Win against Zambia is beginning of great things to come – Mikel

Win against Zambia is beginning of great things to come – Mikel


Super Eagles of Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has said the victory over Zambia in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday, October 9, is the beginning of great things to come for the team.

However, Mikel added that a united and focused Super Eagles, and a supportive Nigeria Football Federation, will guarantee the three –time African champions a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Mikel Obi

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 The Chelsea midfield ace told aboard the ARIK Air plane on the flight back from Ndola that team solidarity and the maturity of the technical crew have forged a new spirit in camp.

He said: “I have belief that we can reach new heights with this team. The boys are so committed that it makes you happy. The coaching crew is made up of very matured and brilliant people who respect the players. We are onto a good thing.

 “We have a very good chance to qualify for the World Cup if we keep our heads and play at our best level. Each and every one of us is determined to go to the World Cup. Now that we are top of the table, we have to remain there.”

Nigeria won a competitive away game for the first time in 23 months as Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho scored before Collins Mbesuma pulled one back at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. 

Manchester City of England prodigy Iheanacho has now scored in each of his last four matches for Nigeria: against Mali in France; Luxembourg in Luxembourg City; Tanzania in Uyo and; Zambia in Ndola.

A convivial atmosphere prevailed inside the aircraft during the 4 hour-and-22-minute flight back to Abuja, and the celebration mood heightened seconds after landing as players, team officials and other officials learnt that Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions had forced Algeria to a 1-1 draw in the other match of Group B in Blida.

The Super Eagles’ next game is against the Fennecs of Algeria, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, November 12.

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