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How I’d Love To Work With The Nigerian National Team – Mikel Obi

In a recent interview with CNN, former Nigeria international and Chelsea FC midfielder, Obi Mikel, expressed his desire to work with the Nigeria national team in the future.

Mikel Obi, who retired from professional football in September 2022, is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s most successful footballers. With over a decade of experience playing for the historic English club Chelsea FC, Obi has set his sights on contributing to the development of Nigeria’s football scene.

During the interview on CNN Sports, Mikel Obi discussed that while he’ll love to lend his services to the national team, he said he wouldn’t love to work as a manager.

“I would love to get involved with the Super Eagles, but not as a manager; I don’t want to get sacked; I don’t think I can handle that very well.” Mikel Said

Obi said he’d prefer to work as a mediator between the hierarchy of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the players.

“I want to be somebody who will try to fix the problems from the top, if it means to be a mediator between the players and the NFF to make sure things are run properly to make sure that we succeed. Obviously success doesn’t start from the pitch, it starts from the top. For me that’s where I think we should start from.” Mikel said.

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The Former Chelsea Midfielder tipped Nigeria to win the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) for the fourth time.He also selected Victor Osimhen to finish as the Best Player of the Tournament.
Mikel Obi’s successful career includes various achievements with the Nigerian national team, such as leading the Super Eagles to glory in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2013. Additionally, he represented Nigeria in two FIFA World Cups (2014 and 2018).

Nigeria will start their AFCON journey on the 14th of this month against Equatorial Guinea with further clashes with Host Nation Ivory Coast and Guinea Bissau as they prepare to play in their 20th AFCON campaign.