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Super Eagles coach accuses Chelsea’s Conte of punishing Mikel

11 November 2016, 12:52Israel Ojoko

Uyo - Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has accused Chelsea manager Antonio Conte of punishing midfielder John Obi Mikel for playing for Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Mikel captained the Nigerian men’s football team to bronze, the only medal the West African nation won at the Games in August.

On return to Stamford Bridge, Mikel has ever since warm the bench, as Conte has left him out of his squad in all competition.

When asked why including Mikel in Nigeria’s team for the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Rohr said the players is being punished for attending the Olympics for his country as he is doing great in training.

Also read: Mikel, Musa, 18 others participate in Super Eagles first training

"He is being punished for deciding to go to the Olympics for Nigeria."

"He is training well and doing well for us. I cannot punish him for deciding to make a sacrifice for Nigeria." The Franco-German Coach told journalists in Uyo.

Nigeria will host Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on Saturday, a game Mikel will be the captain.

News24 reported that tickets for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo will go for the sums of N1000 and N500 for covered seats and popular side respectively.

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