World Cup

Mikel Risks Career for Nigeria

 Chelsea star Mikel ObiChelsea star Mikel Obi will defy doctor’s orders to play for Nigeria on artificial pitch against hosts Namibia Wednesday.

Star midfielder Mikel has suffered a recurring back injury and only recently nursed a hip injury with Chelsea doctors maintaining he should avoid playing on the hard surface of an artificial pitch.

Mikel shone in Monday's training, along with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Kenneth Omeruo, who is soon to join up at Stamford Bridge.

Incidentally, Galatasaray-target Mikel has often been knocked for not showing enough commitment to the national team.

Eagles coach Stephen Keshi said Tuesday that he does not expect any of his players to struggle with playing on the astro turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

The former Eagles captain has also stated that he does not expect his team struggle on the astro turf pitch.

"I don't expect us to have any problems with the pitch. We have trained on astro turf and just decided to use grass on Monday,” he said.

Eagles trained at the match ground again Tuesday ahead of the Namibian clash.

AFRICAN GROUPS STANDINGS

Group A
            Team Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Ethiopia           4          3          1          0          6          2          4          10
            South Africa    4          2          2          0          7          2          5          8
            C’Africa Rep. 4          1          0          3          2          7          -5         3
            Botswana        4          0          1          3          2          6          -4         1

Group B
            Team Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Tunisia            4          3          1          0          9          5          4          10
            Sierra Leone    4          1          2          1          7          7          0          5
            Eq. Guinea      4          1          1          2          8          10        -2         4
            Cape Verde     4          1          0          3          7          9          -2         3

Group C
            Team             Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            CIV                  4          3          1          0          10        2          8          10
            Tanzania          4          2          0          2          6          6          0          6
            Morocco          4          1          2          1          6          7          -1         5
            Gambia            4          0          1          3          2          9          -7         1

Group D
            Team             Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Zambia            4          3          1          0          9          1          8          10
            Ghana              4          3          0          1          14        2          12        9
            Lesotho            4          0          2          2          1          12        -11       2
            Sudan             4          0          1          3          1          10        -9         1

Group E
            Team             Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Congo             4          3          1          0          5          0          5          10
            B Faso             4          2          0          2          5          4          1          6
            Gabon             4          1          1          2          1          4          -3         4
            Niger               4          1          0          3          3          6          -3         3

Group F
            Team            Pl          W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Nigeria            4          2          2          0          4          2          2          8
            Malawi            4          1          3          0          2          1          1          6
            Namibia          4          1          1          2          1          2          -1         4
            Kenya             4          0          2          2          1          3          -2         2

Group G
            Team              Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Egypt                4         4          0          0          11        5          6          12
            Guinea             4          2          1          1          9          4          5          7
            Mozambique    4          0          2          2          1          8          -7         2
            Zimbabwe       4          0          1          3          3          7          -4         1

Group H
            Team              Pl         W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Algeria            4          3          0          1          11        4          7          9
            Mali                4          2          1          1          5          4          1          7
            Benin               4          1          1          2          4          7          -3         4
            Rwanda           4          0          2          2          3          8          -5         2

Group I
            Team            Pl          W        D         L         GF       GA      GD      Pts
            Libya               4          1          3          0          3          2          1          6
            Cameroon        4          2          0          2          4          5          -1         6
            Congo DR       4          1          2          1          2          1          1          5
            Togo                4          1          1          2          4          5          -1         4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *