After being recalled to Nigeria national team, John Mikel Obi demonstrated his happiness and readiness to lead the Super Eagles in the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 32-year-old skipper last featured for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, in their 2-1 defeat by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.
“I am strong, fit and ready to return,” Mikel was quoted by the Super Eagles Twitter handle.
“I met with coach Rohr and we discussed his plans for the team in the forthcoming tournament. All I can say is that I am delighted and happy because I am coming to the Nations Cup” he was quoted as saying.
Nigeria national team head coach Gernot Rohr named a 25-man squad that will later be reduced to 23 who will make it to the most prestigious tournament in Africa after playing a friendly match with Zimbabwe on June 8th.
Mikel is currently clubless after his short-term contract at Championship club Middlesbrough ended earlier this month, he however impressed on this short spell in Championship scoring once in 19 appearances but he failed to guide them to the playoffs.
It should be noted that Gernot Rohr’s Nigeria have never lost a match against any African opposition with John Obi Mikel in Nigeria’s team. Nigeria have won five time and they have shared the spoils once out of the six games played.
Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, Odion Ighalo, Leon Balogun all made the cut in a 25-man squad as Nigeria prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt between June 21st and July 19.
The three-time African champions are in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi, they return to the tournament for the first time since 2013 when they won it under the guidance of Stephen Keshi (RIP).
The Super Eagles squad
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Unattached); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)