Owngoalnigeria.com has sensationally scooped the reason behind the non-inclusion of Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel and four others in the squad released by coach Gernot Rohr for the upcoming games against Seychelles and Egypt.
Mikel has been in fine form for Middlesbrough since his move to the team in January and many expected him to be in the squad of the Super Eagles for the first team since after the World Cup, that was however not the case.
Rohr omitted Mikel after struggling to get across to him to confirm his availability for the game Owngoalnigeria.com exclusively gathered. Mikel is yet to fully settle in his new club according to sources close to the former Chelsea midfield ace, hence his decision to opt against a spot in the squad.
Mikel Agu is a bit unfortunate as his exclusion has to do with an injury he picked up during a game for his loan side Vitoria Setubal while Bryan Idowu was excluded on the grounds of limited playing time at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow this season.
The omission of Kelechi Iheanacho has a lot to do with his poor form for Leicester City this season particularly his inability to nail a permanent spot in the starting line up and even when he is introduced as a substitute he hardly impresses.