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Mikel gets Keshi’s praise

28 November 2013, 16:12Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has received applauds from Coach Stephen Keshi for his commitment to the Nigeria national team.

2013 was a great year of service for the Chelsea player who gave so much to the national team.

Mikel played every minute of action for Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, he was also consistent at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil where he scored a vital goal for the Super Eagles.

He also played a key role to see Nigeria qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a 4-1 aggregate win over Ethiopia in the playoff, and helped in a 2-2 draw against Italy in an international friendly.

Mikel won the Sport Man of the Year award at the Nigerian Sports Award, and Keshi has hailed the player’s outstanding qualities.

“For Mikel, I am happy that gradually the world is recognising his talents which he has been showing anytime he plays in the national team”, Keshi said in a statement.

“I salute him and I am proud of his achievement but must also say it’s just the beginning of greater things to come for all the players in the national team.”

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