Nigeria skipper Obi Mikel out of the squad to face South Africa

by | Oct 30, 2018 | African News | 0 comments

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was again out of Coach Gernot Rohr 23-man squad announced on Monday for next month’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.

China-based, who made his Nigeria debut in 2005, has not played for the country since he captained the team to the World Cup in Russia in June.

Officials have said the former Chelsea star was previously left out of the squad to allow him time to recover from niggling injuries.

But he has since fully recovered and is now playing regularly for his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has recalled Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen and midfielder Mikel Agu, who is based in Portugal.

Villarreal young forward Samuel Chukwueze has been handed his first call-up.

Nigeria will lock horns against South Africa in Johannesburg on November 17.

They top Group E with nine points from four matches, a point ahead of second-placed South Africa.

Nigeria will also host Uganda in a friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on November 20.

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