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Mikel explains ‘silent mode’

15 November 2013, 13:09Israel Ojoko

Calabar - Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has explained that the reason for his quietness in camp is to be fully focused on the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

Nigeria takes on Ethiopia at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar on Saturday for a place in Brazil in 2014. The African champions hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg played last month.

Mikel also declared that he will be open to talks and comments at the end of the 90 minutes encounter at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Cross River State.

“We have a very important game on our hands and it won’t be nice to talk too much, but after the game we can talk and have fun but for now it’s total concentration for business and the coaching crew and my teammates agree with my position, Mikel said.

Head Coach Stephen Keshi also towed the path of Mikel as he insisted that there was need for total concentration of the team ahead of the encounter against the Ethiopians even as he weighed his options in Thursday’s closed door training between the probable and the possible.

At the end of the training session it was difficult to say whether Vincent Enyeama or Austin Ejide will start in goal, there was also confusion over who will be the preferred central defenders between Azubuike Egwuekwe, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo and James Okwuosa.

Bright Dike was running the whole length of the pitch with power and precision but he too is not assured of a starters’ shirt not with Nnamdi Oduamadi, Victor Moses, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa, Sunday Mba and Emmanuel Emenike all in fine form at the session.

As it stands, only Keshi and his technical crew have a sneak idea of the team that will start on Saturday because it seems every player, including Newcastle star Shola Ameobi, has a stake in the team that will either start play on the day. A case of a deluge of stars for the Super Eagles.


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