Mikel wants early World Cup closure

Super Eagles captain and midfielder John Mikel Obi says Nigeria can heap further misery on the African champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.


The Eagles arrived in Yaounde on Sunday afternoon for Monday’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against the Central Africans at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo.

The three-time African champions had on Friday pummelled the Cameroonians 4-0 in the first leg fixture at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

Mikel said his side would love to wrap up their 2018 Fifa World Cup campaign in the backyard of the Cameroonians with two games to go in the race to the World Cup.

“We are very keen to finish what we started. We started a job in Uyo and it is time to finish it. If we can pick the World Cup ticket by Monday why wait any longer?

“We are all very confident because we know our ability and what we are ready to bring to the party,” said Mikel to thenff.com.

Nigeria had their biggest win ever over Cameroon with the massive thumping of the Lions on Friday and Mikel is aware the wounded Lions will want to salvage some pride.

“We are as hungry perhaps even more hungry than they are. It will be a tough affair but we will give our very best to take the three points,” said Mikel.

Nigeria could become the first African team to earn a slot in Russia if they defeat the Cameroonians on Monday in Yaounde and Zambia fail to beat Algeria at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida on Tuesday.

Nigeria lead the pack in Group B on nine points, five ahead of closest challengers Zambia, while Cameroon are third on the log on two points and Algeria on one point.

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