One of the revelations of the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Godfrey Oboabona was previously little known outside of his home country. However, Oboabona was one of the key Nigeria-based figures for coach Stephen Keshi at the finals, playing with confidence and strength in the heart of the Super Eagles defence against the best that Africa had to offer.


It was an eye-opening performance by the 22-year-old who captains Sunshine Stars, and he may again partner with Kenneth Omeruo, keeping team captain Joseph Yobo out of the starting line-up. Keshi, who was a defender in his time as a player, has been a big fan of Oboabona since taking over the team.


Physically powerful and athletic as well as precocious in terms of positioning and anticipation, he is also capable of playing at right back and pops up to score goals for Stars, who have done well in African continental competition over the last two years. Such has been his impressive performances that he has been strongly linked to a transfer to the Premier League or another major European league.