Nantes of France defender Chidozie Awaziem says the importance of John Obi Mikel to the senior national team of Nigeria cannot be over emphasised as it gives them a natural edge against opponent.
Speaking exclusively to Owngoalnigeria.com, the 20 year old who put in an impressive shift for Nigeria in their 4-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday said Mikel’s winning mentality is rubbing off on the team.
” The captain (Mikel) gives us an edge, he is a serial winner and his mentality of we can win all games is working for us on the pitch. We approach games without fear because he keeps on encouraging us to fight “, Awaziem told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” In the game against Argentina even at 2-0 down, he urged us to keep on playing to our strength. We kept on moving and got rewarded for our efforts, he is magical.
” Beside playing alongside him to some of us is enough reason to put in your best because few years ago we were watching him on television for Chelsea. You can’t afford to give less when he is giving all”.