John Obi Mikel
Mikel excused, Simon returns as Rohr names 23 for Libya matches
For the second game in a row, Super Eagles Captain, John Obi MIkel will not be playing for Nigeria in the African Nations Cup qualifying series following the national team handlers’ decision to accept his exemption plea.Mikel was excused from the last match against Seychelles in Mahe...
Rohr names 24-man squad for AFCON qualifier against Seychelles
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has listed twenty-four players to participate in next month’s crucial African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Seychelles. The match scheduled for September 7 in Victoria, Seychelles will be the Super Eagles first match since the World Cup loss to Argentina. Rohr will hope the Super Eagles wins the match…
John Obi Mikel withdraws from Super Eagles’ AFCON qualifier
Super Eagles team captain, John Obi Mikel has withdrawn from the squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles next month.Mikel, who captained the side at the World Cup in Russia earlier this year, will not travel to the island nation from his base in China...
John Mikel Obi: A redemption story
By the end of the 2012 European season, John Obi Mikel had won everything there was to win at club level. Premier League titles, FA Cups and then, in Munich, a much-coveted UEFA Champions League crown, becoming only the third Nigerian footballer ever to claim that honour.
World Cup 2018: The positives and negatives
As the curtain comes down on Nigeria’s run at the World Cup in Russia, there are a number of contrasting emotions.
Referee told me ball hit Rojo’s hand, says Mikel
Super Eagles’ Captain, John Obi Mikel, yesterday disclosed that centre referee, Cuneyt Cakir, accepted that the ball hit Marcos Rojo’s hand in the dying minutes of the World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina, adding he was surprised the Turkish arbiter did not award a penalty to his team.
Mourinho is entitled to his opinion, says Mikel
Super Eagles’ Captain, John Obi Mikel, said yesterday that he will continue to do his best in the service of the country no matter the role assigned to him by the coaches. He also assured Nigerians that the national team would strive to beat Iceland tomorrow to keep its hopes of qualifying for the second…
No hiding place for Croatia, Mikel boasts
The long awaited moment has come, and the battle ground is the Arena Baltika in Kaliningrad, where the Super Eagles will face Croatia in their Group D opening match at 2000 hours. Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel says there is nothing to worry about the European side....
Obi Mikel says Nigeria's young Eagles must keep World Cup nerves in check
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says the youngest squad at the World Cup must keep their nerves in check and shoulder their nation's expectations when they play Croatia on Saturday. With more than 180 million fans back home roaring them, the African juggernauts enter this World Cup under pressure after a dismal record in recent tournaments.
Five lessons from Nigeria’s loss to Czech Republic
Without a doubt, it was a better performance from the Super Eagles against Czech Republic, but yet another loss. Indeed, the team fared better than it did in the 2-1 loss...
Mikel tips Three Lions to shine in Russia
Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has backed Gareth Southgate’s England team to challenge for the World Cup this summer in Russia.The former Chelsea midfielder was left impressed by England’s performance in their 2-1 win over the Super Eagles on Saturday night at Wembley.