Thursday, 7 September 2017

We will appease Nigerians with Russia 2018 ticket – Mikel

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has reiterated the team’s desire to appease their fans after a poor 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to him, the Eagles are ‘hungry’ to be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and want to make amends for a poor 2014 performance.

The Super Eagles are in pole position to book a ticket to Russia, as they lead Group B on 10 points, three ahead of second-placed Zambia who they face next month in Uyo. Mikel says that though this is a young team, they are hungry to qualify.

“We have a very good team here, a very young team. I think this is the youngest team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” the 30-year-old said.

We will appease Nigerians with Russia 2018 ticket – Mikel

“Now there are so many young players and they are hungry to play, to be in the World Cup. I think if we manage to get there it will be the first World Cup for 90 percent of the team.”

Mikel, who missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with injury, says he is also itching to return, for a good reason.

“I’m still hungry and I want to be there, too. I want to lead the team.

“I think the World Cup we had last time wasn’t the best and I think we owe Nigerians a better World Cup if we manage to get to Russia. And that’s exactly what we want to do.”

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