Former Chelsea midfielder and Middlesbrough Captain, John Mikel Obi has confirmed his readiness to make a return to the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
However, it was gathered that the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, met with Mikel over the weekend in London and he has gotten assurances from the former Chelsea star that he would be available for the 2019 AFCON.
According to AOIFootball, Mikel as declaring his intention to return to the Super Eagles ahead of the tournament in Egypt.
“I met with Coach Rohr and we discussed his plans for the team in the forthcoming tournament. All I can say is that I am delighted and happy because I am coming to the Nations Cup” Mikel Obi was quoted as saying.
Ahead of the Nations Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation has released the itinerary for the Super Eagles and it is expected that Mikel will feature prominently in it.
Three-time champions Nigeria will be up against Burundi on 22nd June, confront Guinea on 26th June and tackle Madagascar on 30th June, all in Alexandria.
The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will hold in four Egyptian cities (Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia) 21st June – 19th July.
While Mikel is making plans for his return to international football, latest transfer reports also suggest that the midfield maestro is commanding interest from some newly-promoted English Premiership sides.