Mikel & Rohr to hold a crunch talk in England ahead of AFCON

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/05/2019

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr in England to hold crunch talks with Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel ahead of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The German tactician disclosed that the Middlesbrough Janaury signing is still part of his plan and will set up a meeting with him on his return to the fold despite not featuring for the three-time African Champions since group game against Argentina in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Rohr speaking to BBC journalist Osasu Obayiuwana the 65-year-old former Bayern Munich defender said: ''This is the question that I and my team will resolve. I will soon go to see him at Middlesbrough.

''There are many things to consider but I respect him and what he has done for Nigeria. He remains an important player.''

Ex-Bordeaux and Gabon boss: ''He has been away from the team for a year but we qualified for the AFCON without him. His absence, as our captain, has been evident. But he has had to deal with a range of issues, after the World Cup in Russia.''

Mikel made his debut for the Nigeria senior team on 17 August 2005 in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya and Chelsea legend has played in four Afcon in the past.