Who is the best among these players: Christian Obodo and Wilson Oruma?'
Let the one with fortune be
No matter how great and powerful a player may be, if he fail to win a matches, it is as good as he is not fit or carrying misfortune.
Okocha played very well all his time for national team but never get African footballer of the year
Kanu who we know to be trickish in playing, achieve result all the time never score a goal in any nations cup tornament
Liberian(, )played to win African footballer of the year in his active playing life, he never being to wold cup
All we need is who will bring fortune all the time. age should not be a barrier nor any other thing. Nigeria will always replacement for any player at any point in time.
While it is arguable that they are playing roughly the same role, there are certain things that have to first be understood:
1) Oruma is an AM, while Obodo is a CM.
2) Oruma is at least 5 years older than Obodo
3) Oruma plays in France while Obodo plays in Italy
4) Oruma was never (really) given a chance to flourish in the Super Eagles, while Obodo still has his career ahead of him
Having said all that, I want you guys to observe something, ever since Japan 93, Oruma has shown a stunning inability to rise to the big occasion, and that is the simple reason that he failed to bench Okocha on a number of opportunities that he had, and if we are to be honest, he has had a lot of opportunities.
The point is this, the Algeria game was an example of a chance he had to put away any doubts as to his ability, but he once again failed to rise to the occasion. Obodo on the other hand rose briliantly to the occasion even scoring a goal in the process.
In Sochaux, Oruma was a darling of the fans, but ask this question, why was it that he played only 20 out of 38 league games last season (not due to injury or suspension) if not for the fact that the coach didn't have too much faith in him?
Obodo on the other hand was consigned to the bench initially, because of Maresca (and let's not mince words here, Maresca's very good!), but as the season wore on, he broke into Fiorentina's first team playing alongside Maresca in the midfield...
Some people will point to his new season at L'OM, and yes, he has started every game for them thus far, but then look at their start to the season... it is Marseille's worst start in 23 years!
Comparatively, Obodo has started every game for Udinese this season thus far, and currently (16/9/2005), they are joint top of Serie A and began their first ever Champions League with a 3-0 win!
My point is this: Oruma is a player of udoubted ability IMO, but as compared to Obodo... first there is something missing from Oruma's game. When he meets more combative midfielders he surrenders the midfield to them without a fight, something that Okocha would never do which is the reason Oruma failed to bench him, and something that Obodo doesn't do...
In one of the comments made by Eguavon after Sunday's match against Algeria in Oran, he (Eguavon) condemned Oruma with his own point of view. I know this will coerce some people into condemning Oruma.
On the contrary, I want to say that Oruma to me, is better than Obodo. Using obodo as his comparison will mean "over-underating" this soccer god of his former club, Socheaux.
You can agree with me by going through their performance in their different clubs.