Victor Ikpeba Thanks Rohr For Inviting Mikel To AFCON 2019

Gernot Rohr's decision on player selection has been apt, including leaving out captain Mikel Obi again, according to ex-Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba.

On Monday, Rohr named a 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Uganda friendly and the Tianjin Teda midfielder was a notable omission.

Mikel has yet to return to international duty ever since captaining the country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

While prior omissions had uncertainty about the former Chelsea player's fitness, this, however, seems way off it as the 31-year-old was on parade for his club Tianjin Teda on Sunday, scoring one of their goals in another loss.

However, Ikpeba does not see it as an issue, trusting Rohr with his judgements.

“Mikel is not a must in Eagles. I understand the coach," Ikpeba said on Supersport's Monday Night Football.

"Mikel has been a fantastic player for the national team for more than a decade. And I understand that the skipper …

Samuel Kalu Confident Of AFCON 2019 Victory

Super Eagles winger, Samuel Kalu, says he's optimistic the team will pick the maximum point in during the African Cup of Nations in Egypt to lift the trophy.

Nigeria defeated Libya 4-0 on Saturday to move second on the table, one point behind leaders, South Africa that walloped Seychelles 6-0.

Kalu, who scored a beautiful goal in Nigeria's win over Libya, reiterated that the team is ready to pick back-back win on Tuesday.

"We are definitely going into that match with a mindset of getting all three points," the Bordeaux star revealed on Monday.

"We will approach the match with the same aggressive way like we did in Uyo. It’s not going to be easy because the Libyans want to respond to their heavy loss but am confident we will get the right result.

"The good thing is that we got all three points, that is more important than my personal performance. I am still learning and working really hard with the help of the coaches. Getting better is my aim and hard work…

Super Eagle's Captain Mikel Obi Set To Take AFCON 2019 By Storm

Mikel Obi's omission from the Nigeria squad is down to the player himself, and will continue until he makes the decision to return, according to coach Gernot Rohr.

China-based Mikel and fellow midfielder Ogenyi Onazi were two of the high profile absentees from Rohr's latest squad for next month's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa, and a friendly against Uganda three days later in Nigeria.

Mikel has not played for Nigeria since the World Cup earlier this year, despite playing for his club Tianjin TEDA.

"Mikel told me that he will tell me when he will be ready to come back. He didn't tell me yet. So I wait," the German said.

Despite that, the coach hopes to have his captain back in time to take part at the tournament proper: "I hope that we can go with him to Afcon and win it for him."

"I have to be aware of the health of our players. We didn't want to do injections on Achilles tendons before the games."

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Alex Iwobi Is Mikel Obi's Super Eagle Heir - Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has anointed Alex Iwobi as heir to Mikel Obi following his eye-catching performances in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya this month.

The German football tactician subtly criticized his skipper, saying that Iwobi is quick with the ball and has better movement.

Against the Mediterranean Knights, the Hale End Academy product was involved in the buildup to two of the seven goals netted by the Super Eagles.

''Now he has done it again in the two matches against Libya doing very, very well in that position where he delivered a wonderful decisive pass that resulted in one of the goals,'' Rohr said to Sporting Life Nigeria.

''Alex is now trying to be a real playmaker for the Eagles. I have seen enough from him now to know he is a new possibility for that creative midfield position.''

Rohr continued: ''Perhaps Obi Mikel will come back. Mikel can be our playmaker also with a different style but with Alex …

AFCON 2019: 6 Stadiums Hosting African Cup of Nations Matches

AFCON 2019 Stadiums: 6 stadiums that will host matches at the African Cup of Nations 2019 in Cameroon.

With the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 starting on the 7th June 2019 in Cameroon, provides you with all of the 6 stadiums that will be hosting the AFCON 2019 matches throughout the competition.

Kicking off on 7th to 30th June 2019 with 24 national football teams contesting for a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
AFCON 2019 Stadiums All the matches will take place live in 6 venues in 5 host cities including Yaounde which is the home to 2 stadiums [Paul Biya Stadium and Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium]
Paul Biya Stadium Paul Biya Stadium also known as the Olembe Stadium is so far one of the best and outstanding stadium in Africa. Olembe Stadium—due to its massive capacity—and world class standard will host the opening as well as the closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations 2019. Capacity: 60,000 seats (all covered)Surface: GrassLocation: Olembe, Yaounde, Ca…

24-Teams African Cup of Nations - All You Need To Know

After a successful gathering of the African Cup of Nations—AFCON—president Amaju Pinnick who is also the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) together with other top officials and decision makers of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) committee in Rabat, a resolution for the proposal of expanded African Cup of Nations from 16 to 24 was met.

In contrast to what many believed over the last few years, a bigger African Cup of Nations is directly proportionate to a bigger pool of talents. You will also agree with me that there are hundreds of raw talents in African Football yet to be discovered and only a more competitive games – like what we are expecting in the AFCON 2019 henceforth can bring most of this players to the limelight throughout their football career.
Commercial Reason Before now the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was more than often struggling to make it big (monetarily) from the AFCON competition just as their European counterpart.

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