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Gernot Rohr on Mikel and Moses’ worldwide futures

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has spoken of the intercontinental futures for John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

Neither player was named in the Super Eagles’ squad for their impending matches against the Seychelles and Egypt.

The former is a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, even though the latter is a welcoming.

Both games will be played in Asaba.Moses retired from worldwide football, contacting time on his Nigeria vocation after the 2018 World Cup in Russia past year.

There was speculation that he could return to the Super Eagles soon after exhibiting some great form for loan club Fenerbahce, and Rohr is open to the player resuming his worldwide career.

Talking to the official website of Confederation of African Football, Rohr claimed: “I was against his global retirement and, if he altered his thoughts, he need to explain to me but I have no information and facts about it.

We are going to see.”On the situation of his skipper John Obi Mikel, who was omitted from the hottest collection, the German manager added: “He has arrived in Middlesbrough not too long ago. He told me he was not ready and wants to function after his knee damage in China.“He did not play all winter season possibly. He is not dominated out for the AFCON but could not make that match in Asaba. We will see for the potential.”

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigeria skipper criticised by academy founder – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mikel at his Chinese club Tianjin Teda

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Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 10:00


With Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel no doubt looking forward to learning his side’s group stage opponents for the 2018 World Cup when the draw is held this coming Friday, he has been criticised by the founder of an academy he attended as a youngster.

Former Nigeria Football Federation technical director Kashimawo Laloko, who founded the Pepsi Football Academy at Agege Stadium in Lagos, believes Mikel – a product of the institution – has not done enough to give back to the youth in Nigerian football.

“Mikel was brought to limelight through our Jos centre around 1995 to 2002. We gave him the breakthrough that made Nigerians to know him,” Laloko is quoted by the Vanguard.

“He was unpolished when he came but we refined him. If not for us, maybe, he would not be where he is today but since he became a star, I have not heard that he visited the Jos centre to donate a pair of jersey to the players there. That is most unfair.

“Some former players give us money for the running of the centres but Mikel has not done such. Osaze is an example of a player who paid us because he recognised what we did for him.

“There was a time we wanted to use Mikel in a advertising campaign for the academy but he shunned us. His agent was asking us to pay a huge sum of money but Mr. Nelson could not believe it and that was how the deal fell through. I don’t think Mikel has done well for Nigerian youths.”

With Mikel currently enjoying the off season, following the completion of the Chinese Super League’s 2017 campaign earlier this month, perhaps he’ll make time to give back to those who helped his rise in the game.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigeria skipper ends CSL season on a high – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Zunis Stopilla of Zambia challenges Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 10:00


Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel completed his first season in the Chinese Super League on a high this past weekend.

The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Tianjin Teda claimed a 1-0 home win over Henan Jianye on Saturday in their final match of the 2017 season.

The victory – secured by a first-half goal from Senegal’s Mbaye Diagne – saw Tianjin finish 13th on the CSL log, two places and nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Having wrapped up his club duties, Mikel will now turn his attention to the Super Eagles, who have two high-profile matches coming up.

First Nigeria will wrap up their successful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign a final Group B match against Algerian in Constantine on November 10.

This will be followed by a friendly against Argentina in Russia four days later, as the West African begin early preparation for next year’s global tournament.

Mikel, as Nigeria’s captain and one of coach Gernot Rohr’s most trusted players, is likely to be a central figure in both matches.



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Mikel: Why Nigeria’s Super Eagles deserve to qualify – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 14:00


Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel feels that the Super Eagles deserve to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals next month.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to host Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the World Cup qualification Group B match in Uyo, Nigeria on Satuday, October 7.

A victory for current Group B leaders Nigeria will see them win the group and qualify for the finals which will be hosted by Russia next year.

Mikel, who currently plies his trade in China for Tianjin TEDA, praised second-placed Chipolopolo, but he is confident that the Super Eagles will beat them and qualify.

The former Chelsea FC central midfielder was speaking to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) official website.

“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” he said.

“We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up,” he continued.

“We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death’.

“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”

The match will be played Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.



