Monday, May 27, 2013

Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi confirms his availability for upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the Confederation Cup in Brazil.

Nigerian international John Mikel Obi who has been in major doubt due to club commitments and visa issues has confirmed that he will be available for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in June as well as the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) revealed that the Chelsea midfielder opted out of the upcoming friendly in Houston against Mexico on May 31st in order to get some well-deserved rest. However, the 26-year-old player will be available for the qualifiers in Kenya and Namibia, as well as the Confederations Cup.

"I've sorted a visa appointment date with the Brazil embassy in London, which really means a lot to me," Mikel said.
"I would have loved to play the friendly against Mexico but that will be impossible, considering the timeframe.
"I will be available to play against Kenya and Namibia. And the Confederations Cup is the sole reason I'm applying for my Brazil visa now to enable me make the trip.
"I look forward to playing my part for my country."

After three games, both the Super Eagles and Namibia have 5 points apiece with only the top team in each group going through to the next round to challenge for a place at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. The Super Eagles are level on points with the Flames at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F.