Mikel emerges new Super Eagles captain

LUBANGO, ANGOLA - JANUARY 25: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Zambia and Nigeria from the Alto da Chela Stadium on January 25, 2010 in Lubango, Angola. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Obi Mikel

LUBANGO, ANGOLA – JANUARY 25: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Zambia and Nigeria from the Alto da Chela Stadium on January 25, 2010 in Lubango, Angola. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Chelsea star Mikel Obi is the new Nigeria captain after Ahmed Musa relinquished the position on Thursday, saying this was to clear “a mix-up”.

“Something happened before I was made the captain of the Super Eagles. There was a mix-up,” Musa told reporters in Abuja.

“But right now, we have a new administration. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me.”

Mikel described Musa as a “wonderful professional”, commending his courage to surrender the captaincy to him.

“I want to thank Ahmed Musa for being a wonderful professional,” he said.

“It takes a man to come out and do what Ahmed Musa has done today. So, I commend him a lot for doing that.”

Mikel will now lead Nigeria in Friday’s crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in the northern city of Kaduna.

Last year, CSKA Moscow forward Musa was named the country’s skipper by former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, instead of vice-captain Mikel following the retirement of Vincent Enyeama from international football.

The 28-year-old Mikel made his full international debut in 2005, five years before 23-year-old Musa.



8 Comments
  • Suleiman Alatise

    Well, better late than never, but in view of this, why didn’t Musa refuse to be captain in the first place. I sincerely hope Mikel will be a worthy captain. Best of luck.

    • sam

      Bros, appreciate Musa for his maturity. I am big fan of this guy.

  • BENBELLA

    Captain or No Captain , anybody can be appointed as a Captain , just a Title does not score goals, Everybody on the team are Captain for Super Eagle to WIN for their Country , Good Luck, Team Work , Cooperation would lead you all to Victory , Go, Go Go Nigeria.!!!!!!!!

    • Talk2me

      I don’t think you’ve played football, captain is a tradition to every team, got lots to do with age, experience, maturity and most of all leadership, if the coach isn’t there how do you think Musa can give older players instructions and you expect they’ll follow when they know Musa is way not close to there experiences and leadership instinct Mikel is the best man for the job, hope I didn’t sound disrespectful, I just want you to share in my view…

      • BENBELLA

        Soccer is not about Elders, its about leadership and respect , do you know that younger Player can lead a team , eg Argentina Messi is one of the younger players, BUT captain the Country team, because of leadership and respect , that’s how I view things, don’t bring Culture into Soccer games?

  • femi DANJUMA

    I just hope the NFF won’t accuse Mikel of leading players revolt. There was a clear reason behind Oliseh not selecting Mikel as either the captain or vice. It’s either Oliseh didn’t believe in the ability of Mikel to lead the Eagles and/or Oliseh was on an intentional collision course with the NFF. I hope his reign brings success to the Eagles.

  • AriseNigeria

    Ahmed Musa is my hero, like President Jonathan, he has shown why he commands our loyalty and respect. Now, we can put behind Sunday Oliseh demons definitely behind us so we can go and reclaim our prime position and place among the best soccer team in the world. Goodluck Mikel Obi, I know you can unite the team against Egypt.

  • AriseNigeria

    I love Ahmed Musa, make him President of Nigeria, we Biafrans will remain in Nigeria, because he believes in equity and justice. We love you Ahmed Musa. As you have honored Mikel, those behind you will honor you. All, I have chorused and sang, was for due process and fairness. I know the Eagles will soar to high heavens, there will be unity and team spirit come tomorrow. Go Super Eagles, the pride of Nigeria and Biafran Republics.

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