Okocha urges Mikel Obi to put in a strong performance at the World Cup

Wednesday 14 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Former Super Eagles midfielder Austin Jay Jay Okocha, insists this World Cup should be an opportunity  for  John Mikel Obi to add his name in the country’s football hall of Fame.

The Chelsea midfielder played a key role in the Super Eagles squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 2013 but many still doubt the abilities and many are calling for him to spearhead the Super Eagles World Cup campaign.

And former Eagles playmaker, Okocha has added his voice to the call for the enforcer to prove to Nigerian football fans he truly deserve to lead the team.

“This is the biggest opportunity for Mikel to seize control of the midfield and prove to Nigerians that he is capable of fitting into that role without questions. For me, this is Mikel’s World Cup. He did it very well at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and should be able to do better because the World Cup is a bigger stage,” observed Okocha stated at the launch of the Super Eagles’ World Cup theme song at the Globacom Headquarters.

Okocha who refused to be drawn assessing Stephen Keshi’s provisional list of 30 players released a week ago, however said that the former Togo and Mali gaffer has been saddled with the responsibilities of leading Nigeria to Brazil 2014 and should be allowed to do his job.

“I believe he is capable of getting good results for Nigeria in Brazil. Nigerians should allow him to do the job to his ability. 
The buck stops on his table and has the final say on who to take to the World Cup,” observed Okocha whose play making role remains largely unfulfilled since retiring from the Eagles after the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.

He said that with the massive support from corporate Nigeria and government for the Eagles, the players have no reason to fail in Brazil.

“I must confess that I am jealous of this crop of players for the kind of support they are getting from everywhere including the government. After what they got for winning the AFCON 2013 in South Africa, they know that bigger things are in the store for them if they made Nigeria and Africa proud in Brazil,” stressed Okocha.

Also speaking on Nigeria’s chances at the Mundial, Kanu said that Super Eagles are lucky with the kind of teams they are paired with in the Group F of Brazil 2014.

“I am sure the other teams in the group (Argentina, Iran and Bosnia) are afraid of the African champions. If we had this kind of pairing in our days at the World Cup, I bet you, Nigeria would have gone beyond our present achievement at the World Cup,” said the former Eagles.

He however urged the team not to disappoint the nation as focus is on them as Africa champions.

Source: NigeriaSoccernet
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