Sunday Oliseh

Oliseh explains Mikel snub

Published On 21/08/2015 | By Theo Sakyi | Africa, International, Latest News, Nigeria, Top Stories

New Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has explained why he didn’t call up Chelsea midfielder and Super Eagles veteran John Obi Mikel.

Mikel was not summoned to play in Nigeria’s friendly on September the 5th against Tanzania, to many people’s surprise.

The Ex-Ajax player told the Nigerian Football Federation’s website that he hasn’t managed to get in contact with the player, despite many attempts to do so.

“Till now I have not spoken with Mikel, I have contacted him on several occasions with no reply; sent him an SMS with no reply, went to London where he plays in the same club with Victor Moses, Moses came to the meeting we spoke but he (Mikel) didn’t come, I eventually told Moses to say hello to him.

Oliseh also spoke of how there would be no special treatment afforded to anyone and that he’d refrain from acting to hastily since he hasn’t spoken to Mikel.

“No player is special, every player is the same, every other player we contacted and spoke with have been invited them,” Oliseh added.

“I cannot really pass judgement on a player I have not spoken with, so that is it for now,” Oliseh concluded.

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