National Coach, Rohr, To Build Super Eagles Around Mikel Obi |The Republican News

                                                   Mikel Obi (right) on duty for Nigeria


Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said he will build his team  around captain Mikel Obi against  the Desert Warriors of Algeria  in  their  2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on  Saturday.

Mikel’s fitness has been questioned after he’s been left out of  Chelsea’s first team  this season by manager Antonio Conte,  but Rohr insisted that the player was in a good shape and fit for the match.

The German said Mikel’s problem  at  Chelsea began after he represented Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where Nigeria won a bronze medal.

The former  Gabon manager said, “Mikel is currently being punished at Chelsea because of his outing for the Nigerian U-23 team at the last Olympics in Brazil.

“He has not featured under the new coach, Conte, since then. But I will still build  the   team playing against Algeria around him because he is in a  good shape and fit for the match.

“Besides, Mikel is committed to the national team and he is a source of motivation to the other players.”

He says although the Algerians have a good team, the Eagles are focused on winning the encounter.

Mikel said he would not allow his  current  situation at Chelsea to affect his performance in  the match, adding that a win would boost the team’s chances  of getting the sole ticket from the group.

Although there have  been  cases of injuries  in the team,  Mikel said the development  would not affect them.

Asked whether he would still remain at Chelsea if his current situation persists, Mikel said everything would depend on what happens between now and January when he would take a decision. (

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