Mikel: I want to play in Russia as Nigeria’s Captain


Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has revealed that his target is to lead Nigeria to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Nigeria secured four points from possible six against African champions Cameroon in the double-header qualifying games.

Nigeria sit top of the group with 10 points, Zambia are second on the table with seven points after beating Algeria home and away.

The Tianjin Teda of China midfielder said after the game in Yaoundé that his target is to lead Nigeria to another World Cup.

“I have been there before and I want to be there as the team captain, to play the second time at the World Cup will be amazing.

It is the highest level of football and the dream of every player is to play at the World Cup,” said Mikel.

“This squad is young with a lot of quality, I want to lead Nigeria to the World Cup and that has been the target of the team. We are working together to achieve this and it will be a great honour to lead my country to the
global event.

“I still have a long way to go, long years to play. I still want to play for long, I am not thinking of retirement right now. I am just 30-years old.

I just came out from a long term injury. Fitness wise, I am still working hard. I want to be available every time to help the team reach the World Cup.”

Nigeria will host Zambia next month for the group B Matchday 5 fixture of the World Cup
qualifiers in Uyo.

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