Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 January 2013

Nigeria/South Africa: Tension in Eagles Camp Over Mikel, Ogude

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Emmanuel Emenike of Nigeria shoots at goal during the quarter-final against Cote d'Ivoire in Rustenburg, South Africa.

There is palpable tension here in the Super Eagles camp over the fate of the team's duo of John Mikel Obi and Fengor Ogude for Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match against Cote d'Ivoire.

The duo are feared to have picked two yellow cards each and going by CAF rules would not be qualified to feature in the next game against Cote d'Ivoire at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium here in Rustenburg on Sunday.

But Super Eagles Head Coach said in reaction to reporters' inquiries yesterday that he was not aware of the second bookings for the two players and was waiting on CAF for action.

"I have not heard from CAF, until I hear from CAF, I will know what to do. I will find out because I am not aware of the cards", Keshi said

Mikel's Chelsea teammate, Victor Moses described the story as a big blow to the Nigerian team, saying the Super Eagles will miss Mikel, who is among the best midfielders at the ongoing African soccer event.

"It is not going to be an easy game but we will keep working hard as a team, Mikel will be missing in the game if he is not going to play because he is s key member of the team.

"It will be a big miss because Mikel Obi is one of the best midfielders in this tournament, so he will be missed", said Moses.

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