Mikel snubbed Oliseh in London – Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi has been left out of the forthcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania team and Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh yesterday explained why he left out Chelsea of England midfielder.
Oliseh who revealed this at a media parley in Abuja said he made several phone calls including text messages to Mikel’s number but he never responded to any.
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And according to Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh yesterday:
“Well this issue is an enigma and we have been trying to understand it but I am in the dark personally, and with my assistants we spent time about 11 days in and around Europe talking to players, watching games. We contacted each of the players, call them up, call the clubs and eventually met with the players.
“I went to England on a Thursday and Chelsea was just coming back, we had fixed our visit to coincide with the end of their tour before they played Arsenal. I contacted Obi Mikel, called him on phone four times, the phone kept on ringing nobody picked it up, I sent him an SMS and got no response. But I called Victor Moses the phone rang three times and he picked it up and I spoke with him, told him to concentrate on his game. Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi eared to play against Cote D’Ivoire
After the game he came to my hotel and we met and I told him my plans for the national team. I left to Liverpool to meet the other player and I spent about six hours to go there and back but there was no response from Mikel until I returned here.
I think it was yesterday (Wednesday) that I saw a missed call, so at the moment I don’t know what the situation is. For me everybody is the same and will be treated the same.”
“For me everybody is the same and every player we call answers. To us it’s not up to me but I want to clear one thing if anybody wants to play for the Super Eagles we will all be treated the same way.
“I even told the players playing at home that home based player for me doesn’t exist, if you are a better player in Nigeria we will play you. The thing is that I have not spoken to him and I made efforts but no response, so I don’t know what to do. You people should tell me what to do, I don’t know,” Oliseh asked.
So now Nigeria still preparing for their first game under Oliseh’s reign as they take on Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5 in Dar es Salam.
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