Former Super Eagles Left back Celestine Babayaro has backed Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr’s decision to recall John Mikel Obi back into the Super Eagles ahead of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations in Egypt later this year.
Mikel missed the whole qualifying games for the tournament and has not featured for the Super Eagles since Russia 2018 World Cup.
However Rohr included the experience midfielder in his list of 25 man provisional squad to begin camping in Asaba for the tournament.
Babayaro who won gold medal for Nigeria back in Atlanta 96 has no problems with Obi Mikel’s return to the national team as long as the midfielder is in good form.
”John Obi Mikel has done well for the national team and the man is an experienced midfield player.
”If you look at what Gareth Southgate is doing with the English national team, the man blends young with old.
”He doesn’t just move the old ones immediately, he likes to blend for example Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire at the back.
”If the national team coach has looked at Mikel who plays at Middlesbrough, if he has watched him play and he’s in-form, why not. If he’s in-form and has played well, I cannot see any reason why he can’t be invited.
”If you have been doing well and playing regularly, I am up for it. If you look at his CV, he has won the Champions League, FA Cup, all kinds of cups. He has done well for himself”. He concluded.
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