AFCON 2019: Mikel Obi makes grand return to Super Eagles

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Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has confirmed that he will be with the squad traveling to Egypt for the Africa Cup of nations after meeting with Coach Gernot Rohr.

There had been uncertainties surrounding Mikel’s availability for next month’s Africa showpiece after the mercurial midfielder did not feature in any of the Super Eagles qualifying matches which made Coach Gernot Rohr visit the player in England to clarify issues.

According to AOIFootball.com, he had a private meeting with the Franco-German and has decided to feature at the continent’s biggest soccer fiesta when it kicks off in Egypt next month.

“I met with Coach Rohr and we discussed his plans for the team in the forthcoming tournament. All I can say is that I am delighted and happy because I am coming to the Nations Cup” Mikel Obi revealed.

Meanwhile, the former Chelsea player is eagerly ready to feature in the Premier League again.

He spoke with pressmen in England said, “I think I will prefer to stay in England and continue my education in football, my family is here and it is a country that I have lived for more than ten years, so preferably I will play in England next season hopefully in the EPL”.

Mikel Obi also spoke on his short spell at Middlesbrough. “I enjoyed my stay in Middlesborough, wonderful teammates and back room staff, but in football mobility is part of the job”.

The former U 20 World Cup player concluded, “for now, I don’t know the club I will be playing for next season.”

The 32-year- old midfield maestro, who has been a glorious arrival for Middlesbrough since he left the Chinese Super League in January.

Mikel made his international debut in 2005 and now has 85 caps for the Super Eagles, scoring 6 goals in total.

His appearance for the Super Eagles in Egypt could, however, be the last for the Nigerian superstar who could retire internationally after the tournament.

 

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