2018 WCQ: Mikel will inspire Eagles to victory over Algeria —Oduah

By Victor Enyinnaya on November 12, 2016

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Super Eagles captain and Chelsea midfield maestro Mikel Obi has been described as a player that has shown leadership qualities and genuine patriotic zeal that has rubbed off handsomely on the attitude of the current Eagles players towards the national team duty.

These were the words of Prince Isidore Oduah, a former member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) while responding to questions posed to him on his perception of Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi and the attitude of his team mates.

He thumbs up the captain’s disposition and discipline, predicting he would lead the former African Champions to fly over the Greens from North African country of Algeria in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier crunchy tie in Uyo on Saturday. “He is Mikel reborn in all its ramifications, the squad would calmly dust and contain the Foxes threat,” Oduah maintained.

Oduah a former member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) , made the observation while x-raying Mikel Obi’s qualities insisted that he is an  epitome of the team. His attitude towards his team mates has brought back team work to the Eagles display on and off the pitch.

“Mikel Obi being the most decorated player in the squad not only leads by example but has pledged to give in his all which enough brought clout that continues to encourage the younger players in the Eagles today. His disarming aura no doubt brought back sanity, bold spirit and cohesion to the team,” he explained.

Oduah who is also the Financial Secretary of Association of Sports Veterans, Nigeria added that the 29-year-old lad has also enjoyed stunning success with Chelsea and the Super Eagles which earned him a place on the shortlisted CAF Player of the Year nominee list that was announced. He says the player, of late on his own adopted combative midfielder approach which undoubtedly is one of his finest antidotes presently.

“As a kid, he knew the potential he had and knew how to exploit it. Today, he's a man. He works harder and that's why he has achieved everything he has. He's one of the best players in the Super Eagles squad today despite the refusal of Conte to list him in Chelsea line up since the season kicked off because he chose to play for the U-23 Eagles at the Rio Olympics. I wholeheartedly salute his dripping patriotic passion for his fatherland,” he observed.

Oduah hailed the recent work rate and ethics of the Chelsea star who has spent a greater part of his years in the London club.

“He must have been a playful kid – humorous, happy and humble which he has brought to bear as the captain of Nigeria’s flagship side. It has wielded the team together, placed it in stronger stead hence the forward ever chant. Nigeria will be aiming for her ninth win against the Foxes and Mikel and his team mates not only knew the yielding of their compatriots, the over ambitious stance of the opponent and so would leave nothing to chance to come armed with  the three blooded points,” he stated.

•Photo shows Prince Isidore Oduah.

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 12, 2016

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