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Mikel “Confident” Super Eagles Can Beat Iceland; Replies Mourinho, Wants Long Stay In Russia

Mikel “Confident” Super Eagles Can Beat Iceland; Replies Mourinho, Wants Long Stay In Russia

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Russia:

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi insists the team still harbour hopes of a good outing at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup despite the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their first group game last Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Gernot Rohr’s men must avoid defeat against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday to avoid early elimination.

Iceland on the other hand were impressive in the 1-1 draw against two-time time champions Argentina.

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“We are very hopeful and confident because everything is still in our own hands. It just depends on how much we want it.

“The result against Croatia was disappointing but we can fix it,” Mikel stated while addressing the media at the team’s base in Essentuki on Wednesday.

The Tiajin Teda of China midfielder also responded to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s assertion that he cannot play as a playmaker but as a No. 6, a defensive midfielder.

“I worked with Mourinho for a long time and he knows me very well.

“It is very fascinating. I played in this position for the last two years. Nobody complained. I feel comfortable to play in both positions and I do everything I can for the team to win,” he stated.

“I understand the feelings of everyone because of the result and how we played.”

Mikel admitted that the team have no complaints in terms of their stay in Russia.

“We have enjoyed Russia so far,” the Tianjin Teda star added.

“We have been able to work and train well. The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great.

“We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia.”

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  • Joseph Ibeh 3 years ago

    So that you guys can know more places in Russia? Funny Mikel….
    Please Mikel we sent you all to Russia to make an attempt at the trophy not for site seeing.
    God bless you all as you understand the yearnings of Nigerians and do our bidding to lift the trophy. Amen

    • Mikel simply means they wanna stay longer in the competition, i.e the more u progress ,the more u travel to difference match locarion, do u think its in one city they playing all the matches? Finger cross, up eagles.

    • uche cosmas 3 years ago

      support ur team 4 once

    • pst Henry 3 years ago

      This was exactly the first thing that crept into my mind when i read that part of the comment. its well with them

  • Yes Mikel Your Saying The Truth Is Because Of The Defeat Try Next Game I Wish Super Eagles Goodluck Mikel Stills Remain Our No.10 Bye.

  • I Know God Is Going To Help In Our Next Game Any One That Support Me Say ( Amen).

  • Crownman 3 years ago

    Even if you guys won’t lift the trophy, play good football, get to the round of 4 and lose to a better team if you can.

  • China Amachi 3 years ago

    Yes,our hearts and prayers goes for you all super Eagles,I strongly believe you will make it to round of 16,You people should borrow a leaf from the Senegalese team,they approached the match against Poland with all seriousness,and got a good result,goodluck

  • Uche cosmas 3 years ago

    i believe super eagles can do it up Nigeria

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    Eagles lost not from the regular play but from set pieces. Mikel can play as a defensive midfielder and as an attacking midfielder. According to him he has being playing as an attacking midfielder for his new club in China. But as a defensive midfielder for Chelsea, we know he perfected it for 10+ solid years. Gernot Rohr should fix this set pieces wahala. Is it too late? No matter, practice practice practice it ooooooooooooooooooo.

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    We have your back Mikel.You have served this country meritoriously.We can only be optimistic and hope whatever you guys have worked on in preparation for this all important match shall be translated maximally for the good of the team.
    All the best super eagles!hopefully you shall conquer against Iceland to keep our world cup hopes alive.

  • Don’t mind mourinho jaree Mikel . it’s bcoz he has not played football ever in his life. you had played this position successfully before, he doesn’t watched you against Uruguay and Spain in 2014 confederation cup in Brazil even created more chances than iniesta, neymar and forlan in the group stage. please enjoy your game bcoz you have not played badly either bro, against Croatia you created about 4cleared chances only that the Croatians are taller than Ighalo to cash, moses diving and iwobi failed to support you while needed most and I think rohr knows this too that’s why he says musa might start today. For okocha, he only likes seeing his nephew iwobi play his role, bcoz he doesn’t say anything about iwobi in activeness in the match but defends him instead. he forgot how Sweden came back to win them in 2002, and how many chance does he created when Angolan came to hold them in Abuja in 2005. up eagle, we are not down yet bro. wake up and make us proud, some of us are still behind you guys

  • kolawole ezekiel 3 years ago

    Go super eagle go! We support you… all we need is for Moses and etebo to look up and see Nigerian players inside the eighteen yard of our opponent.. we want more skilful striker and Mikel can start from attacking 4.

  • Thats the spirit boys. Haters go to hell!!

  • Ikakke Ekaiko 3 years ago

    Mikel and the super eagles team i appreciate all the effort guys have put to make it to this level….

    Against iceland bring us joy by getting the maximum 3point….

    Go for the trophy bring it back home….to african soil….civilisation started here!

  • All what the players need is determination, all they need to do is to believe they can do it.. Mikel is a good player but should not play the number 10 roll.. they should give john ogu the number 10 roll. he can do it more better.. you guys needs to make Nigerians proud.. Good luck.

  • kemisola adekoya 3 years ago

    dat is gud of u mikel and ur team mate, hope is not lost yet, but u people need focus, i pray super eagle will win on jesus name

  • chima okoli 3 years ago

    massive attack against Iceland super eagles, good luck.

  • Uzoho improves as he plays but he is still having issues with ” serving of the ball” he always throws the ball to opponent or his players in tight corners. Maybe the coach should buy as many oranges as he can for him to try d targeting practices before D-day,ighalo should watch from the bench cos playing against the Asian minors cannot be compare with playing with world cup half giant defenders while shehu can be introduce later.

  • Austin 3 years ago

    the truth must be told. Sentiments apart. The team is in a bad shape. We saw this in our friendlies against Serbia, England, Czech and Austria. We lost these friendlies almost in similar fashions. We got promises from the coach and players and even the NFF that the mistakes will be corrected and that the team will do well in Russia. I saw the same mistake against Croatia. And now the same promise is coming up again on correcting the mistakes against Croatia. this is a team that couldn’t stream up to 4 or 5 passes successfully without it been stopped by the opponent, a team that has bad positioning of players, our players can’t even mark their opponents well. Our winning against Iceland will be based on luck and grace. The team lacks strength, pace, power and vigour. I pray we find a way to win Iceland.

    • Austine, u are very correct. The team is in a very very bad bad shape, I dont even believe them.

  • Please super eagles, stay focus on the match and get us a good result ooo. NAIJA ALL THE WAY