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Mikel: Captaining Super Eagles To World Cup A Daunting Challenge

Mikel: Captaining Super Eagles To World Cup A Daunting Challenge

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has admitted that it is a big challenge leading the three-time African champions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.

Mikel, who is set to make his second appearance at the FIFA World Cup, will lead Tianjin TEDA out in his second season in the Chinese Super League as captain this Saturday against Hebei CFFC.


“It is a daunting challenge and I’m looking forward to both teams (Tianjin TEDA and Nigeria) doing well, but now I’m totally focused with Tianjin TEDA” Mikel told sports.163.com.

“I am looking forward to Tianjin TEDA achieving good results in the Super League and I also hope that Nigeria can go farther and better in the World Cup.

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“The Super League is much more difficult than I thought, but since I came to play in the Super League, they have such a strength as a foreign teams as well.”

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  • Kingmaker 4 years ago

    John Mikel Obi, Captain of Super Eagles, playmaker & midfield generalissimo.
    Nigeria, arguably, has never been so favoured to have a SE leader with so much load of achievements, trophies & playing experience at the peak of World Football.
    Mikel has come a long way & of age to establish himself as the best Midfielder in the World (My honest opinion).
    That he plays in China has not diminished his brilliance & his status, nor reduced his effectiveness.
    Love him or hate him, Mikel has what it takes to WIN laurels. The Man knows how to do it..
    John Mikel Obi is a mature & all rounded finished product. He leaves his markers in awe; so much skills.
    I can’t stop watching his YouTube games; so much quality.
    He is also greatly respected & feared by opposing teams. They know his qualities and abilities.
    Iniesta wishes only if he could be half of what Mikel is.
    Nigeria is blessed going forward, with such a talent leading the charge to its 6th WC experience. U cannot stop talking about this player. An African is a limited product, else Mikel would have been a global brand.
    But Russia might just be the stage for him.
    Let us celebrate Mikel, he is SE torch bearer.
    Nigerians love you Skipo.
    Go on to make the Nigerian dream come true, regain its respect among nations. You can do it.
    More grease..!

    • Men, thought this was a comment section……but what have just read its an article on its own.

      I hope you go a step further if not already to writing and get to be paid for doing so.

      I may not agree with all your statements, all the same Kudos.

    • irabor kingsley 4 years ago

      Well said, i agree with you 100%

  • Everybody is entitled to his/her opinion but l wish to state here that KINGMAKER used an understatement as in” Iniesta wishes only if he could be half of what Mikel is ” In fact, Mikel undoubtedly has his own qualities, let’s put patriotism aside,Iniesta is simply better than Mikel. It is a point blank truth, however I stand to be corrected

  • Infact mikel u be baba a good leader nigeria loves u

  • Greenturf 4 years ago

    Iniesta has had a more blossoming career than Mikel.Apparently is revered for his football artistry.However Mikel on his own right is not far of.He is up there amongst the best there is.

  • Marvins 4 years ago

    @Olatunji,I disagree with u,Inesta is not better than him,is it cos he is white,they re lots of sentiments there,in the field of play,Iniesta no where to Mikel,Lets learn how to appreciate our players.

  • Our Captain Fantastic……..Machine Pere-re…….I hail!!!!

  • Ugomsinachi 4 years ago

    Iniesta is simply a professor of football.

    A master of midfield artistry.

    He is miles ahead of Mikel.

  • Ademola 4 years ago

    Iniesta better than Mikel is a matter of choice. To me I believe if Mikel has same opportunity like iniesta or let’s put it this way if Mikel were white he would be miles better than most Barcelona player except Messi. Last World Cup pogba against Nigeria was too ordinary despite the fact that most players then can’t feature in the present eagles.
    I believe Mikel will lead us aright.

  • dowellbrown 4 years ago

    ha…..and people can Mikel is better than iniesta …my candid advice is “don’t say that beyond naija” else you will start an argument you won’t finish…I remember after 2014 world it was this same Nigerians saying “Mikel is slow”, “Mikel only passes back” ….Mikel is good no doubt about that but comparing him with iniesta is mind blowing …..let not be too patriotic o….that guy na baba

  • @Mikey, u are conversant wit the sports, Kudos.
    Why are many Nigerian fans so small in their thinking? They don’t appreciate what they have.
    Mikel is the best midfielder, ball distributor & reader of the game in global football today.
    INESTA told the Football World that MIKEL Obi is by far a better footballer than himself, and Nigerians don’t agree wit that.
    Iniesta would be happy to be half of what Mikel is in football.
    Credit to Mikel.
    Do you know football better than the man who said so himself?
    Watch Mikel vs Iniesta in Spain against Nigeria on YouTube.
    Give ur vote.