Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has reportedly chosen to stay away from the Super Eagles next home African Cup of Nations qualifiers over insecurity worries.
The midfielder has not played for the Super Eagles in 2015 and was not selected by former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi for the last 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers against Chad.
Newswatch reports that the Chelsea midfielder will be continue to stay away if the country’s football authority insists on playing its games at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
There have been series of bomb blasts in Kaduna- where the NFF have confirmed will host Nigeria’s upcoming AFCON qualifier against Egypt in March,2016-since 2010 with the latest being Tuesday’s multiple bomb blasts at Sabon Gari, Zaria, an outskirt of the State, which killed 20 people.
“Mikel? Super Eagles? I think you must be joking. He loves to play for his country, but he is not ready to risk his life this time around,’’ a close confidant of the player is quoted to say by Newswatch.
“I cannot confirm his position on the away games, but I can bet you that as long as the venue of our home games remain Kaduna, he will never show up.
“NFF are aware of that and that explains why they are considering Ahmed Musa instead of Mikel to replace Enyeama as the new captain.”
Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama landed in trouble with the NFF for his comments about the insecurity of Kaduna and Mikel might be next.
In other news, Mikel Obi is in talks with Fenerbahce over a move from Chelsea according to Ersin Duzen, presenter of Turkish football show ‘Futbol Gunlugu’.