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'Fit' Mikel to rejoin Eagles Friday

John Mikel Obi rejoins Nigeria Friday

Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 7:16 am

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi will be fully fit when he joins up with the Super Eagles squad on Friday, according to team Media Officer Idah Peterside. 

Mikel has been out since undergoing surgery to repair a damaged knee meniscus while playing for the Blues, and there are increasing doubts back home in Nigeria about his participation at the World Cup, especially after he stayed back at Chelsea to continue treatment rather than join up with his team mates on international duty.   On Monday, Nigeria sent medical officials to the London club to assess the extent of his progress and Peterside says the player will be returned fit to Nigeria.   "He will join us on Friday. The doctor will officially release him to the team, fit, on that day," he told KickOffNigeria.com.   Mikel will miss Nigeria's World Cup build up match against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, but is expected to be available for the next two games against Colombia and North Korea.   Goalkeepr Dele Ayenugba is the only other player yet to report to camp, following visa trouble. But Peterside says team officials are abreast with his situation and he is expected to meet up with the squad in Austria.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:01 am
O boy recover quick.
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
LAGERBACK SHOULD LEAVE MIKEL ALONE IF HE IS INJURED. HE CAN SUCCEED WITHOUT HIM. SIASIA HAS DONE THAT IN THE PAST. HE SHOULD LEARN FROM HIM. SUCCESS IS NOT ABOUT ONE PLAYER.
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 am
Let the hype about this lad be put to rest. I just hope he is fully recovered. We should remember what happened to essien when he was rushed back for AFCON. Players who love the country should excuse themselves if they know they are not 100% fit, world cup is a different balll game entirely

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 am
Thank you my dear,This is what Amudo did in nation cup half of the players was injured.Please if this young man is not fit ,we have many of them thesame possission that can handle his posssition better.I wish Mikel fast recovery But sorry this is a world cup not a friendlies match.
Anonymous
posted: 11:00 am
Let the hype about this lad be put to rest. I just hope he is fully recovered. We should remember what happened to essien when he was rushed back for AFCON. Players who love the country should excuse themselves if they know they are not 100% fit, world cup is a different balll game entirely

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Kola wole
posted: 12:07 pm
Thank God for this.

JOHN OBI MIKEL IS PURE CLASS!!
Kola wole
posted: 12:09 pm
Thank God for this.

JOHN OBI MIKEL IS PURE CLASS!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:59 pm
DANGOTE'S DREAM

I wonder how we think in Nigeria. Maybe we think we are already an Asian Tiger, that we have conquered Nigeria and it is time to go and conquer the world. The reality is depressing. Nigeria is a mess and even those in a position to fix it are all looking outward. Yesterday I woke up to the ludicrous news that Dangote was going to buy a stake in Arsenal, and I thought why? The guy is a billionaire, surely he must know that all his businesses in Nigeria stand to benefit so much more if he invests in making the local Nigerian league a success... surely he should know that a successful Nigerian league will expand job opportuinities and create wealth and ensure disposable income that will directly affect his empire... surely he must know that he will only pump money into the English economy while Nigerians and his businesses suffer.

He denied it and in that Nigerian way that postures that by siding with western successes you are 'with it' he said he had been a longstanding fan of Arsenal. I haven't even heard the Glazers say that... but anyway I won't deny the man his sentiments. I hope though that he went online to hear what his darling English people thought about him and Nigeria, he would have lost his cool.

Which is my point. As Nigerians literally die to show they are more reds and blues than the English people in Manchester and London, they will do well to be reminded that the english care zero about them. They only take your money. If we don't fix the Nigeria league we will never be respected.

Egyptians own clubs in UK and Belgium yet the Egyptian League is perhaps the best run, best followed and certainly the most successful in Africa.

It is utterly preposterous to me that even a bank like Access Bank supports the UEFA Champions League and Globacom has a partnership with Manchester United. Why are we so foolish? If Nigerian football fans get more into the European game, won't they take their money from Access Bank and buy Man U jerseys in London (as is currently the case) and the shop owners will bank the money with Lloyd's Bank or Natwest? Isn't that promoting business for the European banks?

Isn't Glo asking Nigerians to take the small money they have and give it to the European consumers who then spend it on Vodafone airtime? Why are the white African businessmen not doing the same? Because they understand how to make real money, whereas we are basically contractors.

Tell Dangote the true Arsenal fans don't care two hoots about him. Instead Kano Pillars will worship him and his great grand children if he made them African champions.


