John Mikel Obi is the new Super Eagles captain, this is the latest change that have taken place in the team as they prepare to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt in their must-win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this Friday.
Ahmed Musa,23, who was made captain by former Eagles gaffer Sunday Oliseh after the former coach had issues with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, said he thought it needful to hand over the armband to the most senior in the team who is Mikel Obi.
“I am no longer the Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is the Super Eagles captain” Musa said to get applause from the media.
John Mikel Obi, who made his debut for Super Eagles about 10 years ago, was sidelined by former Eagles coach Oliseh and gave the armband to Musa when the former gaffer fell out with Enyeama.
The 29-year-old Chelsea midfielder, hailed the courage of the CSKA forward, whom he described as a “wonderful professional”. It takes a man to come out and do what he did by handing over the armband to someone else. Ahmed Musa is now the deputy captain
Nigeria will face the seven-time African champions at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna in a must-win match before going to Alexandria for the return leg on Tuesday March 29.
Siasia will look to the pace of Victor Moses and Moses Simon to unlock the Egyptian defence while hoping that his side remains solid at the back. The heat of Kaduna is also a factor he’s taking into consideration as he says his players will try to conserve energy by not running too much.
It’s the biggest game of his new spell as interim coach of the Super Eagles and Siasia would hope to start on a grand footing.