by Monica Iheakam
tremendous Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi mentioned his household would no longer be happy with him if he fails to qualify Nigeria for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Mikel, who’s married to a Russian lady, revealed that his Russian household, family and chums were earnestly rooting for super Eagles to be on the World Cup next 12 months, adding that he was once optimistic that Nigeria can earn a place on the world finals.
The Tijanjin Teda of China midfielder , who spoke to FIFA. COM, was once mindful that the reminder of Nigeria’s marketing campaign to berth in Russia 2018 depends upon the result of the double header between Eagles and reigning African Champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on August 31 and September four.
“My spouse is Russian and plenty of of our loved ones and friends are from Russia. Mikel commenced.
“they’re all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. i think they are going to kill me if I fail them,” he brought, laughing.
“we are in a very good position in our workforce. we’ve two wins from two games, and in our remaining game we beat Algeria at house.
“we’ve got an excellent younger workforce and the players play excellent soccer. If we will win our next fit (at home to Cameroon on 31 August) it will side us nearer to qualification. i believe we are able to go through.”
“As everyone knows, they’re a very good staff. they are strong and so they play with self belief. We should get ourselves neatly prepared for this game and try our absolute best to get on high against them. It received’t be straightforward but these are necessary suits. If we win both, we will be nearly there.”
As could be anticipated given his position as captain, Mikel had figured prominently in Nigeria’s qualifying marketing campaign thus far. significantly, he scored one and arrange for every other of their most contemporary triumph: a 3-1 win over Algeria in November.
the previous Chelsea famous person who had been sidelined over the months via injury, vowed to do the whole lot within his power to be match for this vital upcoming double-header.
“I had maintained just right kind except this damage,” he said. “So it was once a disgrace. however this is a part of the game and now i’m focusing on restoration and on coming back more suitable. i will do whatever i will be able to to get fit to play for Teda and my national crew.
“This Nigeria workforce seem to be as much as me for recommendation. My staff-mates pass over me and they need me. because the captain, I wish to fulfil my position and help them with my expertise.”
“the next World Cup in Russia will probably be a recent probability for us but, first, we’ve got to make it there. Then the subsequent challenge can be to make sure we experience a good better tournament in Russia than we did in Brazil.”
Nigeria is already 4 factors clear of second-placed Cameroon and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria in group B.