22 January 2019

Nigeria: Be Patient With Mikel, Siasia Tells Eagles' Fans

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John Obi Mikel.

Super Eagles Former Coach, Samson Siasia has pleaded with Nigerian football fans to allow Mikel Obi to sort out his club future before he returns to the national team.

The former Eagles striker told www.adantesports.com.ng from his base in the U.S. yesterday that there were two key things the player must sort out before he rejoining the national team.

"Everybody knows that Mikel is a patriotic and devoted captain of the Super Eagles. To the best of my knowledge, he will never shirk his responsibility as Eagles Captain. He will not also abscond from the team without cogent reasons.

"One thing we should also know is that Mikel (Obi) has not played for a while now, and he is trying to move to another club.

"I believe he wants to secure his job situation before he will worry about Super Eagles," Siasia said.

Mikel, who has not played for the Super Eagles since Nigeria's last game at the Russia 2018 World Cup, recently left his Chinese club, Tiajin Teda.

He is currently without a club, but reports suggest he wants to return to Europe, possibly to the English Premiership, where he spent 10 years with Chelsea.

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