Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Afcon - Mikel Will Win Golden Ball - Kalu

Super Eagles creative midfield maestro John Mikel Obi Thursday earned five stars as former Abia state governor Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu tipped him for the Golden Ball trophy, with the sobriquet 'Field Marshall' of the ongoing Nations' Cup.

Kalu said,"Mikel Obi is a silent killer,in the field he puts on no airs,his touches are pinpoint,the young man is the hub of the Eagles.Yet he carries everybody along.If the Nations Cup were another World War,i would call him Field Marshall Montgomery.I see a crown on his head as the Most Valuable Player[MVP] of this tournament."

The ex-governor praised the Ivorian Elephants for giving honour to Mikel in particular, and the Nigerian team in general,despite their quarter-finals elimination by the Eagles.

"Kudos to Cheik Tiote,Didier Drogba and Lassina Traore.They admitted Nigeria's superiority in the game.Tiote singled out Mikel for cutting off balls to Drogba and Yaya Toure.Mikel was so effective in the middle that Almighty Cote D'Ivoire looked like fish out of water. I give credit to all the Eagles as well, for a job well done,"Kalu added.

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