African Football sources reveal that Sunday Oliseh will recall John Obi Mikel to the next 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania
New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh is set to recall Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel to the national team.
Mikel has been absent from the Super Eagles squad for quite some time now, missing out on the recent friendlies against Congo and South Africa and also against Chad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers last month.
According to African Football, sources close to Oliseh have revealed that Mikel Obi is paramount in the plans of the new coach of the Super Eagles.
“Mikel still remains one of Nigeria’s top stars in Europe even he is no longer playing regularly for Chelsea these days and that is why he will be part of Oliseh’s immediate plans, beginning with the AFCON qualifier in Tanzania next month,” a top official is quoted to say by African Football.
“But instead of giving him a free role as he has been given in the Eagles in the past, he will play as a defensive midfielder, like he does for his club.”
The Super Eagles are second behind Egypt in the qualifying group for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon after they beat Chad 2-0 in Kaduna in June.
They travel to Tanzania in the weekend of September 4-6 in their second game of 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
Mikel, Pulse Sports previously learnt is harbouring fears over the choice of Kaduna for the next Super Eagles home fixture.
Watch highlights of Super Eagles 2-0 win over Chad: