Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mikel Obi pulls out of Wednesday's friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana

Nigerian international and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has pulled out of Wednesday’s match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Durban at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban due to a stomach bug.

Super Eagles head Coach Stephen Keshi revealed that Mikel will not be part of this year’s Nelson Mandela challenge due to the stomach infection.

According to Kickoff, Keshi stated: “Mikel has been withdrawn from the squad. He has a stomach bug.”

The 26-year old midfielder along with two other Super Eagles starlets, Emmanuel Emenike and Kenneth Omeruo will not be present for this very prestigious friendly. The Super Eagles had hoped to use this game as a warm-up for their final 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F qualifying game against Malawi next month.