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AFCON 2019: Mikel confirms return to Eagles squad

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John Obi Mikel has confirmed his return to the Super Eagles squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

The captain whose return to the squad was in doubt, told AOIFootball.com that he had a private meeting with the Franco-German and has decided to feature at the continent’s biggest soccer fiesta when it kicks off in Egypt next month. He said;

“I met with Coach Rohr and we discussed his plans for the team in the forthcoming tournament. All I can say is that I am delighted and happy because I am coming to the Nations Cup.”

The 32-year- old midfielder has been in superb form for Middlesbrough since he left the Chinese Super League in January, and plans to remain in England after his spell with the club. He told pressmen in England;

“I think I will prefer to stay in England and continue my education in football, my family is here and it is a country that I have lived for more than ten years, so preferably I will play in England next season hopefully in the EPL”.

Mikel made his international debut in 2005 and now has 85 caps for the Super Eagles, scoring 6 goals in total. His appearance for the Super Eagles in Egypt could, however, be the last for the Nigerian superstar who could retire internationally after the tournament.