50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 32 Victor Obinna

28 April 2010 11:19
The World Cup countdown heads to Africa today, as Robbie Blakeley casts his eye over Nigeria winger Victor Obinna

Name: Victor Obinna
Age: 23
Club: Malaga (on loan from Internazionale)
International Caps: 24
International Goals: 9

The tall flank player started his promising career with Nigerian sides Plateau United and Kwara United, before securing a move to Serie 'A' side Chievo Verona in 2005.

Obinna had three successful years with the Italian club, despite Chievo's relegation in 2007, and became one of Jose Mourinho's first signings when he joined Inter in 2008.

Obinna has found first team opportunities hard to come by at the San Siro, and he was loaned out to Malaga for the 2009/10 season, where he has once again shown the promise he displayed in his homeland.

Nigeria have every chance of progressing from their World Cup group, which contains Argentina, South Korea and Greece. With established stars Yakubu and Obafemi Martins leading the line, the need for trickery and accurate crossing will fall at the young, gifted feet of Obinna.

The youngster is full of pace, strength and agility, combined with raw aggression, and will give full-backs a nightmare in South
Africa this summer.

No 33: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
No 34: Ryan Nelsen

No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi

Source: DSG