Super Eagles up and coming striker, said he was looking forward to contributing his best to help Nigeria win a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title next month in Egypt
Paul Onuachu “I’m really happy my performance has earned me a call-up, am not saying the AFCON will be easy, but if we work hard and stick to the coaches plan, everything will go well for us”. “Am really happy and excited that I am among the squad, am happy,”
Nigeria kicks off AFCON on Saturday 22 June against Burundi, before later facing Guinea as well as Madagascar. he added.
Also Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director, Bitrus Bewarang has told Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr to include John Obi Mikel in his plans for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
31-year old Mikel was yet to feature since Nigeria suffered a 2-1 defeat to Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. the former Chelsea star deserved a position in the tutored Rohr squad in spite of failing to honour the national team invites in the qualifiers.
“Mikel never snubbed Eagles call up. He took permission from me and other top officials of the NFF. Aside that, he made us realised he is nursing some little injury back then.” While he was still in China, the space wasn’t favourable for him to play some of these matches for Nigeria .
“Mikel in the Super Eagles midfield will give the fear factor opponents for us. I will be glad if Rohr can consider this fact and include him in his final 23-man squad ahead of the bi-annual tournament and which he did ,” he
The Middlesborough midfielder had represented Nigeria in four AFCON tournament. Having making his debut at the 2006 edition. He also featured at the 2008 edition in Ghana, Angola 2010 and South Africa 2013, where he bagged a gold medal.