-old signed for Inter in 2009 and was moved to the youth team.

Obiora joined Parma in January 2011 after failing to impress in his first season with Inter's first team in the 2010-2011 season.

He also had loan spells with Italian clubs, Gubbio and Padova.

The Chaves midfielder has also played for clubs in Spain, Greece, and Portugal.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Punch Sports Extra, the Super Eagles player disclosed that playing in Italian leagues was the most challenging for him as a player due to the tactical nature of Italian football.

''Playing in Italy was the toughest for me, for sure, the 30-year-old told The Punch.

''Football in Italy was very tactical (at the time), especially for me because Inter Milan were my first European team. Looking back, it was a great experience learning from the big stars at the club back then. It could have been better though, but it was still a great experience''.

The defensive midfielder helped Chaves to gain promotion to the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season for the first time in 17 years.

He was a member of the Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles team that won the African Cup of Nations in 2013.