New Super Eagles captain, Mikel, preaches unity

John Obi Mikel is the new Super Eagles captain.

John Obi Mikel is the new Super Eagles captain.

Chelsea star, Mikel Obi, who has been named the new Super Eagles captain, has urged all Nigerians to rally round the team as they battle with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying

The Nigerian side intensified their preparation for the encounter at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) yesterday with the players showing signs that they are ready to overcome the Egyptians.

Mikel, who was unveiled yesterday during a media parley at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, pledged his commitment to the team and also promised to provide quality leadership as the team captain.

According to him, with the new understanding in the team, the Eagles can now guarantee victory and success in the days ahead, adding that Nigeria will crush the Pharaohs today.

Mikel, who has been one of the most valuable players in the national team since he made his senior debut in 2006, was overlooked by former coach, Sunday Oliseh, who opted for Ahmed Musa, as the replacement for Vincent Enyeama, as the Eagles skipper.

During the unveiling, Musa said he decided to hand over the captainship to Mikel because he (Mikel) is his senior colleague in the team.

The Guardian recalls that Mikel represented Nigeria at the U-17 Championship in Finland in 2003, as well as the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he won the silver ball for the second-best player at the tournament behind Lionel Messi, as Nigeria finished runner-up to Argentina.

He made his debut for the Super Eagles on August 17, 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.

He did not play for the national team again prior to being named in the squad for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mikel also made his FIFA World Cup debut during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, winning a Man-of-the-Match award in the Super Eagles’ opening game against Iran and helping the team to reach the knockout stage for
the first time since 1998.

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  • The evils of olise are being purged

  • AriseNigeria

    Like Buhari, should I call “Sunday” or rather “Friday” Oliseh was a bad wind that can blow evil, an animal that should have joined APC instead of coming to create hostility among the players. God will see to his demise and that includes Buhari

  • AriseNigeria

    Ahmed Musa “I stepped down because there is someone ahead of me and is normal to follow that order. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me,”

    Imagine if Nigeria is run like this in a Fair and Equity manner, who would complain, who would agitate for Biafra?

    Consider the 2016 Nigerian budget that provided a whopping 88.9 billion for road construction in South-West that has the second best road network in Nigeria after Abuja, and put that in contrast to a paltry of 2.9 billion that was only allocated to roads construction in South-East that arguably has the worst road conditions in the entire Sub Sahara Africa. So compare 88.9 billion to 2.9 billion what we see, not just feeling alone,is a glaring case of injustice that is real and that is hard to imagine. So, when agitate for Biafra, our agitation has Merits and it is for real CAUSE. Unfortunately, it has been accepted as the real norm for centuries and decades, until Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB Director) decided to radically change things, now the Nigerian authority is up in arms against him and his co- agitators. We shall see what the end portend for all of us, Biafrans and Nigerians alike.

    Nonetheless, we commend Ahmed Musa, Mikel Obi and Coach Samson Siasia for their leadership, and I wish Nigeria had this kind of leadership, we would have built a rocket and send to the space. Here a representative of the society has giving this nation an example of how things should run. An Hausa-Musa and An Igbo-Obi doing what is right, fair and just, many will be amazed at the kind of results the Super Eagles will produced, but I will not be, because when things are done RIGHT, in FAIRNESS and when JUSTICE prevails WINNING becomes easy and EVERYONE wins, then PEACE prevails as it is now with the Eagles camp.

    Nigerian can learn a lesson from Ahmed Musa and Mikel Obi exemplary leadership.

  • ade

    Nigeria loses games by much carelessness. They play well but seem to lack some wisdom and technicality in their games so as to win most times. The eagles are a pain to watch atimes! From the 88min equalizer and eventual loss of the great world cup game in USA’94, where the great Amuneke put the team ahead by a lone goal in the first half. Our eventual loss in that game was a big pain due to maybe not analyzing the game properly. It happened again yesterday against the Egyptians, as we were almost winning the game when they equalized in the dying minutes of the game! A football match broken into Ist and 2nd halves should be further broken down into, 1. First 10 mins of the match, 2. Middle 25minutes of the match and 3.the last 10mins of that half, and tactics changed accordingly. When a team is leading towards the last 10mins of the match with a slim margin like a lone goal, tactics of play should be changed immediately to ensure success like, holding the ball, moving a striker or two into the midfield or defence so as to choke off any attacks and more importantly, to hold the ball by any means or kicking it out of play until the time runs out. This needs a very active bench informing the players of how many more minutes that is left of play, and getting the players to hold down the game by practiced tactics. Siasia was on the sides and with other Nigerian officials, watching the game like all of us ordinary Nigerians. Check out the role of the Italian coach on his players when they beat us in the worldcup USA “94. Arigo Sacchi the Italian coach, kept on talking to his players from the sidelines to adjust their play towards the Amokachies, Amunike and others and they won that crucial match that Nigeria should have won. So in the Nigeria versus Egypt match, a time wasting and defensive play, and tactical prevention of the Egyptians out of our penalty box could have given us victory. Once the eagles scored, it was as if they thought the game was over and almost went to sleep and the Egyptians equalized. Again, the role of rallying the players, reading the game and influencing the players accordingly to victory can rest on the shoulders of the most experienced player in the team or the captain. Mikel is found wanting here. He should have gotten his boys to play more defensive towards the dieing minutes of the game as he is one of the most experienced in the team. Well, I hope we can do something in Egypt and I tell you, a 7 time champion has something special as compared to a 3 time champion that Egypt and Nigeria are respectively. In short, every game has to be read and analyzed from the beginning to the end to produce the desired results. “Performance is your reality, forget everything else.”