Vanguard (Lagos)

12 June 2013

Nigeria/Namibia: Mikel Defies Doctor's Order to Play for Eagles

Photo: Aliyu Adekunle/Vanguard
Previous Super Eagles-Namibia Match in Calabar.

Chelsea star Mikel Obi will defy doctor's orders and play for Nigeria on artificial pitch against hosts Namibia today.

Star midfielder Mikel has suffered a recurring back injury and only recently nursed a hip injury with Chelsea Doctors maintaining he should avoid playing on the hard surface of an artificial pitch.

Mikel shone in Monday's training, along with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Kenneth Omeruo, who is soon to join up at Stamford Bridge.

Incidentally, Galatasaray-target Mikel has often been knocked for not showing enough commitment to the national team.

Eagles coach Stephen Keshi said that he does not expect any of his players to struggle with playing on astro turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

The former Eagles captain has also stated that he does not expect his team to struggle on the astro turf pitch of the Sam Nujoma Stadium, which is the venue for the game.

"I don't expect us to have any problems with the pitch. We have trained on astro turf and just decided to use grass . We will train at the match ground again," he said.

The Eagles on Monday had an hour's training session in the cold Windhoek weather with temperature going to as low as 6 degrees.

Keshi also declared that his team are battle ready for the Brave Warriors in Namibia.

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