Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has weighed in on the team’s chances ahead of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.
Mikel was part of the Super Eagles side that conquered the rest of the continent in the 2013 edition hosted by South Africa.
Jose Peseiro’s side will be targeting a fourth AFCON title in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mikel has now drawn comparison between the team that won the competition in 2013 and the present squad.
“There is a lot of difference, isn’t it? Football has changed from ten years ago and dogmatically, it has really changed. I think this group of players now are a very young team,” Mikel told CAF’s Media.
“They play a totally different brand of football, so let’s hope we can really see good performance by us, the Nigerian team.”
The Super Eagles will face hosts Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in Group C.
Meanwhile, Retired Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed fresh details of how former Blues owner Roman Abramovich offered to help him when his father was kidnapped five years ago, Soccernet.ng reports.
Mikel made the revelations while extending a piece of heartfelt advice to Liverpool winger Luis Diaz following the recent abduction of Diaz’s father in Colombia.Playvolume
Diaz’s parents were both taken, though his mother was released swiftly, leaving his father still in captivity. The Liverpool player’s emotional plea to the guerilla group responsible, seeking his father’s safe release, has garnered significant attention.
Mikel, who underwent a similar ordeal twice during his professional career, encouraged Diaz to maintain composure and take all necessary measures to secure his father’s freedom.
Reminiscing his own trials, Mikel commended Liverpool’s support for Diaz as he highlights the significance of a robust support system during such challenging moments.