Mikel Wants Concentration Against Ethiopia

Chelsea midfielder and Super Eagles talisman, John Mikel Obi, has declared that he has refused to make too many comments ahead of the game against Ethiopia on Saturday because of the importance of the match and the need for maximum concentration by all and sundry.
Mikel who spoke on Thursday also declared that he will be open to comments at the end of the encounter at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabnar, Cross River State.
“We have a very important game on our hands and it won’t be nice to talk too much, but after the game we can talk and have fun but for now it’s total concentration for business and the coaching crew and my teammates agree with my position.
Head Coach Stephen Keshi also towed the path of Mikel as he insisted that there was need for total concentration of the team ahead of the encounter against the Ethiopians, even as he weighed his options in Thursday’s closed door training between the probable and the possible players in his squad.
At the end of the training session it was difficult to say whether Vincent Enyeama or Austin Ejide will start in goal, there was also confusion over who will be the preferred central defenders between Azubuike Egwuekwe, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo and James Okwuosa.
Bright Dike was running the whole length of the pitch with power and precision, but he too is not assured of a starters’ shirt not with Nnamdi Oduamadi, Victor Moses, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa, Sunday Mba and Emmanuel Emenike all in fine form at their training.
As it stands, only Keshi and his technical crew have an idea of the team that will start on Saturday, because it seems every player, including Newcastle star Shola Ameobi, has a stake in the team that will either start on the day.


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