Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria/Kenya: Mikel Obi Arrives Kenya Ahead of Team

Chelsea star John Mikel Obi has hit Kenya ahead of the crucial clash between the Hrambee Stars of Kenya and Super Eagles of Nigeria. The midfielder hit Kenya after missing the friendly against Mexico in Texas last weekend. The team is said to have thought Mikel was actually not coming for the game.

The Chelsea of England ace was instrumental to Nigeria's 3-2 defeat of the Stars at the same venue on November 14, 2009 - a result that sent the Super Eagles to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

The midfield lubricator flew into Nairobi aboard a British Airways flight yesterday evening, hours ahead of the rest of the delegation that was being expected from Frankfurt around 1.30am today.

Meanwhile Kenya's Commissioner for Sports, Gordon Oluoch has stated that the Harambee Stars would defeat the Super Eagles 1-0 in tomorrow's 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Oluoch, who works with Sports Minister, Dr. Hassan Wario, said at a public function that he had no doubt the Stars, who earned a 1-1 draw against the Africa champions in Calabar on March 23, would triumph.

Publicity for tomorrow's game has been at a premium in the East African nation, even as most analysts believe their team has its work cut out in a bid to stop the Super Eagles.

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