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Eguavoen says Mikel should decide Nigeria future

22 September 2015, 13:22

Lagos - Former Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has charged John Obi Mikel to make up his mind if he wants to keep playing for Nigeria.

The 28-year old Chelsea midfielder has been a controversial figure within the Super Eagles, often falling out with national team coaches over his seeming reluctance to honour invitations, the latest being Sunday Oliseh's claim of him not taking his calls prior to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.

And even though Mikel has been recalled to the team by Oliseh, Eguavoen, who was Mikel's coach at the U17's and also gave the midfielder his Super Eagles debut, says Mikel must make it clear if he wants to keep playing for the team or not.

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"Mikel should please understand he doesn't have any other country to play for apart from Nigeria," Eguavoen said on Brila FM.

"He's one of our best players and plays in one of the best leagues and one of the best clubs in the world. He should put everything humanly possible into it (playing for Nigeria), or he should tell Nigerians 'I don't want to play anymore', and then we can leave him alone," Eguavoen thundered.

Speaking further, the former Super Eagles defender however posited that Mikel isn't as bad as is widely perceived, stating that the Chelsea midfielder is only very shy, but remains important to the Super Eagles.

"I have been Mikel's coach since the U17's, I gave him his debut in the Super Eagles and I recommended him to Samson Siasia when he was the U20 coach.

"Mikel is not a bad boy, but he's a very shy person. He is still important to our national team, as well as Victor Moses, he is one of our best," Eguavoen added

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