Some players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria have confessed to Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent in London that they are missing the presence of their influential captain John Obi Mikel.
Coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr excused Mikel to enable him settle down properly at his new Chinese side Tianjin Teda, particularly as the league is just starting in China.
The decision made the coach elevate vice captain of the team Ahmed Musa to the role of captain, but despite Musa’s senior status in the team, some players are still missing their main skipper.
” It’s not the same without Odogwu (Mikel). He is more than a captain to us, there is more fun and unity when he is around. He talks to us individually and usually light up training”, one of the players told Owngoalnigeria.com.
Another player who is staging a comeback to the team after a brief absence also lamented the absence of the 29 year old captain.
” So unusual for him not to be here with us, we are very used to his presence. His calming influence both on and off the pitch and also financial advices on how best we can spend our money. How can it be normal without a guy like that”.
*Michael James (In London).