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