Rohr doubt Mikel inclusion in his AFCON Squad

Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr and his assistants will in the next couple of days decide on whether to extend a valedictory chance to Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi at the next Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold this summer in Egypt.

Since after the World Cup in Russia last June, the Middlebrough midfielder has not been part of the Nigerian senior national team. Mikel played no part in Eagles qualification for the 32nd AFCON.

The Franco-German tactician told top British-Nigerian reporter, Osasu Obayiuwana on phone yesterday that he was going to have a meeting with his technical assistants very soon on whether Mikel should be part of the Nigerian party to Egypt.

“This is the question that I and my team will resolve. I will soon go to see him at Middlesbrough. There are many things to consider but I respect him (Mikel) and what he has done for Nigeria, he remains an important player,” observed the gaffer.

Rohr however admitted that since Mikel did not play any role in Eagles qualification, it was important for him to have a heart-to- heart talk with him before making any decision.

“He has been away from the team for a year but we qualified for the AFCON without him.

“His absence as our captain has been evident but he has had to deal with a range of issues after the World Cup in Russia,” stressed the coach.


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