Vanguard (Lagos)

18 October 2012

Nigeria: Mikel is Great - Victor Moses

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Mikel, Osaze, Ike Uche shortlisted for the Nigeria male Footballer of the Year

Super Eagles and Chelsea new boy, Victor Moses has said although he dedicated the two goals he scored in Calabar against the Lone Star of Liberia to his baby, Brentley Moses, he would credit his performance and that of the entire team to the influence of John Obi Mikel.

Moses had featured for Coach Stephen Keshi on about three occasions before Saturday's match in Calabar against Liberia. Each outing had ended without a goal. Saturday was different. The dashing Chelsea winger did not only score but got two goals to his credit.

He would not, however, take all the glory. "I think Mikel was outstanding today and played a great role in the outcome of today's game. He made it possible for me to score my second goal. He was just massive for the entire team. He made all the difference," Moses said.

The Nigeria international who joined Mikel at Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window in a nine million pound deal praised coach Stephen Keshi for recalling midfielder to the team."Mikel is a great player if you look at the club he plays for and he has added a lot of value to the team.."

Moses also spared some good words for his Super Eagles team mates. "I think everybody was tremendous today. It was good we remained focused and won the ticket for the Africa Cup of Nations. It was important we got the ticket."

He said the Super Eagles would ready for any opposition in South Africa. "The first thing, which is the qualification ticket has been achieved. Before the tournament, we would have had time to train together for longer periods to blend. I think we will make a good team. It will a different Super Eagles in South Africa," Moses said.

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