Coach of the Nigeria national team Gernot Rohr has given a fresh angle to his statement on the lack of playing time John Mikel Obi is experiencing at Chelsea.
Rohr while speaking on the captain lack of game time during the Super Eagles presser ahead of the tie against Algeria, Said that the 29 year old is being punished by coach Antonio Conte for his participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics.n
The coach said he was quoted out of context although he did admit to using the word punish when describing the reason why Mikel is frozen out of the first team picture at Chelsea.
“I was quoted out of context. Perhaps the word ‘punish’ might have come too strongly. But I meant it in a larger sense of the price he is paying for his participation in the Olympics’.
‘What I was trying to say was that we should all acknowledge the commitment of the team captain to the national team and the price that he might have had to pay, missing action for his club in the time he was in the Olympics’