Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mikel may captain Super Eagles

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Mikel Obi

The Super Eagles media officer says all the players are ready for the match against the Liberians.

 

Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, may captain the Super Eagles in Saturday’s crucial African Nations Cup qualifier against the Lone Stars of Liberia.

While Keshi is yet to make his team public, feelers from Calabar suggest that the Big Boss could spin some surprises in his selection; a move that could see the erstwhile first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, not given a starting role on Saturday.

The Maccabi Tel Aviv goalkeeper has come under fire for his recent deep in form that has caused Nigeria vital victories away from home. Fellow Israeli based keeper, Austin Ejide, is touted to be the man in between the goal post when action gets underway.

The absence of Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, and news that the stand-in captain, Vincent Enyeama, may not be in the starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch battle with the Lone Stars has thrown up Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, as the man that will most likely captain the Eagles this weekend in Calabar.

Mikel, who is only making a return to the national team after a year, has promised to prove Nigerians wrong, following  doubts raised about his commitment to the national team.

“I am ready to shed blood and sweat for Nigeria to qualify for the Africa Nations Cup,” Mikel was quoted to have said earlier.

Mikel has, since arriving the Calabar camp of the Eagles on Wednesday, been receiving rave reviews for his splendid performances in training and will likely get a holding midfield role in the duel with the Lone Stars.

The media officer to the team, Ben Alaiya, has also said that all the twenty one invited Super Eagles players for Saturday’s  match with the Lone Stars of Liberia are good enough to start the game,

Alaiya, in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, said the Super Eagles coach is still keeping his team list close to his chest and will only make it public by noon on Saturday.

“All the players have shown tremendous zeal and are ready to take their chance once given a look-in by the coach to play Saturday’s game. Left for me any of the 21 players in camp is good enough for a starting role” Alaiya said.

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