Middlesbrough of England midfielder, John Mikel Obi has come out with an affirmative declaration that he will surely don Nigeria’s jersey at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite widespread speculation going round about Mikel’s future with the Nigerian team, the Super Eagles’ captain said after holding crunch talks with the handler, Gernot Rohr, that he is ready to lead the squad out at Egypt 2019 in the coming month.
The 32-year- old former Lyn Oslo of Norway, Chelsea of England and Tianjin Teda of China star has not played for Nigeria since their first round last match against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, thereby fueling rumour that he has stylishly retired from the Eagles.
However, Mikel, who got his international debut in 2005 and has a total of 85 Nigeria caps, with six goals to boot, added that he is happy to still be in contention for Rohr’s plans to AFCON 2019 and pledged that he will be there to lead the three-time African champions.
Mikel told AOIFootball.com: “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.”