Changed man Mikel arrives early to camp
A mild drama ensued during the international match between Nigeria and Congo DR yesterday when Chelsea star Mikel Obi refused to collect the captain’s armband from Ahmed Musa after the CSKA forward was substituted.
The game which was played in Vise, Belgium on Thursday night saw goals goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and Jordan Nkololo hand Super Eagles new manager Sunday Oliseh his first defeat in three matches after previously wining a friendly against Niger and drawing goalless away to Tanzania in an AFCON 2017 qualifier.
Prior to yesterday’s game Ahmed Musa was named the captain by the Oliseh after stripping longest-serving member of the team, Vincent Enyeama off the captaincy, a situation which led to the goalkeeper announcing his international retirement on Thursday.
According to sources in the team’s camp, the way the former captain was treated did not go down well with some senior members and this however played out on the field of play in yesterday’s game when Musa decided to hand over the armband to Mikel after being substituted for Alex Iwobi in the 57th minute only for the Chelsea player to decline.
Monaco left-back, Elderson Echiejile save the team from what could be an embarrassment by putting on the arm band for the remainder of the game.
Oliseh will hope to win over the dressing room and put up a better performance against Cameroon on Sunday.