Friday, April 18, 2014

Mikel cleared for Cote d’ Ivoire, relishes midfield battle against Yaya Toure

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Mikel Obi

The Chelsea midfielder said he is ready for the game.

Nigerian midfielder, Mikel Obi, was on Friday afternoon cleared by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, to participate in the quarter final match of the African Cup of Nations against the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire.

Doubts had been raised about Mikel’s participation after he was said to have been issued two yellow cards during the preliminary matches.

The Chelsea of England midfielder has now been declared to have gotten only one yellow card in the group stages.

Mikel reacted to his clearance by CAF, saying “I am the one that is always at the receiving end of hard tackles and I knew that I had only one yellow card; but the media was going about it that I have two. I was a little confused but now I’m happy and relieved and ready for the match.”

The Nigerian midfielder also spoke about his likely midfield battle against current African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure, during the match.

“I know that Africa wants the best of both countries in the quarter-final and personally I’m looking forward to the midfield battle against Ivorian Yaya Toure.

“That will be one good spectacle that Africans will like to see and I know that Toure is also relishing it”, he said.

Nigeria and Cote d’ Ivoire will trade tackles on Sunday at the Royal Mafikeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa.

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