Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, has acknowledged that he’ll return to the nationwide crew and hopefully be on the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.
The 31-year-old has been lacking in motion for the senior crew since his final look for the nation on the Russia 2018 World Cup.
He missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) doubleheader qualifier in opposition to Seychelles and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya as he was excused from the crew after solely lately recovering from damage,
Mikel additionally missed the AFCON qualifier with South Africa on November 17 and a pleasant tie in opposition to Uganda three days later regardless of taking part in for his membership that weekend.
His absence has since attracted totally different speculations if he had quietly give up the nationwide soccer.
Nonetheless, on Sunday whereas answering questions on the launch of his Mikel Obi Basis mentioned he’s on a break.
“Rather a lot has been mentioned about my absence within the nationwide crew. I feel in case you have been doing one thing for a really very long time, you’ll undoubtedly ask for a bit of break. And that’s what I’ve been on, I’ve been on break. I’m not drained but, suppose the day I’ll retire, I’ll let everybody know earlier than I make the assertion, Mikel mentioned.
Mikel disclosed that he must be 100 per cent match and have the appropriate motivation to be able to be at AFCON and he’s working to reaching that.
“I’m blissful to see how the crew is doing properly with out me which is superb in order that after I retire, I go away the crew in superb palms. I’m blissful now, we’ve certified for the nations cup, so we’ll see what occurs,” Mikel mentioned.
Born in Jos, Plateau State, the celebrity made his debut for Nigeria in 2005 in opposition to Libya in a pleasant sport. He has performed for Nigeria at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, three FIFA World Cups and gained an Olympic Bronze medal on the 2016 Olympic video games.