Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria John Obi Mikel isn’t entirely satisfied with the doubts that surfaced when he asked not to be considered for Nigeria’s upcoming games later this month.
Nigeria will tackle South Africa in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers on the 17th before taking on Uganda three days later in a friendly game but they will prosecute both games without their influential captain.
Mikel asked to be excused for both games due to fitness issues but many questioned his commitment to the team considering the fact that he is yet to play in any of their three games since after the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Speaking to Owngoalnigeria.com via his Nigerian intermediary Babawo Mohammed, the Tianjin Teda midfielder who is still out injured and will miss his club final game of the season wondered by doubts over his commitments surfaced in the first place.
” The doubts over his commitments got to him because he adores playing for the Super Eagles and as captain he want to be a shinning light for the young players in the team”, Babawo told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” If Mikel is no longer interested in playing for Nigeria he will make an official announcement but for now it’s due to injury. People should understand his commitment and love for the Super Eagles. He will no doubt support them to qualify for the Cup of Nations because he wants to play and lift it again with the Super Eagles “, he remarked.