Mikel: Super Eagles Have To Qualify For 2017 AFCON

Mikel: Super Eagles Have To Qualify For 2017 AFCON

Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has urged his Super Eagles colleagues to go all out for victory when they face the Pharaohs of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria on Tuesday.



The first meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw in Kaduna on Friday.


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 Mikel said the Eagles have to fight harder than they have ever done before to snatch the three points at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.


“It’s a massive battle that we are going for, and there should be no illusion about it," Mikel told the Nigeria Football Federation website. "We have to face reality, and everyone has to give more than 100 per cent because we just have to qualify for the Cup of Nations.”


The Chelsea star insisted there is no reason to panic following Friday’s draw, and pointed to the fact that there are still three more matches left in the campaign.


“We have to go to Alexandria and fight with everything we have. There are still matches to play and we have confidence that we will earn the ticket. We also call on Nigerians to believe in the team and continue to support us,” he added.


After the clash with the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday, the Eagles will travel to Nd’jamena to battle the Le Sao of Chad in the first week of June, before hosting Tanzania in the final round of the series in the first week of September.


NFF topshots have confirmed that the players and officials will now travel to Alexandria on Monday aboard a chartered flight, as against an earlier arrangement to fly the delegation aboard Egypt Air. The team will fly direct to Alexandria and have the official training at the match venue on Monday evening, before Tuesday’s match.

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  • Daniel 6 years ago

    You don’t play like the way you played if you want to win.Mikel must be removed from the team.He doesn’t initiate anything.He is just a break-and-pass player