Sunday Oliseh has revealed that he tried to get in touch with John Obi Mikel but was ignored by the midfielder
A new twist has emerged in relation to the 18-man list of foreign based Super Eagles players that were invited by coach Sunday Oliseh.
One of the main surprises was the exclusion of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Oliseh today, Thursday, August 19 revealed that the player ignore his invitation which was why he left him out the squad.
"I called John Obi Mikel to be a part of my team but he never responded," Oliseh said at the Super Eagles media parley in Abuja.
"I'll treat all players equally and no one is bigger. All the players I called responded, only Mikel didn't, we have to go without him."
Oliseh had a meeting with Victor Moses in London and the Super Eagles coach revealed that Mikel snubbed him when he was in the UK.
“Well this issue is an enigma and we have been trying to understand it but I am in the dark personally, and with my assistants we spent time about 11 days in and around Europe talking to players, watching games," Oliseh said.
"We contacted each of the players, call them up, call the clubs and eventually met with the players.
“I went to England on a Thursday and Chelsea was just coming back, we had fixed our visit to coincide with the end of their tour before they played Arsenal.
"I contacted Obi Mikel, called him on phone four times, the phone kept on ringing nobody picked it up, I sent him an SMS and got no response.
"But I called Victor Moses the phone rang three times and he picked it up and I spoke with him, told him to concentrate on his game.
"After the game he came to my hotel and we met and I told him my plans for the national team. I left to Liverpool to meet the other player and I spent about six hours to go there and back but there was no response from Mikel until I returned here.
"I think it was yesterday (Wednesday) that I saw a missed call, so at the moment I don’t know what the situation is. For me everybody is the same and will be treated the same.”
This is not the first time Mikel will be accused of ignoring the invitations from the national team.
Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi revealed that the Chelsea midfielder did not reply his messages before he left him out of the team to face Chad in the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June.
"When I heard that Mikel was injured I tried severally to get him on phone to ask after his health but surprisingly he did not pick the calls. I sent text messages too but up till now that I speak with you he hasn’t called back or sent me text," Keshi said at that time.
Instead of representing his country in the AFCON qualifiers, Mikel instead chose to spend his summer holidays with his girlfriend, Olga Diyachenko in Dubai.
Olga has posted a series of photos of herself and her boyfriend on a summer trip to Dubai.
Watch Sunday Oliseh give an update on Super Eagles, below: