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Mikel Wants More Years In National Team

Written By: Bibian Onwugbolu, Port Harcourt

Tianjin Teda of China star, John Mikel Obi has declared that he aims to get more years under his boots with the Super Eagles, because he still has a long way to go in his playing career.

Mikel told SportsDay in Yaoundé on the sidelines of Nigeria’s 1-1 draw away to Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers that retirement is not an option for him any time soon.

The dynamic Eagles’ captain said he was happy to get back into the national team mainframe, following six months out due to injury, and is happy that his return coincided with the team’s flight closer to the Russia 2018 ticket.

The former Chelsea defensive shield admitted that some people would think he is old at 30, but insists he still has a lot more to give club and country.

Mikel has been one of the fulcrums in the Super Eagles since his debut in 2006 and has played in four Nations Cups and one World Cup, but Mikel admits he was not at his best four years ago in Brazil.

The former Lyn Oslo of Norway star, who was in 2005 fiercely courted by Manchester United, posited that he wants to continue helping the Eagles and make sure they qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He told SportsDay: “Russia 2018 will be special for me and this squad.  We will do everything to get there and do well for Nigeria and Africa,” he said at the post match conference in Yaoundé.

“I thank God for the result so far. I am very excited. We came to Yaoundé to pick three points but we ended up with a point which is not bad.

“I still have long way to go, I still want to play till God knows when, but for now, I am not thinking of retirement or anything else. I am 30 years old now, I feel even younger than ever.

“I just came out from a very bad injury which had kept me out for 5 months and right now I am just focused on finding my way back into the field of play. Fitness-wise it has been very challenging, hopefully, I will get there soon.”


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