John Obi Mikel has declared his desire to lead Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup, as they begin the qualifying series with a trip to Zambia this weekend.
The Super Eagles have missed out on two major competitions back to back now, meaning they will not be at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, after also failing to make the 2015 edition and with no international competitions for the next two years, the midfielder has expressed his desire to lead the team to the promised land.
“I have been ready since I became the captain of this team,” said Mikel.
“I have always been ready and I know the responsibility the country has put on my shoulder and there’s no doubt about that and it is not one I am running away from.
“I always try to do my best and I also think without these guys who support me, I don’t think I can do it alone.
“I am not really shy of the responsibility, I am ready for it like I did at the Olympics and like I have done previously, I will continue to carry this team and hopefully I will carry this team to the World Cup.”
The team left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport this morning for the direct flight to Ndola ahead of the game tomorrow.