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Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi is distraught at the prospect of missing the quarterfinal clash against Cote d'Ivoire.

Posted: 31 January 2013 Time: 13:40

Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi is distraught at the prospect of missing the Super Eagles quarterfinal clash against Cote d'Ivoire.

The Chelsea star, who has been key to most of Nigeria's best attacking plays at the 2013 CAF African Nations Cup, picked up two yellow cards during the group stages.

"I found out last night and I am so so upset about it," he told exclusively on Thursday morning. "I was really looking forward to helping the team get past this game."

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Mikel joins fellow midfielder Fegor Ogude, who also accumulated two yellow cards during the group stages.

But Mikel remains confident the team can do the job against the tournament favourites

"I'm very disappointed to miss the game. But I am confident that the lads can do the job without us.

"We have a good team here and the new players are working very hard. I have tried to take some responsibility and speak to them, motivate them and give them advice.

"I am sure they will do the country proud."

Previous comments on this story...

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 01:50 pm
Yaya was gonna make a mockery of you anyways, you saved your self the embarassment
posted: 02:03 pm
nigeria 1-0 ivory coast
ghana 2-0 cape verde
togo 0-2burkina faso
south africa 1-0 mali
posted: 02:21 pm
Ivory Coast 1 -- Nigeria 1, Penalty---Ivory Coast out, Nigeria in.
posted: 02:24 pm
Mikel kept Yaya Toure quite at Nou Camp in 2009, kept him quite in almost all the meetings between Chelsea and Man City clashes. Yaya Toure means nothing to Mikel. Mikel even distorted the 'almighty' Xavi Hernadez rythm in the 2012 two-leg ties between Barca and Chelsea. Yaya Toure means nothing to Mikel, you can tell from his body language. Ghana Vs Nigeria finals and Nigeria wins.....Stay tuned !
Letlhaka 10
posted: 02:28 pm
The super eagles wont stop the elephants.i cnt wait to watch this clash .
posted: 02:36 pm
I think you are good player but sometimes you can be dirty and uncontrollable with your short temper. You have only yourself to blame.
posted: 02:41 pm

Mikel has just 1 yellow card, I check caf official website yesterday and confirmed it
posted: 02:42 pm
dont come with lies here man coz you new from the beginning that two yellows u get suspention.. now u are talking kak
Good luck
posted: 02:42 pm
Super Eagles go all the way to the final God is with us and with God all things are possible for those who really beleives in him. Up Naija! Up Super Eagles!
posted: 02:44 pm
ramossposted: 02:03 pm | Report
nigeria 1-0 ivory coast
ghana 2-0 cape verde
togo 0-2burkina faso
south africa 1-0 mali

YEAH that could be good results
then semis Nigeria vs Ghana
SA vs Burkino

Final SA vs Nigeria and whip them.
Good luck
posted: 02:46 pm
Ihoza" what is your problem with Nigeria issues? Please go to your South Africa kickoff and comment on your own banana banana teams on how to loose against Mali on Saturday. Useless people with bad pitch and empty stadiums
Good luck
posted: 03:01 pm
You south africa people are always calling naija drug lords, it is only naija that selling drugs? there is no any country in the world that are not dealing with drugs both America, Europe and Asia continents, just of recent Malaysia gives a britishman death sentenced because of drugs deals. Please stop your abuse and talk about football game in this site.
posted: 03:21 pm
@ Guilty
Should we go through, we will face Nigeria or Ivory Coast on the Semis boss
posted: 03:21 pm
Mikel has only one yellow card
posted: 03:46 pm
Fegor will miss the Qtrs and not Mikel. Mikel will sure battle Yaya in the heart of the midfield. My fear is who replaces Fegor becuase we need a figher who is fast as well.
Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 03:49 pm
Caf official web site shows that mikel was not booked against Ethiopia. Check this out:
posted: 05:10 pm
posted: 05:26 pm
Sorry Mikel.. well it's all gud. I will love to see how they play without your influence. I'm sure it will be better. Even if we loose, I just want to see a better game in open play that will satisfy me.
Omemma o
posted: 05:38 pm
Ppl that like to cal others idiots are the idiot. Like the name "Detmolder" sounds idiotic, I hv no doubt that he is truly a nonsense person, a big fool, idiot.
posted: 06:07 pm
We were gonna c de battle two African central midfielders,guthi naah wit ds poor referees
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