Lagos - Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel said that Nigeria are raring to go in their opening Russia 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier against Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia on Sunday, Punch reports.
The Chelsea midfielder said that the Super Eagles were determined to maintain their superiority over the hosts and promised they would go out all guns blazing to guarantee victory.
"We are all looking forward to the qualifying matches, starting with Sunday’s game in Zambia. Each and every one of us knows what it means, big battles that we have to win. We are ready for the challenge,” the 29-year-old, told Nigeria Football Federation’s official website.
News24 reported that Mikel dismissed talk that he will miss the qualifier due to injury.
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Mikel's club Chelsea issued the following statement on their Twitter account last Friday ahead of their match against Hull, which they won 2-0.
"[Head coach, Antonio] Conte rules John Terry out of tomorrow's game. Mikel is also out with a small muscular problem."
But Mikel has subsequently stated that he is fit and raring to go ahead of the Super Eagles' opening 2018 World Cup qualifying match, in Ndola, Zambia, this weekend.
"I don’t know where the story about my being injured came from. I have no injury,” Mikel was quoted as saying in a Nigeria Football Federation press release.
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- News 24