Mikel Named New Nigeria Captain, Promises Victory Vs Egypt

Mikel Named New Nigeria Captain, Promises Victory Vs Egypt

By Johnny Edward in Kaduna:

Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:


Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi is delighted to be the new team captain of the Super Eagles, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.

Mikel who applauded former skipper Ahmed Musa for stepping down promised to lead the team to greater heights.

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"I thank you all for coming here today and I say thank to Musa for being a wonderful professional and it takes a man to do what he did and I thank the chief coach for this opportunity and I promise to give my best," Mikel told the media during a press conference here in Kaduna on Tuesday.

"‎I will not let you all down."

On his first task as new Eagles captain, Mikel said the Egyptians will be tough.

"The game is going to be a tough one, we know we have to win. ‎We don't need to spend more time thinking about Egypt," he said.
"We need to spend more time on our tactics. We just need  to make sure we play to our strengths and win here and also in Egypt."

Mikel also ‎believes the trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi are the future of the team.

"The new set of young players are the future of the team and I love the integration of the players in the team."

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  • Ok Mikel is now the captain. That is good. I love Ahmed for this act of conceeding the captain to Mikel without any bad blood. From his body language you will know that it was willingly done and with very good faith. Mikel is a senior member and that is important for the team's peace. Kudos to Musa. He successfully took the limelight from Mikel with this act and he has gained the respect of his colleagues and Nigerian fans. Mikel should also be commended for taking it as a professional when Ahmed was appointed by Oliseh. It shows maturity which is a mark of a leader. His acceptance speak is goooddd for his praise of Musa. They will work together peacefully for the good of the team. Who is the vice captain na. Efe? Anderson?

  • Kudos to Musa! Mikel is a coward for refusing the arm band when Oliseh first handed it to him after withdrawing it from Enyeama. This shows that Mikel refused the captaincy initially for fear of Enyeama. Love your courage Musa and I hope you remain the assistant captain. 

  • Alexander 6 years ago

    Thanks to you coach for what you just did to give respect to whom is due , coach I want you to work more to bring Enyiama and Emenike back , we need him , as you have give Mikel the captain band very good I thanks you for that , I wish you the best go out there and win the match .All Nigerian stop abusing your players is too bad other countries never do that why it must be only us will be calling our players bad names please so that things will work well for them so that you will be happy .