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Mikel Targets Third AFCON Finals Goal In 21st Appearance Vs Burundi

Mikel Targets Third AFCON Finals Goal In 21st Appearance Vs Burundi

John Mikel Obi is set to play his 21st match in AFCON finals when the Super Eagles face newcomers, the Swallows of Burundi, in their first Group A clash of Egypt 2019 at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday, June 22, Completesports.com reports.

Mikel has scored two goals in the history of AFCON finals, and those were netted in 2-0 wins over Zimbabwe and Benin Republic at Egypt 2006 and Ghana 2008 respectively. And the Eagles captain will be raring to score his third goals in their Egypt 2019 opener.

The midfielder who is back in Nigeria’s national team for the first time since the Super Eagles crashed out of 2018 World Cup in Russia, will be eager to justify his high ratings at the 32nd AFCON finals.

Co-incidentally, though, the 32-year-old might end his international career in the same country, Egypt where he actually participated in his first ever AFCON finals back in 2006.

The Chelsea legend seems to have shifted focus on helping the Super Eagles win the 2019 AFCON, revealing he is “hungry” to a win a second Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

Mikel won his first AFVON winners’ medal six years (2013) ago in South Africa after helping Eagles to finish third in the 2006 and 2010 editions.

In Egypt, Mikel will lead a young team with majority of the players making their first AFCON finals appearance.

The former Chelsea star made his Eagles debut in August, 2005 against Libya and Egypt 2019 tournament may well be his last with the national team, according to the midfield veteran himself.

Three-time champions Nigeria are making her 18th AFCON finals appearance in Egypt. The Super Eagles won their first title on home soil in 1980 and added the second at Tunisia 1994.

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin

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  • Mr.Streams 5 years ago

    You all should hear me well ….ANGOLA is the winner of Afcon 2019

    • Pompei 5 years ago

      Na big lie be dat….Mauritania will surely emerge as the Afcon 2019 champions! It’s Mauritania or nobody!

  • You look sweet @ mikel

  • Greenturf 5 years ago

    I’m not comfortable with Iwobi playing the role of the offensive midfield for Nigeria.He struggled against the robust play of the Senegalese besides the super eagles have struggled in there last four games with Iwobi playing that role.
    We could only score one goal against Egypt and failed to create scoring chances in this games.I think Mikel stands out as the best in that role.Etebo and Ndidi should play in the central and defensive midfield respectively.
    I do have my fear for Iwobi whom I think his best role should be impact sub.

  • @david true talk iwobi has not been doing well. My advise to GR is to recall okocha and kanu we really need there expirence in that mildfield even aiyegbeni can still deliver.

  • Lolz I no like that guy at all

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