I Am Still Available, I Will Never Turn My Back On Nigeria - Mikel Obi Opens Up

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at 04:57 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)

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Despite being accused by Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh of ignoring him, midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed that he is still available for Nigeria.

The midfielder was left out of the 18-man list of invited foreign based Super Eagles players for next month's 2017 African Cup of Nations against  Tanzania.

Oliseh has revealed that he tried contacting the midfielder during his recent visit to UK but was repeatedly ignored by the Chelsea player.

"I went to England on a Thursday and Chelsea was just coming back, we had fixed our visit to coincide with the end of their tour before they played Arsenal," Oliseh said.

"I contacted Obi Mikel, called him on phone four times, the phone kept on ringing nobody picked it up, I sent him an SMS and got no response.

"But I called Victor Moses the phone rang three times and he picked it up and I spoke with him, told him to concentrate on his game.

"Mikel sincerely missed the calls and wasn't sure who called. Once he realised who it was he made efforts to reach Sunday Oliseh but could not speak to him." sh*ttu told BBC Sports.

"It's unfortunate that a miscommunication is being blown out of proportion in the media.

"Efforts are being made to sort things out amicably because Mikel is dedicated to Nigeria.

"For the sake of the country, everyone should support the coach and the players selected instead of focusing on other things that could affect the preparation."

sh*ttu went on to reveal that the midfielder will never turn his back on Nigeria.

"Mikel will never turn his back on Nigeria," sh*ttu said.

"He loves playing for his country and this is just a miscommunication between coach and player."

This is not the first time Mikel will be accused of ignoring the invitations from the national team.

Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi revealed that the Chelsea midfielder did not reply his messages before he left him out of the team to face Chad in the 2017 African  Nations Cup qualifiers in June.

"When I heard that Mikel was injured I tried severally to get him on phone to ask after his health but surprisingly he did not pick the calls. I sent text messages too but up till now that I speak with you he hasn’t called back or sent me text," Keshi said at that time.

Mikel made his  Super Eagles debut in in August 2005 and has scored four goals in 64 appearances. He last played for the Super Eagles in November 2014.

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livingstone80 at 05:03 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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funny story mikel
beneno at 05:37 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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PoliticxGuru at 05:40 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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franel at 05:41 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Wysetots at 05:55 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Tales by Daylight !!
OOSSYY at 05:58 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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gogoman at 05:58 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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No why you no turn your back na, you this good for nothing useless player
winace at 07:10 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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We don hear. Let him use d home base who are still loyal to d country. Thanks
Fashoney at 07:26 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Den y is he ignoring calls,even wen he sees d missed calls..Huh?
Activated at 08:00 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Shittu is not Mikel, abeg make Mikel talk abi im no get mouth again.
Has he come out openly to apologise?
PaskyWosky at 08:20 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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make them wither this dude joor....best bench warmer
Ritabrenice at 08:28 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Oooops U̶̲̥̅̊ were not selected
DrSoba at 08:31 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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If he missed his calls and did'nt know who was callinng, did he miss his message as well?
babafero at 08:32 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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funny story indeed,,, so its paining u now seeing that others will play better than u
elchymo at 08:45 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Which story we go believe now?
eoadex2003 at 09:53 PM, 22/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Strange world, wicked world.
SweetDaddy1 at 07:32 AM, 23/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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This boy Mikel Obi shouldn't be allowed back to the national team, we got more better Nigeria players to pick from.
ngfineface at 01:08 PM, 23/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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What's the biggy? Must it be Mikel.
dickieponga at 05:29 PM, 23/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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He shouldn't even borda playing for naija again..
We have beta players, im time don pass...
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