John Obi Mikel is set to be included in Nigeria’s team list for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations despite not featuring in any of the competition’s qualifying games, a report has revealed.
A top official of the team has hinted that Mikel, still regarded as the captain of the Super Eagles, has met with coach Gernot Rohr and confirmed his availability to feature in Africa’s showpiece football competition in Egypt next month.
“Mikel has met with coach (Gernot) Rohr in England and he has confirmed he will feature at the Nations Cup in Egypt,” a top team official told the AFP.
The 32-year old last played for the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup, where the team was eliminated in the first round of the global competition.
The defensive midfielder left the Chinese League and returned to England to play for Championship side, Middlesborough, who narrowly missed out a place in the playoffs for the top-flight Premier League.
Mikel has won 85 caps and scored six goals since his full international debut in 2005 against Libya.
The tournament in Egypt is widely seen as the last hurrah for the player in international football.