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Nigeria will beat Zambia to qualify, says confident Mikel – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Nigeria skipper Mikel vs Tanzania

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 13:00


Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is confident that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals next month.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to host Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the World Cup qualification Group B match in Uyo, Nigeria on Satuday, October 7.

A victory for current Group B leaders Nigeria will see them win the group and qualify for the finals which will be hosted by Russia next year.

Mikel, who currently plies his trade in China for Tianjin TEDA, praised second-placed Chipolopolo, but he believes that the Super Eagles deserve to qualify.

The former Chelsea FC central midfielder was speaking to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) official website.

“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” he said.

“We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up,” he continued.

“We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death’.

“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”

The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.



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Nigeria captain Mikel: We can beat anyone in Africa – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 13:00


Nigeria are capable of beating any team in Africa following their 4-0 destruction of Cameroon, according to team captain John Obi Mikel.

The Super Eagles handed the reigning African champions a football lesson in their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash in Uyo, with Odion Ighalo, Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho all finding the back of the net.

The result leaves Nigeria on the cusp of qualifying for the 2018 finals. One more win from their remaining three Group B matches will probably be enough for Gernot Rohr’s side to book a flight to Russia.

“We have a very young team, obviously I have been here for a long time and now I am the captain of the team,” said a proud Mikel at the post-match press conference.

“I feel I have responsibility every time I step on the pitch to play. This team needs experience, this team needs guidance. The players are very good players, quick players.

”Sometimes they need someone they listen to, someone who can direct them to make sure we have balance and know exactly what we are doing and that’s what we did today.”

Mikel added : “I will do my best, I will carry this team same way I did in the Olympics.

“I want to make sure we go the World Cup and also qualify for the Nations Cup. If we continue playing this way, I think we can beat anybody in Africa.”

Mikel will lead Nigeria when they face Cameroon in the return match in Yaounde on Monday evening.



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Nigeria’s Mikel back in action for Chinese club Tianjin Teda – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 15:00


John Obi Mikel has put his injury woes behind him by making a successful return to first team action for Chinese club Tianjin Teda.

The Super Eagles midfielder played the full 90 minutes of Tianjin’s 2-0 loss at home to Hebei CFFC on Monday afternoon.

It was the 30-year-old’s first match for his club since scoring in a 2-0 win over Chongqing Dangdai Lifan back in early April.

With Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr set to reveal his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, Mikel’s return could see him named in the German’s selection.

Tianjin will also be relieved to have the West African back in the action, having slipped into the Chinese Super League’s relegation zone.



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Bursaspor capture Nigeria’s Mikel Agu – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mikel Agu (left) training with Vitoria Setubal

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 14:30


Turkish giants Bursaspor have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Mikel Agu from Portuguese side, FC Porto.

The Super Lig outfit signs Agu on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese giants FC Porto as the player makes his third loan move since joining Porto’s youth set up in 2012.

Agu joins Nigerian compatriot William Troost-Ekong at the club and has expressed delight in the move.

“I’m delighted to join Bursaspor, I came here for business and I can’t wait to show everyone what I can do,” Agu told the club’s official website.

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“I spoke with some players who had previously played here in Porto and received positive feedback. I also found out during my own research that this is a great club.”

The 24-year-old only made two appearances for Porto and spent the 2016/17 Portuguese season on loan at Vitória Setúbal, making 34 appearances last season.

His performance in Portugal caught the eye of Nigerian national team coach, Gernot Rohr and he was handed his Super Eagles debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo in June.



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John Obi Mikel confident of booking a spot in Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 09:00


Nigeria national team skipper John Obi Mikel is confident they will successfully reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles midfielder says they must win their upcoming Group B match against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to boost their chances.

Speaking to FIFA.com, the Tianjin Teda midfielder remains upbeat about their chances to make it to the biggest football tournament in the world.

Gernot Rohr’s men are already four points clear of second-placed Cameroon and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria, heading to the third round of qualifying at the end of this month.

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The former Chelsea star whose wife is Russian, revealed that there is pressure from his family friends to qualify for the global showpiece.

“We are in a very good position in our group,” Mikel said to FIFA.com.

“We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football.

“If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon on 31 August) it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.

“They (friends and wife) are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them.”



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