*Says Mikel’s presence will boost Eagles in Egypt
Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George believes Coach Gernot Rohr should have a one-on-one talk with Captain Mikel John Obi to enable them to reach a mutual understanding before the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, AOIFootball.com reports.
Speaking exclusively to AOIFootball.com, the former Ajax Amsterdam star stated categorically that the player’s experience would be of a huge advantage despite not featuring in any of the qualifiers.
“Personally, I don’t know the situation concerning his availability, but he is a respected captain and if his current form is okay, then it’s a plus for the team. He doesn’t need to play all qualifiers for him to have the opportunity to join the team.
“He could be with the team even if he doesn’t get 90 minutes in all games; he could just help them in team building because he is a player other colleagues respect and the young ones will learn from.
“But as a coach, you need to speak to him before the tournament and clarify his role in the tournament to avoid a possible burst up and if he agrees then for me it will be a massive boost for the country in Egypt, “Finidi concluded.
Having last graced the pitch in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 31-year-old did not feature in any of the qualifiers as Nigeria returned to the continent after a six-year wait.