Forum contributor at Africaplays.com
Anonymous
posted: 01:18 pm
just to butress John's point in this forum, we as young nigerians who have studied history and have condemned slavery and colonialism, we should be ashamed that we are loving European football more than the Europeans. we need to check our conscience and ask ourselves what is driving us. if u keep blaming d NFF and politicians, what forum are you using to to make your voice heard? too busy rooting for Man U eh?
Anonymous
posted: 02:20 pm
Investing someone's hard earned assets out of the insecured country Nigeria should be encouraged because it attracts interests to the individual's following. Europeans invested indirectly heavily on Nigerians as a lot of our players ply their trade their and it is exchange investments. These players paid cheques directly or indirectly still find its way back to Nigeria. Don't get me wrong as i'm encouraging home investments but its good to dare in expanding and thats what business entails not witstanding where the monies are invested. Dangote buying shares in Arsenal would even attract attention to its source though Nigeria's business history lack the positives. It would be a dream to see Nigerians own clubs abroad as it will help set standards back home and moreover will benefit Nigerian clubs as there will be commonly shared ties which inturn, will deliver more talents to the country. Business has gone global and cannot be stucked.
Anonymous
posted: 02:21 pm
Investing someone's hard earned assets out of the insecured country Nigeria should be encouraged because it attracts interests to the individual's following. Europeans invested indirectly heavily on Nigerians as a lot of our players ply there trade their and it is exchange investments. These players paid cheques directly or indirectly still find its way back to Nigeria. Don't get me wrong as i'm encouraging home investments but its good to dare in expanding and thats what business entails not witstanding where the monies are invested. Dangote buying shares in Arsenal would even attract attention to its source though Nigeria's business history lack the positives. It would be a dream to see Nigerians own clubs abroad as it will help set standards back home and moreover will benefit Nigerian clubs as there will be commonly shared ties which inturn, will deliver more talents to the country. Business has gone global and cannot be stucked.
Anonymous
posted: 02:22 pm
Correction
Investing someone's hard earned assets out of the insecured country Nigeria should be encouraged because it attracts interests to the individual's following. Europeans invested indirectly heavily on Nigerians as a lot of our players ply their trade there and it is exchange investments. These players paid cheques directly or indirectly still find its way back to Nigeria. Don't get me wrong as i'm encouraging home investments but its good to dare in expanding and thats what business entails not witstanding where the monies are invested. Dangote buying shares in Arsenal would even attract attention to its source though Nigeria's business history lack the positives. It would be a dream to see Nigerians own clubs abroad as it will help set standards back home and moreover will benefit Nigerian clubs as there will be commonly shared ties which inturn, will deliver more talents to the country. Business has gone global and cannot be stucked.
Anonymous
posted: 02:37 pm
Let the hype about this lad be put to rest. I just hope he is fully recovered. We should remember what happened to essien when he was rushed back for AFCON. Players who love the country should excuse themselves if they know they are not 100% fit, world cup is a different balll game entirely

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 02:38 pm
Let the hype about this lad be put to rest. I just hope he is fully recovered. We should remember what happened to essien when he was rushed back for AFCON. Players who love the country should excuse themselves if they know they are not 100% fit, world cup is a different balll game entirely

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 02:46 pm
Let the hype about this lad be put to rest. I just hope he is fully recovered. We should remember what happened to essien when he was rushed back for AFCON. Players who love the country should excuse themselves if they know they are not 100% fit, world cup is a different balll game entirely

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
AfemoBaBa
posted: 04:24 pm
man this guy is not fit. Though we do not have a viable replacement for him, i know we can find someone to fill his defensive role just like Siasia did at the last Olyimpics. If he is just starting to run/swim and get his foot back, there is no way he would be 85-90% ready by match day 1. Thus, even if he makes the squad, he should not be a starter because he is not match fit.
Anonymous
posted: 04:36 pm
hey all,
I wrote the foxsport journalist that dissed the supereagles. i wrote in simple english that he can understand.obviously, he's moron and in the past he wrote something about klinsman hired to coach US team. This guys name is jamie trecker lives in chicago,jamie.trecker@gmail.com
http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/32countries/story/Nigeria-32-teams-in-32-days

if we dont speak up we let idiotic like this guy define us. email him and let him have a piece of your mind.



"I am writing in response to your article on the super-eagles. The article shows how ignorant, idiotic and moronic you are. You write up stuff without any source or based on facts. This is not politics where you can write whatever you think will grab most attention or sales. I wonder what other qualified sport journalist was looked over for you to get this job. it’s a shame you accused a country you know nothing about of corruption,backward with no progress but meanwhile you live in the most corrupt nation on the face of the planet. The richest country, yet no free health care for all. you've had democracy for over 250 years but women and black can not vote until 50 yrs ago. A country where leaders lied to go to war and no repercussion, corporations buy politicians from both parties to further their agenda, corporation rent a room offshore to pay less taxes and I'm not going to talk about how genocide was committed against the natives. so, you have no moral grounds to accuse a country 50yrs old of corruption and mismanagement. Although Nigeria is still corrupt, US, UK and other major Europeans countries have been a safe haven Nigerian loot. if you accept and keep any proceed of a crime. YOU ARE A CRIMINAL YOURSELF. Jamie trecker, I also read your articles about Klinsman hired to coach US soccer team. Therefore, I can say unequivocally that you are a MORON from your pattern of your articles. Did you know that US is the only country over the last 20years that has benefited more from Nigeria's economy, currency and development collapsing.

Go back to school and re-learn journalism before writing about anything."



I expect alota goals from superealges today




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AfemoBaBa
posted: 09:10 pm
LOL @ Dayo...lots of goals ko, lots of goal ni! lol that is by no means a team. Just a buch of guys running around. Even my College for Bori get better team than this one wey dey play for Nijia.
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