Mikel emerges Super Eagles captain, Vow to Crush Pharaohs

Mikel emerges Super Eagles captain, Vow to Crush Pharaohs

By ALEX UANGBAOJE

Chelsea star, Mikel Obi, has been named the new Super Eagles captain barely 24 hours to the crucial games against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

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Mikel, who was unveiled Thursday in Kaduna during a media parly at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, by former capain Ahmed Musa, pledged his commitment to the team.

He promise to provide quality leadership as the team captain. He said with the new understanding in the team, the Eagles can now guarantee victory and success in the days ahead, adding that the Eagles will crush the Pharaohs in their Friday match.

Obi who had been one of the most senior players in the national team, was overlooked by former coach, Sunday Oliseh, who instead opted for Ahmed Musa as replacement for Vincent Enyeama as the Eagles skipper.

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

However, interim boss, Samson Siasia, at the briefing, upturned the table for Mikel to get the captain’s armband.

Mikel represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and 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 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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