Mikel: We are here to succeed!


Having missed the previous showpiece in South Africa through injury, Mikel has admitted that he is keen to achieve something with the team, on his maiden appearance at the Mundial.

“This is my first World Cup. I want to make sure we achieve something coming here. We don’t just want to come and make up the numbers, we want to do well,” Mikel told FIFA’s official website before the team left for Curitiba.

“I have to make sure I lead by example. We are all driving in the same direction. We all know what we want and hopefully we will have a good tournament.” 

Just like in 1994, Nigeria come into the World Cup as African champions, and Mikel believes that that achievement has given the Super Eagles extra motivation to do well and satisfy the weighty expectations of the entire continent.

“We know we’re the African champions and people expect us to do well, to represent the African continent. That's a bit more extra pressure but it’s pressure that we love. We love to be African champions.”