28 September 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
Nigeria Captain, Mikel John Obi, has declared that it is time the Super Eagles seal their qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a defeat of the Chipolopolo of Zambia next weekend in Uyo.
Mikel also affirmed that the Super Eagles have utmost respect for the 2012 AFCON winners, while also reiterating the players’ commitment to ensuring early qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win on October 7.
The former Chelsea star, who has had a marvellous run in the qualifying series, playing in a prominent leadership role, said he is fully dedicated to the assignment of leading his teammates out on the turf of Godswill Akpabio Stadium to secure the sole ticket in Group B.
“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat. We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.” He stated.
However, Mikel lauded the fine run the Eagles have had in this campaign compared to earlier FIFA World Cup qualifying races.
The former Chelsea FC midfielder highlighted professionalism, determination and ambition as the factors that have swung the pendulum Nigeria’s way, whilst also praising the performance of Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.