PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigeria win in skipper’s absence

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigeria win in skipper’s absence
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Mar 26, 2018. 10:00

Despite the absence of Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel, the Super Eagles were still able to secure a 1-0 win over Poland this past weekend.

Mikel did not travel to Eastern Europe for the match in Wroclaw, as he was unable to renew his work permit in China – where he currently plays his club football – in time.

Coach Gernot Rohr called on his players to react positively to the loss of Mikel and was left impressed when they claimed a 1-0 win – thanks to a second-half penalty from Victor Moses.

“We won the match without our captain – Mikel John Obi. Previously, we lost against South Africa without him,” said Rohr after the game against the Poles.

Mikel, meanwhile, took time over the weekend to show his support for the Super Eagles with the following posts on Twitter.









It is hoped that the 30-year-old will be able to play for Nigeria when they take on Serbia in a friendly in London tomorrow night.





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