Mikel returns as Super Eagles face Argentina today

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

He has also backed youngster Francis Uzoho to shine with the Super Eagles.

Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles media officer, who said this in an interview on Monday, noted that Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President, has raised the possibility of moving the Nation Cup qualifiers from March so that World Cup bound teams could use the window to flawless their preparations.

Nigeria will be in a celebratory mood when they walk out to face their opponents, fresh from completing qualification for the World Cup as unbeaten group winners.


"About today's game, I know it's a very important game because every team has to start preparing for the World Cup". It doesn't matter who scores.

"The ideal thing would be to try and arrive at the World Cup in the best fashion possible without putting aside what all of us are playing for with our clubs".

Captain John Mikel Obi will return to the super Eagles starting XI as Nigeria take on Argentina in an worldwide friendly in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday.


Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said his side chose to play the former world champions in Russian Federation to see the European nation before returning to the country for the 2018 World Cup.

"We're faced with the Champions League, Copa del Rey, LaLiga and national team friendlies, travelling.so it's hard". And keeping for a La Liga side like Deportivo La Coruna and doing well means he has some qualities.

According to Ibitoye, Pinnick's argument, "was since the AFCON is in 2019, there's no harm in shifting the qualifiers till after the World Cup in July. If Rohr gave him an opportunity (against Argentina) that will be nice".


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