Mikel Confirms Super Eagles Return For 2019 AFCON
15 May 2019 Sport
Captain John Obi Mikel has confirmed that he will return to the Super Eagles fold for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Mikel’s last game for Nigeria was against Argentina at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and he is yet to feature for the country since their group stage exit in Russia.
The 32-year-old has missed the Super Eagles’ last seven games, including five qualifying matches for the continental showpiece in Egypt. In March, Rohr disclosed that the Middlesbrough midfielder missed out on selection due to a knee injury.
Following a meeting with the German tactician, Mikel disclosed his readiness for his fourth appearance in Africa’s foremost football competition. “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 told Aoifootball. Mikel was impressive for Middlesbrough in the second part of the 2018-19 season even though his contribution was not enough to earn The Boro a playoff spot. He will now shift his focus to Nigeria’s campaign in Egypt as they aim for a fourth continental title.