Ola Aina: why I switch off in second halves of matches


Nigerian defender Ola Aina has pin-pointed his predominant lapse in matches to be sudden lost of concentration in the second half and has been working tiredlessly to adjust this problem.

The 21-year-old, who’s on loan at Hull City, made this revelation in an interview with the official website of his parent club, Chelsea FC.

“I have been working on keeping concentrated throughout the whole game. Sometimes in the past I have had lapses where maybe I have switched off for a second and then danger happens.

“For the majority of this season that’s what I have been working on and it’s really got better. I’m happy because I can see it improving game by game.” He said when asked which areas of his game he’s been working on.

Aina also expressed his profound joy representing Nigeria has given him while praising the fans for their passionate spirit towards football.

“That was another proud moment for me. It’s been going really well so far. My full debut was away to Algeria. We had already qualified for the World Cup so I wasn’t really nervous, but it was good to get out there and play.

“The fans are so passionate and it’s a big honour to represent them. The country is football mad and you feel that just putting on the shirt. We have some quality players in our team, including Victor, and I am looking forward to what is in store for us.”

On playing in the Championship for Hull City and playing in different positions, Aina said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. It’s been harder than I expected – I was always told by other players who have played in the Championship that I would be able to cope with it, but coming here and actually doing it are two different things.

“Every team is very hard-working, the pace of the game is very quick and teams press all the time. It’s physical, too. It’s all I need to get used to playing senior football regularly. I’m just enjoying my football right now, I’m relishing the opportunity and it is serving me well.

“At the beginning of the season I was playing right-back, obviously a position I am used to. In the second half of the season I have been playing predominantly at left-back. I have probably enjoyed it there a bit more funnily enough, because I can drive on the inside or go down the outside and create more chances.”

Aina featured for England at junior levels before switching his allegiance to Nigeria.

The Hull City defender made his competitive debut for the Super Eagles in their 1-0 win against Zambia in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo last year, replacing Elderson Echiejile.

He went on to make two more appearances for Nigeria against Algeria (2018 World Cup qualifier) and in a friendly match against Argentina.

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Shehu Idris Tẹjumọla​ is a final year student of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, with the sobriquet "Unchoppable Eba". He is a football fanatic, a voracious reader of football contents and an Indefatigable football writing junkie.

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